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November 29, 2006


Robin Capper

"Revit has a sexy interface"?
I think the interface, and user interaction, with Revit is dated and clunky at best - in fact it's worst aspect.
What is sexy is the results you get having clicked all those dialogs :-)

Ed Goldberg AIA, NCARB

I was sitting next to Martin Day at the press briefing with Jay Bhatt. I write the Architectural Desktop books, and use Revit as well as ADT. I disagree with Martin that ADT has not had major innovations and evolutions. As a practicing Architect, I am very thankfull for the improvements in ADT 2007. Things such as the ability to convert Mass elements to intelligent objects Roof slabs, improvements to the AEC dimensions, etc may not seem revolutionary at first, but they really make my job easier and more productive. I like Martin a lot, but I suggest that he use ADT for creating a professional project before he condems this excellent piece of software.

Ed Goldberg AIA, NCARB
Contributing Editor, CADALYST magazine

Martyn Day

There two key questions that remain unanswered, and they are:

1) If you are using ADT, or buying ADT for the first time and mainly intend to use it in 2D, that's ok. But when the time comes to think about moving to 3D, is there any point in investing in learning the 3D aspects of the ADT. The products 3D will no longer be aggresively developed in that area...but Revit is.

2) If you are a serious 3D user of ADT, (of which there are few I admit), what does this decision mean to you?

Wes Macaulay

Revit requires a committment to switch, no doubt. But for those who do commit, there is no comparison. Revit's bidirectional capabilities, superior 3D and better coordination make ADT look feeble in comparison. But ADT is safe in that you can revert to CAD, though this is not a strategic solution in the long term.

Rick Yeates

I hope AutoDesk renews it's committment to ADT. I like the product. So much so that I recommended two of my clients purchase more copies. That equaled 12 more copies in the past 6 months. With more to come in the new year!

Revit has a sexy interface, but, I still like working with the dwg file. I drew with AutoCAD for many years before moving to IT. ADT allows me to ease users into BIM. I also have the benefit of "if you can't do it in ADT fall back on your AutoCAD commands.

I have a client who has at least 17 Revit licenses and most of them sit unused! The users grab the fast Revit machines with the understanding they will work in Revit. They take the Revit training and then they go back to AutoCAD! The only good thing about it all is having AutoCAD and Revit licenses bundled together.

I suspect it wouldn't take much to make ADT a bi-directional BIM application. Most of the pieces seem to be there now.

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