June

12

2019

San Francisco, CA, June 12, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to release its latest Revit add-on application, Ideate StyleManager. With it, Revit users will maintain style standards by easily analyzing, deleting, or merging non-standard styles.

Ideate StyleManager evolved from talks with customers,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “When answering questions about challenges faced when managing Revit Object Styles, customers noted similar challenges in adjacent areas. From their input, we decided to expand the capabilities of this new application to include managing Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Filters, View Templates, Scope Boxes, Materials, and Material Appearance Assets.”

An indication of the importance of this solution was the number of beta testers, which well surpassed that of other Ideate Software tools. “Ideate StyleManager is shaping up to be an amazing tool, as it's covering several gaps in Revit,” said Fabio L Oliveira, BIM manager, Woolworths Group.

Challenges with Revit styles arise when users import content, because the corresponding styles automatically come with the content. Proper management of these styles reduces publishing errors and end-user confusion, but the management process in Revit can be time consuming and risky, and errors can dramatically impact the models and production documents. 

Revit users will use Ideate StyleManager to:

  • Safely delete styles that otherwise cannot be deleted or purged in Revit software
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles
  • Forensically analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a deletion
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, Templates, and Scope Boxes
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

Phyllis Robbins from Eppstein Uhen Architects said, “Managing [unapproved styles] has always been impossible, as there is no easy way to understand what is used and what is extraneous. Ideate StyleManager makes it quick and easy to strip families of unnecessary junk.”

“As a company driven by the success of its customers, we are excited to offer this solution to problems articulated by those customers,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “Based on their feedback, we know that Ideate StyleManager will help businesses become more productive and improve the return on their investment in Revit software.”
 


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps 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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June

4

2019

Recently, a few customers asked me how to bypass color fills when a Sticky is linked into Revit. Some customers prefer color fills in their Excel files, but when color isn’t preferred in the final documentation, they need the fills omitted when the files are linked into Revit. 

By default, if a cell is filled with a color, Ideate Sticky will carryforward that color along with text that is formatted with a color, except when a text string has a hybrid of colors. But there are two ways to have that fill color omitted:

  • Option 1: Use an Excel fill that has a stipple pattern or hatch to it, such horizontal or vertical lines. Once Ideate Sticky recognizes a pattern other than blank, it will drop the pattern upon linking.
     
  • Option 2: Use Conditional Formatting in your cells. For example, let’s say you have some highlighted cells that are intended to be visible when there is no text in that cell. Perhaps it serves as a reminder to the editor to fill in the cell. Rather than filling the cell with the fill tool, you can use a Conditional Format in that cell that says to format cells that contain blanks and then apply a fill color for that. Once that conditional format is applied to the desired cells, they will fill with the desired color until the user inputs any text string. If there are no values in that cell and it fills with a color, Ideate Sticky will omit that color, because the cell has the conditional formatting in it.

    Conditional formatting doesn’t only apply to blanks. You can have a conditional format highlight a certain color when a value meets a certain criteria and highlight another color when it does not. Either way, since the conditional formatting was applied to that cell or grouping of cells, Ideate Sticky will omit that formatting because of the conditional formatting.

Give conditional formatting or cell pattern overrides a try and see if it works for your situation. If it does not, let us know, and we will have a look for you.

Examples

Shown here is a Plumbing Fixture Schedule in Excel (this file ships standard with Ideate Sticky) that was manually highlighted to show all the values that are zero. In this example, the cells were filled with a red stipple pattern.

Color Fills 1
  
Shown here is the Format Cells dialog box and the application of the red fill color and the stipple pattern style. The application of the fill pattern is a manual process, which means if a condition is met, you may want to change the fill pattern color and style back to white, if applicable.

Color Fills 2
 
Shown here is the resulting Sticky once it is linked into Revit. You can see there is no red stipple. Because the pattern style is a stipple, it is not recognized by Revit once it is linked via Ideate Sticky. The result is an omission of both the color and the pattern, which is what we wanted to achieve.

Color Fills 3
  
Shown here is a Plumbing Fixture Schedule in Excel (this file ships standard with Ideate Sticky) that was highlighted solid red to show all values that are zero, by using Conditional Formatting. If the condition no longer applies, Excel will automatically remove the fill color, because the conditional formatting is no longer met.

Color Fills 4
 
Shown here is the Edit Formatting Rule dialog box and the application of the red fill color. For this example, we want to highlight cells that have values less than or equal to zero. The application of the fill pattern is an automatic process if the condition is met. If the condition is not met, the cell will remain as is. Conditional formatting may be a better option, since the cell formatting becomes an automated process.

Color Fills 5

Shown here is the resulting Sticky once it is linked into Revit. You can see there is no red solid fill. Because the pattern style is defined with a Conditional Format, the conditional formatting formula is not recognized by Revit once it linked in via Ideate Sticky. The result is an omission of the color and fill, which is what we wanted to achieve.

Color Fills 6

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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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May

29

2019

San Francisco, CA, 05-29-19Modulus Consulting helps project teams leverage the power of building information modeling (BIM) by providing services from BIM implementation mentoring to architecture, engineering, and construction design modeling; pre-construction coordination; and construction fabrication modeling. To save time and increase the accuracy of its models, Modulus uses Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, and IdeateApps. Ideate Software developed these Autodesk Revit applications to streamline workflows in the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) community. 

