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Friday, April 19, 2013

Online versions of Revit 2014 now available..WTF?!

Well, the day has finally arrived. Autodesk moves their software to being cloud based. Yes, I know, you would never do that, but to never worry about upgrading computers, installing patches and being able to work anywhere, even at a client's office, in the field or on any computer, seems a little enticing. Also, imagine not having to do a 58GB download of the software.

Oh yeah, it's another nail in the coffin for the reseller channel. I hope they create an iPad version. But hey, how do we load our models on it? Does Autodesk dare ask to store our models on their cloud? Will there be a sync software? What if the model is 100s of MBs or getting updated frequently? How do you share your model with others at the office? Worksets? Central file syncing?

A waste of time for most users? We'll just have to wait and see.


United States users with decent bandwidth can try online versions of Revit 2014 and Revit LT 2014

It is Alive in the Lab


Here's an outgrowth of some work that we did in Autodesk Labs. Software Development Manager, Frederic Loranger, who also worked on Project Twitch and Project Blink, was happy to announce that Autodesk Revit 2014 and Autodesk Revit LT 2014 online trials went live on autodesk.com yesterday morning (April 18th).

Here are the links for your reference:

The online versions do check for eligibility. At this time, these links are not visible to everyone. Users must be in the US and must have a decent internet connection to our data centers. For those who meet the criteria, this is a great way for them to try Revit without having to download and install the application itself.

Web-based CAD tools are alive in the lab.




Scott Sheppard April 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM  

We will continue to offer desktop applications. In fact we've even bundled them into Suites. We will offer cloud-based versions for people who wish to use them. There will eventually be a day when customers can host the cloud-based solutions on their own private clouds. The bulk of the processing and the storage will be on the server so the iPad or iPhone does not have to duplicate today's desktop functionality.

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