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A Product Review by Michael Anonuevo
In preparing to writing an instructional eBook on how to produce Autodesk Revit renderings and walkthroughs, one of the things I did a few months back was conduct a research on computer systems optimized for these types of Revit tasks. It is a subject matter that I know will occupy a chapter on its own in the eBook. I’ve looked at brand names such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Asus. However, I could not find any computer system specifically targeted for Revit modeling. By chance, I ran into a colleague who suggested that I look into BOXX computer workstations (www.boxxtech.com). I had never heard of the company, although I found out later that they had been around for the last 15 years! As a full time Revit modeler who is always busy creating complex families or writing about them, I never really got into the details of a good Revit computer workstation. And so with this new eBook project, I had a chance to look at a workstation made for Revit. After emailing my credentials and review proposal to a BOXX specialist, I was connected to the right channels and eventually was sent a unit for evaluation.
This article is about the 3DBOXX 4920 XTREME workstation. At the BOXX website, this model is referred to as The World’s Fastest Workstation for Autodesk Revit. On the internet, you’ll find great reviews about this workstation, including its technical details and specifications. To avoid being redundant, the main focus of this review is how effective this workstation is for Revit Architecture users. I will, however, highlight certain features worth taking a look at.
Is this really the fastest workstation for Revit? How can we users benefit from this system? What makes this workstation special from the rest of the pack? How does this computer compare to yours or other workstations? These questions (and many more) are tackled in this review. If you are in the process of upgrading your Revit workstations or want to add a dedicated power workstation for generating renderings and walkthroughs, this article will help you decide which system to purchase.
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In response to Revit users from Australia, UK, Europe and other countries, I’m happy to announce the release of the Metric Editions of my eBooks:
- Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2012 Families, Metric Edition
- Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2013 Families, Metric Edition
They are free with the purchase of the 2012/2013 US Editions. Please click this link to get a PDF sampler containing sample images and Forewords written by Jeff Pinheiro (theRevitKid.com) and Jay Zallan (Perkowitz+Ruth Architects).
Revit Architecture Certified Professional
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.
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.
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.
Follow me on Twitter @bim9bill, where I will announce updates to the post as well as new posts on Revit LT.
This was re-posted with permission from CloudsCarsCameras.com
I just released the 2013 update to my 2012 eBook: Creating Custom Revit Architecture 2013 Families: A Practical Guide for Beginner and Intermediate Users
Join Revit users nationwide and all over the world who have discovered the valuable information in this eBook. There is nothing like this in the market right now. The eBook teaches the efficient ways to create families. It also explains the subtle little details that go with family creation that no other books explain. In response to Revit users from Australia, UK and European countries, I’m happy to announce the Metric Editions of these eBooks. They will be released on or before November 2012. They are free for those who purchase the 2012/2013 Imperial (US) editions.
PDF format, 16 Chapters, 777 pages, over 2000 images. All the new 2013 features are explained in-depth. Download my PDF sampler (163 pages) containing the full Table of Contents (2012 & 2013), Forewords by Steve Stafford and Lonnie Cumpton, and sample images here.
Revit Architecture Certified Professional
I’m happy to announce the release of my eBook entitled:
Creating Custom Revit Architecture Families 2012
A Practical Guide for Beginners and Intermediate Users
for an introductory price of $19.95. The price includes a free update to the 2013 version of this eBook (slated for release on or before October 2012) and four free Revit families from my website.
Although the book was written with architects in mind ,it is also a useful guide and resource for interior designers, recent architecture graduates, Revit MEP and Structure users, and AutoCAD users transitioning to Revit. It is also a handy reference for BIM managers and advanced users.
PDF format, 16 Chapters, 751 pages, over 2000 images. Tutorial files are also included.
Requirement: Basic knowledge of Revit.
Download the full Table of Contents, Foreword by Steve Stafford, and sample images here.
Certified Autodesk Revit Architecture Professional
Autodesk has released new videos showing features of Revit. We have organized them below for you enjoyment.
We have also created pages for each product and organized the videos on that page as well.
Revit Feature Videos
Autodesk Revit: Creating a Winder Stair
Demonstrates how to use the L-Shape winder tool in Revit to create a winder stair and add parallel treads to the upper and lower run ends.
More Videos after the break
Knowledge Smart and Club Revit are happy to welcome you to the Club Revit 2012 Knowledge Challenge.
“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.”
We invite you to put your Revit knowledge into action, by participating in our global Revit knowledge challenge. We have three different challenges Revit MEP, Revit Structure and Revit Architecture. Each challenge has 24 questions and you have 30 minuts to answer them. We expect Club Revit members from all over the world to participate. So come out and represent your country, your company or just yourself. We will be posting updates each week so you can see how the challenge is going. Remember you only get one shot per challenge so make it count.
Did we forget to mention that we will be awarding $100 Amazon gift card to the winners of the challenge.
Please take the time to reed the rules before you start the challenge. Click Here for the Rules
Autodesk has released several new videos showing the new features of Revit Structure 2013. We have organized them below for you enjoyment.
Revit Structure 2013 New Features
Area and Path Reinforcement Hosting Structural Rebar in Autodesk Revit 2013
Area and Path Reinforcement has been updated with new behavior that make these elements containers for hosting Structural Rebar.
More Videos after the break…
How do I stand out from the Revit crowd? We get this question all the time at Club Revit. Sometimes it is by people that are looking for a job. Other times it is from people that want their bosses to see them at a different level. Recently it has been from companies that are competing for projects that require BIM.
The typical answer is to get your Revit Certification. Imagine your client requires a BIM deliverable and your competition says they are Revit experts. You could say so are we, but that is just playing the me too game. What if you could say that everyone on your team is a Autodesk Revit Certified Professional and that they have all been tested by Autodesk to earn that certification. That really puts a different spin on the conversation. This applies to individuals as well. Nothing shows commitment and expertise better than a certification. Wether you are looking for a job or just trying to get your boss to see your efforts. Taking the time and money to be tested by Autodesk to get a certification speaks volumes about you.
With all of that in mind Club Revit has teamed up with Global eTraining and Gilmore Global to create the Club Revit Certification Initiative. This is a way that you can get preparation training and take both Certification Exams for less than $75.
Goto: http://clubrevit.com/cert to learn how you can get exam prep training and take both the Associate and Professional exam for under $75. Normally you would pay $350 to take both exams and get the prep training.
Autodesk is starting to release videos about Autodesk 360. We will be posting them to this area so you can keep up with them. You can also goto http://www.autodesk.com/cloud-getstarted for more info. These are incredible new tools that are available to you as part of your subscription. They are well worth a look.
Autodesk® 360: Storage, Sharing and Viewing
Autodesk® Subscription now provides a greater advantage with Autodesk® 360 capabilities that can help you increase mobility, improve collaboration, and optimize your designs—advancing the way you work.