June

30

2020

You may have heard the exciting news about the May 2020 updates to Ideate Sticky that include the ability to live-link Word and PDF documents into Revit projects. Want to see it in action? Check out the recording of our 30-minute webinar, What’s New in Ideate Sticky. 

Since its inception in 2015, Ideate Sticky has elegantly linked Excel spreadsheets into Revit projects. This year, in direct response to customer requests and comments on the Autodesk Ideas Forum, we expanded the support to include Word and PDF documents. This new functionality works with the current version of Revit (2021) as well as the three prior versions (2020-2018).

Watch this recording for demonstrations and discussions on linking different types of documents into Revit files as well as other new features, including: 

  • The ability to select and update multiple Stickies at once
  • The option to have Stickies appear in black and white 
  • The ability to link Excel files into Revit as images when greater visual fidelity is needed

 

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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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June

29

2020

Take a listen to the recording of the E2017 episode of BIMThoughts podcast for a conversation between hosts Bill Debevc, Carl Storms, and Dana De Filippi with Ideate Software’s Richard Taylor and Sash Kazeminejad. You’ll hear a fun and informative discussion on the history of BIM, predictions of the future, and most importantly, the new features in Ideate Sticky, the application that allows Revit users to link non-BIM data such as Word, Excel and PDF documents into Revit projects. 

Richard, who has worked with Revit software for 20 years, talked about groundbreaking technology of yesteryear and his prediction that several pieces of software will collectively evolve the ecosystem over the next few years. He noted that BIM is not just Revit, and there is a wealth of additional software that AEC professionals can use. Generative Design and Computational Design are the industry hot topics right now, but AEC professionals should review tools like Ideate Software to maximize their investment in BIM. Dana commented, “Ideate is probably pretty responsible for a lot of people not learning computation or Dynamo as early as they should have, because your tools are so awesome and they do so many things that maybe we would have looked to Dynamo for if we hadn’t had them.”

BIMThoughts Podcast

When the conversation moved to Ideate Software tools, Sash talked about the recent updates to Ideate Sticky. “I was most excited about this update because it went through a major overhaul. Based on feature requests from many customers, we now support the use of Word, PDF and Excel as images.” Prior versions of Ideate Sticky only supported Excel spreadsheets as Revit Schedules. With the most recent improvements to Ideate Sticky, we have now covered the major formats that people use outside of Revit.

Check out the 40-minute podcast to hear the conversation, which ends with Sash’s bonus content talk about coffee.

You can also watch this five-minute video to learn about the May 2020 updates to Ideate Sticky.

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June

26

2020

In May 2020, we released a new version of Ideate Sticky for Revit versions 2018-2021. This new version includes the much-requested feature of support for Word and PDF files, in addition to Excel files. This new functionality means that those who want to link Excel file content into their Revit files now have a choice. The Stickies can be created either as Revit schedule elements or as Revit images. The primary benefit of the newer method (images), is visual fidelity with the source document. 

Benefits of using new method - Images

These side-by-side examples show some of the differences between how the same Excel file is displayed using each Sticky method.

Example 1

In this first example, which uses the ISB-Concrete_Strength_Table.xlsx sample file, the differences are subtle, but if you look closely, you’ll see that the word wrap areas, shown in yellow, are not the same. The Sticky image version on the right accurately captures the word wrap as it is seen within the Excel file. If word wrap precision and/or column width/row height precision are important to your documentation, this newer method should be used.

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Sticky Schedule vs Sticky Image

Example 2

In this second example, which uses the ISB-Timeline.xlsx sample file, we notice a more substantial difference. The Sticky image, shown on the right, can display the chart element found on the same workbook, unlike the Sticky schedule.

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Sticky image vs Sticky schedule
 

Benefits of using original method - Schedules

The primary benefit of using the older method (Revit schedules) is that the file open performance is slightly faster. In most cases this will be negligible. Some people might also prefer the older method because the text, which is displayed within Revit as the schedule header, will become searchable when published into PDF file format. Refer to our online Help topic for more details, including a detailed comparison chart .

For those who want to link Excel files into Revit, this newly released version has got you covered with two great options for your design documentation needs. If you want to link Word or PDF files into Revit, Ideate Sticky can also deliver the quality and visual fidelity you need to coordinate your non-BIM data.

