Monday, 31 March 2014

Important Name Changes in Autodesk Subscription


Got this in an email from one of the UK Resellers
Autodesk Subscription is no longer the name of the software maintenance program offered by Autodesk; it is now the umbrella brand for all of the Subscription offerings provided by Autodesk, including the following options:

Autodesk Maintenance Subscription:

Previously Known as:
Autodesk Subscription 


Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, previously referred to as the Autodesk Subscription program, allows subscribers to maximise their investment and effectively maintain their Autodesk perpetual software license
Autodesk Desktop Subscription:
Previously Known as:
Rental Plans

Desktop Subscription is what Autodesk previously referred to as rental plans. Why do they call it "desktop"? Autodesk call it "Desktop Subscription" to differentiate this option from software accessed from the cloud.  

Autodesk Cloud Service:
Previously Known as:
Cloud Services

Autodesk Cloud Service Subscription is the name of the program for customers who want to subscribe to the various cloud services that Autodesk provides.

While the name of each offering has changed, the benefits remain the same. If you subscribe to any of the Autodesk Subscription offerings you will receive access to the latest software, cloud services, technical support and certain flexible licensing right such as extra territory and home use rights.

The questions re this notification have to be
Especially If the service stays the same or you have not introduced another level of service to the customer and giving little in return
Bring Back the Subscription Advantage Packs mid year, god know there isn't enough in the annual release of Revit this year to warrant the subscription fee. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Whats New In Revit 2015 Video's

New Features in Revit 2015

A real shame there isn't commentary but still worth a look ...... Nice one BIMopedia


Revit 2015 Update - 29th March 2014 - Two full days after the NDA

I have agreed with Dave Baldacchino over at Do You Revit? Who also provided a link to Steve Safford's Blog Revit OpEd  and a three word simple comment

What’s new?
Not much.

I give up.

This should again speak volumes to Autodesk 4/10 can do really better

Historically there would have been dozens of reviews and opinions on blogs following a new release ..........

Listen to the silence and did anyone see that tumbleweed go by?  

First look at Sketchy Lines in this Autodesk Revit LT 2015 Overview Video by Autodesk


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Let the Revit 2015 Reviews Begin

There will be no review from David Light this year as he is extremely busy - but they have started see Steve Stafford blog post HERE 

Still no fix and a Basic Text Editor that works! i.e. subscript and superscript text, the list of new significant features is very small. A few years ago say 2010 Revit got legs and started to walk and then it ran for a couple of years, but over the last couple of years the pace of developments and improvements has declined. It feels like the runner is knackered and struggling to maintain the lead it had in the BIM Market place. 

I suspect that it's because they have taken the original product as far as possible with bolt-on's and patch up's and they really need to re-write significant portions of the programme, we known that's true of the text editing and word processing within the package, which has been on the user wish list and lets face it even AutoCAD has had a viable text editor for many years. 

I also think that the Architects and Structural users are suffering because so much time and effort has been spent over the last few years in the development of the Mechanical and Electrical side of Revit.

It's only a few years ago that there was the six month in from release Annual Subscription Advantage Pack, i.e. there was an incentive merit in paying for annual subscription. Now they have most users on Subscription it's like they don't feel like they need to perform.

IMHO from a small practice point of view Autodesk have shot their selves in the foot by no longer selling Revit as a stand alone package to get small businesses on the BIM and Revit ladder. Revit Lite Suite is not a real option due to the limitations with families, if you want to do anything serious with the package.

Although there are additional features added to RC detailing until shown otherwise RC detailing in Revit is still appears to be little more than a 3D TOY - Now there is a challenge for someone from Autodesk to come and present at LRUG showing us how we can get real UK and Europe designs and schedules within Revit easily. 

A few years ago we bloggers were given early demonstrations and information so we could blow the fanfare on what's New in this years version, perhaps Autodesk have become embarrassed by how little there is on offer as it didn't happen this year.  

There is a review of new features in Revit 2015 at CADline


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Waiting for the Revit 2015 NDA to end and information to become public

In the mean time in the CAD and BIM World we live in

GRAPHISOFT’s Brand-new BIMcloud Announced at Exclusive Tokyo Press Event

TOKYO, March 25, 2014 – GRAPHISOFT® announced today its upcoming BIMcloud® Solution in the presence of selected international journalists and top Japanese AEC companies. The exclusive event took place at the prestigious Roppongi Hills Club of Tokyo with live connections to GRAPHISOFT’s Southeast Asia headquarters in Hong Kong as well as its global headquarters in Budapest.

Press Release Here

SketchUp 2014 is Here

If you were planning on holding your breath for another year and a half, we’re happy to say that it’s time to exhale: a new version of SketchUp is now available for download in ten languages. SketchUp 2014 is here, and there’s quite a bit to explore.

Trial Versions ready for download of AutoCAD 2015,  Navisworks Manage 2015 & Navisworks Simulate 2015 See What Revit Wants for Links