Over the past few days, a new challenge has surfaced in our support system as an unexpected result of working from home with Ideate Sticky while also using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop.

Problem: Ideate Stickies are displaying at a different size, now that you are working remotely (thanks #covid19).

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Culprit: Using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop can cause a unique condition where the font scaling of the primary computer is different from the font scaling of the computer to which you are remoting into. This condition cannot be detected by Revit or Ideate Sticky. This problem becomes obvious when the Stickies are being auto-updated while this condition is true. If this Remote Desktop condition exists, the problem will surface whenever:

  • A new Sticky is created
  • Existing Stickies are updated 
  • Existing Stickies are auto-updated (i.e. the referenced Excel files are modified by you or someone else and the auto-update feature is in use)


  • If you are using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop, ensure your home computer font scaling matches your work computer. See image for method (click on image to enlarge).
  • Use Chrome’s Remote Desktop or another solution like Team Viewer

    Ideate Sticky - Remote Desktops


Fixing Modified Stickies
If your project contains Stickies that have already been altered because of this condition, use one of these methods to fix the problem:

  • If possible, close the model without saving, then close Revit and use one of the workarounds to update your Stickies or when creating new Stickies.
  • If the modified Stickies have already been saved, close Revit and then use one of the workarounds methods to open the file, then update all Stickies.

Stay safe out there, and let our support team know if you have any questions.


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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Our Ideate Software Support team fields all types of questions from AECO professionals from around the world.  Recently a customer asked about mapping Excel Linestyles to Revit Linestyles; it seemed that the Revit Linestyles weren’t displaying as shown within the Excel file when they used Ideate Sticky to create a Revit schedule.

It turns out that the customer hadn’t heard that it is possible to map Excel Linestyles to Revit Linestyles via the Ideate Sticky settings menu. We created this option because the default settings that come with Ideate Sticky don’t always meet the exact needs of every user. You can review the Ideate Sticky mapping selection via this Online Help topic

Ideate Sticky Settings
The Settings icon within Ideate Software applications is your friend . Here it is in Ideate Sticky. 

In addition to Ideate Sticky, we added the Settings icon to many of our other applications, including: Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate ReNumber, Ideate SheetManager, and Ideate ViewCreator. The settings icon, represented by a cog wheel, is generally where you will find specific settings, such as default library or rule paths, as well as any default mapping or creation settings.

We recommend that you review the settings options for EACH of the Ideate Software applications mentioned above. You might find something new and exciting that you never even knew existed! For those of you familiar with the Jetsons cartoon, we have no Spacely Space Sprockets, but we might have some Cogswell Cogs.

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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Ideate Sticky allows you to elegantly connect non-BIM data from an Excel file into Revit projects, enhancing cross-team workflows. You don’t need to look far for answers to questions about how to use it. Our experienced Support team members, online help files, recorded webinars, and how-to videos make it easy. 

Topics covered in short how-to videos posted on our website and YouTube channel include:

  1. Introduction to Ideate Sticky

  2. What’s New in Ideate Sticky – May 2019 Release

  3. Managing Sticky Sizes

  4. Publishing Fixture Requirements

  5. Publishing Document Issue Records


Here are links to some of the recorded 30 to 60-minute webinars:

Is there a process you’d like us to demonstrate in a video? Please let us know. We want you to have answers at your fingertips, so you can get back to using the software to streamline Revit workflows.

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Thank you Laura Kay Smith - BIM Manager Lead, Buildings and Facilities Western Canada, SNC Lavalin, for contributing the following post.

I want to thank Ideate Software for giving me the opportunity to write a blog post, so I can share how BIM is simplified by good tools. My main tool pallet has always involved Ideate Software, and I would like to share with you some of my processes and tips for successful implementation and usage.

I have previously discussed how BIM failure is due to complexity and lack of education (see my article, BIM is Simple), suggesting that BIM is most successful in companies that understand the value it provides. In this article, I provide some tips and tricks to get your firm’s BIM implementation and usage on the right track.

You will need buy-in from your whole team to keep the BIM process simple. The buy-in starts by making things easy to use. Here are some useful workflows that incorporate quality BIM tools I found to be useful:

Ideate BIMLink

My first major success in moving BIM forward in a firm came in 2013 when I stumbled  across Ideate BIMLink (Kasian Sets a New Facilities Planning Standard Using Ideate BIMLink). This is where I had an epiphany on the importance of BIM tools paving the way to success in BIM processes.

Ideate BIMLink allows everyone on a project to be involved with the data input of Revit. It’s a tool that allows the push and pull of data between Excel and Revit.

