May

17

2021

We continuously monitor Autodesk forums, Revit user groups, industry blogs, newsletters, and other events to keep our pulse on AECO trends and discussions. So, it is very easy for us to express that we feel very connected to the AECO community!

We would like our customers to know that we frequently monitor the Revit Public Roadmap plus the Revit Ideas Forums. We want to ensure our tools help fill some of the workflow gaps that may exist within the current Revit building information modeling ecosystem.

“We take great pride in developing tools that address persistent challenges faced by Revit users,” said Director of Software Development, Glynnis Patterson.

We are continuing our Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests.  

Last month, I highlighted quite a few Revit Ideas Forum requests around better ways to find, filter, and select elements in Revit. Those ideas directly translated into our Ideate Explorer for Revit solution.

I would like to continue to build upon our Ideate Explorer solution and look at another series of important Revit Ideas Forum requests. There are quite a few requests for better and easier warnings management within Revit:

These are just some of the four pages of Revit warning requests within the Revit Ideas page! So obviously, this is clearly a sore point for many Revit users.

Revit 2022 finally made the Warning Dialog resizable. But beyond that, there hasn’t been much improvement in this Revit functionality for years. With the default Revit Warnings Dialog, you have to close the dialog to make most changes or fix most errors.

Ideate Explorer Warnings Manager to the rescue! 

Our Warnings Manager addresses all those Revit ideas and more. You can easily continue to work in Revit without having to close the dialog, and you can quickly reference the elements that need to be modified.

Wishlist Granted - Warnings Manager

The BEST way to see all the GREAT features in action would be to review our Ideate Software Warnings Manager video playlist! We have many short videos on specific warning types, plus a longer, 30-minute webinar on the Language of Revit Warnings that goes into extended details on the settings and features contained within the Ideate Warnings Manager that is part of Ideate Explorer.

This online help topic enabling you to Explore Revit Warnings is also a wonderful resource for review.

Our customers say it best! This quote by Laura Erdely is perfect!

“I was not very good about managing warnings in my models prior to using the Warnings Manager within Ideate Explorer. I was always searching for elusive objects when I tried to clear warnings using Revit alone. It was so time consuming that I rarely did it and let the warnings run wild. The warnings dialogue box helps me to see all the issues in a clear list and easily select the related objects. Now my whole team uses it to keep the file tidy.” 

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.

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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May

10

2021

For those of you who are new to Ideate Software or need a refresher course on the capabilities our products, this webinar recording is for you. Spend one hour watching to get a high-level overview of all Ideate Software solutions and how they relate to BIM managers and BIM management.

  • Ideate BIMLink – The industry standard for exporting information from a Revit model to Microsoft Excel, so you can modify the data and import it back into Revit to update the model
    • Ideate Automation for Ideate BIMLink – Script and run Ideate BIMLink on multiple models during non-business hours, so data is in Excel spreadsheets when you return
  • Ideate Sticky – Live-link Excel data as schedules or Word, Excel and PDFs as images in your Revit projects, so they automatically update when changes are made to the original documents
  • Ideate Explorer – See every element and instance of every element in the Revit model, so you can easily select and swap elements, audit the project, and review and manage warnings
  • Ideate StyleManager – Review styles (e.g., object styles, line styles, fonts, and dimensions), so you can merge and purge unwanted styles and delete those not being used
  • IdeateApps – Decrease the time spent on common Revit tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model with these nine focus-driven tools

Watch the recording and share it with others who will benefit from its content.

 
This webinar was presented in three regions over a two-day period. This recording is of the presentation made in the Americas region. The content is the same as the other presentations, except for the specific attendee questions asked during the webinar.

Browse 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

27

2021

Every day, our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals all around the world. Here’s information about a topic that comes up occasionally.

At Ideate Software, we strongly encourage weekly Revit model audits to ensure that models run smoothly and adhere to project and office standards. 

One common issue we see during model audits is the way groups are used. In many cases, groups are over utilized and inappropriately named. Heavy group usage is known to cause performance issues, especially if they are part of an array. When groups are left as their default names, such as Group 1, Group 2, etc., the usage can be confusing, because no one knows the intended use of the group until it gets audited. 

I recently worked with a customer and showed them how to use the <Ideate Audit> filter to isolate Revit categories that should be part of weekly audits. When we reviewed group usage, we noticed that most of the groups mimicked detail components that ship with Revit, like the detail shown here:

Revit Model Audits

While it is not possible in Revit to select groups and swap them out with model or detail components, as shown here …

Revit Model Audits

… you can use Ideate Explorer to identify inappropriate group usage so you can edit the groups, swap out the content for similar model or detail components, finish the groups (which now have the model or detail components) and then ungroup the updated groups to ‘swap’ the groups with model or detail components.

To learn more about this process, be sure to watch this short video on how you can use Ideate Explorer to identify and fix groups that should be Type Swapped with model or detail components.

Additional references:

Check out the other posts in our Ideate Software Support Series.

