Thursday, August 11, 2016

IdeateApps – A New Tool Suite for Revit

Ideate Software is known for their stable of outstanding Revit add-ins: Ideate BIMLink, for linking Revit with Excel, Ideate Explorer, for Revit model management, and Ideate Sticky, for connecting non-BIM data from Excel to Revit. What's been a little suprising is the lack of a tools suite. Several Autodesk resellers similar to Ideate offer tool suites for Revit, and now Ideate Software does as well – and it includes some humdinger tools!

From the Ideate Software website...

Everyday Tasks Are Easier Than Ever with IdeateApps Revit Applications

IdeateApps is a set of Revit applications designed to increase the productivity of the entire project team. Developed with specific tasks in mind, these tools address the challenges identified most often by Ideate Software customers who use Revit software every day. IdeateApps will decrease the time spent on common tasks and increase the accuracy of BIM data in a Revit model, helping to keep projects of all sizes and complexities on time and on budget.

Renumber elements by selection, path, or auto-update; create and save customized renumbering rules

Discover the reasons some elements are invisible and learn what to do to fix the problems

Discover which elements might inadvertently be deleted before you hit the delete button

Easily select elements and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template, or family file

Easy Access to Revit Applications that Simplify the Tasks You Perform Daily

Until now, Ideate Software has focused on the massive amounts of BIM data within a Revit model: how users and managers can quickly search through it, easily manage it, and add non-BIM data to it. After hearing from many customers who wanted easy access to tools that would simplify the tasks they perform daily, we switched our focus to the everyday user. With the development of IdeateApps, Revit applications, we created four new tools and made them easily accessible from the Ideate Software tab in your Revit files:
  • Ideate ReNumber expedites a variety of numbering and some naming tasks for almost any Revit model element. You can use it to renumber any element by selection, path, or auto-update method, and it includes built-in renumbering rules and customizable rule.
  • Ideate XRay answers the question, "Why can't I see the Revit element in this view?" It includes more than 50 reasons an element can be invisible, identifies the reason the element is invisible, and can fix the problem or provide instructions on how you can fix it.
  • Ideate SmartDelete gives you pause before completing your request to delete elements. It alerts you to potential unseen dangers related to the deletion process, such as other elements that will be deleted with the selected elements.
  • Ideate QuickSelect enables you to quickly select and zoom to elements within the Revit project, template. or family file. Find and select elements based on Category, Family, or Type name. Open them in any view, even when the element is not visible.



The Ideate Apps add-in is brought to you by Ideate Software. It's priced beginning at 395.00 USD*.

* From a discussion with Ideate Software at RTC 2016 NA, it's believed that IdeateApps is available at no extra charge to customers on subscription/maintenance with Ideate.

There's more information available on the Ideate Software website.

Editor's Note: IdeateApps includes 2 must-have tools – SmartDelete, for warning about the deletion of associated elements, and X-Ray, for diagnosing and. in some cases, fixing the display of created elements in views. For these reasons, IdeateApps is awarded an Editor's Choice Award!

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