Join the Ideate Software tech experts for eLearning. Make the most of your Revit workflow with free, live, online classes that provide your entire organization with easy access to premium education. These classes are at 11:30 Pacific / 2:30 Eastern. Click the REGISTER links below to view the classes in your time zone. View the full Ideate Software eLearning Class schedule.

June 9, 2016 —  Ideate Explorer
Auditing Your Revit Project with Ideate Explorer — REGISTER

You’ve used Ideate Explorer to find the hidden DWGs in your Revit project, but did you know that you can find and cleanup many other culprits that may be lurking? This class will take students through nine additional auditing processes to help keep Revit projects running smoothly. We recommend auditing your Revit project weekly with these methods.

June 16, 2016 —  Ideate BIMLink
Revit Model Management with Ideate BIMLink — REGISTER

In this class, we will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can help with efficiently managing a Revit model, maintaining its quality and thereby saving valuable time. Some of the examples we will review include: extracting a full multi-category quantity take-off, managing Revit families, managing views and sheets, managing view templates, performing a full project spell check, and renaming or renumbering objects with ease.

June 30, 2016 —  Ideate BIMLink
Ideate BIMLink for Revit MEP Projects — REGISTER

This class will explore several ways in which Ideate BIMLink can effect changes to a Revit MEP model. One topic to be covered is crucial for settings that affect Energy Performance. We will also explore how Ideate BIMLink can globally assist with Electrical Device changes and Lighting Level Analysis. We will also look at the various pre-built Ideate BIMLink Revit MEP Sample links and how they can make you more productive

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Ideate Software is pleased to announce that updates are available for Ideate Sticky for Autodesk Revit versions 2015, 2016, and 2017. Ideate Sticky imports and synchronizes Microsoft Excel file content into the Revit project environment.

In addition to fixing a few bugs, Ideate Software has reengineered Ideate Sticky for Revit 2017 to maintain visual fidelity between Stickies across pre-2017 and 2017 Revit versions.

This update is in response to the fact that Revit 2017 will cause most Revit text to take up more space than it did in the past. Fonts such as Arial and Calibri will have a pronounced difference, while fonts such as ISOSCPEUR will not change. “Our goal is to ensure, to the degree possible, that this text size change does not impact Ideate Sticky,” said Glynnis Patterson, Director of Software Development, Ideate Software. Optimized to work well with Arial, Arial Narrow, Calibri, Times New Roman, and ISCOPEUR, Stickies created within 2017 will closely match the size and word wrap found within the pre-2017 versions of Ideate Sticky.

“We recommend that users migrating projects to Revit 2017 inspect schedule headers, schedule body text, generic annotation families, text, and labels,” continued Glynnis. “To restore existing Stickies to their original sizes and word-wrap conditions, users simply need to use the Update function in Ideate Sticky after completing the project migration.”

These upgrades follow significant Ideate Sticky enhancements launched in December, 2015, including:

  • Support for Line Style Mapping
  • Added support for hidden rows and columns
  • The ability to import images from Excel for version 2015 and newer
  • The ability to use any Named Region as a way of defining a Sticky

“Ideate Software maintains a strong relationship with Autodesk, said Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software. “The latest release of Ideate Sticky demonstrates that our relationship enables us to develop timely solutions that positively impact the users’ experience.”

To ensure consistent graphic results throughout your teams, all Ideate Sticky end-users should be updated at the same time.

Ideate Sticky carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk App Store, and is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the Ideate Sticky trial today.

For more information on Ideate Sticky for Revit projects, call 888.662.7238, or email us.

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Brighten and clarify your important Revit and Building Information Modeling documents with Ideate Sticky. With the release of the December 2015 update, Ideate Sticky supports the bulk importing of images from Excel. Now it’s incredibly easy to showcase product specifications or to highlight critical as-built conditions by organizing your images within Excel and then using Ideate Sticky to display the results inside of Revit.