Browse 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

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

19

2021

We would like our customers to know that we frequently monitor the Revit Public Roadmap plus the Revit Ideas Forums. We want to ensure our tools help fill some of the workflow gaps that may exist within the current Revit building information modeling ecosystem.

“We take great pride in developing tools that address persistent challenges faced by Revit users,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of Software Development at Ideate Software.

We are continuing our Ideate Software blog series entitled Wishlist Granted. Each blog article features real user requests and our response to those requests. So, let’s take a deep dive at another top Revit request!

The Revit project browser has been an essential component of the Revit user interface since day one! However, we all know that it doesn’t show everything we need as Revit users. It can be frustrating that it shows some elements, such as Revit links, but not others such as CAD links. Additionally, the project browser doesn’t work if you are trying to review and select your Revit model elements within the context of the model. It wasn’t designed to be a model browser that allows for easy review and selection of every element and instance!

On the Revit Ideas Forum, there are many requests for a better way to find, filter, and select elements:

Ideate Explorer for Revit from Ideate Software was developed and introduced 12 years ago as a true model browser for the Revit interface. Among the many features of Ideate Explorer is the ability to easily search, filter and select elements. Ideate Explorer was designed to allow:

  • Finding and deleting incorrect, obsolete and hidden problem items, including DWGs
  • Finding, refining and revising elements, including those excluded from the Revit project browser
  • Getting a full view of any Revit model and understanding all elements in the model

The image below shows how we can easily select multiple instances of any Revision Clouds within the Revit model, as requested from the Revit Ideas Forum.

 
You can easily review all elements within the Active View or the Entire Project. You have several options to sort your Revit model data, based on your needs:
 

 


 

These Sort by: options directly relate to the Revit Forum Ideas request to select instances by level, as an example. In that same request, it also mentions filtering by Type.

If the Sort by: is set to Category, the Ideate Explorer results will display in this order: Category: Family: Type: Instance and you can always select one, multiple or all.

Any selection within Ideate Explorer can be saved and loaded later for review.


 

Ideate Explorer also allows In-Canvas selection of one or multiple elements, and it will always give you the specific instance counts as well as Family and Type counts, so you know EXACTLY how many elements of each Category, Family or Type. The Revit Selection Filter can’t do that!


This help topic is an excellent introduction to the basic operation of Ideate Explorer. You can slice, review and manage the model in hundreds of different ways, and the Ideate Explorer selection tools make working in Revit a breeze. The following quote by Jason Halaby of WRNS Studio summarizes Ideate Explorer in a meaningful way:

“Without Ideate Explorer, Revit is not a fully functional BIM authoring platform. WRNS relies on Ideate Explorer’s detailed selection filtering, query tools, and warning manager for many of our model management tasks, which include finding In-Place families, auditing worksets,…and generally providing a more transparent window into the model database.”

These are just SOME of the many Revit requests that Ideate Explorer fulfills. Check out our extensive video page on Ideate Explorer and stay tuned for the next installment of Wishlist Granted, where I will continue to show how Ideate Explorer fulfills important Revit requests!

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.

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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March

23

2021

Thank you to everyone who participated our March online user group meetings. The workflows shared by our guest speakers as well as the discussions and questions from attendees made for informative meetings that we hope delivered value to everyone.

Although you may have attended the meeting scheduled for your local region, you may want to listen to the others, because each featured different guest speakers and Q&A sessions. 

Here are links to each of the recordings and a few details of the speakers and the topics covered:

Recording of Americas User Group Meeting

Guest Speakers

Thesla CollieThesla Collier, Genslerr
Associate BIM Manager
Gensler 
Thesla shared some of her favorite tips to using Ideate Software applications.

 

Sara Troy, Modulus ConsultingSara Troy
Director of Operations
Modulus Consulting
Sara presented a creative Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky workflow that Modulus developed to manage municipal grading calculation requirements.

Jan Sako, Ideate SoftwareJan Sako
Support and QA Manager
Ideate Software
Jan talked about the benefits of Ideate Installer.

 

Recording of APAC User Group Meeting 

Guest Speakers

Holger DeGroot, ModmationHolger DeGroot
CEO & Founder
Modmation
Holger showcased some tips for managing warnings to ensure Revit model health with Ideate Explorer.


Tang MinJin, Surbana JurongTang MinJin
Executive BIM Manager
Surbana Jurong 
Tang demonstrated how Surbana Jurong automated the creation of 300+ sheers with Ideate BIMLink.

 

Recording of EMEA User Group Meeting

Guest Speakers

Neil Rooney, ElecktaNeil Rooney
Senior Medical Facility Design Specialist
Elekta
Neil shared some tips for converting a Revit project from English into other languages.

     

Paul Suggleby, HOKPaul Duggleby
Senior Associate
HOK 
Paul discussed how he uses Ideate Explorer to audit his Revit projects at HOK.

     

Jan Sako, Ideate SoftwareJan Sako
Support and QA Manager
Ideate Software
Jan talked about the benefits of Ideate Installer.

 

Plans for our next online user group meetings are well underway. Check out our Events page for dates and times and register today!

If you are interested in being a guest presenter, please contact Richard Taylor

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