Monday, December 9, 2013

Renting Revit Software

Whereas architectural projects and deadlines come and go, being able to add software licensing as needed seems like a really good thing. Autodesk has started to offer methods to rent Revit within their Building Design Suites.

Standard Building Design Suite
$360 Suggested Retail Price (SRP)

Premium Building Design Suite

Ultimate Building Design Suite

Monthly plans can be purchased only through the online store and quarterly/annual plans can be purchased only through a reseller.

I haven't found any mention of just the individual flavors of Revit (Architectural, Structural, MEP) being able to be rented, yet. There is AutoCAD Revit LT Suite at $95/month, but its Revit files are not compatible with the full version of Revit as far as I know. (Please correct me if I am wrong.)

Here is the chart of what software is included in the Building Design Suites: . Mainly, the Standard one does not have Max or Navisworks with it.

This is the Autodesk page with the rental prices: . They use the term "PAY AS YOU GO" and don't write "RENT" on that page.

UPDATE: The latest page for renting and buying Autodesk software is at . At Autodesk University 2014, they announced their plans to enable a "Subscribe to Autodesk" way of paying for everything at once.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I will be presenting about Revit Families Thursday, October 17, 2013 for Boston Revit Users Group at Autodesk, Waltham.

The event will also be webcast.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Point Cloud Manipulation Videos Posted -- ReCap / Revit / AutoCAD

  • ReCap demonstration with a mechanical room scan 
  • Revit and point clouds demonstration 
  • AutoCAD and point clouds demonstration 


Monday, May 13, 2013

Revit 2013 Update Release 2

Recently, one my client's computers did not have the latest update of Revit and was experiencing crashes when using a workshared project. It is optimal that people use the same version of software when working on the same projects.

To check one’s Revit version, click the little down-arrow next to the question mark in the upper-right corner of Revit:

Click “About…”

The dialog should look say “Update Release 2” like this:

If you need to download the update for Revit MEP, its URL is then select the appropriate download e.g., “Revit MEP 2013 UR2 (64-bit) (exe - 83079Kb)”

Revit Architecture:

Revit Structure:

Cleaning Up The Disks

Just found an open-source utility that maps out disk usage: WinDirStat <>

You let it run and it shows an overview of all of your disk usage. It also lets you delete selected files -- nice!
The largest rectangles in the drive map are the largest files, click on one and it shows you its info and lets you manipulate it.
I have been working with laser scan point clouds recently. We fill up disk space very quickly; I think this will come in handy.