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To learn more about Ideate Sticky check out these related videos:

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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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June

25

2020

For some large architectural and interior design firms, the need to schedule and tag room location information, such as room name and room number as part of their furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) package, is essential to their workflows. While this workflow generally works for projects that use the same Revit model for both core/shell and FF&E, getting Revit to report the room location of FF&E items, where the rooms are associated with a linked Revit model, will not work. This is because Revit is unable to schedule the location of FF&E items when the rooms are not in the same model as the FF&E. 

Adding Linked Rooms

Common Workaround

A common workaround for this workflow is to create custom shared parameters for the room information and associate those parameters to Revit categories that are associated with FF&E, such as furniture, furniture systems, lighting fixtures, and more. The shared parameter creation process is very straightforward, but gathering the room location information to input into the custom shared parameters is a manual process that can be painful, especially if there are thousands of FF&E items.

A Better Solution: Use Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we can easily gather the room location information for FF&E using Ideate BIMLink and push those values into custom shared parameters for the purpose of scheduling and tagging. A process that once took hours or days to complete can now be accomplished in minutes.

Adding Linked Rooms

Step-by-Step Instructions

The process for this workflow would look something like this:

  1. Create custom Shared Parameters for Room Name and Room Number.
  2. Create custom Tags that include data such as Mark or Type Mark and the custom Room Name and Room Number Parameters.
  3. Add the custom Project Shared Parameters to your Revit templates and projects and map those Parameters to the appropriate FF&E categories (Furniture, Furniture Systems, Lighting Fixtures, etc.)
  4. Create a Quality Control (QC) Schedule using Revit’s Multi-Category Schedule option that lists all of your FF&E items. Consider filtering your Schedule to only show items that are part of the FF&E package. In addition, add your custom Project-Shared Parameters for the Room Name and Room Number and add the native Room: Name and Room: Number Parameters as well. These values will be blank in your Schedule, especially if the rooms for the FF&E are part of a linked Revit model, such as the core and shell file.
  5. Using Ideate BIMLink, create a new link from your QC Schedule, which will automatically build a list of the Parameter data you want to export to Excel. You should notice that Ideate BIMLink displays values for the Room: Name and Room: Number Parameters. Revit does not display this.
  6. Once the link has been created in Ideate BIMLink, you can export that data to Excel and copy the relevant data from the Room: Name and Room: Number Parameters over to the custom Room Name and Room Number Parameters.
  7. Save the results and import the data back in using Ideate BIMLink. Your custom Parameters should now have the values displayed in the QC Schedules, the Tags themselves (if you tagged your FF&E), and in the Properties palette of the selected elements.

It is important to note that while this blog post focuses on gathering linked Room data to push into custom Room parameters for FF&E, the process of gathering data to push into custom parameters works for many other categories.

To learn more about this process, be sure to watch this video.

 For related blog posts and videos, be sure to check out:

•    Similar Blog Post: Using Ideate BIMLink to Push To & From Room Data into Door Tags
•    Webinar Recording: Parameter Primer Part 1
•    Webinar Recording: Parameter Primer Part 2

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About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional. 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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June

24

2020

Need to batch-modify Revit view or sheet names/numbers to accommodate Design Options, Phasing, Scope Box, or other prefix/suffix conditions? If so, the Rename function within Ideate SheetManager awaits your discovery. 

Or have you just made a bunch of dependent views with useless names? Again, the Rename function is the answer. It’s an easy fix. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Search for the word “dependent,” then select all the views and right-click to launch Rename 

    Batch Rename Revit Sheets and Views
     
  2. Use the Find/Replace option to swap all the “Dependent 1” names for the corresponding Scope Box or other logical name, such as “Wing A,” to quickly whip your project back into shape

    Batch Rename Revit Sheets and Views

     

Save time and improve project organization with this easy-to-use method. Watch this short video to see Rename in action.

Ideate SheetManager is just one of the nine applications that come in our IdeateApps collection of tools that improve your Revit day-to-day productivity. For more great tips, please watch this overview video of all nine tools found within the IdeateApps collection.

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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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