October

14

2021

We hope everyone enjoyed the virtual events of Autodesk University 2021 and enhanced their knowledge of Ideate Software plug-ins for Revit. Although we didn’t see anyone in person, we connected with many Revit users, both customers and non-customers, to hear about Revit challenges and how Ideate Software add-ins can help. We also shared details of current discounts available: 

Two “Get to Know Us” Opportunities

  • Single-User Bundle* – Prove to yourself the value of our products with our six-month, single-user stand-alone bundle that includes a subscription to all our Revit add-ins for just US$500
  • Small-Teams Bundle* – Introduce your team to all five of our Revit plugins with our six-month multi-user cloud network bundle priced at $US995

*These six-month offers also include a $500 credit toward your next annual subscription purchase of any Ideate Software bundle.

Large Quantity Promotion

  • More Users – More Value Bundle – This bundle includes 25 of each of our five titles in cloud-network format plus a 2-hour software training course. Currently priced at US$8,000 (value is US$12,000)

All subscriptions come with unlimited access to all our learning materials, videos, Help files, technical support and blog posts.

Go to our store to access any of these deals. Have questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Don’t delay! These deals are scheduled to expire soon. 
 

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October

13

2021

We are continuing our monthly Ideate Software Blog series entitled Wishlist Granted.  Each blog article features real user requests from Autodesk forums and discussions, plus many Ideate Software customer requests.

First, it’s important to have the most efficient Revit model possible. Elements that aren’t used can negatively impact Revit model performance. That’s a huge reason Autodesk developed the Purge Unused command within Revit. A page directly from the Autodesk Revit Help file states:

“Remove unused views, families, and other objects from the project to improve performance and reduce file size.”

However, Purge Unused doesn’t remove many styles that may be used within the Revit model. A Revit Ideas Forum request by Matthew Taylor at WSP is a perfect example of the problem, and the perfect summary for the following features requested by Matthew:

  • Purge unused Fill Patterns
  • Purge unused Line Patterns
  • Purge unused Line Styles (and by association, this includes CAD import layers)
  • Purge unused Subcategories

Manually purging these elements out of families is labor intensive

For this reason and many others, we developed Ideate StyleManager.   

Use Ideate StyleManager to:

  • Safely delete styles that otherwise cannot be deleted or purged in Revit software 
  • Merge non-standard styles into standard styles 
  • Forensically analyze the usage of all styles to understand the true scope of a modification
  • Clean up Object Styles, Line Styles, Line Patterns, Fill Patterns, Filled Regions, Materials, Material Appearance Assets, View Filters, View Templates, Viewports, Scope Boxes, Text, Fonts, Dimensions, and Arrowheads
  • Understand which views are using which View Filters

Ideate StyleManager 
Main Ideate StyleManager dialog showing the merge and purge of non-standard and duplicate styles into standard styles. We are merging all the Families, Materials and Elements that have “Dense Sand” to instead have “Sand - Dense” while at the same time deleting the “Dense Sand” definition from the Revit model.

There are at least a half dozen requests on the Revit Ideas Forum for managing all these different Revit Styles with an easier method. 

We love ideas from Revit users – feel free to contact our team via [email protected] to share yours.

Wishlist Granted!

Please review our other Wishlist Granted posts.


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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October

6

2021

You’re not making the most of view types if the only plan-based Revit view type in your project is called “Floor Plan.” 

At Ideate Software, we study many different Revit models and have noticed that many people don’t always use view types to organize their model. What’s the benefit? With Floor Plans, for example, you can create as many types as you wish to group them together in a logical manner. Additional types allow you to apply a specific view template that is set when a new view is created and can also make that view dependent on the template.

View Types
 
With these view types, you can set your project browser to use them for organization. Set your Grouping to use ‘Family and Type’ or ‘Type.’ This eliminates the need to create extra parameters and manage them for use in the Project Browser.

We recommend that each view type have only one plan for each level. Duplicate plans on the same level and type can become confusing and should be designated as different types. Common plan view types are working plans, electrical plans, plumbing plans, enlarged floor plans, etc. And remember that this best practice also extends to other view types, such as building elevations, interior elevations, etc.

To get the most benefit when starting a new project, your firm’s project template should already be set up with standard view types and view templates to reduce the need to set them up each time. 

When you leverage view types to their fullest, you will find that you do not need to use parameters to manage your project browser – one less thing to manage!


About the Author

Michael Coffey – Software Developer
Michael has a Bachelor of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a registered architect in New York, LEED accredited and a Revit Architecture Certified Associate. Before joining Ideate Software, he spent nine years at Gensler. In his latest position there, Michael coded and implemented tools using the Revit API, documented and trained in BIM and Revit tools, and managed content and standards. 

 

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October

1

2021

Anyone interested in managing Revit warnings will want to watch the recording of this interactive webinar. Over the course of one hour, Glynnis Patterson, our Director of Software Development, and I discussed Revit warnings:

  1. Which Revit warnings are most important?
  2. Which can be ignored?
  3. Who should fix warnings?
  4. How can you fix warnings?
  5. How do Ideate Software applications help?

New Features to Ideate Software Tools for Revit Warnings Management 

In addition to Ideate Explorer and Ideate Warnings Manager, which Revit users around the world have used for several years to manage Revit warnings, we talked about the new Warnings Dashboard that can be integrated with Ideate Automation. We demonstrated how the Warnings Dashboard provides insight into the health of a Revit project by displaying items determined by our beta testers as the most important: 

  • Number of warnings
  • Descriptions of Top 10 warnings
  • Warnings per MB
  • Warnings over time

 

Browse 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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September

28

2021

We are pleased to announce that Dan Tartaglia, manager of the Development team at NBBJ Digital, will lead an instructional demonstration at Autodesk University on how to use Ideate BIMLink to extract data from a Revit model and visualize that data in Microsoft Power BI to better understand the health of the Revit model. 

NBBJ and Dan have used Ideate Software plugins for Revit software for many years, and Dan actively participates in our beta testing program to help ensure our products address real challenges that Revit users face. 

Make sure to attend his presentation, Analyzing Revit Data Using Microsoft Power BI, on October 5, 2021 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time or watch a recording of the session, which will be available shortly after the broadcast.

During the session, you will:

  1. Hear about the value of Ideate BIMLink and Microsoft Power BI
  2. Discover where to find learning resources for Ideate BIMLink and Microsoft Power BI
  3. See how to extract data from a Revit model using Ideate BIMLink and bring it into Microsoft Power BI
  4. Walk through examples of using Microsoft Power BI to examine the data from the Revit model

About Dan Tartaglia
Dan Tartaglia has been in the AEC industry since 1986. He has been working for NBBJ for 15 years. Before that, he was at Bentley Systems and a few other architectural firms in the Philadelphia area. Over the years, his responsibilities at NBBJ have evolved. Currently in the NBBJ Digital Team, he manages the Development Team and creates in-house tools mostly using the Revit API at the project and company levels to help automate and improve Revit efficiency. He also supports Revit projects, provides guidance, leads training on Revit and Microsoft Power BI and creates a number of Power BI dashboards for all levels of the company.
 

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