May

6

2020

Would you like to know where our customers say they get the greatest return on investment on our software? Watch the recording of this 60-minute webinar for a demonstration of the top 10 ROI workflows streamlined by our Revit productivity enhancement tools:

Ideate Sticky

10.    Resolves Revit’s lack of support for linked Excel data

IdeateApps

9.    Reduces time wasted on visibility issues
8.    Avoids the liability of unintended deletions
7.    Saves time by automating sheet creation
6.    Saves time and avoids errors on numbering tasks
5.    Makes sheet and view management efficient

Ideate Explorer

4.    Makes complex models easy to navigate

Ideate BIMLink

3.    Reduces time spent managing revisions and sheet issuances
2.    Makes it possible to automate element creation
1.    Saves time and improves accuracy for bulk data editing
 

For more information on the ROI of our software, check out these blog posts:

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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April

27

2020

In this webinar, we focused on four tools within the IdeateApps collection that you can use to increase the productivity of your entire BIM staff by streamlining the process of managing sheets and views.

Watch the recording of the webinar for:

  1. An overview of our sheet and view tools (Sheet Manager, Align, Clone, and ViewCreator)
  2. Instructions on how to use the tools to standardize view naming
  3. A demonstration on how to customize the rules
  4. Creative workflows for using the tools as a suite to increase efficiency
  5. Tips and tricks


Here are a couple of comments we received at the conclusion of the webinar:

  • “The presentation was very informative on showing the power of IdeateApps. This will greatly increase our productivity.”
     
  • “Your new format was a plus because it gave training the feel of having a real classroom experience without having to travel.”

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 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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April

7

2020

Did you missed this webinar? If so, I recommend you take just 30 minutes and watch the recording. You’ll hear three people from the ZGF Architects Design Technology Team talk about the following topics:

  1. How they approach absolutely huge projects (......millions of square feet) like Google, Expedia and Expensify
  2. How planning over the past several years helped them successfully transition their people from the office to remote home-working to comply with the Covid 19 shelter-in-place orders
  3. How they supplement Autodesk Revit software with tools, including those from Ideate Software, to build the complex geometries needed for their ambitious designs

 ZGF
ZGF project for Google - Interior remodel of the hangar where Howard Hughes stored the Spruce Goose

I was pleased to welcome the following people from ZGF:

•    Andrew Cocke, Design Technology Manager
•    Dane Stokes, Design Technology Specialist
•    Trevor Taylor, Associate Principal

Trevor said, “Ideate Software products are central to our toolkit. We particularly use Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Explorer. They're the MRI and CT scanners of our toolkit; they help to get inside the Revit model.”

Providing an example, they talked about a project with 1,500 parking spaces that needed to be sequentially numbered and labeled. The team used Ideate BIMLink to export the data to Microsoft Excel, where they easily sorted, numbered and labeled the spots. The project, which had been budgeted for three days, took less than 30 minutes.

“Focus on using the right tools,” said Trever. “If you only have a sledgehammer, all your projects will end up looking like rocks.”

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 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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March

27

2020

Why would you want to use Ideate SpellCheck instead of the default spell check in Revit? Because Ideate SpellCheck offers so much more to ensure comprehensive quality control of your Revit projects. In Revit, you can check one View or Sheet at a time, and it is limited in the amount of text it checks. With Ideate SpellCheck, you can:

  • Check all Sheets at once 
  • Check Schedule data and Keynote Legends
  • Zoom to review Sheet-based errors
  • Check spelling in more languages than available in Revit
  • Flag spelling errors in groups, nested families, keynotes, etc. that need to be fixed later

I recently highlighted all the features of Ideate SpellCheck in a 30-minute webinar. Here’s a link to the recording. In it, I covered:

  • An overview of Ideate SpellCheck
  • How to set up the dictionaries
  • The three selection methods for checking text
  • Demonstrations of each method
  • Tips and tricks

During the webinar, I mentioned a related blog post, Multi-Language Support with SpellCheck, that I think you will also find highly informative.  

In addition to the excellent blog post, please review our comprehensive online Help for everything you need to know about this application within the IdeateApps suite of productivity and efficiency tools for all Revit users.
 

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 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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February

20

2020

Customers and prospective customers joined us on February 4, 2020 in San Francisco, CA to learn about Ideate Software tools. We were pleased to host the two sessions at Autodesk Gallery, a top destination according to Wired magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle featuring dozens of exhibits that show how companies use new technology to imagine, design and create. 

SF Seminar
Ideate Software’s Sash Kazeminejad leading a discussion

Customer Session

Following a networking breakfast, Ideate Software’s Customer Success Manager Sash Kazeminejad discussed new features included in the November 2019 release of IdeateApps and Ideate BIMLink with customers.

New IdeateApps features include:

  • Improved searching
  • Enhanced batch editing
  • Improved sheet composition
  • The ability to multi-select unplaced views and turn them into sheets; rename sheets, numbers and views; do odd and even numbering; copy and paste legends across multiple sheets; customize a view/sheet browser for individual team members

New Ideate BIMLink features include:

  • “Beyond Schedules” folder
  • A customizable home page
  • The ability to create more elements from Excel
  • Methods for easy-to-deploy standardized network-hosted content

After the presentation on the November 2019 features and improvements, we reviewed some upcoming improvements to our current software titles as well as development ideas.

Prospective Customer Session

After a lunch for attendees of both sessions, prospective customers and some existing customers that don’t subscribe to all our products joined us for the afternoon session. Over two hours, we provided an overview of all five of our products, highlighted some workflows and demonstrated how the products in the Ideate Software ecosystem work together. We also listened as Revit users discussed their “wish lists” of additional functionality. 

Positive Feedback

“Participation at both sessions was great,” said Sash. “The discussions included challenges with Revit software, creative workarounds used by some people to get around those challenges, and how Ideate Software tools actually address them.”


Ideate Software’s Moe Kress and Rahul Verma welcoming attendees

Several people commented that the presentations were “great” and “informative,” and one person said, “I had no idea that Ideate BIMLink was capable of some of the workflows demonstrated. I may change my current workflow and try using Ideate BIMLink instead.”

 

We regularly discuss our products at virtual and in-person events. Visit our Events page for details. 

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