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Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 5:34:09 PM | Revit 2012 - Revit Viewer

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I have a client that is interested in viewing our Revit files. I have done some research and found out that Revit 2012 includes a new Revit Viewer feature. Our client does not want to purchase a license; he just wants to view the files. Is this feature for Revit 2012 free to use? Or does it expire once the trail is over?  


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Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 6:05:45 PM | Revit 2012 - Revit Viewer

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Autodesk Design Review, is for just such occassion as you are describing. He can download it from Autodesk. You should send him a link to the right place on there. That is what I do.


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Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 6:23:03 PM | Revit 2012 - Revit Viewer

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Design review will only view DWF's that are made from the Revit project.  It will not open Revit files. 

 

Revit per say has always been available to download and use as a viewer.  You just can't use it otherwise.  That is what is advertized as being available in 12.... It might be a short install with no library.


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Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 6:39:12 PM | Revit 2012 - Revit Viewer

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What I gather from the interwebs is that you need to do the full 2012 install to be able to use the Viewer. I wish Autodesk can just put out a solo lite Viewer rather than having people download a full 3gb copy of Revit that they arent even going to use if all they want to do is view a progress of a project.  

 


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Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 6:41:37 PM | Revit 2012 - Revit Viewer

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To answer my own question and to those that stumble on this thread in the future. Simple answer, yes its free and can be used after 30 day trail See website below:

http://bimboom.blogspot.com/2011/04/revit-architecture-viewer-2012-new.html

Quoted from the website:

"If you've been one of the few lucky ones to be able to download Revit, then you may have noticed a new menu option when you start the program.  It's a brand new product from Autodesk called the Revit Architecture Viewer 2012.It's the most amazing product.  It has all of the features of Revit Architecture and it's 100% free.  Yes, you heard me, it's free.  The only limitation is that youViewer mode allows all functionality of Revit, except the following:

  • save or save as in all cases
  • exporting or publishing modified projects
  • exporting or publishing any projects to a format containing model data that can be modified
  • printing projects after changes are made

Well, that's not so terrible.  Now, you can put a copy of Revit on your principal's computer and he can open Revit models, see what's going on in the project and you don't have to worry about him deleting anything or making changes that can't be undone.For the record, this product has been available for years.  If you have a copy of Revit installed on a computer and it hasn't been registered and activated, after 30 days of the trial, Revit is fully functionality except for the above limitations.

 

What does this mean?  Well it means that you can practice with Revit for free for as long as you like and learn how to use it.  The only problem is that you can't save your work. 

Here's an extra special tip for AutoCAD users.  Open Revit Architecture.  Build a staircase.  Take a screenshot of the section of the staircase.  Insert the jpg/bmp/png screenshot into AutoCAD.  Trace your manual lines over the image of the perfectly modeled staircase from Revit and you don't have to worry about wasting hours trying to figure out the exact dimensions.  This can also work for isometric and perspective camera shots.  Of course, any changes you make, youll have to start all over again in AutoCAD, but at least you'll have WYSIBIM. What you see is what you build."

Cheers!



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Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 8:25:04 PM | Revit 2012 - Revit Viewer

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I made a quick video demostrating the do's & don'ts of Revit Viewer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDKdr5TRzGQ


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