Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Revit Architecture 2010 System Recommendations

**EDIT** Please see this post as the public download is now available! **EDIT**

Now that Autodesk has updated their website for 2010, below are the System Recommendations for Revit Architecture 2010 based on Autodesk’s website.  Even though the recommendations don’t specify Vista, it doesn’t mean it won’t work on Vista.  Notice in the recommendations for the video card…they are calling out DirectX and no longer calling out OpenGL support!  With the new DirectX support, make sure your video card driver is up to date!

System Recommendations for 32-bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Windows XP Professional (SP2 or later)
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo 2.4 GHz or equivalent AMD processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • Dedicated video card with hardware support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9 (or later)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 (SP1 or later)
  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel

System Recommendations for 64-bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Windows XP Professional x64 edition (SP1 or later)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40GHz or equivalent AMD processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • Dedicated video card with hardware support for DirectX 9 (or later)
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 (or later)
  • Two-button mouse with scroll wheel
If you are looking for (minimum) system requirements, you find those on the Autodesk Revit Arch website.

Autodesk Announces 2010 Products Available

**EDIT** Please see this post as the public download is now available! **EDIT**

Today, announced that their 2010 design and engineering software product line is now available…kind of.  They’ve basically have updated their website to now include 2010 features and functionality for their products and download some of the 2010 product trials (like AutoCAD 2010).  This doesn’t mean that ALL of the software is available for download…specifically Revit!  You can go to the Revit Architecture product page to see some of their new marketing material that has been updated to include some of the 2010 features.  They’ve also updated the system requirements and recommendations for the 2010 products.  The Revit Architecture recommendations can be viewed HERE.

Stay tuned…Revit Architecture 2010 is sure to be announced when it will be available any day now…

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Reed SmartBIM Library 3.2 Launched

Press Release - http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/press-releases/press-release/reed-construction-data-releases-smartbim-library-v32/


The release of SBL v3.2 offers new features and enhancements including the drag-and-drop family publisher, allowing users to automatically publish and load Revit families into SmartBIM Library from a user’s file system, Autodesk® Revit project files or Autodesk® Seek.

Additional functionality allows users to attach files, including text documents, spreadsheets and images, to SmartBIM Objects using the drag-and-drop feature, and to view them from the attachment pane.
SBL 3.2 is also now an e-SPECS® Compliant BIM Library to assist users in automating the specification process.

“This release gives Revit users a way to significantly reduce the time spent looking for or creating BIM objects,” said Candice Dobra, director of BIM solutions, Reed Construction Data.  “The high-quality SmartBIM objects delivered in SmartBIM Library combined with the ability to easily manage existing content, bring a new level of efficiency in the design process.”

Version 3.2 comes pre-loaded with over 21,000 high-quality Revit product types, including 200 new generic families.  The SmartBIM Library will also publish content on a continual basis from a growing list of manufacturers including: Kolbe, Karona Inc., Hager Companies, LinEL Signature Skylights, Oldcastle Glass, Armstrong, Da-Lite Screen Company, Draper Inc., NanaWall Systems, ZeroFlush, Figueras International Seating, Next Door Company, Laticrete International, Skyco Shading Systems, Beta-Calco, Cornell Iron Works, Sun-Dome, GAF Materials Corp., PPG Industries, Coronet Lighting and more.


I've personally seen and played with SmartBIM v3.2 and it's a great improvement from the previously released versions of the program.  The new drag-n-drop functionality they've added to creating libraries is great and a much improved process than before.  One thing to remember with the SmartBIM Library...you are not really paying for the content, you are paying for the program to manage YOUR library.  The content is an extra little bonus, and you do get any updates to the SmartBIM Library they make or if they add extra content.

If you are located in WI, MN or IL and are interested purchasing the SmartBIM Library, please contact a MasterGraphics Account Manager (1-800-873-7238) for more info!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Off Topic – March Madness Bracket Group

I thought I would have a little fun and created an ESPN Tournament Challenge group for the upcoming NCAA Men’s B-Ball tourney for the “Reviteers” out there.  If you would like to join in the fun (and I guess a little friendly competition…not that I’m challenging anyone ;-)!) here are the details if you would like to join the group and create a bracket entry on espn.com…

  • Go to http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/frontpage
  • If you are not an ESPN member, you’ll have to create a free log-in to create a bracket entry
  • Create a bracket entry
  • Once you have a bracket entry, you can add it to a group
  • When getting the group list, search for Revit and select the Revit group to add your bracket to the group
  • I’ve made it Private, so the password is RAC2010

And that’s it!  Make your picks once the brackets are set on Sunday, March 15.

Have fun and good luck!!