Autodesk Revit is a powerful piece of design software that has revolutionized the modeling of buildings and structures. One reason this innovative modeling tool is so useful is because it gives users the ability to customize workflows through the Revit API (Application Programming Interface).

Ideate Software brings additional capabilities to Revit with a range of tools developed to increase data accuracy while saving users’ time and reducing their effort.

Work smarter with Ideate Software plug-ins for RevitIdeate Software’s Autodesk Revit add-ins can help you work smarter by giving you access to more Revit data, allowing you to verify, correct, and update data quickly. It is a set of Revit tools that offers numerous benefits, including preventing double handling of data, which vastly reduces the chance of manual errors, making error-related delays less likely and helping to keep projects on time and on budget. 

Here are descriptions of the Ideate Software add-in tools that make Revit users more productive:

1.    Ideate Explorer

Ideate Explorer is a dedicated model browser, as opposed to the project browser in Revit, carefully engineered to reduce the time users spend on model management while at the same time increasing model accuracy. 

This Revit tool enables users to easily keep models clean, comply with standards, and develop a more complete view and understanding of all elements in the model by making it easy to find and delete incorrect, obsolete, and hidden problem items, including DWGs. Ideate Explorer also makes it easy to find, refine, and revise elements, even those excluded from the project browser.

In addition, the Ideate Explorer Revit tool can help users improve the accuracy of their models through these valuable features:

  • A Warnings Manager, which, as the name implies, allows the user to review and manage Revit warnings with ease. It ranks warnings based on importance, notifies users when high ranking warnings appear in the models, and enables users to fix problems using tools in Revit when the Warnings Manager dialog box is open. 
  • A Navigate function that allows users to navigate their way through the view-based elements in an Autodesk Revit project and customize their browsing experience. Use it to find unused sheets and views; find and filter legends, schedules, sheets or views by category and/or keyword; and to customize working environments without altering the project browser. 
  • A Query function that permits searching within set parameters for elements such as unused annotations, design options, in-place usage, structure usage/area scheme, and revisions as just a few examples.

2.    Ideate BIMLink

Five Revit add-ins to enhance productivityHave you ever thought that controlling your Revit data would be faster and more precise if you had the capability to export the data to Microsoft Excel for editing and then import the updated data back into the Revit model for immediate updates? That is exactly what Ideate BIMLink allows users to do, which is why it is a favorite Revit tool of many professionals in the architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner industries. Whether you need to check to make sure naming conventions are used correctly throughout the model or update element numbering after adding or deleting some elements, or even create new Revit elements from a spreadsheet, Ideate BIMLink is the tool for you.

3.    Ideate Sticky

Project teams working in Autodesk Revit often have non-BIM data they need to share with team members or include in Revit projects by linking, importing or integrating. Ideate Sticky is the tool that should be selected from our range of Autodesk Revit add-ins for this purpose. It is always possible to use Revit schedules to show the data that sits behind your Revit elements, but it is also the case that formatting and organizing non-BIM data can take up a great deal of time, because there is limited text editing functionality built into Revit.

Ideate Sticky overcomes this issue by mixing the familiar flexibility of Word, Excel and PDF editing with the effortless convenience of a sticky note. Ideate Sticky is an elegantly straightforward way to link non-BIM data into a Revit project, whether that data is coming from a Microsoft source such as Excel or Word, or from an Adobe PDF document. And when the source document is updated, the linked “sticky” automatically updates as well. This easy-to-use effective tool can lead to immense improvement in workflows, saving time and improving project efficiency. 

4.    Ideate StyleManager

Pasting data from one model to another can save time, but it can also create issues, because the style information associated with that data can automatically transfer as well. It is important for Revit users to manage styles in their models to present designs that accurately reflect their brand and to reduce end-user confusion caused by publishing errors. Ideate StyleManager gives users the capability to analyze, merge or delete non-standard Revit styles more reliably, more quickly and more accurately than is possible with the built-in Revit style management system. 

Ideate StyleManager is a user-friendly and reliable Revit tool that gives users the ability to see clearly which view filters are being applied to which views, and then clean up object and line styles and patterns, text, fonts, and anything else that might require such attention. Users can also merge non-standard styles into standard styles and analyze forensically how all styles are used, an ability that can provide some extremely useful insight into the real effect of any deletions on the model.

5.    IdeateApps

IdeateApps is a comprehensive set of Revit tools that offers more functionality than Revit. We created and continue to enhance the collection to allow Autodesk Revit users to access and manipulate the data in their models with greater ease. Purposefully designed to take on common challenges identified by people who use Revit daily, these sophisticated MEP, architecture and structure Autodesk Revit add-ins automate repetitive tasks and streamline workflows, freeing time for more interesting and valuable activities.  

