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    Who will save revit? Google?


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    What makes this particular interesting is who is saying it. I don't know James Vandezande personally, but I've been aware of him for many years as an architect/BIM manager at HOK (and an implementor of Revit on "The Freedom Tower"), co-author of "Mastering Autodesk Revit" and longtime proponent of Revit. So when he starts complaining about Revit development, Autodesk should know that there's a problem.

    But of course Autodesk should have known there was a problem years ago. As many feared when Autodesk took over Revit, they've slowly been letting the software go to ****. That's Autodesk. Everyone in the software industry knows it, and they don't get the best and brightest because of the kind of company they are. They attract a certain type. But of course, that's just my opinion.

    OTTH, there's nothing "better" out there, it's too complicated a market at this point for a startup to easily enter, so you just learn to accept it for what it is.

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    The AEC industry is not the most lucrative business to be in and therefore it's not worth developing a BIM software to starving architects. There are no incentives for Autodesk to improve Revit, so their only strategy is to throw in some yearly minor improvements to give an illusion that Autodesk is actually working on improving their flagship BIM software. In reality Autodesk is spending more time in marketing and increasing the subscription fees to keep their shareholder happy. That said, Autodesk also knows that they can't afford to supply mediocre software like Revit to a billion dollar film and visualization industry, which is why 3ds max and Maya are relatively better value software compare to Revit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew P View Post
    That said, Autodesk also knows that they can't afford to supply mediocre software like Revit to a billion dollar film and visualization industry, which is why 3ds max and Maya are relatively better value software compare to Revit.
    A lot of viz work for films is done in SketchUp When we used it more I read quite a few blogs about SU viz work. Some of the stuff people are doing is phenomenal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cellophane View Post
    A lot of viz work for films is done in SketchUp
    The modelling maybe, but not the gloss - then there's the also the fact the film production industry are venturing into more intelligent ways to develop their sets, as identified in Mastering Architecture (2010?) with the I Robot/X-Men sets done in Revit.

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