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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Screen Scream


Before I get into my post, my April Fool's joke yesterday about Revit 2014 being available for download, was a joke, but then Luke actually posted links that you really could download Revit Architecture 2014. So, if you didn't and you have 2.64GB of time on your hands, go to the bottom of my subscription post and download it.

I had a bit of indecision yesterday. I couldn't decide which device to use. Should it be the Macbook Air, Macbook Pro, iPad mini or Microsoft Surface? The Surface and Macbook Pro belong to Alix, but I thought it'd be fun to have lots of screens to choose from.

We've been debating the pros and cons of the Surface. It has the same specs as my Macbook Air, but it feels heavier for some reason. It's a neat little machine, but Windows 8 is still annoying. It runs Navisworks and Glue just fine as it has a 4core I5 processor and 4GB of Ram. As far as the practicality of trying to use Windows standing up with one hand holding it is not great. The screen is too small to easily maneuver a mouse or the trackpad and Autodesk programs aren't geared for big fat BIM fingers.

That being said, having a teeny tiny windows device tablet is potentially cool. Plugging the surface into my big fat Dell 27" monitor makes it great. So, the device for the field is much better suited for a bluetoothy keyboard and mouse with a big monitor. Having a computer that is the size of a paper notebook is a great idea. It's not a production machine since it doesn't have 16gb of ram or the best video card in the world.

It's not there to replace an iPad. My idea is that you actually velcro an iPad Mini to the back of a Surface and then you have the best of both worlds. The Surface doesn't have 4G, so that's a problem with any Autodesk Cloud software if you don't have wifi.


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