August

4

2021

All Ideate Software product users can get the improvements made in May 2021 by downloading the latest versions. You can check for updates within the products, go to www.ideatesoftware.com/download or review What’s New in the online Help.    

Below are highlights of the updates. Watch the recording of our recent 30-minute webinar for more details and to see demonstrations.

General

  • All products aligned with Revit 2022 and updated for Revit 2019-2022
  • All products delivered in Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish
  • Most virtualized environments now supported by our new Cloud Networking
  • Support for legacy BIM 360 pathing and current Autodesk Construction Cloud pathing

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Alternate data key allows for the transfer of data from one project or phase to another
  • Edit nested family type parameters

Ideate Sticky 

  • Make overlapping images transparent for better viewing 
  • Open the source file directly from the Ideate Sticky dialog

Ideate Explorer 

  • Removed sketch reference planes
  • Integrated selection box and isolate elements
  • Added sheet count to views

IdeateApps

  • View title placement control on certain tools – Revit 2022 only
  • Copy plan views to other plan families
  • Alternate view placement for plan-based views
  • New checks and improvements to visibility results in Ideate XRay

 
This presentation was made at three different times for the convenience of our customers in various regions around the world. Other than the Q&A, the content was the same in each presentation.  

If you don’t yet have all our products, now is a good time to try them out. We offer free trials, and our current promotion is a six-month subscription to all of them for just US$500. 
 


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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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July

27

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. In this series of support blog posts, we highlight questions and our answers.

I’m a big fan of ice cream! One of my favorite dishes is locally called a Smoosh-In, where several different ice cream flavors or toppings are combined in fun ways. This same concept can be applied to Revit where you need to smoosh several parameters or properties into a single item like a Door Mark.

Here is a recent support question that came from a customer with a specific request. However, it’s a broader question that gets asked in so many different ways by our Ideate Software customers. 

The customer asked: “If I wanted to renumber doors by exporting Door Marks out into Excel, is there a way in Excel to select a large number of fields (Door Mark IDs from one level) and automate the sequential numbering of selected fields with a prefix? For example, I would want to renumber door Marks to follow this naming convention of:

<DoorFunction>-<Level>-DoorNumber>

Example = ID-00-001, ID-00-002 etc.”

Ideate BIMLink excels at this!  (OK, pun intended)

I know that I’ve mentioned this a dozen times, but it’s always good to start with one of our pre-defined Library Link Definitions that you can easily browse to locate. A simple one to use and potentially modify is just called Doors. Notice that it is defined as an Instance link because we want to edit each instance of the Door Mark’s value.

Ideate BIMLink - Libraries
Creating a new Link Definition by browsing the Library Definitions

You will want to be sure to add the properties that you might want to use within the door tag to smoosh together. I just added Assembly Code and Keynote as two property options.

Ideate BIMLink - Edit Doors Link
Select from many available properties from Doors, categories and additional properties from the dropdown list.

Once you export the information to Excel, you can use an Excel formula to combine the information. I first might want to create a “scratch” column or temporary workspace to just renumber the doors in a sequential order. That’s what I’ve done with column “I” in the Excel image below. Then I’ve used a formula within the Mark cell to combine Level Name as well as Keynote properties. Of course, keep in mind that your Door Tag family might need to be enlarged to contain the text string. In many cases, you may just have a level prefix such as 01, 02, etc. plus the Door Number, as was requested by this customer. They also wanted the Door Function, which is probably a short code.

(Click image to enlarge)

 Ideat BIMLink
The Excel export from Ideate BIMLink showing the formula definition within cell B2

If you would like to learn now to place From Room data and To Room data within a Door Tag, we have an excellent blog article and video that explain the process, which is similar to the process I outlined above.

For more tips and information, please review the online Help topics for Ideate BIMLink. Our Frequently Asked Questions page is also a good place to start.   

Once you have mastered the property/parameter combinations, I recommend you celebrate with some ice cream, and be sure to combine many flavors together for your own Smoosh-In!


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 20 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 and LinkedIn.

