Ideate SmartDelete is a powerful application that is part of the IdeateApps suite of solutions for Revit. Ideate SmartDelete allows you to reduce liability issues occurring from the Revit model by understanding exactly what you are deleting. When you delete the RVT link or the ceiling elements, are you sure you’re only deleting the selected elements? Done improperly, Revit mode deletion will impact liability and the project schedule. With Ideate SmartDelete you’ll get that second chance to review your deletion set AND, more importantly, you can preview what else will be deleted, before it happens.

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You can’t afford not knowing what’s being deleted! This tool increases efficiency and saves you from important liability issues while allowing you a fully understand the impact of your Revit edits.

IdeateApps is a collection of Revit add-on applications that are designed for the everyday Revit user. IdeateApps will improve your productivity and increase your efficiency with difficult, time-consuming, and error-prone Revit workflows. Thus, allowing you to concentrate more on the process of design, rather than wasting time trying to manage your Revit project.

Use these powerful tools independently or together to realize increased productivity and efficiency, ease of design, and enhanced quality for all your Revit projects.

Watch the Ideate SmartDelete video to learn more!

About the Author

Richard W. Taylor - Associate AIA - Technical Evangelist Ideate Software
Richard Taylor has over 25 years of experience working for companies that develop architectural and engineering software solutions such as Intergraph, Bentley, and Autodesk. He has over 15 years of Revit experience, and was part of the original development of Revit while at Revit Technology Corporation. He worked 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 Masters of Architecture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Richard is currently a Technical Evangelist for Ideate Software Solutions and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on BIM solutions. In his spare time, he is active in his local community and is an elected member of the local Planning Board where he evaluates new developments, regional planning, and design criteria. @Rwtaylor_Revit


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Design changes are inevitable throughout the life of a Revit project. And because of this doors, rooms and other building elements may be added or deleted in the process. In turn, we go through a cycle of renumbering these categories of Revit elements, which equates to too much time spent renumbering, when we could be focusing on other tasks at hand. 

Now, with Ideate ReNumber you can easily re-number Revit elements by selection, path, or auto-update; create and even save customized renumbering rules.

Ideate ReNumber can be found along with other IdeateApps, and Ideate Software add-ons, in their own Ideate Software ribbon on the Revit User Interface.

Ideate Software Ribbon

Within the Ideate ReNumber dialog, you can create rules to be applied when renumbering doors in your project.

Ideate ReNumber Dialog Box

You also have several options for numbering sequence methods. For additional information on the different numbering methods, please visit this Ideate Software support page.

Ideate ReNumber Dialog Box

After deciding on the rule and numbering method, you can now start renumbering! A Preview dialog will give you information on the doors being renumbered. It shows the Revit element ID of the room, the Door Type, as well as the original and new value of the door number. Once you’ve reviewed the Preview dialog, and everything looks good – you can then accept changes!

Ideate ReNumber Preview Results

If you were to go through multiple design changes throughout a Revit project - and doors are perhaps deleted and/or added to your design in the process – you can continue to use the Ideate ReNumber tool to renumber the doors in your project.

Let’s take a closer look at how this tool can help streamline your design and documentation process when it comes to renumbering doors in Revit  watch this Ideate ReNumber Video.

About the Author

Katrina Vea Rodriguez, RA, AIA – AEC Application Specialist
Katrina is an AEC application specialist at the Ideate, Inc. San Francisco office. She is a California–licensed architect with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines. Katrina has over 18 years of experience in the AEC industry with a focus on both commercial and hospitality projects. She is also a Revit Certified Professional with over 8 years of experience utilizing the software on both small and large scale projects, from programming to project close out.




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The Latest IdeateApps Review Is In — 

At the last SeaRUG, the Ideate Software team was thrilled to hear about the latest review of our new tool suite for Revit, IdeateApps. Tim Grimm at Revit Add-Ons Blog has reviewed IdeateApps and awarded the must-have tool suite an Editor’s Choice Award. Read the review.

