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    Opening Revit 2012 projects within Revit 2011

    Hi all,

    I apologize if this has already been covered/answered, but a search on this site did not turn up anything to indicate that it had. I'm an interior design student, self-taught user of Revit, and my problem is this: I'm collaborating on a commercial design project with a fellow student who uses Revit 2011. In addition, my school has not yet upgraded to the latest Revit version. I, however, have. I found this week, to my chagrin, that Revit 2012 projects will not open within the 2011 platform. Is there a way within Revit 2012 to save a project "as" a Revit 2011 file? Is there a way to open 2012 projects within 2011 that I'm not finding? Is there a way to save my sanity? Thank you.
    ~jenn

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    Sorry to hear about your problem. There is no way to down grade a Revit project. You best bet is the hope you still have a backup copy that is still at the 2011 version. In the future take note of the warnings that pop up when opening a project. This is the best way to notice what Revit has done on its own. Hope you get your project back and can keep working.


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    Sorry to hear you're having difficulty. There's a bit more information as to why in the Revit WikiHelp:

    http://wikihelp.autodesk.com/Revit/e..._Compatibility .

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    Cripes. Thanks for the info. I guess I will have to ask my partner and my school to upgrade to 2012 (really, the school should have the latest version, anyway).

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    If it's a pinch you are in, you can always use the 2012 30 day trial. Students get a free license of Autodesk software, it just says "STUDENT VERSION" on anything you print and/or export, and I believe Autodesk would frown upon you using a free license for commercial purposes (in fact I'm pretty sure it's against the EULA). You can download the educational license of the software at http://students.autodesk.com/

    HTH, and GL.

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    Thanks, Carl. I'd thought of doing that, but I don't think I'm authorized to download new programs to the school's computers.

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