August

16

2021

We are continuing our Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests. Let’s chehk to see what we can uncuver

While the out-of-the-box Revit includes a Spell Check option, it ONLY checks the current view or sheet for a very limited subset of text within the view.  Here is the spellcheck description pulled from the Autodesk Revit Help pages:

“The Check Spelling tool checks the spelling of text notes in a selection or in the current view or sheet. This tool does not check the spelling of other types of text, such as text in element properties.”

There are several Revit Ideas Requests for checking spelling within a Revit Schedule on the Revit Ideas Forum. Please review this request for a Spell Check within Tables that has an Ideate Software customer singing our praises from three years ago!

A Revit Schedule can contain a list of Sheets, View Names, Rooms, and many other types of elements that would be easily accessible if we can check the spelling of a Revit Schedule. Wouldn’t that be nice?

In addition to just the current View or Sheet, there is the request to Spell Check all Open Sheets and Views or all Sheets within a Sheet list.

Well, my dear friends, we have developed Ideate SpellCheck to solve ALL these requests and MORE. Ideate SpellCheck is part of the IdeateApps collection of productivity tools for ALL Revit users. Ideate SpellCheck:

  • Checks all Sheets at once
  • Checks Schedule data or Keynote Legends
  • Zooms to review Sheet-based errors
  • Checks in all languages that are Revit-supported languages
  • Supports additional languages
  • Reports on errors that exist, but need to be fixed later (groups, keynotes, worksharing, nested families, etc.)
  • Provides a comprehensive report of changes made or words added to the dictionary

Spellcheck options 
Ideate SpellCheck allows many different options for reviewing Revit views and sheets.

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Ideate SpellCheck’s main dialog showing the user a wealth of options

Please review our online HELP topic for Frequently Asked Questions concerning Ideate SpellCheck. Here is an easy chart to review the feature set in basic Revit vs. Ideate SpellCheck.

Recently, somebody asked me if we can check text within the Keynote file. The answer is YES, but you will need to edit the keynote.txt file manually to make the changes. Ideate SpellCheck will alert you of the misspelling.

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Ideate SpellCheck reviewing text in Keynote Legends

Your drawings and deliverables are your reputation! Don’t send out misspellings when there is an easy and powerful solution within IdeateApps!

At Ideate Software, we are focused on delighting our customers. With Ideate Software there is no need to wait for future Revit releases to see your idea turned into a reality. We have the capabilities right now.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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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August

4

2021

All Ideate Software product users can get the improvements made in May 2021 by downloading the latest versions. You can check for updates within the products, go to www.ideatesoftware.com/download or review What’s New in the online Help.    

Below are highlights of the updates. Watch the recording of our recent 30-minute webinar for more details and to see demonstrations.

General

  • All products aligned with Revit 2022 and updated for Revit 2019-2022
  • All products delivered in Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish
  • Most virtualized environments now supported by our new Cloud Networking
  • Support for legacy BIM 360 pathing and current Autodesk Construction Cloud pathing

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Alternate data key allows for the transfer of data from one project or phase to another
  • Edit nested family type parameters

Ideate Sticky 

  • Make overlapping images transparent for better viewing 
  • Open the source file directly from the Ideate Sticky dialog

Ideate Explorer 

  • Removed sketch reference planes
  • Integrated selection box and isolate elements
  • Added sheet count to views

IdeateApps

  • View title placement control on certain tools – Revit 2022 only
  • Copy plan views to other plan families
  • Alternate view placement for plan-based views
  • New checks and improvements to visibility results in Ideate XRay

 
This presentation was made at three different times for the convenience of our customers in various regions around the world. Other than the Q&A, the content was the same in each presentation.  

If you don’t yet have all our products, now is a good time to try them out. We offer free trials, and our current promotion is a six-month subscription to Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for just US$500. 


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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July

20

2021

This webinar is for those who spend a lot of time renumbering and renaming Revit elements.

You’ll see how Ideate ReNumber, one of the tools in our IdeateApps collection, can help you quickly update element numbers and names, bringing clarity to design and construction processes.

While this webinar features examples geared toward the MEP and Structure spaces, they are applicable to those in the Architecture and VDC spaces as well.

