On Dec 7 Autodesk's is releasing a cloud based Revit collaboration solution called 'Collaborate for Revit' or C4R. This solution enables firms to collaborate across WAN without complex IT setup, but with the caveat that your project data will reside in the A360 cloud.

In addition to easy global collaboration you also get a tightly integrated instant messenger called "Communicator" that feeds all the communication, files and activity stream into the A360 project dashboard. A360 Team brings the all too familiar "Facebook Newsfeed" like social aspect to team communications.

There will be a recurring per-user per-month fee that is separate from subscription and cloud credits. For this fee you get the benefit of A360 Team portal, the new communicator and unlimited hosted projects online.

Firms need to do a cost benefit analysis of each option available to them. And costs not just financial but also setup, complexity and management . Some of the options available are:

  • V1 - Central file based worksharing.
  • V2 - Revit Server based worksharing.
  • V2b - Revit Server + Autodesk Vault
  • V3 - C4R and A360

The following images show the User Interface for C4R, Communicator and the A360 Project portal.

User experience within the Revit Application

A360 Dashboard
A360 Project View
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