October

1

2021

Anyone interested in managing Revit warnings will want to watch the recording of this interactive webinar. Over the course of one hour, Glynnis Patterson, our Director of Software Development, and I discussed Revit warnings:

  1. Which Revit warnings are most important?
  2. Which can be ignored?
  3. Who should fix warnings?
  4. How can you fix warnings?
  5. How do Ideate Software applications help?

New Features to Ideate Software Tools for Revit Warnings Management 

In addition to Ideate Explorer and Ideate Warnings Manager, which Revit users around the world have used for several years to manage Revit warnings, we talked about the new Warnings Dashboard that can be integrated with Ideate Automation. We demonstrated how the Warnings Dashboard provides insight into the health of a Revit project by displaying items determined by our beta testers as the most important: 

  • Number of warnings
  • Descriptions of Top 10 warnings
  • Warnings per MB
  • Warnings over time

 

Browse our website for more information on our Revit productivity tools. Give them a try with a free trial version or subscribe today
 


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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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September

28

2021

We are pleased to announce that Dan Tartaglia, manager of the Development team at NBBJ Digital, will lead an instructional demonstration at Autodesk University on how to use Ideate BIMLink to extract data from a Revit model and visualize that data in Microsoft Power BI to better understand the health of the Revit model. 

NBBJ and Dan have used Ideate Software plugins for Revit software for many years, and Dan actively participates in our beta testing program to help ensure our products address real challenges that Revit users face. 

Make sure to attend his presentation, Analyzing Revit Data Using Microsoft Power BI, on October 5, 2021 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time or watch a recording of the session, which will be available shortly after the broadcast.

During the session, you will:

  1. Hear about the value of Ideate BIMLink and Microsoft Power BI
  2. Discover where to find learning resources for Ideate BIMLink and Microsoft Power BI
  3. See how to extract data from a Revit model using Ideate BIMLink and bring it into Microsoft Power BI
  4. Walk through examples of using Microsoft Power BI to examine the data from the Revit model

About Dan Tartaglia
Dan Tartaglia has been in the AEC industry since 1986. He has been working for NBBJ for 15 years. Before that, he was at Bentley Systems and a few other architectural firms in the Philadelphia area. Over the years, his responsibilities at NBBJ have evolved. Currently in the NBBJ Digital Team, he manages the Development Team and creates in-house tools mostly using the Revit API at the project and company levels to help automate and improve Revit efficiency. He also supports Revit projects, provides guidance, leads training on Revit and Microsoft Power BI and creates a number of Power BI dashboards for all levels of the company.
 

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September

27

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. A recent customer request came into our queue that asked about the ability of Ideate StyleManager to modify the color property of a CAD Import element:

“We have several imported [CAD] details from our façade consultants that require color to be edited to prevent an imported hatch from creating a large black area on our drawings.”

Revit manages CAD Imports as Object Styles unless they are exploded, in which case they become Line Styles. In the customer’s case, the CAD Import was not exploded, so Ideate StyleManager could absolutely be used to analyze, merge or delete these styles. However, the goal was to batch edit the colors of these object styles without exploding the CAD Import.

Imported Line Styles
Ideate StyleManager main dialog showing the DWG lines as Imported Object Styles

In this specific case, our support team advised that Ideate BIMLink would be a better fit for the requested task. Even though this customer was specifically asking about Ideate StyleManager, they have access to the full Ideate Software suite. When you have access to the Suite of Solutions from Ideate Software, you can use the best tool for the workflow or task.

Step-by-Step Instructions

To edit the color, line weight or material of Revit Object Styles:

  1. Launch Ideate BIMLink
  2. Select New
  3. Pick the Category option at left
  4. type 'object' in the search box to find Object Styles
  5. Pick the sample link called "Project_Stds-Object_Styles"

Imported Line Styles 
Ideate BIMLink Dialog after selecting NEW and typing ‘object’ into the Search criteria

  1. Optionally, you can limit the export to only edit the CAD Import Styles by setting the Link Definition Filter as shown:

Imported Line Styles 
Setting the Filter in BIMLink to only export CAD Imported Styles

  1. Export to Excel
  2. In Excel, change the line colors and patterns as needed
  3. Import back into Revit using Ideate BIMLink

In this specific example, the combination of using both Ideate StyleManager and Ideate BIMLink was an excellent solution that delighted this customer.

