In the midst of my endless blog posts in the last few days (and my apologies to Jay Zallan for the twitspam #Revit tweets) I made a blog post about Archicad users the other night,
Apparently, the Archicad users missed the point of that blog post. It wasn't a comparison of Revit Architecture 2012 versus Archicad whatever version they're on. It was about the new Building Design Suite packages.
My comment: With the new Building Design Suites that many blogged about today, there's just no way that Archicad will ever have the features and benefits of the Autodesk BIM solution.
Apparently, they didn't bother to see what that was about before making the comment "a rather childish and condescending blog post". My phone has not stopped ringing in the past two days from people wanting to switch from AutoCAD to the Building Design Suite Premium and Ultimate. The game changer is this incredible package of tools that
1. No other software company in the design world has
2. No one has the toolset that Autodesk does
3. It's so freakin' cheap to get the whole package
4. The Building Design Suites will forever change the world of the AEC industry and I think that BIM will explode with Autodesk's brilliant strategy (which I must say I was completelyl against when I first heard about it).
Forget about adding Revit Structure and Revit MEP for a second. You can add 3ds Max Design for $1495 from a current version of Revit Architecture Suite, AutoCAD Architecture or AutoCAD. It's $3495 normally. The fact that you get Revit Structure $5995 and Revit MEP $5995 thrown in as well is crazy. To switch from AutoCAD 2012 to Revit Architecture Suite is $2395. It's cheaper to get everything in the Building Design Suite Premium than to just go to Revit Architecture alone.
...and then the comments started...
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...and then there's this. My favorite comment from the Graphisoft forums. Peter, thank you for completly missing the point of my post and not getting it about Building Design Suite, not Revit. It's about the whole concept of BIM, collaboration and let's not forget about real engineering tools.
Joined: 28 Mar 2007
Location: Wiltshire, UK
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:20 am Post subject: Re: Revit 2012 Another horrible release
I like the new 'create assembly' tool. I could see it implemented in ArchiCAD a bit like the internal elevation tool but looking inwards with extra automatic top and underside views.
I've also noticed a rather childish and condescending blog post by a reseller on the bimboom blog saying how sad he is for ArchiCAD users and that we should 'give up the fight' now that R*vit 2012 has been released! Is it just me or is there still very little comment or reaction by R*vit users online yet, and the few that have commented so far (and aren't resellers) are mainly negative? So where are all these tweets and blog posts he mentions that we should be crying over?
I'm not sure many of the features announced would actually help the average residential architect who doesn't build bendy swoopy buildings i.e. 95% of all architects, so perhaps it's the majority of R*vit users who should be 'giving up the fight' and moving to ArchiCAD instead!
(Awaits the deluge of posts from R*vit users!! )
...and now...enough about Archicad. I've wasted enough time on that. Let's get back to our regularly schedule Revit posts.