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Up and Running with Revit
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Understanding the different versions of Revit


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Up and Running with Revit

with Paul F. Aubin

Video: Understanding the different versions of Revit

In this movie, I'd like to talk about the various flavors of Revit. Revit comes in a few different varieties. Let's start first with what's available for architecture. There are essentially three overall versions. We have Autodesk Revit or just the full version of Revit, which is part of the Building Design Suite. And that includes actually disciplines. Architecture, structure, and MEP. If you're using that version of Revit, you have full access to all of the architectural features. Now if you're using Revit Architecture, that's a standalone product. It's not part of any suite and it includes just the architectural features and a couple of the structural features.

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Up and Running with Revit
3h 58m Beginner Jun 20, 2013

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Autodesk Revit is one of the most popular building information modeling (BIM), solutions today. This course covers the differences between the various editions of Revit and shows architects and engineers who are new to the software how to use them. Learn how to choose a template; set up the basic levels, grids, and dimensions; and start adding walls, doors, and windows to your model. Author Paul F. Aubin also shows how to create views and documentation that clearly communicate your plans, import files from other CAD programs, and produce construction documents.

Note: The techniques shown in this course will work with any version of Revit, but due to backwards compatibility issues, the exercise files for this course will only work with Revit 2014. Unfortunately, we cannot downsave the files. Please see a Revit 2013 course for usable files.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the different editions of Revit
  • Setting up levels and grids
  • Adding doors and windows
  • Loading families
  • Working with 3D views
  • Dimensioning a plan
  • Adding a schedule view
  • Importing CAD files
  • Linking to another Revit file
  • Creating sheets
  • Plotting a set of documents
  • Generating a cloud rendering
Subjects:
Architecture BIM CAD
Software:
Revit Architecture Revit Structure Revit LT Revit MEP
Author:
Paul F. Aubin

Understanding the different versions of Revit

In this movie, I'd like to talk about the various flavors of Revit. Revit comes in a few different varieties. Let's start first with what's available for architecture. There are essentially three overall versions. We have Autodesk Revit or just the full version of Revit, which is part of the Building Design Suite. And that includes actually disciplines. Architecture, structure, and MEP. If you're using that version of Revit, you have full access to all of the architectural features. Now if you're using Revit Architecture, that's a standalone product. It's not part of any suite and it includes just the architectural features and a couple of the structural features.

Now the most recent addition to the Revit portfolio is Revit LT. And Revit LT is like a limited version of the architectural product. It includes many of the features that are available in Revit Architecture, but it's limited in the fact that some of the features are not included. Most notably are things like some of the collaboration tools and some of the rendering features that you might see in the full versions of the product. Now, if you're involved in engineering, the flavors of Revit that you have available are, of course, the full version of Revit again, which is part of the Building Design Suite and includes all three disciplines, arrchitecture, MEP, and structure. Or you can get Revit MEP or Revit Structure as stand-alone products, which are focused on just those disciplines in particular. Now, for this course I'm going to focus mainly on the architectural flavors of Revit.

So if you have any of the versions I mentioned for architecture, the Building Design Suite version, Autodesk Revit, Revit Architecture, the stand-alone product, or Revit LT, then you can watch this course, and you'll have access to all of the functionality that I'll be discussing. If you're using MEP or Structure, you can still watch this course, and many of the tools you'll find useful. Some of the tools are platform tools or tools that apply across all disciplines. And there are many architectural tools, so if you've got the suite version you'll have access to those tools and you might find those useful in your work as well. So what's missing from LT if you decided to use the LT version? Well, specifically for the content we'll cover in this course, we're going to talk a little bit about rendering.

And we'll use the cloud-rendering feature, that's what's available in LT, but LT does not have in-product rendering. So you can't render directly in LT, you have to use the cloud-rendering feature, which is an online service provided by Autodesk. And some of the collaboration tools are missing as well. You can do linked files, which we will be covering in the course, but you can't do the interference-checking features, which we talked about. And, also, work-sharing is not available in LT, so we'll be looking at how to open up a Workshare project. But I'll discuss what the differences are between Revit and LT at that time.

If you want to learn more about what's different between LT and the full version of the product, you can visit Autodesk's website, and they provide a really nice comparison chart that goes point by point and feature by feature, and details what the differences are between the full version of Revit and the Revit LT product. So, feel free to visit that resource to learn a little bit more.

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Q: Will Revit 2014 files work in a previous version of Revit? Will the exercise files for this course work in Revit 2013?
A: Revit file formats are not backwards compatible. A new file format is introduced with each new release. Newer versions of Revit can open older version files without issue. However, files will be upgraded to the latest file format during the initial open. Once saved in the current version, there is no way to save them back to a previous version. Therefore, it is important to consider this issue carefully and discuss it with all project team members before beginning a project. For example, it is not possible for the architect to use a newer version of the software than the consulting engineers and vice-versa. All members of the team must collaborate using the same version/file format. This course was authored using Revit 2014. Therefore, its exercise files can be used with any flavor of Revit (Architecture, MEP, Structure, or LT) 2014 and later. Files cannot be opened with versions 2013 and prior.
 
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