July

6

2020

Revit contract holders have probably heard that Autodesk is changing its license file structure and moving everyone toward named user licensing. 

At Ideate Software, we want to give you a choice.

Currently all Ideate Software solutions are available as standalone (named user) or network. We would like to retain those options and add a new option for a cloud network that would not require a dedicated on-premise license server. 

As we work on this floating cloud network licensing system option, we’d like to hear from you. What type of licensing do you prefer?

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and:

  • Provide feedback on existing functionalities
  • Influence future developments
  • Suggest new features 

Want to test this new system before it goes live? Simply check the Opt-in button at the end of the survey, and we will contact you within two weeks.

If you have any questions about licensing matters, please email [email protected].


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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June

29

2020

Take a listen to the recording of the E2017 episode of BIMThoughts podcast for a conversation between hosts Bill Debevc, Carl Storms, and Dana De Filippi with Ideate Software’s Richard Taylor and Sash Kazeminejad. You’ll hear a fun and informative discussion on the history of BIM, predictions of the future, and most importantly, the new features in Ideate Sticky, the application that allows Revit users to link non-BIM data such as Word, Excel and PDF documents into Revit projects. 

Richard, who has worked with Revit software for 20 years, talked about groundbreaking technology of yesteryear and his prediction that several pieces of software will collectively evolve the ecosystem over the next few years. He noted that BIM is not just Revit, and there is a wealth of additional software that AEC professionals can use. Generative Design and Computational Design are the industry hot topics right now, but AEC professionals should review tools like Ideate Software to maximize their investment in BIM. Dana commented, “Ideate is probably pretty responsible for a lot of people not learning computation or Dynamo as early as they should have, because your tools are so awesome and they do so many things that maybe we would have looked to Dynamo for if we hadn’t had them.”

BIMThoughts Podcast

When the conversation moved to Ideate Software tools, Sash talked about the recent updates to Ideate Sticky. “I was most excited about this update because it went through a major overhaul. Based on feature requests from many customers, we now support the use of Word, PDF and Excel as images.” Prior versions of Ideate Sticky only supported Excel spreadsheets as Revit Schedules. With the most recent improvements to Ideate Sticky, we have now covered the major formats that people use outside of Revit.

Check out the 40-minute podcast to hear the conversation, which ends with Sash’s bonus content talk about coffee.

You can also watch this five-minute video to learn about the May 2020 updates to Ideate Sticky.

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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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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May

13

2020

Michael Coffey - Ideate SoftwareSan Francisco, CA, May 13, 2020 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to announce that Michael Coffey joined its team as a Software Developer to develop and maintain tools that streamline Autodesk Revit software workflows.

“Having used our software at his previous employer, Michael brings invaluable user experience to our development efforts,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development at Ideate Software. “He has programming knowledge, is a registered architect and is an experienced Revit user.

Since joining our team in January, Michael has been contributing to the enhancement of Ideate BIMLink, adding new properties and features to the underlying property dictionary. This new data allows us to expand our quality control workflows within Ideate BIMLink. He has also begun working on improving our installation and deployment functionality, making it easier for larger firms to get up and running on our software with less effort.” 

Before working for Ideate Software, Mr. Coffey spent nine years at Gensler. In his latest position there, he coded and implemented tools using the Revit API, documented and trained in BIM and Revit tools, and managed content and standards. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a registered architect in New York, LEED accredited and a Revit Architecture Certified Associate. 

Mr. Coffey is based in New York. 


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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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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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.

Microsoft Excel is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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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