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Monday, April 11, 2011

Revit 2012 License Switching and Demo mode RT @RevitClinic


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If you have downloaded or are planning on downloading a Revit 2012 product, the first thing you will notice is the new installer.  Revit products now closely match the installers of other Autodesk products.  However, what might not be so obvious for long time Revit users, is some subtel changes to the way Licensing works for Revit 2012 products.
In previous releases of Revit products, you were able to do licensing switching on the fly, choosing between standard alone activation or Network or a thing called Demo mode.   You could access a dialog from within Revit to do this (go to the application menu and choose licensing).
License_switching


A change for licensing with 2012 is that it is no longer possible to switch to a different license type without reinstalling Revit 2012.  The dialog above for 2011 and earlier versions, doesn't exist in 2012.
When you install Revit 2012, you can choose the license type to use.  If you have to change license types after installation is complete, you installed the standalone trial for example but need network licensing later when you activate, you will need to uninstall and reinstall Revit to get network licensing.
Also in 2012, you may have seen the new Viewer mode in the start menu:
Viewer
In 2012, the Revit Viewer 2012 is the Demo/Viewer option from previous releases, same functionality, just a different way to access it (you will still get into "Demo/viewer" mode if you are using network licensing but cannot pull a license).
Keep these changes in mind before choosing the license type so you can avoid a uninstall and reinstall of your Revit 2012 product.

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