December

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2023

Architects, designers, engineers, and others around the world use Autodesk Revit software to design amazing structures. Explore sample Revit projects on the Autodesk Website to see some working models. Samples on the website include:

This sample file showcases many commonly used Revit features, including:

  1. Architectural, Structural, and MEP models with detail typical in early construction documents
  2. A site model incorporating Civil design completed in Autodesk Civil 3D software
  3. Landscape Architectural design
  4. Commercial kitchen design
  5. The most standard Architecture, Structure, and MEP toolsets
  6. A point cloud file that was the basis for the façades model
  7. Phasing in the façades model that differentiates the existing to remain and demolition of the building elements from the point cloud
  8. Custom fill patterns in the façades model that represent historical bricks in the existing buildings
  9. New Construction phase that includes all work in the architectural, structural, and MEP models
  10. Level 1 set-up that involves three view ranges and the Plan Regions
  11. Three egress stairs and two elevators
  12. Groups used for repeating items
  13. Design options
  14. Customized floor shapes
  15. Solar panels that incorporate custom tapered wall types and a sloped curtain wall type
  16. Incorporated toposolids
  17. Additional views to showcase Revit software’s documentation features
  18. Custom view types and view templates to ensure graphical setting consistency
  19. All view types: Plans, Ceiling plans, Sections, Elevations, Callouts, Details, 3D Views, and a Walkthrough
  20. Area Plans 
  21. Many “Working” views
  22. A Variety of Schedules
  23. A complete set of sheets

Now that you are inspired, want to learn how you can spend more of your time on the exciting design activities possible with Revit and less time on tedious tasks or dealing with poorly performing models? 

Work Faster in Revit by Adding Ideate Software Applications to your Toolset

speedometerAs demonstrated in the Autodesk sample files, Revit has extensive capabilities that can help professionals in the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner-operator (AECO) industries design, build, and operate structures that address complex needs. The software also requires a great deal of manual, repetitive tasks and, when left unchecked, can lead to bloated files that don’t work well. That’s where Ideate Software comes in. 

Ideate Software is an Autodesk® Authorized Developer and a member of the Autodesk Developer Network. Our Revit addins help companies in the areas of building design, engineering, construction, and facilities management get the most out of their Revit. 

Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps are our Autodesk Revit addins that solve persistent problems in AECO workflows.

Ideate Automation is the newest tool in our suite. It is a scripting solution that easily automates repetitive Revit and Ideate Software tasks to deliver consistent and repeatable results. 

Here are some highlights of how these applications will help you reduce the time you spend on model management, so you can discover more ways to use Revit.

Ideate Explorer – Do you spend too much time searching for elements in your Revit model? You are not alone. It’s a common challenge, because Revit comes with a project browser, not a model browser. Ideate Explorer is a model browser that makes it fast and easy to find and delete incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items—including imported or linked DWG drawings. You can also find, refine, and revise elements that aren’t in the Revit project browser. The following four features included with Ideate Explorer will reduce the time you spend searching even more: 

  • Ideate Query – Search in parameters for elements like unused annotations, design options, in-place usage, structure usage/area scheme, and revisions
  • Ideate Filters - Filter model elements quickly based on your specified parametric conditions
  • Ideate Warnings Manager – Audit warnings ranked by importance; fix problems with Revit tools while the Ideate Warnings Manager dialog box is open
  • Ideate Navigate – Navigate view-based elements; find unused sheets and views; find and filter legends, schedules, sheets, or views by category and/or keyword; customize work environments without changing the project browser 

Ideate BIMLink – Do changes that require model updates make you cringe because you know you’ll need to spend hours changing elements one at a time? Use Ideate BIMLink instead. With this powerful Revit addin, you can export data from your Revit model into an Excel file, where you can easily view and manipulate large amounts of data. After updating the data, you simply use Ideate BIMLink to import the data back into Revit, and the model will automatically update. 

Ideate Sticky – Is it difficult to communicate critical project details with team members in various locations? Do miscommunications create errors or delays? These are not problems with Ideate Sticky. Use it to live-link Excel, Word, and PDF documents into a Revit model. These “stickies” look nice, are easy to read, and can be updated easily when changes are made to the original source documents.

Ideate StyleManager – Do unused styles clog up your Revit models, cause them to perform poorly, and create documentation errors? That’s because it’s easy to accidentally bring unneeded styles into a model when pasting needed information. With Ideate StyleManager, you can easily analyze, merge, or delete non-standard Revit styles, and you can see the view filters applied to views and clean object and line styles and patterns, text, fonts, parameters, and more. 

