November

26

2019

San Francisco, CA, November 26, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to IdeateApps, its collection of Revit add-on tools that streamline tasks daily Autodesk Revit users perform most often.

“The majority of the updates in this release improve the way Revit users manage sheets and views,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “Earlier this year, we asked for ideas on how to enhance Revit productivity, and one recurring theme from the 500+ responses was to improve sheet and view creation.”

Here are highlights of the sheet and view updates available for Revit 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020:

  • Ideate SheetManager
    • Rename Views or Sheets – Easily rename views or sheets with the new right-click option 
    • Create Sheets – Quickly create sheets based on a list of selected unplaced views, legends or schedules from the right-click menu or the new tool button
    • Array Viewports – Multi-select unplaced views, drop them on a new sheet, and they will array within the margins of the title block
    • Batch Copy and Paste Legends/Schedules – Select a placed legend or schedule from one sheet to right-click and copy, then paste to many sheets
  • Ideate ViewCreator
    • Improved View Name Editing – Use the new view naming modifications to easily get to the view names you need

Additional enhancements include:

Learn more by watching the “What’s New” video

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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.

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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November

25

2019

Like many of you, the Ideate Software team recently returned from Autodesk University energized by successes, excited about possibilities, and yes, a bit exhausted.

Along with several of my colleagues, I attended learning sessions to hear about what’s new at Autodesk, discussed Ideate Software solutions with Revit users and celebrated with customers at our Customer Appreciation Party.

In addition to demonstrating our Revit productivity tools, we were honored to welcome the following top industry influencers to our booth to share their experiences with our software and thank them for their outstanding support and exemplary use of our solutions: 

Many attendees said that they appreciated hearing industry professionals talk about real projects with real deadlines and the potential fiascos averted with Ideate Software tools. 

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Shown above — Brian Mackey of BD Mackey Consulting, giving an interview as part of our Customer Appreciation meet-up at our booth.  

We also gave away no-cost, one-year, single-user subscriptions to IdeateApps; offered a hard-to-resist “get-to-know-us” incentive on a single, six-month stand-alone subscription to all five of our products; and had several prize draws for the purpose of generating fresh ideas. 

For me, our most interesting promotion was the one where we asked daily Revit users to describe a Revit workflow they would like to see automated. As the Director of Software Development, I’m always seeking ideas that address the needs of AECO professionals, and the best way to get those ideas is to ask the people directly involved. We got a lot of responses, and we will be pleased to announce the winners soon. We’re already discussing the possibility of including them in future releases.

If you missed us at AU and would like to learn about our Revit productivity applications, please contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com. You can also browse our website, try any of our tools with a free trial version, or subscribe today.

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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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November

20

2019

Revit users face several challenges when creating enlarged floor plans. Here’s a short video that shows how to use Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, and Ideate Clone to tackle a few of the common challenges, including: 

  • Quickly creating multiple enlarged floor plans for each relevant level
  • Consistently naming multiple enlarged floor plans for each relevant level
  • Quickly placing and arranging these plans on sheets 

Enlarged Floor Plan

Ideate ViewCreator, Ideate SheetManager, and Ideate Clone are three of the tools included in the IdeateApps collection of nine tools that simplify the tasks that daily Revit users perform most often.

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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November

18

2019

We often get asked a variety of different questions about streamlining electrical workflows using Ideate Software. So, I’ll address a few electrical and equipment workflows in two parts, or should I say two circuits? Hopefully, you had a chance to review Circuit #1, and here is Circuit #2, which highlights Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps

Can I use Ideate Explorer to find and select Electrical Data within the Revit model?

Ideate Explorer allows Revit users to quickly find, filter and select electrical data and sort by Category, Level, Phase, Room, Space or Zone. In a Worksharing-enabled model, you can also sort by Workset and ‘Edited By’ properties.

With Ideate Query, a component of Ideate Explorer, you can select Lighting Devices as an example. You might want to review elevation parameters that are just not available to be shown in a default Revit Schedule. You can select all the Lighting Devices that have an incorrect elevation and quickly change them all via the Revit Properties Palette.

Ideate Query gives you access to more parameters and data than is available in Revit. For instance, you can search for Pinned Status, Flipped Status or In-Place family status … just to name a few! Please review some of the tips for using Ideate Query here.

You might want to review additional information in our HELP files on MEP Examples for Ideate Query.

Electrical Data

Ideate Explorer helps easily locate Electrical Equipment within the Revit model, and it can sort by many options such as Space.

You can use Ideate Query to review important information such as elevation of Lighting Devices. Almost any parameter can be used to select a series of elements for further refinement.

