Oh, by the way....I almost forgot...I have great news. Autodesk today officially released 64 bit versions of Revit. Forget everything I said yesterday
News Release Issued: September 30, 2008 6:30 AM EDT
First Autodesk BIM Software for Windows 64-Bit Operating Systems Now
Third-Party Beta Testers Report Significant Productivity and Performance
Gains with New 64-Bit Revit Platform Software
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.,
(NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that versions of its Revit software
applications for Building Information Modeling (BIM) specifically designed
for personal computers using Windows 64-bit operating systems are now
available. This marks the company's first venture into 64-bit BIM
applications and applies to Revit Architecture 2009, Revit Structure 2009 and
Revit MEP 2009. The 64-bit versions are now available to existing Revit
platform software subscribers. Customer beta testers reported that the new
software applications offer significantly improved performance and stability
for memory intensive tasks such as rendering, printing, model upgrading and
file importing and exporting. Some examples of their experience include:
"In every single test I threw at the Revit Structure for the 64-bit system it
beat the 32-bit system," said Ken Murphy, BIM manager, Thornton Tomasetti. "On
average, we observed approximately a 20 percent performance gain on operations
such as saving files and exporting models to other formats for outside
consultants. And when it comes to rendering images of large project models,
such as an American football stadium with thousands of members, we saw up to
a 50 percent performance improvement over the 32-bit platform."
"With 64-bit Revit Architecture we can completely load a very large project
into a session and work on it at one time; and that is something that
represents a significant efficiency improvement over the 32-bit environment,"
said Lonnie Cumpton, Revit task force manager for the Friedmutter Group. "For
example, we have a large project that consists of 2.9 gigabytes of Revit data
contained in 22 individual files. With 64-bit Revit Architecture we can link
all the pieces together into one big model and cut an entire building section
to gain an understanding from a section elevation standpoint of the entire
project at one time. Using 32-bit Revit Architecture we'd have to cut
individual pieces of sections in each model and then piece them back
together. It took us a day to do that. Now we can do it in less than an
"We've been beta testing the 64-bit Revit Structure software and the
increases in efficiency and productivity are impressive," said Jamie
Richardson, Associate & CAD manager, Ericksen Roed & Associates. "Cutting
sections and switching between views is much faster. Moving within the views
and rotating the model in a 3D view is also noticeably faster and smoother.
With what we have seen in our beta testing, and what we're hearing from users
testing the beta on their current projects, we see no reason not to go to the
64-bit version of Revit Structure."
The English language versions of new 64-bit Revit software applications are
available now to existing Revit Architecture 2009, Revit Structure 2009 and
Revit MEP 2009 subscribers via the online Subscription Center. The 64-bit
software will release in other languages at a later date.
"We're very excited to hear our beta testers report stunning performance
gains with the native 64-bit versions of the Revit software applications,"
said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. "Breaking the
four gigabytes RAM barrier is an important milestone, which helps our
customers experience the power of BIM in even their largest projects."