May

26

2020

Ideate Sticky users will want to download the latest version right away, because it includes one of the most frequently requested features: the ability to link PDF and Microsoft Word documents to Revit files!

If you follow the Autodesk Ideas Forum, you’ve seen this request for a long time. While Autodesk responded this year with support for PDFs in the current version of Revit, Ideate Software responded by providing support for both PDFs and Word documents in the current version of Ideate Sticky (2021) as well as the three previous versions (2020-2018). Also, unique to Ideate Sticky is the ability to link multi-paged documents at once, instead of one page at a time. Based on numerous conversations with our customers and the Revit community, we know this new feature will dramatically simplify the process of getting information provided by consultants and other sources to everyone working on the project.

See the new features in action during our “What’s New in Ideate Sticky” webinar. To register for the APAC webinar, click here.

Ideate Sticky May 2020

We send out a huge thank you to the many customers who helped us beta-test this new feature. We appreciate the time you spent with us to ensure the quality and resolution meet your needs.

In addition to support for PDF and Word documents, we added more new features to our 2018 - 2021 versions of Ideate Sticky. Here are highlights:

  1. The Status field includes BIM 360 disk and BIM 360 error statuses to reflect the various local state conditions shown through the desktop connector
  2. The ability to update multiple Stickies at once
  3. The option to have Stickies appear in black and white 
  4. The ability to link Excel files into Revit as images when greater visual fidelity is needed
  5. Licensing support for Remote Desktop added for standalone licensing

Get all the details from our online Help files and see related videos on our website.

Download the new version today.

We develop software to streamline Revit processes. Have a feature you’d like us to consider? Let us know.


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

21

2020

You can save a lot of time using Ideate BIMLink to create many elements and edit many type and instance parameters in Revit projects. (See recent posts on saving time using Ideate BIMLink to: 1) manage sheets, 2) create and modify rooms, and 3)  swap structural framing instances.)

Save Time on Sheet and Title Block Editing

A recurring editing task on all Revit-based projects is sheet and title block editing, which can consist of a variety of tasks, such as:

  • Editing sheet names and numbers, drawn by, checked by, and more
  • Editing custom parameter data, such as turning on/off the architect’s or engineer’s professional seal and custom project status notes
  • Overall QA/QC of sheets and Title Blocks in the drawing set, such as Title Block Family usage and Appears in Sheet List

For small projects, this information may be easy to manage manually; it may take a few minutes to make the changes. But on medium to large-sized projects, editing sheet data could take a very long time. As with any amount of large data editing, it is time consuming and error prone. One major limitation in Revit is that if companies have custom parameters tied to the title block category, they may have to be managed on a one-by-one basis.

Luckily for us, Ideate BIMLink can make short order of these editing tasks by allowing users to export their sheet data to Microsoft Excel where it can be reviewed and edited, and then import the updated data into the Revit model with ease and speed.

 


To learn more about this process, be sure to  watch this video.  

It is important to note that while this blog post focuses on editing data found within sheets and title blocks, the process of editing Revit all model data using Ideate BIMLink is essentially the same.

Visit our Ideate BIMLink how-to videos, online Help files, and blog posts for more ways to use this solution to control your Revit data with precision and speed.

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

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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May

19

2020

Construction professionals, designers and builders using Revit software can dramatically reduce the amount of time they spend compiling quantity takeoffs (QTO), assigning assembly codes to model elements, and swapping design elements by using Ideate BIMLink. They use this solution to pull volumes of data from the Revit file to Excel for easy editing and then push it back into the model with speed, ease, and accuracy.  

Here are the time savings you can achieve with Ideate BIMLink. The data was provided by our customers as part of our global January 2020 Ideate BIMLink survey, and the results may vary depending on your company and the nature of the work undertaken.

Common Ideate BIMLink Tasks for VDC Professionals: Quantity Takeoff and Assembly Code Assignments + Type Swapping

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We have several resources available online that can help you get the most out of Ideate BIMLink. Here are links to a few: 

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This post is the fifth in a series related to the results of our survey of architecture, engineering, construction and building-owner companies. Our previous posts covered the time savings possible by using Ideate BIMLink to:

Keep an eye out for our next blog post, which will cover views and revisions.

Contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you. 

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

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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May

15

2020

Revit software offers many different types of parameters, including Project, Project Shared, System, Global, Family, Family Shared, Reporting, and more. Deciphering the differences and determining which to use in different situations can be overwhelming. Instead of just creating parameters on the fly, it is best to map out a game plan for the parameters you need and how you intend to use them. Failing to do so could result in data mismatches and confusion to the end user.

In this two-part series, you will learn about Project, Project Shared, Family, and Family Shared parameters and their use cases. Watch the recording of the 30-minute Part 1 session for more about: 

  • Parameter Types
  • Parameter Creation Methods
  • Parameter Pitfalls
  • When to use Shared Parameters vs. Project Parameter

Part 2 is scheduled for May 20. Register today!


 If you are interested in us hosting a webinar on other parameters, please let us know. We are here to help you get the most out of your Revit and Ideate Software tools.

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

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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May

14

2020

Thank you to all our customers who provided input about Ideate StyleManager, which we introduced about a year ago. Your feedback led to the improvements and fixes included in this May 2020 update. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Below are highlights of the new features added to our 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 versions. Get all the details from our online Help files and see related videos on our YouTube playlist, What's New

Improvements

  • Filled and masking regions renamed from "Detail items" within usage results of the user interface
  • Improved usage results for families containing older CAD Imports Object Styles
  • Hatch patterns now displayed on the Fill Pattern dialog

Style Manager Hatch Patterns 
The user interface is more consistent; fill patterns now show a preview, just like line styles and line patterns

Bug Fixes

  • Line Patterns - Dimension Styles reported when used within the Family Editor
  • Object Styles in Masking Regions and Filled Regions correctly reported when used within Family Editor
  • Object Styles - Sketch lines correctly found when used within the Family Editor
  • Off-category Object Styles display when used within the Family Editor
  • Materials used within a split region merged properly
  • Materials that referenced Global Parameters can be merged
  • Global parameters that reference a Material correctly identified under Usage

Download the new version today.

Customers also provided a lot of great ideas about new features that we would love to add in our next release. Have a feature you’d like us to consider? Let us know.


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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