Four Ways IdeateApps Improves BIM Productivity Workflow With Revit


 

 

IdeateApps is the newest application by IdeateSoftware, known for their innovative Revit plugins for BIM and Revit Model data. Like Ideate’s other applications–Ideate BIMLink, Ideate Explorer, and Ideate Sticky–IdeateApps is designed to make the lives of Autodesk Revit users easier, but IdeateApps focuses on productivity more than anything else. How does it help? Let’s take a look.

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Using Revit in Viewer Mode as a Plotting Station


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If you don’t know what this is you ain’t old enough

A question came up about the need for a self-standing Revit 2016 plotting station to generate PDFs. A firm did not want to tie up a standalone or network license when running off a batch of plots. I initially latched on the prospect of using the Autodesk’s Batch Plotting App, but realized right away its major limitations was that it was not a non-licensed self-standing product and worse did not print to PDF.

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Exporting High Quality Views from Revit for Reports


Wanting to save a view as an image for reports? There are a few easy steps to taking higher-quality image shots within Revit as a Render image. It will store the image in the Revit Project Browser, after which the image view in Revit is exported to a standalone file for creating reports.

Let’s get into the details.

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Rotating a Section Annotation


Snaps are great in Revit and assist us with aligning many objects, but sometimes get in the way or inadvertently cause us to make an error.  Let’s say for this example we have placed a Section Annotation (Building or Wall) and didn’t quite make it perpendicular to the wall we want to section.  If the view created is not normal to the object being cut, we cannot utilize our tools, such as dimensions, with it.

Non-aligned Section Annotation

One Works, One Doesn't

What do we usually do?  Delete and redraw.  Nothing wrong with that, but it is possible to rotate these objects and “align” them properly when the case calls for it.

Annotation End Points

Annotation End Points

The Section Annotation actually has a couple end points we can utilize, and it is good to note that the annotation can snap to Reference Planes and Structural Grids when first creating them.  I’ll describe the use of a reference plane and those end points to make the rotation dependable.

I use a reference plane because I can specify a snap override to make it perpendicular to a wall (SP shortcut).  I then can “trace” another reference plane over the section annotation by snapping to each of the endpoints found at the tail and head of the section.

Draw Ref Plane Over Annotation

I then move the section and ref plane together snapping nearest to the already created ref plane.

Move To Good Ref Plane

Once there and the two objects selected I can use the Rotate tool and definitely snap the rotation to the “good” ref plane, ensuring its alignment.

Rotate Annotation

It is possible to just use the Rotate tool on the Section Annotation itself and snap to one of the endpoints on the annotation.  You don’t really get a snap alignment with the annotation, but if you pick an arbitrary position near the annotation, you can perceive the automatic snapping perpendicular to the wall as you rotate.  I find that this doesn’t always happen though, based on what, I’m not exactly sure.  So, if I need to do this I prefer the ref planes method.  But at times in Revit, we just need to draw a line, or in this case maybe just delete and redraw the section.