Ideate StyleManager User Interface Overview

After starting Ideate StyleManager, the main dialog is displayed, with the Home button active. In the image below the Material Appearance Assets button has been selected.

Learn more about each of the main areas of the dialog:

  1. Menu bar
  2. Ribbon
  3. Found in File
  4. Usage

Menu bar

The menu bar lists the name of the active project, family, or template on the left-hand side. Ideate StyleManager is a modeless application, meaning it can stay open while you work within Revit. As you switch between views and project files, the menu bar always displays the current active project name.

On the right side of the menu bar is the Help drop-down menu which gives access to in-product and online Help content along with access to Support, Learning, and the License information as shown below.


Ideate StyleManager includes (17) tool buttons and the Home button, which are arrayed along the top of the main dialog. As each button is selected, the Found in File pane will update to display the relevant style information. Only the Line Pattern, Material and Material Asset Appearance tools are available during the Trial period.

Found in File

Along the left side of the Ideate StyleManager dialog is the Found in File pane, which displays all of the relevant styles that exist in the current project or family file. Use the Search box to filter the results. For example, you can type "model" to quickly find only the fill patterns that are defined for model elements.

In addition to the Search text box, the following filters can make it easier to quickly find a specific style or set of styles: 

Show>Not Analyzed

Styles that have not been analyzed are displayed with a "?" and cannot be merged or deleted until they have been analyzed. Uncheck this checkbox to hide those that have not yet been analyzed. Styles that have a "-" indicate a built-in style that cannot be analyzed, deleted, or renamed.

Show>Used / Not Used

Styles that can and have been analyzed will display a number to the left of the style name indicating whether it is in use. A zero (0) indicates the style is not in use and can be safely deleted. To quickly delete all unused styles, uncheck the "Used" and the "Not Analyzed" checkboxes, then select all remaining styles for batch deletion.


Object Styles, Line Styles, Fill Patterns, and Family Parameters each have built-in styles. None of the Revit built-in styles can be deleted or renamed. The built-in styles cannot always be adequately analyzed given API limitations. Therefore have some unique requirements within Ideate StyleManager.

Isolate Duplicates

When this box is checked, only styles that are considered duplicates will display. They will be grouped together and color-coded together to indicate they are duplicates. In the example below the [Drafting] Fill Pattern 1 Hour is exactly the same as 1 Hour 1x in every way except for its name and usage.

Isolate Similar

Replaces the ‘Isolate Duplicates’ checkbox for Materials. When this box is checked, only materials that are similar to each other are displayed. They will be color coded and grouped together. To qualify as ‘similar’, all of these properties need to match: Color, Pattern, Mark, Class, Keynote and Asset name.

Type Drop-Down List

Found in Fill Patterns (Drafting/Model), Filters (Rule/Selection) and View Templates (. Focus on a subset of types that are are your priority right now.

Analyze Options

Pertains to Fonts, Line Styles, and Parameters. Analyzing certain content types can be performance heavy so these options were added to allow faster results. See this article for a detailed explanation for each of these options.

Object Styles/Imported Styles

These filters only apply to Object Styles. Quickly isolate 'native' Object Styles, including ones in families, from Object Styles resulting from DWG or other imports.


The Usage pane is along the right side of the Ideate StyleManager dialog. The information shown here is a reflection of the style selected within the Found in File pane. Each style may have many usages. Each usage type is grouped and can be expanded or contracted by selecting the double arrows as shown.


Related Topic: Learn about these functions: Analyze, Merge, Rename and Delete 


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