May

6

2020

Would you like to know where our customers say they get the greatest return on investment on our software? Watch the recording of this 60-minute webinar for a demonstration of the top 10 ROI workflows streamlined by our Revit productivity enhancement tools:

Ideate Sticky

10.    Resolves Revit’s lack of support for linked Excel data

IdeateApps

9.    Reduces time wasted on visibility issues
8.    Avoids the liability of unintended deletions
7.    Saves time by automating sheet creation
6.    Saves time and avoids errors on numbering tasks
5.    Makes sheet and view management efficient

Ideate Explorer

4.    Makes complex models easy to navigate

Ideate BIMLink

3.    Reduces time spent managing revisions and sheet issuances
2.    Makes it possible to automate element creation
1.    Saves time and improves accuracy for bulk data editing
 

For more information on the ROI of our software, check out these blog posts:

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

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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April

28

2020

It’s time to update your IdeateApps subscription. 

IdeateApps now works with Revit 2018-2021. All functionality is identical across Revit versions, unless noted otherwise. 

Below are highlights of the improvements and new tools. You can also review related videos on our YouTube What's New in Ideate Software playlist and get all the details from our Help file

May 2020 Updates:

  • Ideate QuickSelect supports new Revit 2021 elements including infrastructure Direct Shape elements and linked PDFs
  • For versions 2018-2021, Ideate QuickSelect supports the new Ideate Sticky images
  • For versions 2018-2021, this release includes improved support for deployment of company standards for Ideate ReNumber and Ideate ViewCreator content

Improvements and Fixes in the November 2019 Update:

Improved Searching

  • The Search function in Ideate SheetManager, Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate Align, and Ideate QuickSelect treats un-quoted words as "and" statements. Using quotation marks will enforce an exact match. For example, entering Floor 2 into the Search area will now find any view that contains both the word "Floor" and the word "2" such as "Level 02 - Floor Plan" or "2nd Floor." Previously, that same search would have only found views that contained exactly the words "Floor 2." If you want to only find two or more words in an exact order, use ""

Ideate ReNumber

Support for odd and even numbering added. This is particularly useful for rooms and parking spaces

Rule added to Basic folder:

  • Rooms - Skip.rule - The numbering increment will increase by 2 instead of 1 for this rule. For example, when the first number begins with an odd number, all subsequent numbers will also be odd. When the increment begins with A, the subsequent letters will be C, E, G, etc.

Rules added to Bonus folder:

  • Parking - Skip.rule - See above
  • Sheets-Suffix - Use this rule to suffix any sheets displayed within a sheet list

Ideate SheetManager

  • Rename Views or Sheets
    Quickly rename existing views or sheets by selecting and using the new right-click option 


     
  • Create Sheets
    Quickly create new sheets based on a list of selected unplaced views, legends or schedules 
  • Array Viewports
    Multi-select unplaced views, and when they are dropped onto a new sheet, the views will array within the specified margins of the titleblock 
  • Batch Copy and Paste Legends/Schedules
    Select a placed legend or schedule from one sheet to right-click and copy, then select one or more sheets to paste the same legends/schedules to multiple sheets  


     

Ideate ViewCreator

View naming modifications added 

Download the new version today.

If you have a feature request, please let us know. 
 


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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April

27

2020

In this webinar, we focused on four tools within the IdeateApps collection that you can use to increase the productivity of your entire BIM staff by streamlining the process of managing sheets and views.

Watch the recording of the webinar for:

  1. An overview of our sheet and view tools (Sheet Manager, Align, Clone, and ViewCreator)
  2. Instructions on how to use the tools to standardize view naming
  3. A demonstration on how to customize the rules
  4. Creative workflows for using the tools as a suite to increase efficiency
  5. Tips and tricks


Here are a couple of comments we received at the conclusion of the webinar:

  • “The presentation was very informative on showing the power of IdeateApps. This will greatly increase our productivity.”
     
  • “Your new format was a plus because it gave training the feel of having a real classroom experience without having to travel.”

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

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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April

15

2020

San Francisco, CA, 04/15/2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to share how San Francisco-based architectural firm WRNS Studio uses Ideate Software tools.

“We’ve been working with Ideate Software for years,” said Jason Halaby, Architect & BIM Manager at WRNS Studio. “Each one of their products tackles specific challenges we face with Revit software. They help us save time with a variety of model tasks, freeing up time for our designers to do what they do best, innovate and design.”

WRNS uses Ideate Software’s Revit productivity solutions in the following ways:

  • Ideate StyleManager - “Ideate StyleManager is our go-to tool for model cleanup at project milestones. Revit does not provide easy access and manipulation of certain classes of elements, such as LineStyles, Object Styles, Filters, etc. With Ideate StyleManager, we can find unused or duplicate styles and merge or delete them – this provides a level of model cleanup that was not previously possible.”
     
  • Ideate BIMLink - “Increasingly our model data is becoming a part of our deliverables. Ideate BIMLink gives us an easy way to manipulate model data efficiently in Excel and bring it back to Revit. Door schedules, Finish schedules, Sheet indexes, Type management schedules are commonly edited with Ideate BIMLink at WRNS.”
     
  • Ideate Explorer - “Without Ideate Explorer, Revit is not a fully functional BIM authoring platform. WRNS relies on Ideate Explorer’s detailed selection filtering, query tools, and warning manager for many of our model management tasks, which include finding in-place families, auditing worksets, filtering selections by type, finding and resolving warnings, and generally providing a more transparent window into the model database.”
     
  • IdeateApps - “We use Ideate Renumber extensively to number rooms, doors, parking stalls, and other elements. Ideate SmartDelete is critical to our workflow during the documentation phase because it helps us determine where model changes will impact documentation views. Ideate X-Ray is great for troubleshooting those tricky visibility issues. And Ideate SheetManager is a great alternative to the Revit Project Browser for finding and manipulating views and sheets.”


WRNS Project: Sonoma Academy

Read more about WRNS and Ideate Software. 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, IdeateApps, and Ideate StyleManager were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

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March

27

2020

Why would you want to use Ideate SpellCheck instead of the default spell check in Revit? Because Ideate SpellCheck offers so much more to ensure comprehensive quality control of your Revit projects. In Revit, you can check one View or Sheet at a time, and it is limited in the amount of text it checks. With Ideate SpellCheck, you can:

  • Check all Sheets at once 
  • Check Schedule data and Keynote Legends
  • Zoom to review Sheet-based errors
  • Check spelling in more languages than available in Revit
  • Flag spelling errors in groups, nested families, keynotes, etc. that need to be fixed later

I recently highlighted all the features of Ideate SpellCheck in a 30-minute webinar. Here’s a link to the recording. In it, I covered:

  • An overview of Ideate SpellCheck
  • How to set up the dictionaries
  • The three selection methods for checking text
  • Demonstrations of each method
  • Tips and tricks

During the webinar, I mentioned a related blog post, Multi-Language Support with SpellCheck, that I think you will also find highly informative.  

In addition to the excellent blog post, please review our comprehensive online Help for everything you need to know about this application within the IdeateApps suite of productivity and efficiency tools for all Revit users.
 

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

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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