My main workflow for this tool is in health care. Because health care requirements are strict, it’s important to minimize the places that information must be corrected when projects change: if you ignore this, your project can spiral into endless rework cycles.

For example, each room in a hospital has a specific purpose and needs, size, equipment, location and finishes. You can track and update this information without manual entry by using Ideate BIMLink:

  1. Set up your template file for health care with standard parameters used for operations and requiring checks.
  2. Create an Ideate BIMLink link with those parameters.
  3. Transition the received requirements onto the Ideate BIMlink Excel export and import into your project.
  4. Pull the room sizes and requirements back into your Excel requirement check. Here you can set formulas to verify and check the numbers. You can also set up a parameter to color your rooms to make the requirements visual.
  5. Organize your Ideate BIMLink data to produce Room Data Sheets.

Laura Kay Smith
Snapshot of Excel worksheet showing data extracted from Revit

Laura Kay Smith
Snapshot of Excel worksheet showing data extracted from Revit with color-coding added to emphasize variances

Ideate Sticky

The Ideate BIMLink tool is very powerful, but it only helps you manipulate information that is already in your model. If you need information on your pages that is not part of your file, you can use Ideate Sticky to ‘stick’ the data on a sheet.

Ideate Sticky allows users to show Excel in Revit without the additional parameter inputs. For example, your project may need you to include electrical conduit schedules. To add these to a page using Ideate Sticky, you can select the print area of a sheet and place it directly into your Revit sheet. This can be a live link, meaning any changes to the spreadsheet will also update in the BIM model. All the information in the original sheet, including equations, graphics, layout and coloring will translate to the print sheet. You can use this setup for those engineers that do not work inside the model.

If the project needs both the push and pull of data and the simple sticking of information on a sheet, both Ideate BIMLink and Ideate Sticky can be used in the same document.

Ideate Explorer

One of the most important parts of BIM management on a project is model maintenance and verifications. Ideate Explorer is a simple checkup tool for your model.

Ideate Explorer allows the model coordinator to accurately fill out the required Model Review checklist. Component and Subcomponent checks on Naming, Level Naming, Proper Dimension and Text styles used. The Warning checks inside of Ideate Explorer are also easier to understand and help you find the offending components.

Using BIM tools that are simple and allow the team to focus on the actual BIM data rather than model maintenance will help in the simplification of BIM. Ideate Software offers a great tool base for that step into 3D modeling. 

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San Francisco, CA, 12/10/2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, is pleased to be associated with companies recognized for excellence

“As a developer of software that helps companies that design, build and operate built environments focus on their core strengths, we love to learn of their successes,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. 

“BIM professionals who are passionate about integrating innovation into design, enhancing communities, and collaborating across disciplines work countless hours on everything from the big picture to tiny details. It is both humbling and energizing to know that our products eliminate some of the drudgery.”

One Ideate Software product used by award-winning companies is Ideate Sticky, which enhances cross-team workflows by elegantly connecting non-BIM data from an Excel file into a Revit project.

“The lack of a text editor in Autodesk® Revit® software makes organizing and formatting non-BIM data frustrating and time consuming,” said Glynnis “Ideate Sticky solves this by enabling users to edit data in Excel and ‘stick’ spreadsheets on Revit files.” 

Here are some quotes about Ideate Sticky from companies that have won awards for innovation, sustainability, historic preservation, tenant improvements and even the “coolest office.” 

    Ideate Sticky enhances collaboration by streamlining the process of disseminating non-BIM data. What used to be a tedious, time-consuming task is now done in just minutes.”
    ~Evelyn Peterson, CSHQA
  • Eppstein Uhen Architects
    “Equipment planners will develop a list by room that owners want on the architectural drawings. To recreate this schedule in Revit would mean modeling the equipment and creating an element schedule. Ideate Sticky allows us to use the consultant list with minimal editing and a few minutes of effort.”
    ~Phyllis Robbins, Eppstein Uhen Architects
  • Mead & Hunt
    “Ideate Sticky makes a picture of the Excel file so you can view it phenomenally quickly. It seems transparent to its users, and most importantly, it is trusted by users.”
    ~Dan Dankert, Mead & Hunt
  • AC Martin
    “If our project managers or project architects need to access or update the information on the Ideate Sticky schedule, they don’t have to go into the Revit model to check on files. That’s extremely important to our workflow, because not all project architects are Revit-savvy.”
    ~Elisa de Dios, AC Martin

Visit the Ideate Software website to learn more about how these companies use Ideate Sticky.

About Ideate Software
Ideate Software 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.

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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