August

23

2018

The Ideate Software team has returned from the gateway to the west in St. Louis, Missouri. We are back in our Portland, Oregon and Boston, Massachusetts locations, but we are still thinking about all the great conversations, presentations, and events that transpired at the BiLT North American Conference on August 9 – 11, 2018.

Did you see us at the Ideate Software booth, or did you attend one of our classes? Fear not, if we were out of your View Range, or maybe on a different city-defined Workset that was not visible from St. Louis.

As you can tell from my bad view analogy and puns, I presented a class entitled “Visibility #[email protected]! Storm with Revit.” During the presentation, we went over a Revit visibility checklist, and we showcased Ideate XRay, one of the amazing tools within IdeateApps. Ideate XRay helps you understand complex Revit visibility problems.

I am pleased to report that the slide below, one of the many tips and tricks in my presentation, was recognized at the closing session as one of the top 10 tips from all the classes presented during the BiLT North America sessions! This slide shows the detailed and highly informative graphics that are included as HELP within Ideate XRay. These graphics were highlighted as extremely helpful in understanding the complex View Range settings in Revit.

BiLT NA Tip

Want to learn more about Ideate XRay? Review a short video.

For even MORE fun, you can review a recording of a full one-hour class the power of XRay.

Welcoming people to my presentation on Ideate XRay, showing off new St. Louis Starbuck’s mugs

Stay tuned for a post from my colleague, Sash Kazeminejad, with his take on BiLT North America and Revit Phasing.

For implementation services or to learn more about how IdeateApps can help your business, please contact [email protected].


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist 
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 18 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 12 years at Autodesk, where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter.

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August

2

2018

Since the launch of Ideate ReNumber for Revit, several customers have come to us with their unique renumbering challenges. One of those has been pile foundations, which present challenges because they need to be numbered in a way that reflects their relative location as well as their relationship to the nested pile families. This task is one of the many that Ideate ReNumber can handle. Because other people may find the solution valuable, we created this short video called: IdeateApps ReNumber Tool — Advanced Numbering: Pile Foundations.

In the example, we walk you through the steps to quickly assign meaningful numbers to both the pile caps and their piles relative to their related concrete pour sequencing. With this information, you will be able to easily customize the process to meet your specific needs.

Ideate ReNumberIdeate ReNumber for Revit plays an important role in model management for our engineering design and construction customers. It provides a way to efficiently document building elements — such as pile foundations — with logical numbering schemas, bringing clarity to construction sequencing work. It is part of our IdeateApps for Revit collection of tools designed to simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often.

Related post: IdeateApps ReNumber Tool — Advanced Numbering: Curtain Panels.

For more information on how Ideate ReNumber can be used to renumber almost any Revit element, visit our help files.

 


About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, NCARB – Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a registered architect and has worked within the building information modeling (BIM) industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is the Director of Software Development Services and continues to work with AECO clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to BIM challenges. In her spare time, Glynnis volunteers for the local high school and with growitgreenmorristown.org. Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.

 

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July

23

2018

At Ideate Software, we pay close attention to the details within every application we create. For example, we designed the SpellCheck application within IdeateApps to work seamlessly between the language that Revit is running and any other language that might be needed, using robust logic to select the right language and the right dictionaries.

This article will help you take advantage of that logic to set up standard dictionaries and dictionaries that reflect the language of the words stored inside them. 

The Right Language

Ideate Software’s Spellcheck application detects the language that Revit is using and the language specified in the Revit options for ‘Check Spelling.’ If there is a discrepancy, SpellCheck will display a warning and select the language specified in Revit. 

SpellCheck Language Warning
A warning is displayed when there is a language conflict.

If this is not the desired language, a different language can be easily selected. Once changed, SpellCheck will remember the selected language for the remainder of the Revit session.

The Right Dictionary

To maintain parity with Revit, SpellCheck uses the same settings as Revit when determining the custom and industry dictionaries to use. This ensures that words added when using the Revit spellcheck utility will be seen by SpellCheck. 

In addition to the custom dictionaries, SpellCheck uses the dictionaries maintained by Windows. In Windows 10, this can require additional setup. The language of the operating system is included, but additional languages need to be added. This is accessed in the ‘Region & Language’ settings of Windows. 

Languages in Windows 10
Adding languages in Windows 10

Setting Where Dictionaries are Stored

By default, the dictionaries used by Revit are stored in %programdata%\Autodesk in a version-specific folder, similar to ‘RVT 2019.’ 

The custom dictionary is not language-specific and starts empty. The industry dictionary has a language code in the file name. It contains predefined words from that language that are common in the industry.

To change the path, the Revit.ini must be edited. This should be done when Revit is not open. The Revit.ini is stored in %appdata%\Autodesk\Revit in a version-specific folder, similar to ‘Autodesk Revit 2019.’

By default, the section that controls spellcheck settings is not present. If the language for ‘Check Spelling’ has been set through the Revit Options, the section will exist in the .ini file just before the ‘[Recent File List].’ Here is an example of the Spelling section and all of the values under it:

[Spelling]
OptionFlagsSSCE=18
LanguageCode=9
CustomDict=C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2019\Custom.dic
ArchDict=C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\RVT 2019\revitDEU.dic

If the value for CustomDict (custom) and ArchDict (industry) are not present, they can be added. 

