Micro Review: Revit LT 2013, is it right for me?

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Micro Review: Revit LT 2013, is it right for me?

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Autodesk introduced Revit LT 2013 today, I bet you are wondering “Is Revit LT right for me?” Let’s try to answer that with another Micro Review.

Revit LT 2013

First is cost, A new seat of Autodesk Revit LT is$1,200.00 or $1,500.00 for the suite. You can take 50% off if you upgrade from AutoCAD LT to Autodesk Revit LT suite.  Autodesk Revit LT Suite includes Revit LT and AutoCAD LT, so if you have AutoCAD LT you may just want to go with the Suite.

The second thing to look at are the features. Here is a link to Autodesk’s feature comparison chartbetween Revit LT and the Full version of Revit Architecture.   After I reviewed the chart here are a few missing features that stood out:

  • No in-place families, although I disliked in-place families they are one of the necessary evils in Revit.
  • No worksharing, this is a HUGH feature in the full version of Revit that I used everyday. Not having worksharing could be a deal breaker for you company.
  • No Customizing the visibility of linked models. This could also pose a problem, changing the visibility settings of a linked model is a feature that we all know and love.
  • No photorealistic rendering within the product. For me this is not as big of a deal as the lack of worksharing is.
  • It also looks like massing is lacking some features as well.  I did not use massing so I won’t miss it.
If these are the missing features that jump out at me. I bet the product will be great, as it may just do the things we need it to do. For a single person project there is no reason not to give it a try.

Third thing to look at is the system requirements, in short the system requirements are the same for Revit LT as the are for the full version Revit.  If you need 8GB of RAM now for your Revit model, you will need 8GB of RAM with RevitLT.

Revit LT 2013 Conclusion:

. At first glance for the price and if you don’t use worksharing this may be the way to go.  If you already have a full seat or three of Revit, for close to the same money you can migrate to the network version of Revit and allow more people in your office to use the full version Revit by taking advantage of the floating license.

Autodesk will have the product trial is available on the 18th of September. I look forward to playing with Revit LT and learn more about it, as I am sure you are.

Bill Debevc

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This was re-posted with permission from CloudsCarsCameras.com

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Bill Debevc
Bill Debevc is an expert in Autodesk software and Information Technology (I.T.) specializing in Private BIM Cloud technologies. He has over 20 years of experience using, supporting, and customizing Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit software. As a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) he uses his extensive I.T. experience to implement industry leading I.T. solutions for the AEC industry. Currently, as Technical Manager / Collaboration Solutions at BIM9, Bill is now sharing his knowledge about Private BIM Clouds helping the AEC industry reduce costs and increase productivity. You can find Bill at Bim9.com or via email at bill@bim9.com
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