November

12

2019

San Francisco, CA, November 12, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to Ideate BIMLink, its Revit productivity application that simplifies model management by facilitating the movement of data from Autodesk® Revit® software to Microsoft Excel for editing, and then back into Revit with speed, ease and accuracy.

“As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Ideate BIMLink, we enjoy looking back at the meaningful enhancements added with every release,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development. “This fall, the big change is that we’ve simplified access to the hundreds of link definitions requested by customers. These link definitions contain all the properties needed to complete specific BIM workflow challenges.”

Here are highlights of the Ideate BIMLink updates that will make it easier for new and existing users to discover the hundreds of ways in which BIM data can be leveraged for productivity and quality control within the Revit project, template and family files:

  • New “Beyond Schedules” folder to access non-schedule data such as text, dimensions, revision clouds and view templates
  • A new customizable Home page with links to information to help users get up and running quickly
  • The ability to create more elements from Excel via Ideate BIMLink, including sheets, model elements, views, viewports, levels and types
  • New methods available for easy-to-deploy standardized network-hosted Ideate BIMLink content

All these enhancements have been added to Ideate BIMLink 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Watch this video to learn more.

Ideate Software is always looking for ways to enhance the Revit users’ experience and encourages Revit users to contact them with ideas. Visit them at Autodesk University 2019 booth AE490 to submit your best ideas and participate in prize draws and special promotions.
 


About Ideate Software
Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps 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.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

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.

###

Read More

November

5

2019

San Francisco, CA, 11/05/2019 – Established in 1967 in Boston, MA, CBT Architects is a leading design firm. Its 230 professionals play an important role in a broad range of local, national and international projects in architecture, interior design and urban design. They use Ideate Explorer to keep their Revit models clean and accurate by finding, editing and deleting elements; viewing all elements in a Revit model; and auditing Revit warnings. 

“Ideate Explorer give us deeper insight into Revit model elements and allows for enhanced selection options,” said William Paquette, CBT Design Technology Team. “This significantly aids in model management, allowing us to quickly identify where issues may be and areas that can be cleaned up.” 

CBT uses Ideate Explorer to find and fix problems that could impact model size, sync time and performance in several ways, including to:

  • Identify and delete views that aren’t on sheets
  • Find and remove CAD files inadvertently imported into Revit
  • Sort by workset, note elements in the wrong place and move them
  • Update outdated standards on older models
  • Verify that users adhere to standards
  • Clean up Revit warnings
  • Align worksets after binding a model

William provided a few detailed examples:

  • “We reused a model with thousands of instances of a non-standard pen. With Ideate Explorer, we updated them all at the same time. It would have taken a long time to update them one by one.”
  • “When cleaning up some design options that purged into a model, we found some overlapping mullions. Coupled with some Revit features, we used Ideate Explorer to create a section view, narrow it down, and easily determine which mullions needed to be deleted.”
  • “We binded some information into a model, which means we lost the phasing and workset information. Working with a script we made to assign the phase created or demolished and the worksets the original element lived on, we aligned those things in the model after the fact by selecting that set and changing that property. In one instance, Ideate Explorer told me that I selected 600 elements that were original conditions, but by narrowing the search with Ideate Query, we could see that 173 were actually new construction. We easily fixed it.” 

“We are proud to be associated with CBT, an award-winning company that places a high value on creativity, collegiality and social responsiveness,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. “It’s rewarding to know that the products we develop help CBT move past persistent Revit challenges to focus on designs that elevate each client’s image and brand.” 


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.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

###

Read More

October

29

2019

San Francisco, CA, 10/29/2019Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member and provider of applications for Autodesk Revit software, is pleased to report the tremendous success of its newest Revit productivity solution, Ideate StyleManager.

“We started getting positive comments almost immediately after launching Ideate StyleManager this past June,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development at Ideate Software. “Many customers had provided input as beta testers during its development, and they had high expectations. I congratulate the entire software development team for meeting and even exceeding those expectations.” 