Long-time Ideate Software customer and global lighting manufacturer, Philips Lighting has provided us with some great sample content to demonstrate the power of images and Ideate Sticky. The sample Excel file shown below is available within the Trial Download of Ideate Sticky download of Ideate Sticky for Revit.

Sample Excel file in Ideate Sticky

Learn more about using images within your Revit project in this Help topic: Import Images Help topic from Ideate Software

About the Author

Glynnis Patterson, Revit expertGlynnis Patterson, NCARB — Director of Software Development
Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development Services at Ideate, Inc. and continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing, and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. You can find Glynnis on Twitter.

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PRESS RELEASE: San Francisco, CA, 1/26/2015 – Ideate Software, a veteran Autodesk Developer Network member, announced today that updates are available for Ideate Sticky for Autodesk Revit versions 2014, 2015 and 2016. Ideate Sticky imports and synchronizes Microsoft Excel file content into the Revit project environment. The updates to Ideate Sticky for Revit include significant enhancements and improvements.

In response to a top customer support request, visual fidelity has been improved by added support for Line Style Mapping. “Ideate Sticky user feedback was integral in the development of the features in this update,” says Glynnis Patterson, Ideate Director of Software Development. “We designed this to allow end-user control of the assigned line styles, as well as out-of-the-box default values to get our customers up and running with great results.”

Other improvements in this release of Ideate Sticky include:

  • Added support for hidden rows and columns within your Revit project
  • Designers and engineers can now use any Named Region as a way of defining a Sticky, an easy method for splitting a long Excel worksheet into separate 'pages'
  • Versions 2015 and forward now support inclusions of an image, such as a company logo, within the header

Richard Taylor, Ideate Software Technical Evangelist says, “The ability to support embedded graphic images in the Microsoft Excel schedule, plus the ability to support many Excel line styles, will greatly enhance the graphic fidelity of the Sticky Schedule within the Revit environment, reducing the necessity for additional schedule editing.  Customers can easily link the Excel Schedule into Revit knowing that the proper formatting of fonts, graphic images, line styles, hidden rows and columns, and merged cells, will be handled by Ideate Sticky effortlessly and elegantly.” 

He adds, “No matter your discipline, Ideate Sticky allows you to extend the project team by providing the ability to link non-BIM Excel data directly into the Revit project.”

Bob Palioca, President, Ideate Software says, “Ideate Software is always listening and deeply involved in how are customers are using our Ideate Software solutions. The latest release of Ideate Sticky reflects that commitment to our customers.”

To ensure consistent graphic results, all Ideate Sticky end-users should be updated at the same time.

Ideate Sticky carries a five-star rating on the Autodesk App Store, and is available with a non-commercial free trial. Download the Ideate Sticky trial today.

For more information, call 888.662.7238, or contact sales@ideatesoftware.com

About Ideate Software

Ideate Software allows Autodesk Revit users to have unprecedented control over their data. Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer for Revit, and Ideate Sticky were all developed to solve persistent problems in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) workflows. Ideate Software solutions enable Revit users to save time, increase accuracy, improve Revit project deliverables, and elevate design.

Autodesk, Autodesk Revit and ATC 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.

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Ideate Sticky elegantly connects non-BIM data from an Excel file into your Revit Project. Using Excel gives you fast and accurate editing powers, along with the ability to format your data beautifully. But, what does Ideate Sticky add to your Revit Structure workflow? Revit Structure + Ideate Sticky

  1. Publish Revit tips to all Revit users at once.
  2. List code checklists.
  3. Continue to use tried and true Excel content.
  4. Publish Starting Views to all Revit files within a project at once.
  5. Publish manufacturer provided design data.

Find out more...

→ VIDEOS: See Ideate Sticky in action and examples of the above workflows.

→ BLOG POSTS: See the latest Ideate Sticky workflows, classes and updates.

Are you using one Ideate Software solution and not our others? Try a new approach to your workflow - download a no-cost trial version today. For additional questions about Ideate Software, including bundles and upgrade pricing contact: sales@ideatesoftware.com


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