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July

23

2021

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

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software is a certified member of the Autodesk Developer Network and is the software development unit of Ideate Incorporated with headquarters in California, USA. Currently Ideate Software develops data management tools that work in conjunction with the Autodesk Revit technology platform. The Ideate Software team prides itself on collaboration, which occurs mostly through virtual communication both internally and with our customers worldwide.

Summary of Responsibilities

The person in this role will report to the Director of Ideate Software Sales (based on West Coast, USA) and will closely collaborate both in person and online with the Ideate Software sales teams and technical presentation teams. The primary responsibility is to expand the Ideate Software business through cultivating relationships, selling products, and managing accounts at strategic AEC companies, both prospects and existing Ideate Software customers. This position is full time and remote based, requiring occasional travel to customer locations.  

Required Skills

Job candidates need to demonstrate a successful sales track record and year-over-year sales success, as well as be personable, an independent self starter, hardworking, and a creative thinker. Previous software sales and/or third-party software sales experience strongly desired. This position involves significant customer sales interaction (phone/email/Teams presentation) as well as Autodesk Revit and Building Information Modeling understanding. Job candidates must be able to work comfortably in a virtual team environment.  

Sales and Presentation Skill Requirements

  • Effective selling
  • Business and financial acumen
  • Sales plan development
  • Delivering quarterly and annual sales targets
  • Heavy notes via CRM
  • Online sales presentation expertise
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Ability to understand prospect and client needs, workflows, and the decision-making processes

Technical Skill Requirements

  • Revit or other Building Information Modeling software
  • NetSuite CRM background a plus
  • Command of Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Teams, Word, and Excel
  • Strong user of LinkedIn / Sales Navigator

Primary Responsibilities

This role of in-country ANZ Sales Lead is new for the Ideate Software team, and as such, may transform based on feedback and successes, but initially the areas of responsibility are expected to be divided according to the following:

  • Direct sales activities – 75%
  • Strategic account management – 10%
  • Prospecting / value presentations / on-line delivery – 10%
  • Reporting / documentation – 5%

Estimated Travel

Travel will vary as roadshows and unique events occur. Travel is expected to be no more than 10%.  

90-Day Goals

All Ideate employees are subject to a 90-day evaluation period.  

Salary and Benefits:

  • Base salary (commensurate) + tiered commission
  • Health insurance support; WiFi stipend
  • Work from home 
  • As negotiated

***  Ideate, Inc.  (Ideate Software) is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome everyone to our team.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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


 

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July

21

2021

In an April 2021 blog post, we notified our customers of the important impact of the Autodesk rebranding of BIM 360 to ACC (Autodesk Construction Cloud).

We are happy to report that our May 2021 release of Ideate Sticky for Revit handles this name change seamlessly. This means that your team can choose to update to the newest version of the Autodesk Desktop Connector on your timeline without causing any file path problems with Ideate Sticky files, as long as you use this latest version.

You can help us advocate for improved programmatic access to the Desktop Connector by voting for this Revit Ideas forum post: Autodesk Construction Docs/ aka BIM 360 Local File API


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

20

2021

This webinar is for those who spend a lot of time renumbering and renaming Revit elements.

You’ll see how Ideate ReNumber, one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection, can help you quickly update element numbers and names, bringing clarity to design and construction processes.

While this webinar features examples geared toward the MEP and Structure spaces, they are applicable to those in the Architecture and VDC spaces as well.

Topics covered:

  1. MEP and Structure Rules - Overview  
  2. Creating custom rules to match your project or company-specific syntax
  3. Tips for deploying those custom rules

Watch the recording. You’ll see that Ideate ReNumber ships with a lot of customer-requested rules. If you have any that you’d like us to consider adding, please let us know

You can also learn about customizing Ideate ReNumber rules in our detailed Help pages

This presentation was made at three different times for the convenience of our customers in various regions around the world. Other than the Q&A, the content was the same in each presentation.  

Give IdeateApps a try with a free trial version or subscribe today

 


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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