Ideate StyleManager addresses problems that occur when styles associated with content load into a model along with the content, or when users create non-standard styles. Managing those unwanted styles in Revit can be time consuming and risky but ignoring them can cause publishing errors and end-user confusion. Ideate StyleManager fixes the problems by making it easy to:

  • Delete styles that can’t be deleted in Revit software 
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles 
  • Analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a deletion 
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, Templates and Scope Boxes 
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

One company using Ideate StyleManager is Mackenzie, a provider of professional design services in the Pacific Northwest. When talking about Ideate StyleManager, Rusty Gesner, an Associate Principal, Director of CAD/BIM at Mackenzie, said, “It’ll save you a lot of time by ensuring your efforts at cleanup and standards maintenance don't cause inadvertent side effects.”

He continued to say that you’ll appreciate Ideate StyleManager if you’ve ever been frustrated by:

  • Searching and drilling down to determine if and where styles are used
  • Making sure there won't be collateral damage if you modify a style
  • Cleaning up the issues caused by importing and exploding a DWG
  • Combining duplicate styles

“We appreciate Rusty and the entire Mackenzie firm,” said Glynnis. “Not only do they use and promote our solutions, they also participate in beta testing, helping us achieve our goal of developing software that solves persistent problems encountered by BIM professionals in architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner workflows.”

Read more about Mackenzie and Ideate Software.
 


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.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

###

Read More

October

23

2019

Are you a software developer with .NET and C# experience looking for an exciting job with a team that prides itself on collaboration? Consider Ideate Software. 

Ideate Software is a certified member of the Autodesk Developer Network and is the software development unit of Ideate Incorporated, with headquarters in San Francisco, California. Currently Ideate Software develops data management tools that work in conjunction with Autodesk’s Revit technology platform. The Ideate Software team prides itself on collaboration, which occurs mostly through virtual communication both internally and with our customers worldwide. 

Summary of Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is in developing high-quality commercial software for use by architects, building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural‐design engineers, and virtual design and construction professionals. This position is based out of Ideate’s Portland, Oregon office but for the right candidate we will consider a tele‐commuting option.


Technical Skills

  • 5+ years of experience in software development (commercial applications preferred)
  • 3+ years of experience with object‐oriented programming (.NET and C# preferred)
  • Proven experience developing and releasing Windows‐based desktop applications 

Interested candidates can access more information here and are invited to send their applications to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager and IdeateApps 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.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

###

Read More

August

21

2019

San Francisco, CA, 08-21-19 –  McMillan Pazdan Smith (MPS) is a proven design industry leader that leverages building information modeling (BIM) technology on all of their projects. Autodesk® Revit® is one of the BIM technology solutions they use to improve engineer coordination, enhance stakeholder communications, and increase building efficiencies and cost savings. To quickly assess Revit model health and identify sub-optimal practices, MPS uses Ideate Explorer.

Dan Warren, MPS’ BIM Operations Administrator, said, “Ideate Explorer allows our team to rapidly triage problems, so we spend our efforts on issues that provide the greatest return on model health. Providing a thorough model health assessment used to take a half to full day; now, we can turn our reports around in less than half the time.”

He continued, “Having used Ideate Explorer for a while, I can say that it is by far the best tool I’ve ever seen for both managing model health and resolving pesky Revit issues that plague our project teams. I cannot imagine how we could efficiently resolve the issues we face daily without this tool.”

When discussing the benefits of Ideate Explorer, Dan also mentioned:

  1. Ideate Explorer helps users understand the importance of data structure and modeling practices
  2. With Ideate Explorer, it is easy to document situations where modeling and drafting practices impact performance
  3. The Ideate Explorer interface is quick, reliable, and easy to understand

Ideate Explorer provides numerous ways for users to decrease the time spent on model management, increase the accuracy of their models, and reduce model size. Revit professionals use it to find and delete problem items, find and edit elements, and gain a full view of all elements in a Revit model. Ideate Explorer also includes Warnings Manager for reviewing and managing Revit warnings, Navigate for navigating through view-based elements within Revit, and Query for searching on parameters.

For more information on how MPS uses Ideate Software products, visit our website. For a free trial or to subscribe to any Ideate Software solution, please check ideatesoftware.com
 


About Ideate Software

Ideate Software empowers Revit users to gain unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, Ideate Sticky, Ideate StyleManager, and IdeateApps were all developed to solve persistent problems in architecture, engineering, and construction, and owner (AECO) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, the Autodesk logo, ATC, and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

###

Read More