Victor Castillo, a BIM Product Manager at Modulus said, “I got hooked on Ideate BIMLink 10 years ago when I was at a global architecture firm. When I joined Modulus, I recommended that we get the software.” Modulus Consulting now also uses Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps:

  • Ideate Explorer: Victor encourages his team to leave Ideate Explorer open, so it’s readily available to use for even rudimentary tasks like selecting hidden objects instead of visually looking for them. The team also uses Ideate Explorer to select all linked Revit models to verify they’re pinned or quickly get a sense of how many family types or instances are in the model. 
  • Ideate BIMLink: Where Ideate Explorer lets Modulus manage or manipulate small groups of elements, Ideate BIMLink lets them manage the model content on a greater scale. For instance, they use it to merge facilities management data in and out of project parameters. 
  • IdeateApps SmartDelete: Although designed to warn users of elements that will be deleted with a selection, Modulus uses it to help locate any views that have annotations attached to an object before moving it, so they can make sure tags and dimensions on all views still read cleanly.
  • IdeateApps Clone: Modulus uses Clone to automate the process of duplicating sheets, saving time and reducing the chance of errors.  

“In 2015, Modulus Consulting and Ideate Software entered into partnership to provide complementary services to the AECO community,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “That Modulus uses our applications and recommends them to their clients is a true testament of their trust in us.”

For more information on how Modulus Consulting uses Ideate Software products, visit our website. For a free trial or to subscribe to any Ideate Software solution, please check ideatesoftware.com
 


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps 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.

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

15

2019

San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit software applications.

“Shortly after Autodesk released Revit version 2020 in April 2019, we launched updates to our applications that streamline Revit workflows,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “Those who subscribe to Ideate Software solutions have access to the current Revit-compatible version (2020) plus three earlier versions (2019-2017), as well as access to point release improvements we make during the subscription period.”

Revit users who design, build, operate, and maintain built environments can streamline workflows with Ideate Software applications. You can trust your building information model is accurate when using these products, now enhanced with new functionalities that will further improve your Revit data management.

The improvements apply to version 2020 as well as 2017-2019. Please see below the highlights of the updates and click on the links for more details: 

  • Ideate BIMLink 
    • Greater control and management of View Template information
    • Enhanced access to more Revit properties plus increased access to more MEP Fabrication properties and data
    • Greater flexibility for team members working in the same project


       
  • Ideate Explorer 
    • Ability to export all project warning details to Microsoft Excel
    • Ability to fix common warnings from the Ideate Explorer dialog
    • Keynotes now organized by Element, Material, or User
    • Added support for new Revit element types, like Path of Travel Lines
    • Access to more Revit information, including MEP fabrication parts  


       
  • Ideate Sticky  
    • Performance improvement impacts those who use print regions and multi-worksheet Excel files; the way the print region data in those files is read has been modified, leading to a significantly faster open and update process


       
  • IdeateApps  
    • Ideate ReNumber supports rules for MEP fabrication parts
    • Ideate QuickSelect expands keynote tags by subdividing the category into the three keynote types
    • Ideate QuickSelect supports structural connections and the new Path of Travel feature 
    • Ideate Clone has improved naming control in addition to the ability to clone multiple sheets in the same operation


       

“We are committed to helping customers get the most out of their investments in Revit software,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “One of the ways we do that is by consistently releasing our updates soon after Autodesk releases its new versions.” 
 


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, and IdeateApps 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.

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

8

2019

We were delighted to welcome CBT Architects to our latest customer webinar. CBT Architects is a Boston-based design firm with about 230 architects, interior designers, and urban planners. For 51 years, CBT has worked on a broad range of national and international projects, including urban district development, hospitality environments, multi-family residential, corporate, civic, and academic.

The company uses the full suite of Ideate Software applications. They joined this event to showcase the productivity improvements they have experienced using 3 workflow examples from their daily work.

Please see below a recording of the webinar. Please watch it and share the link with others you think would benefit from the information.  

During the 30-minute session, Nirva Fereshetian, CIO and Associate Principal, CBT Architects, provided an overview of how her team stays current on Revit software and Revit plugins, including Ideate Software applications, through regular lunch-and-learn sessions. 

“We use Ideate tools on all scales from resolving individual model issues to helping project teams validate/check their project data, to using office-wide information on our model management processes to proactively support all projects.” 

After Nirva’s introduction, three members of the CBT Design Technology team demonstrated how they use our applications:

  • Rood Vincent showed how he uses Ideate XRay to reduce the time spent finding hidden elements from 30 to two minutes.
  • Lynn Quagliato provided a real-life example of how she used Ideate BIMLink to validate the data in a hotel project in which they needed to get furniture counts for hundreds of units.
  • William Paquette demonstrated how he uses Ideate Explorer to quickly assess issues and easily clean up models during frequent reviews.

Following their presentations, I facilitated a discussion and the CBT team answered questions on several topics, including on how they use the applications, how they measure return on investment, and how they structure their lunch-and-learn sessions. 

For more information on how Ideate Software applications can help you streamline your Revit workflows, please visit our solutions pages or contact us at sales@ideatesoftware.com.
 


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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