Revit With Consultants

Discussion (11)

  1. Ben

    The fact that neither party asked about the version of Revit to be used weeks before the first model exchange shows that neither party really knows what they are doing….

  2. arch!tect

    For those of you that actually use Revit, how many different versions does your firm own? It seems like Revit is becoming the Madden of BIM.

  3. EVB

    From what I understand AD subscription gives you access to the last three version of Revit. The problem begins with Revit’s inability to downgrade files… We usually keep all existing projects in current version until completion. Any new projects after the deployment starts in latest version. Same with some of our consultants.

  4. E Architect

    The fact that neither party asked about the version of Revit to be used weeks before the first model exchange shows that neither party really knows what they are doing….

    The fact that neither version of the same software in Revit can be used to exchange models shows that either party should ask AutoDesk if they know what they are doing…

    The first time I ever heard that there is no backward compatibility at all in Revit I was shocked. Then when I learned that you could “accidentally” save your model forward and thus “break” compatibility with your consultants I was frustrated. When I realized that AutoDesk was releasing a “new” version essentially every year I was disappointed. It all feels like a means to generate continued updating and sales.

    • joearch

      Sounds to me like AutoDesk knows exactly what they’re doing. Just got an email a couple of weeks ago that they are discontinuing the subscription model too

    • Tim Wallace

      Joearch I think you misread. The notice I got was that they are discontinuing the upgrade pricing, leaving people to either pay full price for each upgrade or sign up for the subscription service.

    • joearch

      Misread indeed – you are absolutely correct.

  5. gonk

    If you’re using Revit, you really need to be on subscription – the lack of file compatibility year-to-year basically mandates that, which I’m sure is part of the reason it works this way. That also means you need to have the installer ready for the day when the architect starts using the latest year. We aren’t installing Revit 2015 right now because none of our architects have jobs in 2015, but we have 2013 and 2014 both deployed to all Revit-trained engineers and I have the USB stick with 2015 ready for the day when we need it.

  6. Jerry

    DWG export from Revit is only Slightly more useful than a file you can’t open.

  7. Lansing

    All project team members on a collaborative Revit project need to be on Autodesk Subscription which gives the team the choice to work in the most current version or any of the three previous versions. The most logical version to use on a new project typically would be the current one only after it has been out for at least a few months and had any significant bugs resolved. After that point, a consultant who responded to an architect that they weren’t willing to use the architect’s preferred version of Revit probably needs to have an attitude realignment. (FYI, joearch you’ve got Autodesk’s new position on subscription backwards: subscription is going to be mandatory next year because no upgrades will be sold. ie, if you fall off subscription and need a newer version you will have to pay full price for it or switch to using “Desktop Subscription,” their rental alternative.)

  8. 123123

    This is why I dont use revit or any other autodesk product.