We send a sincere thank you to Paul Aubin, from Paul F. Aubin Consulting Services, for reviewing our Revit productivity solutions. With 30+ years of experience, Paul is an independent architectural consultant providing Revit software training and implementation services. He has authored many books, including Renaissance Revit, and has posted dozens of Revit courses and tips and tricks videos to LinkedIn Learning.   

Last month we posted the first part of Paul’s article where he talked about Ideate QuickSelect and Ideate Explorer. Here is the second part of Paul’s article where he talks about Ideate StyleManager.

Ideate Software Tools Have Enhanced my Revit Workflows

I have recently added Ideate Software solutions to my Revit installation and workflow. I find myself going to the Ideate Software tab on an increasingly regular basis. In these articles, I will share just a few of my favorite “go-to” tools. But first, if you are not familiar with them, Ideate Software makes Revit productivity solutions that are available individually or in bundles. They work directly inside of Revit and are accessed from their own Ideate Software tab on the ribbon. 

While I focus this article on Ideate StyleManager, the complete collection of tools offered by Ideate Software is worth your taking the time to fully explore. 

Ideate StyleManager

Ideate StyleManager offers unique functionality that becomes more valuable as your projects grow in complexity and size. Across the top of the dialog are a series of buttons that allow you to analyze several important standards items like Object Styles, Line Patterns and View Templates to name a few. Have you ever worked in a project where there seems to be endless line style or fill pattern definitions and many that are identical but with varying names? How do you even begin to clean this up? The answer is Ideate StyleManager! 

Each tab is similar. In the following example, I’ll consider Line Patterns. You start with a list on the left of all items in the project. Some of these will be highlighted in color. A question mark will initially appear next to each item. You can select any item in the list and get information about it on the right. But before you do, it is best to run an analysis. Select a group of items using the SHIFT and/or CTRL keys. I usually do the whole list, but it can sometimes take a while to process, so alternatively you can select just some items. But either way, give it a few moments while it processes. To do so, click the Analyze! button at the bottom. 

Paul Aubin - Ideate StyleManager
Figure 1 - Colors are used in the list to indicate duplicate items

After the analysis is complete, numbers will appear in the first column. These indicate how many times the element is being used. Items that list zero are not being used and can optionally be purged. Above the list is a collection of checkboxes that can be used to filter the list. These include: Used, Not Used, Duplicates, etc. 

The first time I used this tool, the colors confused me a bit. I was looking for a legend that defined what the colors mean. There is no legend. All colors mean the same thing. These are duplicates. Unique colors are assigned to each corresponding group of duplicate items. So, any orange item is the same as any other orange item. The same is true for any yellow item. It will match any other yellow item and so on. 

Another nice feature is the preview that appears when you select an item in the list. In the next figure, you can see a preview of the selected line pattern on the right side near the top. You also get a list of elements using this style.

Paul Aubin - Ideate StyleManager

Figure 2 - After you press Analyze, quantities appear on the left and information about the selected item shows on the right

Now here’s the best part of Ideate StyleManager. When you discover that you have duplicates, you can merge them! To do so, use your SHIFT or CTRL keys to select the duplicate items. (Make sure you analyze first). Then at the bottom, click the Merge button. A dialog appears with the names of the items you selected. You must choose one that you want to use. The other(s) will be replaced by the one you select. When complete, a dialog will display the results. 

Figure 3 - Merge selected items into a single style of your choosing!

If you have ever tried to clean up a project and the only tool you have the is the built-in Purge Unused command, you are going to love Ideate StyleManager. They recently added some new types to it, so the tool just keeps getting more robust with each release. 

That is all I have for you in this article. I hope you found those features exciting and worth a look. Ideate Software offers a free trial of their solutions. Browse this website to learn more and download them You can also subscribe to them online. 

Disclosure: I have been granted a license to the Ideate Software tools in exchange for my honest review of the software. The views in this article are my own.

Since Paul’s review of Ideate StyleManager, we have added even more tools to our collection of Revit styles that can be managed. Be sure to review our website for the latest updates and videos on these new features.

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Localization is the industry’s technical term for making software solutions user-friendly to people in other countries. This kind of effort always includes translation but can also include ensuring that any examples used are relevant, particularly as they relate to governmental or industry standards or requirements. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the Ideate Software development team decided that investing in an effort to become more connected with our far-flung customer base would be a great project for us to undertake. 

We can’t travel but we can try to speak each other’s language. Knowing that Google Sheets has a translate function, we thought, “how hard could this be?” 

We began our journey by taking a look at how our software looked in other languages. Did you know that Revit is available in English, French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Russian and Czech? You can easily change the language of your Revit as described in this Autodesk article. Setting the language to Japanese was a real eye-opener for us and made us appreciate the challenge facing our Japanese customers. The image below shows the Revit interface when language is set to Japanese. Guess which tab is the Annotate tab??

Revit in Japanese

Our polyglot Support Manager, Jan Sako, quickly reviewed the Google Czech translations and saw one of the many challenges in front of us…a Sheet can be both a bed sheet or a drawing sheet. This would clearly NOT be a simple task! 

Translation Help from Japan, France, and Mexico

We decided to tackle Japanese as a way of teaching ourselves about the process of localization and were extremely lucky to find two people to help us through this first phase. Yuki Scharf, AEC Technical Specialist with Autodesk in Japan and Yoshimoto Oishi, of Archi-cube in Japan graciously agreed to help us translate both Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Sticky into Japanese. They patiently waded through our English ‘text strings’ and helped us understand when our language usage was unclear. The benefit of this work was not only that we were able to deliver a Japanese version of two of our solutions, but also that we understood better how to make our products more consistent and clear, even within our own native language. It was a humbling experience. 

