August

17

2020

To allow Ideate Software customers to easily deploy and manage our software applications across their organizations, we recently created Ideate Software Installer.

Ideate Software Installer: 

  1. Installs and updates all Ideate Software solutions with one click
  2. Easily standardizes licensing across all products at the same time
  3. Allows you to create deployments packages for different user types (e.g., general users and BIM managers) across your organization

ISI works by installing all the MSIs located in the ‘IdeateInstallers’ folder, regardless of any version already on the target PC. You have the option of using the manual mode, which install all versions of all products, or customizing the installation to only the versions and products you use. 

Watch this short video for the details, instructions, demonstrations, and customer Q&A, and then download it today!


 

 


About the Author

Jan Sako – Support and Q/C Manager 
Jan has been supporting Ideate Software customers with installations and deployments for seven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications. He brings extensive experience in customer issue resolution and general IT troubleshooting. His other passions are green technologies, specifically reuse and recycling, and various other environmental initiatives. Jan previously worked within the sustainability movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, Jan represents Ideate’s UK office. 

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August

11

2020

Do you and your team spend too much time trying to figure out why an element is invisible in certain views in your Revit projects? The reason that it’s so time-consuming is because Revit allows a dizzying array of sophisticated options to display or hide elements within the building information model. We here at Ideate Software have uncovered more than 50 ways to hide an element! Revit out-of-the-box capabilities are limited for diagnosing visibility issues. Ideate XRay is the answer!

Ideate XRay will quickly search through the 50+ potential causes, identify the reasons the elements are invisible, and allow you to correct the problem. Within moments, your elements are visible, and you can get back to modeling.

Want to see some demonstrations? Watch the recording of the 30-minute webinar.


 
Here are some comments from people who attended the webinar:

  • “I am one of the main people in our office that others come to in order to ‘find’ those elements that are hidden. I have to run through all of these possibilities each time. Great to know that we have something they can start to use to solve their own issues.”
     
  • “This is a very important topic. This issue can take hours of troubleshooting from the BIM Support teams and delay the modeling work of the design team. In addition, this tool can help to find elements that were incorrectly hidden in view by inexperienced users and can create an issue when delivering the model to clients, since these elements can have an impact on the data collection effort.”
     
  • "Yes, this is a very useful tool, not just in troubleshooting, but in raising awareness of the layering of issues that happen when designers are not checking various settings when modeling.”

In addition to this webinar recording, please review our recent Blog Article post on the Ideate XRay Selection Wizard.

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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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July

24

2020

Watch the recording of this 35-minute webinar to learn how to create new family types within your Revit projects using Ideate BIMLink, which supports the last four releases of Revit software (2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018). Demonstrations in the video use Revit 2021, but everything shown is available in the other three Revit versions as well. 

Ideate BIMLink, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year, is a proven product that helps thousands of Revit users all around the globe manage their Revit data by extracting it from the Revit model, sending it to Microsoft Excel for review or manipulation, and then importing it back into the Revit project for updates. As you will see in the video, many Revit elements can also be created more easily by using Excel and Ideate BIMLink.

This video shows you how to use Ideate BIMLink to move, edit and create data using Excel so your entire project team, even those who don’t know Revit, can easily use its superior editing tools to accurately and quickly:

  • Copy/Paste
  • Autofill fields
  • Concatenate Revit data
  • Search/Replace
  • Automate options and build powerful formulas

Ideate BIMLink automates the process of creating many new Revit element types such as Generic Annotation Types, View Types, Planting Types, and Wall Types, just to name a few examples. See how easy it is to create many new family types for use within your Revit project.

This is only one of the many ROI workflows we have documented on our website. Check out the workflows and usage directly from our customers and see how Ideate BIMLink can save over eight hours per project on creating new Revit family types.

Watch the recording today. 

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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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July

17

2020

Want to simplify your Revit data challenges? If so, this webinar is for you.

Ideate Software is all about helping you confidently manage Revit model data. Part of that help is through Ideate Software’s robust support services. We have online Help files for each product, short how-to videos, live and recorded classes, blog posts, and a technical support team made up of all Ideate Software employees. 

Watch the recording of this webinar to get an overview and demonstration of each of our Revit productivity tools and how they help users manage their Revit data challenges: 

  1. Ideate BIMLink – Take Revit model data into Microsoft Excel where you can copy/paste, fill down, concatenate, find/replace, translate to other languages, and more. Then bring the updated data back into your Revit project. 
  2. Ideate Explorer – A true model browser that allows you to audit your BIM models with certainty. With it, you can find anything in your model. It comes with Ideate Query, which allows you to refine a selection of elements based on a large selection of parameters, and Ideate Warnings Manager, which offers many more features than the Revit warnings manager and makes reviewing and addressing warnings an easy task.
  3. Ideate StyleManager – Aggregates essential graphic style and visibility controls within a single solution, so you can find non-standard styles and decide whether to keep, merge or delete them. This task is nearly impossible to safely accomplish using the native Revit tools.
  4. Ideate Sticky – Allows you to live-link Excel files as schedules, or Word, PDF, or Excel files as images into your Revit projects. Changes to the documents are automatically reflected in Revit. 
  5. IdeateApps – A collection of nine tools that simplify common Revit tasks. This webinar covered Ideate SmartDelete, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SheetManager and Ideate ViewCreator

Watch a recording of the 75-minute webinar.
 

 

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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

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

 

Learn more 

Download the new version today.

We develop software to streamline Revit workflows and processes. Have a feature you would like us to consider? Let us know.

Browse 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

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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