This suite of intuitive and easy-to-use apps can help Autodesk Revit keep their projects on budget and on time by speeding the process of numerous tasks, including checking spelling, solving element visibility issues, identifying elements that will be deleted with a selected element, batch-creating multiple Revit views while complying with BIM standards, copying sheets with views, renumbering or renaming elements, and so much more.

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software is a leading Autodesk Authorized Developer producing Autodesk Revit add-ins intended to solve persistent issues experienced by AECO companies. All the additional capabilities described above can be added to your Autodesk Revit software quickly and easily directly from our website. Whether you subscribe to one of the tools to address a certain issue or all of them to increase the overall productivity of your entire team, you will experience faster and simpler model creation, your models will contain more accurate data, and your models will function more smoothly.   

Hear from some of our customers as they talk about how they use Ideate Software tools for Revit:

Contact us or visit our website to explore Ideate Software’s range of Revit tools and see how they can make your Revit projects faster, simpler and more accurate.

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This good request came from one of our beta testers this week.

As a general part of our surveys, we always like to say, “Let us know how we can improve Ideate Software.” Most often we get some really fantastic feedback, but every so often we get the opportunity to reach out and tell our customers that we’ve already implemented their idea.

  • Beta tester feedback: “Maybe these already exist. Tool to list all unplaced legends. Tool to list all unplaced schedules. Include visibility to count and sheet location of place legends and schedules.”

This little gem is available in the newest version of Ideate Explorer, which supports Revit versions 2019-2022. In the image below you can see the process for selecting Legends and then, within the Query feature of Ideate Explorer, using the new ‘Sheet Count’ property to determine whether the legend has been placed. All supported views have this property, so this method can be used to find both unplaced legends and schedules. 

Unused Schedules and Legends

Learn more about using Query within Ideate Explorer.


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 Find Glynnis on LinkedIn.


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Our webinars and blog posts featuring top ways Revit users benefit from our plug-in tools are very popular; both customers and prospective customers want to know specifically what they need to do to ensure the data in their Revit models is correct and the Revit model is tuned for the best performance possible.

Now, to get people quicker access to information requested often, we created a short video demonstrating how to use Ideate Explorer for Revit to perform 10 critical model auditing workflows. In just nine minutes, you will see step-by-step instructions on how to:

  1. Scan for element count
  2. Review model and detail lines
  3. Clean up text and dimensions
  4. Review revisions
  5. Audit Revit families and groups
  6. Review views and sheets
  7. Check grids, levels and reference planes
  8. Audit worksets
  9. Review Revit model warnings
  10. Review and delete CAD imports

Large Revit models can be difficult to understand and manage, but NOT with our Ideate Explorer add-in for Revit software. It delivers an easy-to-use interface that gives users many tools to display, sort, filter, search, and query data as well as review Revit warnings and fully understand the complex relationships of a Revit model. Ideate Explorer is an essential tool for ANY Revit user that will quickly become your most essential Revit add-in for Revit model health and model auditing.

Want to jump right to one of the demos? Visit our Top 10 Auditing Tips playlist on our YouTube channel, where the videos are also posted individually.  

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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We all know and love how we can duplicate a sheet AND swap the viewports using Ideate Clone, one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection. If you want to clone multiple sheets at the same time, is there another way to do it?

Within Ideate SheetManager, another IdeateApps tool, you have the ability to create sheets from unplaced views.

Three Steps

  1. Select the view or views that you wish to create sheets from

    Select the view or views
    You can select multiple views from which to create sheets. 
  1. Choose an existing sheet to act as a template for the newly created sheets. Click “Create” and let Ideate SheetManager do its magic!

    Choose an existing sheet to act as a template

    You can set the sheet number and naming from this dialog as well as specifying any additional views or annotations you want to add to the newly created sheets.
  1. Rename and renumber the sheets from this dialog after they have been created 

    Rename and renumber the sheets
    Use Find and Replace to speed the process

Eight sheets created and eight views places on those sheets
8 sheets have been created and all 8 views placed on those newly created sheets.

This video gives a more detailed step-by-step look at the process.

Using Ideate Ideate SheetManager you can create new sheets from existing views quickly and easily. Creating sets of drawings in Revit has never been so easy.

Refer to the How To Setup Projects help topic for additional information and a short video of the process. 

For additional training tips, check out our Training blog series.

Visit our website to learn more about how Ideate Software add-on products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design. You can give them a try by downloading trial versions or purchasing the bundle for access to all the Revit plugin solutions for six months.

About the Author

Steve Deadman - Customer Success Manager - EMEA
Steve provides support to customers and helps them get a strong return on their software investment. He has a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering and various certifications in engineering. Before joining Ideate Software, he worked at several top architectural firm in the United Kingdom where he specialized in the implementation and management of BIM processes and technology. Find Steve on LinkedIn.