Can I use IdeateApps to help me renumber lighting fixtures based on the architect’s room data?

With the Ideate ReNumber application that is part of the IdeateApps collection, you can renumber almost any Revit element. You can create a rule that extracts the Architect’s Room Number as part of the light fixture numbering sequence, even if that room is located within a Revit linked file. In fact, Ideate ReNumber gives you access to geometric spatial data on Room, Space or Zone parameters. You can also access Instance, Type, Assembly, Host, Level, Model Group, Phase, Project Information and RVT Link parameters as part of a numbering sequence. In addition, critical coordinate data is also accessible for renumbering rules.

You might want to review additonal information in our HELP files for including Revit Linked information such as rooms.

electrical data
Ideate ReNumber ships with many pre-defined rules, and you can create your own rule that might extract the room number from the architect’s model. The room data doesn’t need to be loaded into a MEP Space first, which reduces errors and speeds up the process.

These are just a few of the questions we get about using Ideate Software with Revit electrical data. Check out our Video Library

Our Ideate StyleManager can also assist with many workflows for EVERY Revit engineer or user, but that’s a shockingly bright idea blog for a different day and different circuit!  (I promised myself no bad electrical puns until the VERY end. Sorry!)

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 18 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.

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November

15

2019

It’s a Revit best practice to place new elements on the correct worksets as defined by the BIM Manager or Revit Standards team. Failure to do so could result in model mismanagement and visibility issues. However, when we are very busy working on our models, we tend to forget to set the current workset. As we place instances of Revit elements, those instances may end up on the incorrect workset. Over time, this issue can compound, making the auditing and correction of these elements difficult and time consuming. 

Since we are mostly concerned with model-based components (as opposed to drafting components and view-based elements) being placed on the correct Worksets, we tend to create QA/QC views that isolate model elements by their workset. For example, let’s say we have Plan views and/or 3D views that isolate elements by a workset called Mech-Equipment. When reviewing these views, we can visually look at elements in these views to see if any model-based elements look out of place. Perhaps we get lucky and see a lighting fixture or a plumbing fixture that does not belong to the Mech-Equipment Workset. If we see those elements, we can select them and move them to the appropriate Workset. While this sounds somewhat easy, how does one handle the smaller elements, such as a duplex outlet or a fire sprinkler? What if they are buried deep within the model? Perhaps we need many Plan Views and 3D Views for Workset QA/QC. Even with all these views, we are guaranteed to miss elements, which could prove to be costly.

Here is an example of using a 3D view a filter for Worksets and the Worksharing Display (green arrow) enabled. While some elements and their Worksets are obvious (red arrows), some items may be very difficult to see (purple arrow) due to their sizes and how far buried they are within the model.

Auditing Worksets

Luckily for us, we can use Ideate Explorer and the power of Ideate Query to easily refine our selections and move elements to the correct Worksets without the need for QA/QC views, since Ideate Explorer lists all elements and their Worksets in list form. Having the QA/QC views is a bonus, since you can isolate views by Workset and even use the Worksharing Display option in the View Control Bar. 

The image below shows how easy it is to identify elements and their current Workset assignment by changing the Sort by: to Workset (orange arrows) and then reviewing the categories that fall under the user-created worksets. In this example, some Mechanical Equipment (red arrow) and Pipe Fittings (blue arrow) elements were found under the Shared Levels and Grids Workset and need to be moved to their respective Worksets. Regardless of which views these elements are in or their size, Ideate Explorer makes it very easy to identify Workset assignment.

Once elements are selected to move to the correct Workset, it is as simple as swapping their Workset out from the Properties palette. If you find that the Workset selection option is grayed out, as seen below (red outline), be sure to select the Ideate Query button (yellow outline) and then Query the selection based on Model Group Name and/or Is Nested parameter to see if any of the selected elements are part of a group or nested family. If they are, de-select those elements and then verify that you can change the Workset in the Properties palette. 

Auditing Worksets

As stated earlier, it is a best practice to place new elements on the correct worksets. Failure to do so will result in model mismanagement and visibility issues. As we place instances of Revit elements on the incorrect workset, this issue can compound, making the auditing and correction of these elements difficult, let alone time consuming. Ideate Explorer can help correct these issues quickly and accurately so that you can be certain of your BIM data.

Ideate Explorer is an amazing Revit data discovery and manipulation tool. It is used daily to do simple selections of elements, all the way to detailed selection refinement and workset and Revit warnings management. Without Ideate Explorer, managing the Revit model becomes complex and tedious.

For more information on using Ideate Explorer to Audit Revit Worksets, be sure to view this 30-minute recording on this process.

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About the Author

Sash Kazeminejad - AIA, LEED AP, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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