IdeateApps – So many Revit tasks are repetitive. They take a lot of time, are boring to do, and open the door to errors. The 10 tools that come in the IdeateApps collection tackle the repetitive tasks performed by Revit users most often:  Ideate SpellCheck, Ideate Align, Ideate Clone, Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, Ideate Annotate, Ideate XRay, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SmartDelete, and Ideate QuickSelect

Ideate Automation – You and your staff will have more time for interesting, meaningful work when Ideate Automation runs time-intensive BIM tasks silently in the background. You can start a script manually or schedule it to run at a convenient time, like during non-working hours or when you are occupied in a meeting or on a call. Here’s a new video we created with a short, technical overview of Ideate Automation:

 
 

Stay Connected

Connect with Ideate SoftwareLearn more about our top Revit plugins.

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If you have any questions, reach out to us. We are here to help you understand and use our Revit plugin solutions

Browse our website to learn more about how Ideate Software helps Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to our addins for Revit, which includes Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six months.

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December

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2023

2023 was an exciting year for us! We 1) once again achieved our goal of quickly aligning our solutions with the latest and three previous versions of Revit, 2) met with thousands of BIM enthusiasts in person and virtually, and 3) introduced dozens of new features and updates that deliver even more value to subscribers. Be sure you are taking advantage of all the hard work we completed in 2023 by visiting this page for the latest Ideate Software solutions!

Ideate Automation Takes the Spotlight!

We highlight details of our 2023 activities below, but we just have to start with the super-star of the year, Ideate Automation

Ideate AutomationOur latest updates created quite a buzz within the Revit community, even with people who don’t already have Ideate Software products. The partial reason for all the new excitement is because in October, we announced that without consuming any Autodesk Cloud Credits, Ideate Automation can now be used to schedule the opening of large Revit files at a convenient time, like overnight! And if that wasn’t enough, we also announced that Ideate Automation can be used to:

  • Export data from Revit into PDF, DWG, NWC, and IFC formats
  • Publish files to Autodesk BIM 360 as often as daily
  • Run the Revit “audit and compact” process
  • Save Revit models to a specified location
  • Schedule these tasks off-hours
  • …….and so much more!

Ideate Automation Workflow Chart

Ideate Software What's New Playlist

Many More Enhancements

Like every year, we added many customer-requested updates to our products when we aligned them with Revit in May, and we added even more later in the year. To make it easy for customers to learn about the updates, build them into their workflows, and share them with colleagues, we created a “What’s New in Ideate Software” playlist on our You Tube channel and posted several short videos.

There is also a What’s New Help topic under EACH Ideate Software solution. Here is just the latest example from IdeateApps that includes both May and November 2023 updates.  Be sure to read all about the latest features and enhancements within each unique Ideate Software solution by reviewing our latest HELP files.

Online Training & Presentations

Our webinars continue to be a favorite learning method for customers. This year we hit an all-time high of 1,500 registrants! We posted links to recordings under the Events tab in our blog posts. 

We continued our Training blog post and Support blog post series in 2023 with dozens of tips on getting the most out of Ideate Software solutions.

Our support team fielded hundreds of questions regarding everything from installation to new feature requests, and almost everything in-between.

Globetrotting

Our team discussed BIM challenges and Ideate Software solutions at many in-person events:

England
Women in BIM
NXT BLD
Revit Data Management Insights Group
Digital Construction Week

France
BIM World Paris

Germany
BIM World Munich

Ireland
BIM Coordinators Summit
Singapore
Build Tech Asia

Switzerland
BIM Day GVA

United States
Autodesk University
Lunch and Learn in San Francisco
Digital Built Week - Americas
San Francisco City Tour
San Francisco AIA Conference
2023 AIA San Francisco Design Awards     
NYC City Tour

 In Good Company 

We were honored that the following customers took time out of their busy schedules to share how our products help them achieve their goals. 

  1. Corstorphine & Wright
  2. Environmental Systems Design
  3. Evolve Consultancy – 1
  4. Evolve Consultancy - 2
  5. EwingCole
  6. Goettsch Partners
  7. HPP Architects
  8. Modmation
  9. Parkin Architects
  10. Stantec

Stronger Social Media Presence

We upped our social media game to get the attention of more customers and potential customers.

New videos on YouTube
Now on Instagram 
Fun and valuable prizes!  
Spotify Wrapped campaign

Thank you!

As we close out the year, we thank Ideate Software employees, customers, consultants, partners, and others who helped us achieve our 2023 goals. We look forward to 2024 being another year of collaboration, innovation, and success.