More about Tools in the IdeateApps Collection

Ideate SheetManager, featured in the blog post above, is just one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection of tools we developed to streamline the tasks performed by Revit users most often. You can get high-level descriptions of each tool on our website. Here are links to a few blog posts that provide details. Find more at the IdeateApps sections of our blog posts. Here are links to some of the many posts about IdeateApps tools:

  • Renaming Sheets to ISO 19650 Using Ideate ReNumber – Did you know you can use Ideate ReNumber to sheets to the BS EN ISO 19650 standard? It’s easy with the rule created and saved in the bonus rules that ship with IdeateApps that targets the Sheet Number parameter that contains 5 of the 7 information container field descriptions described in the ISO: Functional Breakdown – ZZ, Spatial Breakdown – XX, Form – D, Discipline – A, and Number – 000000. The rule can be edited to suit any company standard or variation of the ISO 19650 standard. For more, check out the online Help topic.
  • Duplicate Floor Plans to Ceiling Plans with Ideate ViewCreator – Included in the May 2021 release of the IdeateApps plug-in for Revit is the ability to use Ideate ViewCreator to duplicate floor plans to ceiling plans. This blog post lists the step-by-step instructions on how to use the “Duplicate” rule in Ideate ViewCreator to easily create new ceiling plans that will match the crop/scope box conditions and the 2D grid conditions in the floor plan, and that will be automatically given logical view names. Go to Ideate ViewCreator online Help for more on managing batch creation workflows.
  • Why is a Revit Element Hidden in a View? Categories, phases, disciplines or worksets can impact a Revit element’s visibility within a selected view. So can scope boxes, crop regions, view filters, design options, level and grid extents, and view ranges. The list goes on and on … there are at least 50 different ways to hide an element in Revit, and they can be very difficult to diagnose. Ideate XRay is the answer! Ideate XRay allows you to use a powerful selection wizard to easily find the Revit element within the view. The blog post provides some high-level information and directs readers to a short how-to video, Help topic, FAQs, and a recording of a 30-minute webinar for more information.
  • Duplicate a Revit Sheet with Ideate Clone – A search of the Autodesk Revit Ideas Forum will reveal a top, longstanding request for the ability to duplicate or copy a Revit sheet. As Ideate Software develops tools to fill gaps in Revit functionality, we launched Ideate Clone as part of the IdeateApps add-in for Revit collection in 2017, not long after the initial Revit ideas request. With Ideate Clone, you can copy a sheet with viewports, and the new sheet will match all title block properties and sheet properties. You’ll also be able to place unplaced views on the new sheet that align with the previous viewports. In addition to reading the blog post, you can review an overview video on Ideate Clone, check out the Help topic, read the FAQs, and watch a recording of a webinar

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Ideate Software is committed to helping customers get a strong return on their investment in our Revit plug-in tools. In addition to blog posts, we have short how-to videos, Help files, and more available 24/7 on our website. Our Support Team is also here to help. 

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How important is it for your company to deliver innovative, accurate and timely designs? With staff shortages clashing with increasing customer demands, isn’t it time you looked into automating repetitive processes? 

Take time-consuming tasks off your designers’ plates and you will free them to focus on valuable activities, help them create higher quality deliverables, and boost both employee and client satisfaction. 

Verify the Value

Whether you are a one-person team, lead a small team, or want to test our products before jumping into the Enterprise subscription, we make it easy with two “Get to Know Us” bundles: 

  • Single-User Bundle* – Prove to yourself the value of our products with our six-month, single-user stand-alone bundle that includes a subscription to all our Revit add-ins for just US$500
  • Small-Teams Bundle* – Introduce your team to all five of our Revit plugins with our six-month multi-user cloud network bundle priced at $US995

*These six-month offers include a $500 credit toward your next annual subscription purchase of any Ideate Software bundle.

Equip Your Entire Team with All Our Revit Plugins

Each of your designers has a job to do, and each of our Revit plugins addresses persistent challenges described by Revit users. By providing your whole team with access to all our products, you will be giving them powerful, easy-to-use tools that will help them be successful. Their success is your success.

When you subscribe to the Ideate Software Enterprise Cloud-network bundle for US$20,000, you get more than unlimited use of all Ideate Software plugins. You also get: 

  1. Dedicated account management
  2. Two, one-hour, online, instructor-led workshops
  3. Ideate Automation technology to run time-intensive low-value BIM tasks in the background 
  4. Beta program access for key users to provide input on updates and new products
  5. Support from technical experts
  6. 24/7 training through blog posts, how-to videos, Help files with step-by-step instructions 
  7. More!

All subscriptions come with unlimited access to all our learning materials, videos, Help files, technical support team, and blog posts.

Don’t delay! Contact us with questions or subscribe online today. 

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