If you've been one of the few lucky ones to be able to download Revit, then you may have noticed a new menu option when you start the program. It's a brand new product from Autodesk called the Revit Architecture Viewer 2012.
It's the most amazing product. It has all of the features of Revit Architecture and it's 100% free. Yes, you heard me, it's free. The only limitation is that you
Viewer mode allows all functionality of Revit, except the following:
- save or save as in all cases
- exporting or publishing modified projects
- exporting or publishing any projects to a format containing model data that can be modified
- printing projects after changes are made
Well, that's not so terrible. Now, you can put a copy of Revit on your principal's computer and he can open Revit models, see what's going on in the project and you don't have to worry about him deleting anything or making changes that can't be undone.
For the record, this product has been available for years. If you have a copy of Revit installed on a computer and it hasn't been registered and activated, after 30 days of the trial, Revit is fully functionality except for the above limitations.
What does this mean? Well it means that you can practice with Revit for free for as long as you like and learn how to use it. The only problem is that you can't save your work.
Here's an extra special tip for AutoCAD users. Open Revit Architecture. Build a staircase. Take a screenshot of the section of the staircase. Insert the jpg/bmp/png screenshot into AutoCAD. Trace your manual lines over the image of the perfectly modeled staircase from Revit and you don't have to worry about wasting hours trying to figure out the exact dimensions. This can also work for isometric and perspective camera shots. Of course, any changes you make, youll have to start all over again in AutoCAD, but at least you'll have WYSIBIM. What you see is what you build.
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