November

1

2019

It’s been almost 10 years since we began our Ideate BIMLink development journey. Following on the successful release of Ideate Explorer for Revit 2009, our fearless developer Ben Bishoff waded deeper into the Revit API along with Director David Haynes to develop a new product creatively named “Excel Link Data” in December 2009. 

Look how we’ve grown over the past 10 years.

Version 2011 – Theme: Getting It Out the Door
After almost 6 months of beta testing, we first launched #Ideate BIMLink @AutodeskU. We were asked by Autodesk to integrate the tool into the Extensions Manager on the Add-Ins toolbar, so we complied. Does anyone out there remember the Extensions Manager??

BIMLink Birthday

The main dialog shows our links on the left and the preview on the right. 

Version 2013 – Theme: Play Nice
The Autodesk App Store is up and running. We’ve been asked to re-structure our installation code to comply with their requirements. Our install now looks so beautiful 

BIMLink Birthday - Install Now
 

Version 2014 – Theme: Performance Matters
We simplified our interface to improve the performance by removing the data preview from the main page. Many customers rejoice.

Before:

BIMLink Birthday - Before
 
After:

BIMLink-after

Version 2015 – Theme: Share Ideas Part I
Customers are asking for our help in leveraging their BIM data for increasingly sophisticated tasks. We oblige by adding the Load Sample button on the main page, giving easy access to over 200 data workflows. 

BIMLink - Share


Jesika DiGregorio joins the Ideate Software team and helps us take Ideate BIMLink to another level.

November 2019 – Theme: Share Ideas Part II 
More than just a face lift, the new version of Ideate BIMLink released in November of 2019 provides customizable instructions on the home page to help customers make the most out of this powerful Revit data management tool.

 BIMLink - Learn more

We also re-structured all the great customer ideas into our “Browse” Library to make it easy to discover all the great data workflow suggestions.

BIMLink Browse
 

What will you do with Ideate BIMLink’s power? Test drive it today.

 


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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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.

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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 jobs@ideateinc.com. 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.

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October

22

2019

Your head could ache with the dull threat of a day spent handling COBie Asset numbering, or you could automate that task and be done with it quickly with Ideate ReNumber, one of the tools in the IdeateApps collection of productivity tools for Revit. This excellent idea was inspired by Sheena Shook — BIM Project Manager at Modulus Consulting — who is frequently immersed in streamlining COBie deliverables for her customers. 

Here are the top three reasons to use Ideate ReNumber for COBie Asset numbering, even if you also use the COBie Extension for Revit:

  1. Ideate ReNumber includes a built-in rule to automate filling out the COBie.Component.AssetIdentifier parameter.
  2. The built-in rule can be easily customized to combine any project-specific parameter. IdeateApps subscribers should contact support with any questions about customizing Ideate ReNumber.
  3. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Ideate ReNumber can assign the room number for elements even when the room exists within a linked file.

You can find this built-in COBie rule within the Bonus Rule folder. Once the rule is loaded, it’s easiest to use while in a schedule view that includes the COBie.Component.AssetIdentifier parameter. If you are using the COBie Extension for Revit, open the schedule called “COBie.Component.”

Ideate ReNumber and COBie

Download a trial of IdeateApps to see how easy it is to use.

 


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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October

18

2019

Keeping duplicates of element types in a Revit project may cause poor model performance and larger project files. Eliminate these problems by easily and safely deleting all identical instances of an element in a project with Ideate Explorer, which, in the most recent update, allows you to fix ALL Identical Instances by either Retaining Originals or Retaining Latest.

Here are instructions:

  1. Make sure the Sort By criteria is set to Types
    • You can use the search criteria to limit the Identical Instances for review within the Warnings tab, but only to review information within the Revit properties palette in order to make the decision to Retain Latest or Retain Originals
  2. Right click on the top level warning description
  3. Choose Retain Originals or Retain Latest
  4. Ideate Delete will show you ALL elements that have Identical Instance warnings  
    • If you don’t want ALL elements deleted based on Retain Originals or Retain Latest, you can cancel (They will still be selected)
    • You can switch back to the Explore tab and choose the Current Selection for Display
    • You can uncheck any elements you don’t want deleted
  5. Use the red “x” within Ideate Explorer to delete

Deleting Duplicate Instances

By default, the Retain Originals or Retain Latest will select ALL elements that contain the Identical Instances warning. In the example below, there are 64 Curtain Wall Mullions and 11 Furniture items for a total of 75. These 75 elements will either be original elements or latest elements based on the Revit ID Number.

Deleting Identical Instances

The image below shows a Cancel on the delete and then switching to the Explore tab with the Display set to Current Selection. This allows you to uncheck elements you want to keep. The example now shows ONLY Furniture selected. You can see that 22 items will be shown in the Explore tab, but only 11 will be deleted based on the option of Retain Original or Retain Latest.

Deleting identical instances
 

 

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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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