Standardizing the Dictionaries

We recommend that these paths be changed to a standard location. A network location will allow all staff to have the same definitions, allowing different people to spellcheck a file and get the same results. The path and permissions for the industry dictionary can be set separately from the custom dictionary, allowing some basic control over what words are added to the company standards.

Even if a network location is not viable, moving the dictionaries to a version-agnostic location will allow words added in one version of Revit to be seen in another.

The Right Dictionary for the Language

As mentioned before, the default industry dictionary has a language code in the file name. Ideate Software’s SpellCheck will detect this state and use the dictionary that has the correct language code, allowing you to seamlessly switch between languages without modifying the paths. 

The choice to add a language code to the custom dictionary depends on the types of words that will be added to it. If those words are specific to that language, a language code should be added. 

If the dictionary will store names of manufacturers or other general words, leave it language-agnostic, but then language-specific words will need to be added to the industry dictionary instead. This is currently a manual process. The ‘Add Word’ option in both Revit and SpellCheck add to the custom dictionary.

To set up a custom dictionary with a language code, first review the contents of the file. If it is empty or contains only words from one language, you can simply rename the file and update the path in the Revit.ini file. Ideate Spellcheck will create the other corresponding dictionaries when words are added for that language. If there are multiple languages in the file, a duplicate needs be made for each language and cleaned up with only the relevant words.

The supported language codes are:

  • British English: ENG
  • Chinese (Simplified): CHS
  • Chinese (Traditional): CHT
  • Czech: CSY
  • Dutch: NLD
  • English (United States): ENU
  • French: FRA
  • German: DEU
  • Hungarian: HUN
  • Italian: ITA
  • Japanese: JPN
  • Korean: KOR
  • Polish: PLK
  • Portuguese (Brazil): PTB
  • Russian: RUS
  • Spanish: ESP

A Better SpellCheck

Part of IdeateApps for Revit, SpellCheck is used for comprehensive quality control of the Revit project file. It checks the spelling of both text and schedule elements and can be used to check all sheets at once.

Download a trial version to see how easy it is to improve your Revit deliverables. You can learn more about SpellCheck in our extensive online Help.

Ideate Software Tooldbar
IdeateApps Toolbar with SpellCheck for Revit versions 2017-2019

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how Ideate Software applications can streamline your Revit workflows.


 


About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio - Software Team Lead
Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software.

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July

12

2018

IdeateApps is a set of nine tools that simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often. Four of the tools address specific sheet and view management challenges experienced by Revit software users:

  • Creating, arranging, and replacing sheets - Ideate SheetManager
  • Copying sheets after views have been placed - Ideate Clone
  • Aligning views on sheets - Ideate Align
  • Creating a batch-series of new views and rules for logically naming those views - Ideate ViewCreator

To introduce Revit users to these applications, we regularly host a webinar called, “Automate Sheet and View Management with IdeateApps.” To make it easy for users to retain their knowledge, we keep a recording of that webinar on our website. 

In addition, we created short videos focused on each of the tools:

Please view these recordings and videos as often as needed and share them with others who you think will benefit from these tools.   

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to us at [email protected].


About the Author

Richard W. Taylor, Associate AIA – Technical Evangelist
Richard has more than 30 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions, such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 18 years of Revit experience, and he was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked for 12 years at Autodesk, where he presented, taught, and worked to improve features in Revit. Richard holds both a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As Technical Evangelist, Richard works with AECO clients worldwide, developing and consulting on BIM solutions. Find Richard on Twitter.

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June

8

2018

San Francisco, CA, June 8, 2018 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today the launch of its applications for Autodesk Revit 2019.

“Throughout the year, we listened as our customers explained their design, BIM, and workflow challenges,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “In direct response, our software developers created enhancements to our popular and effective tools for Revit.”

The updates are also for Autodesk Revit versions 2016, 2017, and 2018, and they streamline Revit BIM data management:

  • Ideate BIMLink enables precise Revit data control.  This Ideate BIMLink video highlights the updates, which include:
    • Access to more data for items such as conduit runs, cross-section rotation, reference planes, and primary design options
    • Data about who created and updated elements and types
    • Streamlined installation and activation
  • Ideate Explorer enables fast Revit data discovery. This Ideate Explorer video highlights the updates, which include:
    • Revit warnings review interface tab
    • Access to more Revit data and information about who created what elements
    • Streamlined installation and activation
  • IdeateApps offers efficient Revit data production. This IdeateApps video highlights the updates, which include:
    • The ability to renumber elements from within a schedule view
    • The ability to renumber conduit runs
    • The ability to use ViewCreator to duplicate sections and elevations
    • QuickSelect support for <direct shapes> and <ifc> elements,
    • Streamlined installation and activation
  • Ideate Sticky provides accurate data display. This Ideate Sticky video highlights the updates, which include:
    • Streamlined installation and activation

“Our customers know the value of saving time and improving their design deliverables. I am both proud of the accomplishments of the Ideate Software team and our customers who continue to push us to develop better products to solve their design and business challenges,” stated Bob Palioca, president.


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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