Our recent blog post about the 10th anniversary of the launch of Ideate Explorer was very popular! 

Well, your interest in the history and current state of the software got our brain cells churning a bit. The team and I realized that although we have a lot of videos on many of the amazing auditing and discovery workflows that Ideate Explorer supports, we didn’t have one that put the whole thing together. So, we packed all the features and functions of Ideate Explorer into a 10-minute video, Ideate Explorer Overview.

Ideate Explorer - A true model browser
Ideate Explorer is a true model browser that shows crucial information about every instance of every element within your Revit model. 

Here are links to other videos on specific topics that may also interest you:

•    Ideate Explorer for BIM Management and Model Auditing
•    Ideate Explorer with Ideate Query workflows for advanced search and selection.
•    Ideate Explorer for Warnings Management workflows.

Want to see them all? Here’s a link to all our Ideate Explorer videos.

Let us know what you think. We would love to hear stories about how you use Ideate Explorer in your daily Revit workflows and model management to solve difficult problems.   

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 18 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.

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At Ideate Software, we develop software that expands existing workflows in Autodesk Revit software. When creating Ideate ViewCreator, we gave a lot of attention to enhancing view templates in Revit. Revit view templates are used for creating and maintaining consistent standards. That strength is enhanced by Ideate ViewCreator, which ensures that each new view created meets the set standards.

If view consistency isn’t compelling enough, here are two more reasons to use view templates when working with Ideate ViewCreator.

  1. Improve Performance
    The use of view templates has a drastic impact on the performance of Ideate ViewCreator. If the original view has a template assigned, the time to process all the settings is significantly reduced. This is most notable when using the ‘Plans To Levels’ method:
    • With a template in place, the generation of each view takes one second or less. 
    • Without a template, the time is largely dependent on the number of object styles in a file. In a file with 900 objects styles, each view will take 2.5 seconds to generate. In a file with 1,600 object styles, each view will take more than 5 seconds. We have one file that has 4,200 object styles. Each view in that file takes more than 16 seconds to generate! When doing a large batch process, this can feel like forever.
  2. Assign Design Option and Linked File Graphics
    Unfortunately, we don’t have access to some view settings through the Revit API, including the valuable design option and linked file graphics. Thankfully, all these settings are supported by view templates. 

    With the power of partial view templates, Ideate ViewCreator supports the handling of these specific settings independently from the other graphics settings. This allows the design option graphics to be applied to views that would have different templates assigned by layering the view templates. See our online Help for a detailed example.

Duplicating Views in Ideate ViewCreator - Revit Productivity Tool

About Ideate ViewCreator

Part of our IdeateApps collection, Ideate ViewCreator is used to create views with the right names and the right settings every time. With it, you can generate hundreds of views across levels, disciplines, and more. 

Learn more about Ideate ViewCreator in our extensive online Help. Ready to give it a try? Download a trial version or subscribe today.

About the Author

Jesika DiGregorio - Software Team Lead
Jesika received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in Eugene where she also spent time studying advanced math. Her work experience includes Junior Designer at an award-winning firm specializing in architecture and land planning, and Intern Architect at a firm that provides services in planning, design, construction documents and construction administration for projects of all sizes. After working in architecture design for several years, Jesika decided to pursue her interest in programming and her love of efficient systems. She now serves as a Software Team Lead for Ideate Software. 

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San Francisco, CA, January 7, 2019 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced enhancements to its Revit software add-ons.

“While making all of our products compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we took the opportunity to implement some improvements and fixes,” said Glynnis Patterson, director of software development. “These November 2018 updates demonstrate our commitment to anticipating and quickly responding to customer needs and industry trends.”

Below are highlights of the updates. Click the links for more details: 

Ideate BIMLink 

  • Ability to edit data in the program; no longer need to export it to Excel first
  • Ability to export metric units with the expected Excel formatting for German customers
  • Ability to edit the revision sequence of a revision cloud

Ideate Explorer

  • Option to pre-define the importance of all 915 Revit warning types
  • Ability to search for specific warnings and edit multiple warnings at once
  • Option to gather warnings data only when the Warnings tab is active
  • Ability to see when a project has exceeded a specified number of warnings


  • Ideate ReNumber now supports multi-category rules
  • Ideate ViewCreator better handles visibility and graphic override conditions when duplicating plans by level

Ideate Sticky

  • Ability to move or rename project folders in Windows Explorer and maintain Ideate Sticky pathing
  • Ability to access Excel files that are part of an Autodesk BIM360 project
  • Some previously incompatible Excel files are now compatible

“I appreciate the time our customers spend discussing Revit workflow challenges with us,” said Bob Palioca, president, Ideate Software. “By staying in touch with the architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner community, we know about their needs. And by hiring and retaining top software developers who understand the market, we’re able to enhance our products to address those needs.”

About Ideate Software

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


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Recently, I was presented with a great tip from one of our customers on how to use Ideate Explorer and Ideate Query to search for elements on a duplicate level and move those elements to the correct level. The issue with deleting levels is that all elements and views that are associated with that level will also be deleted, which could be catastrophic to your project. Prior to Revit 2019, if you attempted to delete a level, Revit only warned you that associated views and the level itself would be deleted. What Revit failed to tell you is that you would lose much more than the views and levels. Fortunately, Ideate SmartDelete, one tool in the IdeateApps collection, is able to report on all element dependencies.

Example of using Ideate Explorer to select elements by level

If you are interested in learning how you can use Ideate Explorer and IdeateApps to make an informed decision on how to move elements from an incorrect level to a correct level, then please watch the video below. This will show you how to move elements to another level and outline other considerations that should be accounted for before doing so.

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, BCI, BCC - Customer Success Manager
Sash earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and is a California registered architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Bluebeam Certified Instructor. 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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I’m always happy to hear how customers use our software tools to streamline their Revit workflows. Here’s a tip recently sent to me by Phyllis Robbins, Design Content Manager: Associate, at Eppstein Uhen Architects.

The Challenge – Tedious, Manual Process

When deleting Autodesk Revit demo content and combining phases, you get a message stating that deleting a demo wall will delete the insert or host. Manually excluding the infill demo walls is a bit tedious.

The Solution – Ideate Explorer and Query

With Ideate Explorer and its Query function, you can use the phase criteria Name to exclude the infill walls from a selection set and then use Ideate Delete for everything else. This process works because even though infill walls behave correctly as phased, they do not really have a phase property when selected.

Ideate Delete is part of Ideate Explorer and provides the benefit of confirming your selection set prior to deletion.

Once you merge phases when updating old models, the residual infill walls will go away.

Share Your Processes

I’d love to hear how you use our tools to save time and increase model accuracy. Send me an email at glynnis.patterson@ideatesoftware.com

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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