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.
 


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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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June

30

2021

We were pleased to participate in the 06-15-21 webinar hosted by The Architect’s Newspaper. We were so excited to demonstrate how Ideate Software applications can be used during project setup ensuring the minimum project maintenance effort over the life of the project.

Sash Kazeminejad, Customer Success Manager, and Richard Taylor, Technical Evangelist, led discussions and demonstrations on:

  • Using Ideate BIMLink to create:
    • New project levels 
    • Unplaced rooms using programing assignments from client requirements contained in Excel
    • Revit sheets by using existing information from an Excel list of required sheets 
       
  • Using tools within the IdeateApps collection to create:
  • The composition, alignment and properties of required views using the view tools in IdeateApps
     
  • How Ideate Software solutions can reduce project setup tasks and increase overall efficiency of Revit projects

To see these demonstrations, view the recording of the webinar

About The Architect’s Newspaper
The Architect’s Newspaper delivers quality news and cultural reporting to architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors and other parties interested in the built urban environment. 

About CEStrong
CEStrong is a continuing education partner of The Architect’s Newspaper. It is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System.
 

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June

15

2021

Duplicating a set of Revit floor plans to a ceiling plan is simple with Ideate ViewCreator, one of the nine tools in our IdeateApps collection. 

This is one of the many great enhancements included in the May 2021 release of IdeateApps. Check out our Help file, What’s New in IdeateApps, to learn more. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Launch Ideate ViewCreator 
  2. Select the “Duplicate” method
  3. Select the rule called “*DUPLICATE” or “DUPLICATE — Change Family” if available. The “Change Family” option is newer and aligns the view name with the ceiling type name
  4. Use “Select Views” to go to the next page
  5. Use the “Duplicate to Other Family” option. Then pick one or more floor plans from one plan type

    Duplicate Floor Plan
     
  6. Select “Next.” Then pick the ceiling plan type to which you wish to duplicate 
  7. OPTIONAL: the “DUPLICATE — Change Family” is set up to allow a view template override. You can set the new ceiling plan views to a specific view template, if desired
  8. The proposed new view names can be edited here, or you can select “Rename Views” and complete the process

Results

The new ceiling plans will match the crop/scope box and 2D grid conditions found within the floor plans and will automatically be given logical view names.

Visit our Ideate ViewCreator online Help files for detailed information about how to manage some of the other more sophisticated batch creation workflows.
 


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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June

8

2021

Do you need to duplicate a set of Revit area plans to a different area scheme? It’s easy with Ideate ViewCreator, one of the nine tools within our IdeateApps collection. 

This is one of the many great enhancements included in the May 2021 release of IdeateApps. Check out our Help file, What’s New in IdeateApps, to learn about all of them. 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Before beginning, make sure the new area plan is defined within the project. Then:

  1. Launch Ideate ViewCreator 
     
  2. Select the “Duplicate” method
     
  3. Select the rule called “*DUPLICATE” or “DUPLICATE — Change Family” if available. The “Change Family” option is newer and aligns the view name with the area scheme name
     
  4. Use “Select Views” to go to the next page
     
  5. Use the “Duplicate to Other Family” option, then pick one or more area plans from one area scheme 




     
  6. Click “Next.”  Then pick the new area scheme type to which you will duplicate
     
  7. OPTIONAL: When duplicating to a new area scheme, you will be prompted about whether you want to copy any existing boundary lines. Unless you are certain, pick the option to not copy the area boundary lines
     
  8. OPTIONAL: “DUPLICATE — Change Family” is set up to allow a view template override. You can set the new area scheme views to a specific view template, if desired
     
  9. The proposed new view names can be edited here, or you can select “Rename Views” and complete the process

Results

New area plan views that match the crop and 2D grid settings of the original views are now created. New area boundary lines may be also duplicated during this process.

Visit our Ideate ViewCreator online Help files for detailed information about how to manage some of the other more sophisticated batch creation workflows.
 


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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