Learn more about IdeateApps:

IdeateApps is a new collection of four Revit add-in tools that simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often:

  1. Ideate ReNumber – Speed through the process of renumbering Revit elements by selection, path, or auto-update; create and save customized renumbering rules
  2. Ideate XRay – Reduce frustration by quickly discovering why some Revit elements aren’t visible in certain views
  3. Ideate SmartDelete – Avoid accidental deletions by discovering all of the Revit elements that will be deleted along with a selected element
  4. Ideate QuickSelect – Easily select elements and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, or family file

Use these applications separately or together to realize increased productivity, ease of design, and enhanced quality for your Revit projects.

Action Items:

The development of these new tools demonstrates our commitment to providing the building design, engineering, construction, and facilities management community with unprecedented access to and control over their Revit data.

For more information, contact our team via email or at 888.662.7238.

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Xray of ankle

When you see Ideate’s president, Bob Palioca, you see a man energized about helping the Architect, Engineering, Construction, and Owner (AECO) community fully realize the benefits of BIM. You don’t see the 10 pins that hold his ankle together.

Because of x-ray technology, Bob’s doctors were able to identify the extent of his injuries and determine the treatment that would help him heal quickly, with the highest degree of functionality and the least amount of pain. They were also able to easily keep an eye on things as his recovery progressed, making sure that his ankle indeed healed correctly. Without x-rays, his doctors would have been forced to evaluate his injuries by direct examination, as throughout much of history, making treatment less effective, and leaving more room for re-injury.

The challenges doctors would have to face without x-rays are arguably similar to those that Revit users face when they can’t see an object in a certain view. Ideate XRay is the solution. It gives you the information you need to do your job better, faster, and more precisely.

With Ideate XRay, you’ll no longer spend valuable time trying to figure out why an object in your Revit file isn’t visible in a certain view. Instead, you’ll use this powerful tool from Ideate Software to search through more than 50 reasons an element may be invisible and identify the one creating the problem for you. Here is a small sample of the issues that Ideate XRay reveals:

  1. Sections set to display a certain type of element (e.g., Mechanical) within a view set to display a different type (e.g., Structural)
  2. Missing grids associated with a Scope Box
  3. Dimensions hidden because of annotation crops
  4. Elements hidden because of an incorrectly set scale

With the information at your fingertips, you’ll quickly make corrections and move on to more interesting and less frustrating activities.

Ideate XRay is a part of our new IdeateApps collection of tools designed for the everyday Revit user. Learn more about these tools and download a free trial of IdeateApps. Experience how they’ll decrease the time you spend on common tasks and increase the accuracy of your BIM data, helping to keep your projects on time and on budget.

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Companies with one person using Ideate Software tools see that person move away from tedious, time-consuming Revit tasks to more interesting, creative work. That person is happier because he/she can focus on what matters most, and clients are happier because they get more innovative and accurate designs, quicker.

Now imagine the sweeping changes that would occur if your whole team used all the Ideate Software tools.

Making these changes is easier than you think with savings available through multi-product and multi-user pricing:

  • Single-user, stand-alone license annual subscription
  • Multi-user, network license annual subscription
    • Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for one person at a time on the network – US$2,495
    • Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for five people at a time on the network – US$7,000
    • Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for 25 people at a time on the network – US$10,000
  • Enterprise, multi-user network license annual subscription
    • Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps to all Revit users in your company – US$20,000
  • Instructor-led online training and access to recorded webinars, how-to videos, and robust Help files 
  • Support from technical experts 
  • Software that works with the current and previous three versions of Revit
  • New Ideate Software releases for subscribed titles within the subscription period
  • International license use (network; no additional fees) 

More and more of our customers around the world take advantage of the bundles. So don’t put it off any longer. Join hundreds of satisfied Ideate Software customers all over the globe and opt for a bundle today. Not sure which pricing option is right for you? Contact us to discuss your current situation, and we will help you discover the appropriate solution for your firm. 

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