July

16

2021

Ideate XRay, one of the nine tools in the IdeateApps collection, solves more than 50 Revit invisibility conditions, but we are the first to admit that we haven’t nailed them all... yet. 

If you are an IdeateApps user and you discover an invisibility issue that Ideate XRay cannot solve, please let us know! Send us a file with the problem view along with as much detail as possible, including the name and/or type of element that is invisible and the name of the view in which the element is not visible.

Our team will research the issue, and if we resolve it, we’ll add your story to our Invisibility Guru Hall of Fame. Here is the most recent example where Daniel Newman of Squire and Partners, helped us identify a new source of invisibility:

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Area Boundary Mystery Resolved

Daniel Newman of Squire and Partners discovered that area boundary lines can become orphaned in the Revit project when the related area plan view is deleted. In this instance Ideate XRay will not (yet) be able to resolve why the line cannot be displayed. (The line still ‘exists’ in a project, but boundary lines are view-specific, and these orphaned lines no longer have a view to which they belong.) 

One way to resolve this condition is to create an area plan view for the missing area scheme. The level of the new view must correspond to the level on which the boundary line was created. If the area scheme is no longer needed, you can delete the scheme which will remove all related area boundary lines at the same time.

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Let us know how we can improve Ideate XRay!
 


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

16

2021

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]

Job Description 

As Digital Marketing Manager, you are responsible for increasing customer awareness of Ideate Software and our products within the architecture, engineering, and building management markets. You will direct our Social Media marketing strategy and execute on these plans. You will be measured on marketing effectiveness, including ROI, online traffic, and market awareness.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop SEO and content marketing plans
  • Create compelling online content focused on customer solutions and product value
  • Grow Ideate Software social media presence as measured by followers and engagement (primary focus is LinkedIn)
  • Utilize social media to educate prospects and clients 
  • Research, design, and execute marketing collateral and branding messages for direct marketing email, mail, and web campaigns. 
  • Work closely with the Director to ensure continued alignment of overall marketing messaging.
  • Research and respond to industry marketing trends 
  • Recommend strategies to achieve revenue goals while proactively positioning the value of events and sponsorships.
  • Develop web content and newsletters. 
  • Fulfill requests for internal marketing support. 

Qualifications

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with constantly changing priorities with skill and accuracy
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Ability to work well in remote work environment
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Some Graphic Design and Web Development skills
  • Knowledge of Google Analytics, LinkedIn Ad tools
  • Understanding of CRM basics: data import/export, reporting

Compensation

Competitive salary ranges from $75K - $95K based on experience. Including strong Employer paid benefits.

Interested parties should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]


 

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July

14

2021

San Francisco, CA, July 14, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary of IdeateApps for Revit, a collection of tools that streamline the tasks that Revit users perform most often.

Launched in the summer of 2016, IdeateApps contained four Revit add-in tools that addressed challenges the Ideate Software Support team heard most often:

  1. Ideate ReNumber: Quickly update element numbers and names
  2. Ideate XRay: Determine and fix problems causing element visibility issues
  3. Ideate SmartDelete: Review elements that will be deleted along with a selected element 
  4. Ideate QuickSelect: View all instances of difficult-to-find items

“We built awareness through several task-focused webinars, and the feedback was overwhelming,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Clearly Revit users wanted to automate time-consuming processes, so we reviewed the Autodesk Ideas Forum and asked our customers for thoughts on additional workflows that could be improved.”

Tools Added to Address Requests from Revit Users

Within just a year, Ideate Software added four more tools to the collection:

  1. Ideate SpellCheck: Check open sheets and views, sheets in a sheet list and all schedule
  2. Ideate SheetManager: Filter sheet and view lists, create sheets, and place views onto sheets
  3. Ideate Clone: Match title block family and parameters, sheet parameters and browser file location
  4. Ideate Align: Align plan views in a set so they synchronize perfectly across all sheets

And in early 2018, the company added the ninth tool:

  1. Ideate ViewCreator: Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company BIM standards

Frequent Enhancements

“At least once a year, when we align our software to the newest version of Revit, we announce enhancements that respond to requests from the community,” said Glynnis. “Below are some of the most significant.” 

  • Support for Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, and Spanish languages
  • Batch Copy Views from Plan to Ceiling or from Area Scheme to Area Scheme with Ideate ViewCreator
  • View Title Alignment Control added to Ideate Clone, Align and SheetManager (Revit 2022 only)
  • Support for <direct shapes> and <ifc> elements with Ideate QuickSelect
  • Duplicate sections and elevations with Ideate ViewCreator
  • Renumber all elements from within a schedule view with Ideate ReNumber

IdeateApps is one of five Revit add-in products developed by Ideate Software, which introduced its first product more than 10 years ago.

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 purchase the US$500 bundle for access to all the solutions for six 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.

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July

9

2021

We are continuing our Ideate Software Blog series entitled Wishlist Granted.  Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests. 

The topic of managing numbers in our building information models is a hot topic within the Revit Ideas Forum, with this one dating all the way back to 2014 from Eric Chappell of Autodesk: Door Tags – “Would like door tags to be able to read a room number.”

Ideate ReNumber
Automatically matching the Revit door number to the room number with Ideate ReNumber

This idea became a reality for IdeateApps subscribers with the initial launch of Ideate ReNumber in 2016. Not only can you use Ideate ReNumber to automatically renumber doors with the room number, but you can perform this task in linked files where the rooms are not in the same file as the doors. You can see door numbering in action in this video.

And while we could have stopped at just doors, the Ideate Software team is always striving to redefine the problem, so we can solve many workflows with one solution. Zachleepeters provides an excellent example of this broader need within his Revit Ideas post, noting that numbering details on sheets can also be time consuming. We are happy to report that in addition to supporting numbering details on sheets, Ideate ReNumber covers a wide variety of numbering conditions, some of which are detailed within our How To…Advanced Workflows help topic.

We also love this great idea posted by Tomec Piatek in 2018 about the importance of controlling the numbering sequences and included this bonus request “…allow for user defined sequences similar to how revisions are defined now, i.e. numeric, alphanumeric with associated numbering options, including prefix and suffix.” You can learn all about how we addressed this wishlist item in our Customizing Ideate ReNumber help topic.

Ideate ReNumber
Example of custom rule creation with Ideate ReNumber

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality. We have the capabilities right now.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our previous Wishlist Granted blog posts.

SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT: I’ll be teaching an online class designed for MEP and Structural Engineers and how Ideate ReNumber can be best utilized. You can register for our classes here.


 


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

6

2021

For those who want to use Ideate Software products in their native language, today may be your lucky day! All Ideate Software products automatically come in six languages: Chinese (simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. 

To launch Revit in a specific language, modify the target line of the Revit launch icon, as follows:

  1. On the desktop or in the Start menu, right-click the Revit launch icon and click Properties
  2. On the Shortcut tab, in the Target field, modify the command to change the 3-letter language code specified for the /language switch

    Example:
    "C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Revit 2021\Revit.exe" /language CHS
     
  3. Click OK

    Changing Languages

 
The 3-letter codes of the languages supported by Ideate Software products are as follows:

Language Key

The language translation is just one of the recent enhancements made to improve your productivity with Revit software. 

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