Stay current on all our activities in 2024 by following us on X/Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

 

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December

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2023

Our latest enhancements to Ideate Automation are creating quite a buzz throughout the AECO community! During this 30-minute webinar, we demonstrate how to use this desktop solution to create PDF, DWG, and NWC* exports from Revit files using Sheet list definitions from Ideate BIMLink by:

  1. Creating a custom sheet list with Ideate BIMLink
  2. Saving an Ideate BIMLink link definition outside of the Revit file for use by Ideate Automation
  3. Dynamically controlling sheet export lists for DWG, PDF, and NWC via Ideate Automation + Ideate BIMLink
  4. Scheduling the batch export of these file types with Ideate Automation to run off-hours to maximize computer efficiency

We also provide some highlights on how to further transform your Revit workflows by using Ideate Automation with other Ideate Software solutions.

*Ideate Automation can also export data from Revit to IFC files, but because the process doesn’t use Sheets, we don’t cover it in this webinar. To learn more about exporting data to IFC files, read this Help file.


 

Browse our website to learn more about our productivity-enhancing tools. 

 

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December

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2023

For the last couple of years, Ideate Software has increased its efforts to serve and connect with the BIM community in Germany. The number of existing customers and interested parties at our booth and presentation at BIM World Munich showed that our efforts are paying off! We sincerely thank Markus Hiermer from Maxcad for his instrumental help throughout the process, including being at the booth to communicate the Ideate Software proposition clearly and effectively to the German-speaking audience.

Also representing Ideate Software at the event were our UK/EMEA Customer Success Manager Steve Deadman, and our UK/EMEA Territory Lead Nick Johns. They commented on the large number of people asking for more information on our products, the excitement surrounding Ideate Automation, and the numerous demonstrations delivered on how to use our products to address Revit and BIM challenges.

The team was also pleased with the turnout at Steve’s presentation called “Quality Control and Best Practices for Success Project Delivery,” with approximately 60 people in the audience and several booth visits to continue the discussion.

While BIM World Munich attendees were impressed with all our products, the one they asked about most often was Ideate Automation, which got a major overhaul earlier this year. Steve, Nick, and Marcus showed many people how to schedule Ideate Automation to run time-intensive BIM tasks, including:

  • Opening large Revit files
  • Running Revit “audit and compact” process to maintain file size
  • Exporting data from Revit into PDF, DWG, NCW, and IFC files
  • Publish files to Autodesk BIM 360 as often as daily

Browse our website for more information on our Revit addins and check out our Events page for more opportunities to connect with our team in person and virtually.

A Few Photos from the Event
 

 

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December

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2023

“I have to say, this year’s event was the best AU I have been to over my long career of attending and exhibiting at these shows,” said Ideate Software President Bob Palioca, who attended his first AU in 1986. 

There were two significant differences between this year’s conference and prior ones: 1) We increased the number of workstations at our booth from two to five, and 2) We had a large group of team members there from leadership, software development, support, customer success, sales, and marketing. In addition to the Ideate Software professionals, Ideate Software advocates Brian Mackey, owner of BD Mackey Design, and Sash Kazeminejad, project manager at Annex Architecture and former customer success manager at Ideate Software, were also at our booth. 

Ideate Software at AU 2023
 
The extensive resources enabled us to devote more time to individuals, demo our products in more depth, and even help customers with specific workflow issues they were facing.

As always, our main purpose in attending AU was to show our customers how much we appreciated them. We did that this year through several ways, including:

  1. Delicious Latin food at Chica in The Venetian
  2. A digital photo booth where many customers took pictures of their teams and with Ideate Software personnel
  3. Fun swag, including Ideate Software socks that were a huge hit

    Ideate Software at Autodesk University 2023 - Swag
  4. A drawing for a box of Recchiuti Gourmet Chocolates, a true San Francisco treat

In addition to connecting with the AECO community, visiting with many of our 350 beta testers, and attending learning sessions,:

  • Ideate Software hosted the Women in BIM event and provided space for the organization to hold meetings with current and prospective mentors 
  • Our leaders saw what our partner Modulus Consulting is doing with autonomous scanning and reality capture
  • Nivin Nabeel, our North America Customer Success Manager, led a well-received session called, “Clone Yourself and Save Time on Repetitive Revit Tasks”


     

We are all back to work and reviewing our notes for opportunities to continue delighting our customers with outstanding BIM tools that save users time and improve the quality of their Revit models.

Fun Memories      

Ideate Software Booth at AU 2023
Ideate Software Booth at AU 2023 AU 2023 - Ideate Software
Ideate Software at AU 2023 - Photo Booth AU 2023 - Ideate Software

 

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