Dear Revit World, 

We love your ideas! Thank you for being part of the Revit community and sharing your Revit feedback.

In the spirit of sharing ideas, Ideate Software is offering a standalone subscription to IdeateApps expiring on 15 December 2019 to any Revit user who completes our short survey by 30 April 2019 and shares his/her favorite idea for enhancing Revit productivity.

IdeateApps is a 5-star solution that includes nine tools. Many of these tools respond to some of the most relevant ideas shared on the Autodesk Revit Ideas Forum.

"I use the gadgets in IdeateApps to cut down the time I spend troubleshooting."
~Ruth Parr, BIM Strategist, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

Our products have been validated by sophisticated Revit users across the globe voting on each other’s best ideas. Here are the links to some of these notable ideas on the Autodesk Revit Ideas Forum that are integrated into IdeateApps: 

IdeateApps - SpellCheck

IdeateApps - SmartDelete

IdeateApps - Clone

IdeateApps - QuickSelect

IdeateApps - XRay

IdeateApps - ReNumber

IdeateApps – SheetManager

IdeateApps – ViewCreator

IdeateApps – Align

Thank you for completing our survey! Your input will help us develop tools that address persistent challenges faced by Revit users. 


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Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar on IdeateApps last week. This is one of the webinars we host several times a year for new users and experienced users who would like a refresher. Unlike the past webinars, this one was only 30 minutes; we shortened it from 60 minutes after hearing that attendees prefer shorter sessions. Although we did it in half the time, we still covered a lot of good information about our Revit sheet and view management tools:

  1. Sheet Manager – Access and control a number of sheets and views from a centralized location
  2. Align – Keep view ports aligned in the correct location on the sheet
  3. Clone – Duplicate a sheet and control the views on that sheet 
  4. View Creator – Easily create views with a series of rules

Here’s a link to the recording. It’s available to everyone, so please view it and share it with others.

Link to recording

Questions and Answers

Here are some questions about the IdeateApps tools featured in the webinar that I have received recently:

Q. Will the align work if the view crop is different?

A. It will align, but if you have a large view crop, it will be based on the upper left crop region, so it may be larger. If it’s a plan view, it will be based on the X and Y coordinates.

Q. If we clone a view that is dependent to a parent, will the parent clone?

A. No. It only creates the dependent view; it doesn’t not duplicate the parent.

Q. Can you align with a scope box?

A.  The views are aligned with the X and Y model coordinates or the upper left crop region. It is not currently possible to align only by the scope box. Here is more detailed information on exactly how the views are aligned:

When Ideate Align is used to relocate Viewports on Sheets, the Views are relocated as described below.

  • Floor, Ceiling, Area, or Structural Plan Views
    When the Alignment View is a Floor, Ceiling, Area, or Structural Plan View, and the selected View(s) to align are designated as "similar," those views will be relocated such that the X and Y model coordinates will maintain the same relationship to the title block as the Alignment View. This will ensure that any Plan-based View will be organized on the Sheets in a similar fashion. When non-similar Plan-based View(s) are selected to be aligned, those Views will have the same X and Y relationship between the upper-left corner of the Viewport and the title block.
  • Non-Plan Views
    When the Alignment View is not a Plan-based View, the selected Views will have the same X and Y relationship between the upper-left corner of the Viewport and the title block.
Q. How do you create the view if you have one floor and different unit types?

A. It would depend on how those type units are created. Are they groups, linked files, or design options? You could easily setup the view properties needed and then choose the unit type needed based on the method you used to create the unit type.

Visit our website for more information on our 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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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 [email protected].

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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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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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


  • 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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