January

23

2019

To provide outstanding sales, training, and support of our Autodesk Revit productivity applications around the world, Ideate Software partners with leading companies that are just as passionate about helping Revit users as we are. In the United Kingdom, we team with Excitech, the area’s largest Autodesk Platinum Partner. We were pleased that this partnership gave us the opportunity to present our products at the January 2019 University of the West of England (UWE) “Peer to Peer BIM” event. 

From my Boston, Massachusetts office, I presented virtually with Excitech’s Nick Johns, who was on site at the event. 

University of the West of England Event
Nick Johns, Excitech, on the ground at UWE, with Richard Taylor, Ideate Software, leading the presentation online from Boston, MA

During the presentation, I discussed common Revit data management workflows and challenges that are simplified or solved by using Ideate Software applications.  

The audience of UWE academia, BIM managers, and architects, including representatives from a leading UK infrastructure, buildings, developments and housing group, showed real interest in the presentation. People asked questions, shared their experiences, requested follow-up meetings, and committed to placing orders.

Although I’m always up for in-person meetings with Revit enthusiasts around the world, the partnership with Excitech made it easy and economical for me to virtually be in England. It offers me the ability to help those learning about or using BIM and Revit in their efforts to efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. I send out a big thank you to Nick Johns, Excitech, and UWE.

Visit our website for more information on our Revit productivity applications. 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 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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January

17

2019

Ideate ReNumber can be used in a multitude of situations. For example, you can renumber elements by picking them one by one or by using detail lines that cross through elements or have vertices that touch elements. In some situations, you can automatically renumber elements based on how the rule was created.

But did you know that you can also renumber elements from within a Revit schedule?

If you have a schedule of elements that you want to renumber in the order displayed in your schedule, check out the short video at the bottom of this post. It will help you save a lot of time on renumbering tasks.

Ideate ReNumber is part of our IdeateApps collection of tools designed to simplify the tasks that Revit users perform most often. Existing IdeateApps customers can request the two custom rules shown in the video by contacting support@ideatesoftware.com.

Revit Productivity Tools - ReNumber elements in Schedules with IdeateApps

You can use Ideate ReNumber in schedules to quickly renumber elements based on the display order of the schedule.

Visit 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

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. He has extensive experience in project management; BIM management; design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon; and leading classroom and online BIM training. He provides consulting, sales, support, and training solutions to AECO customers around the globe. Find Sash on LinkedIn.

 

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January

14

2019

Our recent blog post about the 10th anniversary of the launch of Ideate Explorer was very popular! 

Well, your interest in the history and current state of the software got our brain cells churning a bit. The team and I realized that although we have a lot of videos on many of the amazing auditing and discovery workflows that Ideate Explorer supports, we didn’t have one that put the whole thing together. So, we packed all the features and functions of Ideate Explorer into a 10-minute video, Ideate Explorer Overview.

Ideate Explorer - A true model browser
Ideate Explorer is a true model browser that shows crucial information about every instance of every element within your Revit model. 

Here are links to other videos on specific topics that may also interest you:

•    Ideate Explorer for BIM Management and Model Auditing
•    Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query workflows for advanced search and selection.
•    Ideate Explorer for Warnings Management workflows.

Want to see them all? Here’s a link to all our Ideate Explorer videos.

Let us know what you think. We would love to hear stories about how you use Ideate Explorer in your daily Revit workflows and model management to solve difficult problems.   
 


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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January

10

2019

At Ideate Software, we develop software that expands existing workflows in Autodesk Revit software. When creating Ideate ViewCreator, we gave a lot of attention to enhancing view templates in Revit. Revit view templates are used for creating and maintaining consistent standards. That strength is enhanced by Ideate ViewCreator, which ensures that each new view created meets the set standards.

If view consistency isn’t compelling enough, here are two more reasons to use view templates when working with Ideate ViewCreator.

  1. Improve Performance
    The use of view templates has a drastic impact on the performance of Ideate ViewCreator. If the original view has a template assigned, the time to process all the settings is significantly reduced. This is most notable when using the ‘Plans To Levels’ method:
    • With a template in place, the generation of each view takes one second or less. 
    • Without a template, the time is largely dependent on the number of object styles in a file. In a file with 900 objects styles, each view will take 2.5 seconds to generate. In a file with 1,600 object styles, each view will take more than 5 seconds. We have one file that has 4,200 object styles. Each view in that file takes more than 16 seconds to generate! When doing a large batch process, this can feel like forever.
       
  2. Assign Design Option and Linked File Graphics
    Unfortunately, we don’t have access to some view settings through the Revit API, including the valuable design option and linked file graphics. Thankfully, all these settings are supported by view templates. 

    With the power of partial view templates, Ideate ViewCreator supports the handling of these specific settings independently from the other graphics settings. This allows the design option graphics to be applied to views that would have different templates assigned by layering the view templates. See our online Help for a detailed example.

Duplicating Views in Ideate ViewCreator - Revit Productivity Tool


About Ideate ViewCreator

Part of our IdeateApps collection, Ideate ViewCreator is used to create views with the right names and the right settings every time. With it, you can generate hundreds of views across levels, disciplines, and more. 

Learn more about Ideate ViewCreator in our extensive online Help. Ready to give it a try? Download a trial version or subscribe today.


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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January

7

2019

San Francisco, CA, January 7, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit software add-ons.

“While making all of our products compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we took the opportunity to implement some improvements and fixes,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “These November 2018 updates demonstrate our commitment to anticipating and quickly responding to customer needs and industry trends.”

Below are highlights of the updates. Click the links for more details: 

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Ability to edit data in the program; no longer need to export it to Excel first
  • Ability to export metric units with the expected Excel formatting for German customers
  • Ability to edit the revision sequence of a revision cloud

Ideate Explorer

  • Option to pre-define the importance of all 915 Revit warning types
  • Ability to search for specific warnings and edit multiple warnings at once
  • Option to gather warnings data only when the Warnings tab is active
  • Ability to see when a project has exceeded a specified number of warnings

IdeateApps

  • Ideate ReNumber now supports multi-category rules
  • Ideate ViewCreator better handles visibility and graphic override conditions when duplicating plans by level

Ideate Sticky

  • Ability to move or rename project folders in Windows Explorer and maintain Ideate Sticky pathing
  • Ability to access Excel files that are part of an Autodesk BIM360 project
  • Some previously incompatible Excel files are now compatible

“I appreciate the time our customers spend discussing Revit workflow challenges with us,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “By staying in touch with the architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner community, we know about their needs. And by hiring and retaining top software developers who understand the market, we’re able to enhance our products to address those needs.”


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, 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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