“Wow, awesome workflow!

This is what I was looking for. Very easy to access all the properties there.

Thank you!”

It’s a good idea to review other Project Standards samples via the Ideate BIMLink library definitions by reviewing this online Help topic.

Let us know how you use Ideate Software solutions to create the most consistent project standards for your Revit models. We love to hear from our customers about how they are using our Ideate Software solutions to solve difficult and time-consuming Revit workflows.

This post is part of a series of real questions posed to our Support team and our solutions. View more


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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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September

24

2021

As we round the corner to the final few months of this year, it’s time to look back and see if we are on track to accomplish our goals. Have your Revit initiatives been successful? If not, it’s time to start using Ideate Software Revit productivity applications. 

Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate StyleManager, Ideate Sticky and IdeateApps were all developed for leading AEC firms to give their Revit users and managers more confidence in their Revit work product as well as more time for interesting and valuable activities.

Two “Get to Know Us” Opportunities

Ready to use these full-function products in your work? We’re offering two special “get to know us” bundles:

  • Single User* – Prove to yourself the value of our products with our six-month single-user stand-alone bundle that includes a subscription to all five of our Revit add-ins for just US$500 
  • Small Teams* –  Introduce your team to all five of our Revit plugins with our six-month multi-user cloud network bundle priced at $US995

*These six-month offers also include a $500 credit toward your next annual subscription purchase of any Ideate Software bundle.

Large Quantity Promotion

Whether you already use our products or not, you can take advantage of our current offer of our cloud-network bundle of 25 of each of our five titles. Included in this special offer is two hours of live instruction and continued unlimited access to all our online learning materials, videos, Help files, technical support and blog posts. Valued at US$12,000 and currently priced at just US$8,000. This offer expires December 17, 2021.

GO TO OUR STORE

Used by top BIM professionals worldwide for more than 15 years, Ideate Software plugins deliver:

  • Solid programming
  • Software design quality
  • Excellent support from our team and via online resources
  • Web-based training and learning
  • Professional account management

No-charge trial versions are also available to download. 

Have questions? Our sales team is here to help. 
 

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September

22

2021

San Francisco, CA, September 22, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce that it will once again participate in Autodesk University.

“We look forward to connecting with the AECO community at AU 2021. We appreciate that it will be online and free, attracting more people from across the globe than the traditional in-person events,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. 

Ideate Software invites all AU participants to visit its online booth to watch short how-to videos that show how Ideate Software applications for Revit solve common workflow challenges and to view customer testimonials.

Glynnis continued, “During the conference, thousands of Autodesk Revit users will focus on professional development. When visiting our booth, they will learn how Ideate Software’s Revit add-ins can help them reduce the time spent on model management while enhancing model quality.”   

Throughout the conference, attendees can reach out to members of the Ideate Software Sales and Technical teams to discuss the Revit plugins: 

  1. Ideate BIMLink – Control Revit data with precision and speed
  2. Ideate Explorer – Audit Revit models with certainty
  3. Ideate Sticky – Integrate and format non-BIM data into Revit projects
  4. IdeateApps – Simplify everyday Revit tasks with efficiency and elegance
  5. Ideate StyleManager – Analyze, delete or merge non-standard Revit styles

To learn more about how Ideate Software products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can also download 14-day trial versions or take advantage of their current promotions:

A) a US$500 single-user bundle to use all the Ideate Software solutions for 6 months,

B) a US$995 multi-user cloud network bundle to give several people on your Revit team access to use all the solutions for 6 months.


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

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

 

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