you hit the nail on the head..
the majority of revit users are only architectural design
artists who just build models.. and i shouldn't say
"only" because a talented artist is worth their weight in
gold.. i think using revit as just a design tool instead of
sketchup or bonzia3D or 3Ds Max or even revit massing-
is the way of the future.. i'm not a designer- but it looks
to me like they do quite well using revit for that..
now back to the point you are making..
designers may like using revit to create their
model- but revit is primarily a virtual construction
and documentation program..
i cannot use that beautiful revit model as an
actual part of the construction and documentation
of it.. i have to treat it just like i would see it in
3Ds Max or any other design program.. in other words-
i have to build that model from scratch- referring to
that model in a separate session of revit to
actually build and document it.. BUT this is GREAT..
way nicer than referring to that same model in
another design program.. so in my opinion- revit
is king all the way through..
but what ABOUT using revit to build and document
the model like you say? well THAT is a horse of a
different color.. for that purpose revit is only the
hammer and the nails- USELESS if you don't know
how to build in the real world..
thanks dbillings3 for this great discussion..