Advanced Workflows for Automation

This topic covers how to use the Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler tool to schedule Ideate Automation tasks to run daily or weekly without user interaction.

Create the Ideate Automation Script

Review the Getting Started with Ideate Automation video for details on how to create an automation task. The script is shown in the image below.

Next step: Create a Windows Task

Copy the Ideate Automation script


Create a Windows Task

The work described below should be done on a machine where Revit is installed. Additionally the machine must have a cached Revit subscription login. Autodesk allows for simultaneous use of a user login on two different machines. To start the Windows Task Scheduler go to the Start and type “scheduler” as shown, then follow these instructions:

  1. Create a Basic Task
  2. Add a name and description then select Next.
  3. On the Trigger tab, specify the frequency of the task (e.g. Weekly) or select another trigger event. 
  4. Next setup the details of the trigger event such as the day and time of day for the task and select Next.
  5. On the Action tab, select Start a Program, then select Next.
  6. For the Program/Script value paste this information, including the quotes: "C:\Program Files\Ideate\Ideate Automation\IdeateTaskController.exe"
  7. For the Add arguments, either type in the desired text (assuming you are a programmer) OR, use one of the methods below to copy the script to your clipboard.

Next step: Copy the Ideate Automation Script

Windows Task Scheduler

Copy the Ideate Automation Script

Use one of the two ways to copy the script to your clipboard:

Next step: Complete the Windows Task

alternate copy script method


Complete the Windows Task

After copying the script to the clipboard, paste the results into the “Add Arguments” text box. Before completing the task creation, check the “Open the Properties dialog...” option and then select Finish. Review the options available on both the General and Settings tab and make changes as appropriate. The task is now scheduled and can be edited later from the Task Library.

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