December

10

2019

San Francisco, CA, 12/10/2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to be associated with companies recognized for excellence

“As a developer of software that helps companies that design, build and operate built environments focus on their core strengths, we love to learn of their successes,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. 

“BIM professionals who are passionate about integrating innovation into design, enhancing communities, and collaborating across disciplines work countless hours on everything from the big picture to tiny details. It is both humbling and energizing to know that our products eliminate some of the drudgery.”

One Ideate Software product used by award-winning companies is Ideate Sticky, which enhances cross-team workflows by elegantly connecting non-BIM data from an Excel file into a Revit project.

“The lack of a text editor in Autodesk® Revit® software makes organizing and formatting non-BIM data frustrating and time consuming,” said Glynnis “Ideate Sticky solves this by enabling users to edit data in Excel and ‘stick’ spreadsheets on Revit files.” 

Here are some quotes about Ideate Sticky from companies that have won awards for innovation, sustainability, historic preservation, tenant improvements and even the “coolest office.” 

  • CSHQA
    Ideate Sticky enhances collaboration by streamlining the process of disseminating non-BIM data. What used to be a tedious, time-consuming task is now done in just minutes.”
    ~Evelyn Peterson, CSHQA
     
  • Eppstein Uhen Architects
    “Equipment planners will develop a list by room that owners want on the architectural drawings. To recreate this schedule in Revit would mean modeling the equipment and creating an element schedule. Ideate Sticky allows us to use the consultant list with minimal editing and a few minutes of effort.”
    ~Phyllis Robbins, Eppstein Uhen Architects
     
  • Mead & Hunt
    “Ideate Sticky makes a picture of the Excel file so you can view it phenomenally quickly. It seems transparent to its users, and most importantly, it is trusted by users.”
    ~Dan Dankert, Mead & Hunt
     
  • AC Martin
    “If our project managers or project architects need to access or update the information on the Ideate Sticky schedule, they don’t have to go into the Revit model to check on files. That’s extremely important to our workflow, because not all project architects are Revit-savvy.”
    ~Elisa de Dios, AC Martin

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how these companies use Ideate Sticky.


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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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December

9

2019

We were pleased to welcome people from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States to our webinar on the new features of IdeateApps for Revit, our collection of tools that streamline the tasks Revit users perform most often.

The November 2019 release of IdeateApps includes several significant improvements and new features. Here is a link to a recording of the webinar where I detailed and demonstrated the improvements and features.

Here are some highlights of the November 2019 updates to IdeateApps:

  • Improved searching 
  • Enhanced batch editing 
  • Improved sheet composition
  • Ability to:
    • Multi-select unplaced views and turn them into sheets
    • Rename sheets, numbers and views
    • Do odd and even numbering 
    • Copy and paste legends across multiple sheets 
    • Customize a view/sheet browser for individual team members

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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December

5

2019

Are you are seeking a building permit in New York City and interested in expediting your permitting process? If so, read on for our tip.

Tip - Use Ideate ReNumber to Meet your Sheet Numbering Requirements

Most building departments have rigorous graphic standards checklists requirements that must be met before a permit can be reviewed. In New York City, as well as many other jurisdictions, this checklist includes the need to number your sheet set with the page number and total number of sheets within the title block, as shown below.

One Less Item

This requirement can be achieved in less than a minute with Ideate ReNumber. In this 5-minute video, we demonstrate how to set up your title block and your project to expedite this requirement, so you can focus on real work.

Give it a Try

Ideate ReNumber is one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection. Download a trial version of IdeateApps to try this today. For detailed steps on this process or for other examples of how to use Ideate ReNumber, refer to the How To portion of our Help Files.


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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December

3

2019

At Ideate Software, our support team is integral to our development efforts. Every question teaches us how we can improve.

Here’s a great question that came from Erica Spicer, an Architect, Interior Designer and BIM Manager at Gensler

Support Question 

“I went to manage worksets with Ideate Explorer yesterday where I learned about the warnings tool. I was wondering if it would be possible to add a parameter within Ideate Explorer to define something as an ‘ignorable’ warning. That is, I’ve gone to the warning, decided that it’s ok, and I’d like to not see it again next time I evaluate warnings, or at least be able to easily filter it out.”  

Support Answer

“Your wish is our command.”

In this case, we had already designed the solution, and we pointed Erica to the step-by-step instructions in the Help file. 

It’s always gratifying to hear that a customer wants to do something that we have already designed. In our early discussions about how to display Revit warning data inside of Ideate Explorer, we heard from a lot of beta testers that some warnings (in some projects) were just big distractions and would be better off ignored. 

Our solution is shown below on the right-click menu. Being able to filter out non-essential information is becoming increasingly important in our data-rich Revit models. Helping customers stay focused on only the relevant data is something we continually strive to do.

Revit Warnings

What We Learned

We learned from this support case that juicy features that exist only on the right-click menu are not always being discovered. It’s an on-going user interface lesson for us. We always appreciate hearing about our users’ delight and confusion.
 
What’s your question about Ideate Explorer and Revit warnings management? Contact support@ideatesoftware.com and ask us.
 


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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November

26

2019

San Francisco, CA, November 26, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to IdeateApps, its collection of Revit add-on tools that streamline tasks daily Autodesk Revit users perform most often.

“The majority of the updates in this release improve the way Revit users manage sheets and views,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Earlier this year, we asked for ideas on how to enhance Revit productivity, and one recurring theme from the 500+ responses was to improve sheet and view creation.”

Here are highlights of the sheet and view updates available for Revit 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020:

  • Ideate SheetManager
    • Rename Views or Sheets – Easily rename views or sheets with the new right-click option 
    • Create Sheets – Quickly create sheets based on a list of selected unplaced views, legends or schedules from the right-click menu or the new tool button
    • Array Viewports – Multi-select unplaced views, drop them on a new sheet, and they will array within the margins of the title block
    • Batch Copy and Paste Legends/Schedules – Select a placed legend or schedule from one sheet to right-click and copy, then paste to many sheets
  • Ideate ViewCreator
    • Improved View Name Editing – Use the new view naming modifications to easily get to the view names you need

Additional enhancements include:

Learn more by watching the “What’s New” video

Download a free trial from our website.


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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.

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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