What's the difference between AutoCAD Architecture and Revit?

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What's the difference between AutoCAD Architecture and Revit?

Post by Traci Hoskins on Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:34 pm

Someone had asked the question on facebook so I decided to share it with the forum.

AutoCAD Architecture is as its name would imply, based on an AutoCAD platform. It includes the full functionality of AutoCAD within it in addition to all the architectural tools unique to AutoCAD Architecture. Revit products are not based on AutoCAD nor do they require AutoCAD to run or AutoCAD knowledge to be used.

AutoCAD Architecture approaches projects using familiar XREF methodology. Projects are comprised of a series of related files linked together via a tool in Architecture called Project Navigator. The process is "additive" - many files "add" together to create a single project.

Revit approaches begins projects in a single integrated database file. If the project is small and only one person is working on it at a time, the project can all be stored in a single file. If multiple people need simultaneous access, the file is broken up into pieces via linked files and/or worksets. This makes Revit "subtractive" in its approach meaning that the whole is broken into pieces for coordination and collaboration. Revit manages all the pieces (coordinated copies really) and keeps all pieces synchronized.

AutoCAD Architecture's biggest strength is its familiarity and tight integration on the AutoCAD platform and the pervasive DWG file format.

Revit's biggest strength is the fully coordinated "parametric change engine" (to quote a marketing term) that means that a change in one place (view) is a simultaneous change in all views. All changes in Revit are coordinated across the entire project.

Happy Drawing! cheers
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Re: What's the difference between AutoCAD Architecture and Revit?

Post by Admin on Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:37 pm

Plus revit has some key features that helps users focus on designing and not wasting time

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