March

20

2019

Are you thinking about adding a Revit add-in solution to your Revit workflow? How do you decide which is the best application for your specific workflow or team?

Last year, I wrote a short blog article about choosing the right tool for the right job; it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each software method. Once you decide to look into third-party application providers for your workflow, the choices can seem overwhelming.

What makes Ideate Software rise to the top in a sea of Revit add-in solution providers?
Ideate Software:
  • Provides the constant and detailed feedback you need to make informed decisions and ensure your Revit data is valid and correct.
  • Reviews each solution to ensure the user interface is elegant, simple, and highly intuitive.
    • We constantly ask ourselves if a simple solution or activity can complete many tasks instead of creating hundreds of icons or tools that can only do one limited feature.
  • Develops add-in applications that are easy to install and deploy for both stand-alone and network options.
  • Offers in-depth Help files covering frequently asked questions and detailed workflows in the product as well as on our extensive online Help files.
Five questions to ask when evaluating Revit third-party add-in applications
  1. If the software fails to execute the task, will I know exactly why?
    • What is your time worth when trying to troubleshoot errors or warnings with the software?
  2. Is the software robust enough to handle your largest projects?  
    • Always review within a Revit workshared project when evaluating new tools.
  3. Does the software delight your users?
    • Is it clear, concise, productive, and a joy to use to help solve your daily Revit workflow challenges?
  4. Does the software provide tools and support to help you train your team without much effort?
    • If there’s a problem, will you get help from the software developer?
  5. Does the software you are evaluating save you time and effort?
    • Does it improve the project deliverables?

Our customers are telling us they haven’t seen solutions in the current market that complete many of the workflow gaps in Revit plus also provide the important validation of the data that is so critical to ensure the Revit data is solid, robust, and absolutely correct. That’s the driving force behind the Ideate Software solutions.

Don’t take my word for it. Ask the above questions when you are evaluating software, and the results will be clear.

Visit our website for more information on our applications. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 


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 18 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.

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March

18

2019

Your response to our IdeateApps “Share Your Ideas” campaign has been fantastic. It’s not too late to participate and earn your subscription to IdeateApps by sharing your great productivity ideas for improving Revit.

One surprise is that we’ve seen a lot of suggestions related to improving Revit Legends, so we made this short video to showcase how we’ve provided a method to keep your Revit Legends organized within IdeateApps, via both QuickSelect and SheetManager, as well as into Ideate Explorer.

Take advantage of this campaign and register your idea before April 30, 2019.
 


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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March

13

2019

Thank you to those who attended the recent 30-minute Ideate Software webinar with tips and tricks on managing and splitting Excel data in Revit projects with Ideate Sticky, our application that allows users to easily integrate and format non-BIM data into Revit projects. I started the session by defining the problem and then provided two solutions, discussed repeating headers, and did a quick demonstration.

If you missed the session, would like to see it again, or would like to pass it along to colleagues, here’s a link to the recording

Webinar Agenda

Questions and Answers

My colleague Richard Taylor and I also answered questions throughout the webinar. Here are some that I think others may find interesting:

Q. When you click on or split up a Sticky, the line on the bottom on the Sticky disappears. How do you get it to appear?
A. Currently, there are two options. You can either draw a detail line, or you can do an outline in Excel. I will do a bit of research to see I can get the program to add a border to the Sticky based on the page length. If I find a solution, I will post it in a blog.


Q. How do you manage the font size from Sticky?
A. Check out our Help file on font mapping.


Q. After you break up the Sticky schedule, can you tweak the column sizes in Revit?
A. You can, but if you do and then update the information from Sticky, your changes to the column sizes will go away. We recommend doing column sizing in Excel. 


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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March

5

2019

Dear Revit World, 

We love your ideas! Thank you for being part of the Revit community and sharing your Revit feedback.

In the spirit of sharing ideas, Ideate Software is offering a standalone subscription to IdeateApps expiring on 15 December 2019 to any Revit user who completes our short survey by 30 April 2019 and shares his/her favorite idea for enhancing Revit productivity.

IdeateApps is a 5-star solution that includes nine tools. Many of these tools respond to some of the most relevant ideas shared on the Autodesk Revit Ideas Forum.

"I use the gadgets in IdeateApps to cut down the time I spend troubleshooting."
~Ruth Parr, BIM Strategist, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

Our products have been validated by sophisticated Revit users across the globe voting on each other’s best ideas. Here are the links to some of these notable ideas on the Autodesk Revit Ideas Forum that are integrated into IdeateApps: 

IdeateApps - SpellCheck

IdeateApps - SmartDelete

IdeateApps - Clone

IdeateApps - QuickSelect

IdeateApps - XRay

IdeateApps - ReNumber

IdeateApps – SheetManager

IdeateApps – ViewCreator

IdeateApps – Align

Thank you for completing our survey! Your input will help us develop tools that address persistent challenges faced by Revit users. 

 

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March

4

2019

Thank you to those who attended the recent 30-minute Ideate Software webinar with step-by-step instructions on how to use:

•    Ideate BIMLink to coordinate revisions across linked files and create an issuance list
•    Ideate Sticky to display revision summary information on a sheet in Revit

This webinar covered Revit Revision Basics plus detailed information on using Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky to improve the process. If you missed the presentation, would like to see it again, or know someone else that may enjoy it, here’s a link to the recording

In addition to the more detailed webinar recording, we have a 13-minute video that outlines the process.

02-21-19 Webinar Recording

Visit our website for more information on our applications. Give them a try with a free trial version, or subscribe today. 


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 18 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.

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