Topics covered:

  1. MEP and Structure Rules - Overview  
  2. Creating custom rules to match your project or company-specific syntax
  3. Tips for deploying those custom rules

Watch the recording. You’ll see that Ideate ReNumber ships with a lot of customer-requested rules. If you have any that you’d like us to consider adding, please let us know

You can also learn about customizing Ideate ReNumber rules in our detailed Help pages

This presentation was made at three different times for the convenience of our customers in various regions around the world. Other than the Q&A, the content was the same in each presentation.  

Give IdeateApps 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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July

16

2021

Ideate XRay, one of the nine tools in the IdeateApps collection, solves more than 50 Revit invisibility conditions, but we are the first to admit that we haven’t nailed them all... yet. 

If you are an IdeateApps user and you discover an invisibility issue that Ideate XRay cannot solve, please let us know! Send us a file with the problem view along with as much detail as possible, including the name and/or type of element that is invisible and the name of the view in which the element is not visible.

Our team will research the issue, and if we resolve it, we’ll add your story to our Invisibility Guru Hall of Fame. Here is the most recent example where Daniel Newman of Squire and Partners, helped us identify a new source of invisibility:

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Area Boundary Mystery Resolved

Daniel Newman of Squire and Partners discovered that area boundary lines can become orphaned in the Revit project when the related area plan view is deleted. In this instance Ideate XRay will not (yet) be able to resolve why the line cannot be displayed. (The line still ‘exists’ in a project, but boundary lines are view-specific, and these orphaned lines no longer have a view to which they belong.) 

One way to resolve this condition is to create an area plan view for the missing area scheme. The level of the new view must correspond to the level on which the boundary line was created. If the area scheme is no longer needed, you can delete the scheme which will remove all related area boundary lines at the same time.

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Let us know how we can improve Ideate XRay!
 


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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July

14

2021

San Francisco, CA, July 14, 2021 – Ideate Software, an Autodesk® AEC Industry Partner and Autodesk® Authorized Developer, is pleased to announce the fifth anniversary of IdeateApps for Revit, a collection of tools that streamline the tasks that Revit users perform most often.

Launched in the summer of 2016, IdeateApps contained four Revit add-in tools that addressed challenges the Ideate Software Support team heard most often:

  1. Ideate ReNumber: Quickly update element numbers and names
  2. Ideate XRay: Determine and fix problems causing element visibility issues
  3. Ideate SmartDelete: Review elements that will be deleted along with a selected element 
  4. Ideate QuickSelect: View all instances of difficult-to-find items

“We built awareness through several task-focused webinars, and the feedback was overwhelming,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “Clearly Revit users wanted to automate time-consuming processes, so we reviewed the Autodesk Ideas Forum and asked our customers for thoughts on additional workflows that could be improved.”

Tools Added to Address Requests from Revit Users

Within just a year, Ideate Software added four more tools to the collection:

  1. Ideate SpellCheck: Check open sheets and views, sheets in a sheet list and all schedule
  2. Ideate SheetManager: Filter sheet and view lists, create sheets, and place views onto sheets
  3. Ideate Clone: Match title block family and parameters, sheet parameters and browser file location
  4. Ideate Align: Align plan views in a set so they synchronize perfectly across all sheets

And in early 2018, the company added the ninth tool:

  1. Ideate ViewCreator: Batch-create multiple Revit views while complying with company BIM standards

Frequent Enhancements

“At least once a year, when we align our software to the newest version of Revit, we announce enhancements that respond to requests from the community,” said Glynnis. “Below are some of the most significant.” 

  • Support for Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, and Spanish languages
  • Batch Copy Views from Plan to Ceiling or from Area Scheme to Area Scheme with Ideate ViewCreator
  • View Title Alignment Control added to Ideate Clone, Align and SheetManager (Revit 2022 only)
  • Support for <direct shapes> and <ifc> elements with Ideate QuickSelect
  • Duplicate sections and elevations with Ideate ViewCreator
  • Renumber all elements from within a schedule view with Ideate ReNumber

IdeateApps is one of five Revit add-in products developed by Ideate Software, which introduced its first product more than 10 years ago.

To learn more about how Ideate Software products help Revit users save time, increase model accuracy, improve deliverables and elevate design, visit the website. You can also download trial versions or purchase the US$500 bundle for access to Ideate Explorer, Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps for six 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, construction and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables and elevate design.

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