After completing this process for Japanese, we then also iterated it for both French and Spanish. Many thanks to Julie Bismuth, Director of Consulting and Training with our long-time partner CAD UC who assisted us with the French translation. Special thanks to Alejandro Rodriguez Garza, owner and director of BIM Consulting Services of A4BIM and founding partner of AMIBIM outside of Mexico for his help with the Spanish translation.

This work is clearly just the beginning of our localization journey. We intend to continue to work with our partners and customers around the globe to improve our offerings and make them easier to use, particularly for non-English speakers. Ideate StyleManager 2.0 was released in November 2020 and can be downloaded here. This version contains our work in translating into French, Spanish and Japanese. We welcome all feedback! 

If you are an Ideate Software customer and interested in providing feedback for our future translations into Chinese (CHS) or German, please let us know. If you are an Ideate Sticky customer and your language is Japanese, French, or Spanish, please let us know if you’d like to test-drive Ideate Sticky in your language.

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Recently I had the pleasure of welcoming Gavin Crump to share how he uses Ideate Software applications. Gavin is a BIM enthusiast with more than 10 years of experience and is a Revit Architecture Certified Professional. He founded BIM Guru in Sydney, Australia at the start of 2020, and he runs a popular YouTube channel called Aussie BIM Guru, where he posts two videos a week to share hands-on technical tutorial workflows. 

Gavin got to know Ideate Software tools during his second year working with BIM, and he says he was “pretty blown away from the start.”  

Watch a recording of his presentation, Revit Model Management using Ideate Software, to see Gavin demonstrate workflows he uses with his clients or in day-to-day work related to his business content. Here are some comments he made about three of our products he discussed:

  • Ideate BIMLink “I find this tool really handy for data processing and Revit element management.”
  • Ideate Explorer “This is my favorite Ideate Software tool, because it is such an innovative tool.”
  • Ideate StyleManager “I typically use this for maintaining standards, to see if more than one standard for the same thing is used and for taking away a standard that’s not used in the model.” 

Everyone at Ideate Software thanks Gavin for his presentation, which received high marks from attendees. Here are some of the comments we received:

  • “I can see huge potential in the Excel link workflow.”    
  • “I use Ideate BIMLink a lot but learnt more about Explorer.”
  • “I didn't know Align would align views on sheets.”

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

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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San Francisco, CA, December 1, 2020 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to share enhancements to Ideate StyleManager, its Revit  solution that allows users to analyze, delete or merge non-standard Revit styles.

“Unapproved or non-standard styles within Revit models, templates or family files cause poor deliverable quality as well as delays due to the need to republish the documents,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “In June 2019, we launched Ideate StyleManager with tools for managing the styles of nine Revit functions, including Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns and Fill Patterns. This month, we launched six new tools that directly address requests from users, including Viewports, Dimensions and Arrowheads.”

Eric Miller from Bora Architecture & Interiors said, “As we are fundamentally updating our templates, we have found the definitions for text and labels within tags and symbols to be an absolute nightmare. We are delighted that the new version of Ideate StyleManager addresses this issue.”

One unique enhancement included in the November 2020 release of Ideate StyleManager is the ability to analyze, delete or merge Text Types and Font styles: 

  • Text Types – Unapproved text types that make their way into projects or templates cannot be purged when they are in use
  • Fonts – They can be displayed in tags, title blocks or other annotation families, making non-standard fonts hard to track down

Finding, analyzing and fixing non-standard Text Types and Fonts is easy with Ideate StyleManager.

The new version of Ideate StyleManager also makes it easy to analyze and correct the styles of:

The November 2020 release of Ideate StyleManager also includes:

  • Performance improvements
  • Language support for Spanish, Japanese and French
  • An “Isolate Similar” function that allows users to compare materials that have many key properties in common
  • The ability to delete unplaced groups, which will streamline cleanups of Viewports, Line Styles, Text and other styles

For more details about this release, please visit What’s New in Ideate StyleManager.

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, Ideate StyleManager and Ideate Dashboard for Autodesk® BIM 360® 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.

Autodesk, BIM 360 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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Watch the recording of this 30-minute webinar for a quick overview of four Ideate Software solutions that can help you ensure your Revit model performs well and has the highest quality deliverable. Comments made by people who attended the live session include: 

  • “The solutions demonstrated are incredibly helpful for checking the health of a Revit model. We have been exploring these functions within our company and tweaking the template spreadsheets to suit our company standards. We soon hope to make Ideate Software tools part of our standard internal Revit model audit processes.”
  • “I am taking on a role in which I will be maintaining the Revit models. It’s good to know about the tools that can help me maintain good model health.”
  • “The great set of pre-set queries and reports is very helpful to give users immediate value from the tools, without requiring much setup. The ability to then customize those starting blocks to adapt to a firm's unique requirements is very helpful.”

Webinar Highlights

  1. Ideate BIMLink
    • Review and edit data by extracting it from Revit to an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet
    • Use the preconfigured library links or modify them to meet your needs
    • Review the included Ideate_HealthCheck.xlsx spreadsheet to make model review a snap
  2. Ideate Explorer 
    • Audit with certainty by seeing every instance of every element in your Revit model
    • Search for elements based on parameter information with Ideate Query
    • Review and fix Revit warnings with Ideate Warnings Manager
  3. Ideate StyleManager
    • Safely remove non-standard styles
    • Understand the impact on the model if a style is simply deleted
    • Analyze, merge, rename or delete a multitude of Revit styles with confidence

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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