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Autodesk has announced their 2008 product lineup with quite a number of name changes. Architectural Desktop has now become just AutoCAD Architecture 2008, and Revit Building has become Revit Architecture 2008. Also included Autodesk Building Systems has become AutoCAD MEP 2008, and Revit Building Systems has become Revit MEP 2008. All welcome changes as that reflect the disciplines that actually use these products.  You can sign up to be notified of the releases by email here.  While the website states that these products are coming soon, the anticipated release date is set for March 20, 2007.

Revit Architecture 2008 (version 10) will be probably the most significant out of these applications to hit the industry as this is the first version that Autodesk has had full control over from beginning to end. While Autodesk aquired Revit some time ago, versions 7.0-9.1 were all interim releases to patch and update Revit, Architecture 2008 I believe will be a major update along with a newly updated UI and hopefully a lot of bug fixes. Look for it to have a more “Autodesk” aesthetic and feel to it.

AutoCAD Architecture 2008 (formerly Autodesk Architectural Desktop)
The best AutoCAD-based design and documentation productivity for architects makes it easier for users familiar with AutoCAD to automate tedious drafting tasks so design documentation can be completed more easily and more quickly.

Revit Architecture 2008 (formerly Revit Building)
Purpose-built for building information modeling, Revit® Architecture software mirrors the real world of buildings, so architects and designers work holistically, rather than with isolated elements such as floor plans, sections, and elevations. New features include improved management of linked model information and improved DWF file specification support, a Google Earth™ Plug-In, and better interoperability with Autodesk® 3ds Max® animation software.

“In the building sector, the architecture, engineering and construction disciplines are improving efficiency and client satisfaction by using building information modeling (BIM) to create digital prototypes of buildings… the Revit platform enables integrated practice — which allows architects, engineers, designers and contractors to design and estimate the cost of construction using digital prototypes and fine-tune ideas to improve the building and stay within budget, rather than having to cut costs after the fact or during construction.”

Autodesk 2008 Product Preview:
http://www.autodesk.com/mini-sites/buzz/en/

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