June

16

2020

San Francisco, CA, June 16, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit productivity applications.

“As we do every year, we launched updates to all our products shortly after Autodesk released its newest version of Revit software,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “In addition to aligning our software with Revit 2021, we added enhancements requested by Revit users around the world. One of the most significant changes is within Ideate Sticky, which has always enabled users to link Excel spreadsheets into their Revit projects. With our latest version, users can also link Microsoft Word and PDF documents—even multi-paged PDF documents—into their Revit projects.”

May 2020 Updates

Below are highlights. Click on the links for more details: 

  • The new version of Ideate Sticky now offers: 
    • Support for PDF and Word documents
    • The ability to mass-edit Sticky properties
    • The option to link Excel files into Revit projects as images when greater visual fidelity is needed
       
  • The new version of Ideate StyleManager includes:
    • Improved usage results for families containing older CAD imports object styles
    • Hatch patterns displayed on the Fill Pattern dialog
    • Filled and masking regions renamed from "Detail items" within usage results of the user interface to better indicate their status
       
  • The new version of Ideate BIMLink has the following enhancements:
    • MEP — Create spaces from linked room data 
    • Structure — New data category: Sketch
    • New quality control workflows with additional properties available:
      • Walls: Has Edited Profile and Has Split face
      • Roofs, Ceilings, Floors: Has Split Face
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Cross Section
      • Walls, 2021 Only: Angle from Vertical
    • New Health Check Folder within Library Links
       
  • The new version of Ideate Explorer now offers:
    • Support for new Revit 2021 elements including Direct Shapes and linked PDFs
    • New features in the Ideate Query component:
      • All quality control properties added to Ideate BIMLink also available within Ideate Query
      • Review survey or internal coordinate data for all model elements
    • Support for deployment of company standards in the Warnings Manager component
       
  • The new version of IdeateApps includes the following improvements: 

Those who already subscribe to Ideate Software solutions have access to the current Revit-compatible version (2021) plus three earlier versions (2020-2018), as well as access to point release improvements made during the subscription period. Those who aren’t subscribers yet can download 14-day trial versions from the Ideate Software website or purchase the $500 bundle that gives them access to all the solutions for 6 months.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, 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, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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June

10

2020

Most offices that work on medium to large Revit-based projects must carefully manage view naming. This is true for views found in the project browser and on sheets. Architects, interior designers, and structural engineers may have to manage the naming of many elevation views as well. For example:

  • Architects and interior designers may generate over 100 interior elevations, depending on the size and scope of their projects
  • Structural engineers may generate many framing elevations, depending on the complexity of the framing requirements 

Many Elevation Tags = A Long and Disorganized View List

As elevation tags are placed at will in floor plan views, Revit assigns default view names. As more elevation tags are placed, the longer and more disorganized the view list becomes. Next thing you know, you become overwhelmed with how many hours it will take to rename all of the views so they appear correctly in both the project browser and on the sheets they are placed on.

Easy Elevation Management with Ideate BIMLink

Challenges Renaming Elevation Views with Revit Software

While we can review some of the naming conventions through Revit schedules, Revit fails to provide us with enough data to make informed decisions on how we want to rename our elevations. Once such example is with the view orientation. Since Revit does not provide us with this information, we must carefully review our plans to figure out the orientation of our elevation tags, so we can use that information to appropriately rename our elevation views.

A Faster and Easier Process with Ideate BIMLink

Thankfully, we have Ideate BIMLink to assist us with our elevation naming challenges. Ideate BIMLink makes short order of elevation naming tasks by allowing us to export elevation-related data, such as elevation orientation, room name, room number, and level location, so we can create a naming schema for our elevations, as seen here (click image to enlarge):

Easy Elevation View Management with Ideate BIMLink

 
A process that normally takes many hours or days can now be completed within minutes using the power of Ideate BIMLink and Excel. 

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

It is important to note that while this video focuses on editing interior elevation names, the process of renaming other views, such as exterior elevations, framing elevations, and so forth, using Ideate BIMLink, is essentially the same.

Visit our Ideate BIMLink how-to videos, online Help files,  and blog posts for more ways to use this solution to control your Revit data with precision and speed.

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 - 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

8

2020

With Ideate BIMLink, Autodesk Revit users can push large amounts of information from a Revit file into Microsoft Excel to use its superior editing capabilities, including:

  • Copy/Paste & Search/Replace for accuracy and speed
  • Powerful formula usage to automate data management

When editing is complete, volumes of precise BIM data can be pulled back into Revit with speed, ease, and accuracy. 

Ideate BIMLink also facilitates many other workflows not available in Revit software. In this 30-minute webinar, we focused on renaming families, types and any other data by using a few of the ~300 link definitions that come with Ideate BIMLink. We focused on reviewing link definitions that are delivered as a part of the following sample libraries:

  1. Project Standards – Prevent problems from occurring (Type Information)
  2. Quality Control – Fix problems that have occurred (Instance Information)
  3. Health Check (new in our May 2020 update!) – Look at dimensions, levels, standards, model lines, revision clouds, etc.

We also reviewed other recent videos that touch upon this workflow such as Elevation Naming Management and Managing Custom Sheet Indexes

Check out the recording of the webinar to get all the details and to hear the 10-minute Q&A session at the end.

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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June

4

2020

Architects, engineers, designers and others who use Revit software should consider using Ideate BIMLink for view and revision tasks. By pulling volumes of data from the Revit file to Excel for easy editing, you can dramatically speed up the process, increase the accuracy of your data, and reduce the frustration caused by working on tedious tasks.   

Tasks: Views and Revisions

Learn More

We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink:

Revision-related links:

Similar Posts

This post is the sixth in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction, and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered the time savings possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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 - 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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May

21

2020

You can save a lot of time using Ideate BIMLink to create many elements and edit many type and instance parameters in Revit projects. (See recent posts on saving time using Ideate BIMLink to: 1) manage sheets, 2) create and modify rooms, and 3)  swap structural framing instances.)

Save Time on Sheet and Title Block Editing

A recurring editing task on all Revit-based projects is sheet and title block editing, which can consist of a variety of tasks, such as:

  • Editing sheet names and numbers, drawn by, checked by, and more
  • Editing custom parameter data, such as turning on/off the architect’s or engineer’s professional seal and custom project status notes
  • Overall QA/QC of sheets and Title Blocks in the drawing set, such as Title Block Family usage and Appears in Sheet List

For small projects, this information may be easy to manage manually; it may take a few minutes to make the changes. But on medium to large-sized projects, editing sheet data could take a very long time. As with any amount of large data editing, it is time consuming and error prone. One major limitation in Revit is that if companies have custom parameters tied to the title block category, they may have to be managed on a one-by-one basis.

Luckily for us, Ideate BIMLink can make short order of these editing tasks by allowing users to export their sheet data to Microsoft Excel where it can be reviewed and edited, and then import the updated data into the Revit model with ease and speed.

 


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

It is important to note that while this blog post focuses on editing data found within sheets and title blocks, the process of editing Revit all model data using Ideate BIMLink is essentially the same.

Visit our Ideate BIMLink how-to videos, online Help files, and blog posts for more ways to use this solution to control your Revit data with precision and speed.

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 - 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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