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Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 exe – (2.59GB)

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 — English

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This download is the latest release of Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software as a standalone product and as part of AutoCAD® Revit® Architecture Suite 2011 software.

It is available to users for trial or demo purposes and users who have purchased a valid license for Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 or AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite 2011, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that appears during installation.

First Customer Ship of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 (Full Install) – April 2010

Get Started

Click on the following link to download the executable file:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 (exe – 2.59 GB)

Notes

  • The Readme file is located in the Documentation section of the installer.
  • The full install executable file contains both 32 and 64-bit versions of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.
  • The executable file can be applied to both the standalone and suite versions of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011.
  • Files saved in new releases of this product are not compatible with previous releases. However, files saved in the same release are compatible across different build numbers.
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7 browser (or later) is required.
  • For problems downloading or installing Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 and for general information or questions, contact Autodesk Product Support (Autodesk® Subscription login required).

Source: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/item?siteID=123112&id=14973244

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With today’s press release announcing the 2011 software suite of products, they also updated their 2011 feature list.  Here are some of the new features we’ll see in Revit 2011:

Download the Autodesk Press Packet

Also the brochures for Revit Architecture 2011 & Revit Structure 2011 & Revit MEP 2011:
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_architecture_2011_brochure.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/revit_structure_2011_overview_brochure_us.pdf
http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/autodesk_revit_mep_overview_brochure_us.pdf

Revit Architecture 2011 Revit Structure 2011

User Interface Improvements

  • A modeless properties palette allows the user to change the properties of an element during placement or modification.
  • Contextual tab improvements reduce the number of tab switches and provide consistent tool locations.
  • Users now have the ability to adjust the order of tools on the Quick Access toolbar.

User Interface Improvements

Adaptive Components

Adaptive component functionality is designed for situations when components need to flexibly adapt to unique contextual conditions. Adaptive points are created by modifying reference points. The geometry drawn by snapping to these adaptive points results in an adaptive component.

Adaptive Components

Form Editing

A form can be edited in sketch mode by modifying the curves from which it was created. A form can also be dissolved back to the curves from which it was created. Once a form has been dissolved, its profile curves and path (when applicable) remain. These curves and path can be edited to create a new form.

Form Editing

Large Team Workflow

Improve your ability to work with projects containing linked files with the capability to apply view filters, tag elements, and control visibility of worksets.

Large Team Workflow

Text Improvements

Improvements to text tools enable you to:

  • Adjust the location of the leader relative to the text block
  • Format text with bullets and numbering
  • Modify text using the Find & Replace Text tool

Text Improvements

New Structural Tools

Several structural tools, previously available only in Autodesk® Revit® Structure software, are now available to Autodesk Revit Architecture users.

These tools include:

  • Curved Beams
  • Metal Decking
  • Slanted Structural Columns
  • Trusses
  • Beam Coping tool
  • Beam System Tags

New Structural Tools

Enhanced Visualization

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display materials and ambient lighting in editable views.

Enhanced Visualization

Keyboard Shortcuts

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides a new interface for managing keyboard shortcuts for Revit Tools:

  • Add or remove keyboard shortcuts and assign multiple shortcuts for each Revit Tool.
  • Import keyboard shortcuts from another user.
  • Export keyboard shortcuts to share them with other users, or to a spreadsheet program where you can sort, organize, and print a list of shortcuts for quick reference.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Custom Elevation Tags

Define the appearance of view tags used for elevations. Elevation tags can now have any shape and any number of arrows pointing in nonorthogonal directions relative to the tag body.

Custom Elevation Tags

Background Images in Rendering

Autodesk Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.

Background Images in Renderings

Sheet Improvements

Improvements to sheets enable you to:

  • List sheets on the drawing list that are not in the project, such as consultant drawings
  • Consistently align views on sheets

Sheet Improvements

Convert Line Types

The convert lines tool converts existing model lines, detail lines, and symbolic lines into the preferred line type.

Convert Line Types

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011
Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software helps architects and designers work naturally, design freely and deliver projects efficiently. Purpose-built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Revit Architecture helps you explore design concepts and forms, and better maintain your design data through documentation and construction. With parametric change technology, any change you make is automatically updated throughout your model, keeping your design and documentation coordinated and more reliable. Share essential BIM data with your partners for a more collaborative, integrated building design process. Support a more efficient design process that enables improved sustainable design analysis, clash detection, construction planning and material fabrication.

What’s New

Key Features Common to all Revit Platform Software Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011, Autodesk® Revit® MEP 2011 and Autodesk® Revit® Structure 2011 software share a common set of key enhancements for improved design functionality and workflow to help design teams accelerate better design with tools that promote productivity and support sustainable design and analysis. See the Autodesk® Revit® Platform Enhancements for 2011 backgrounder for information on the platform enhancements.

Enhancements specific to Revit Architecture 2011 include:
Form Editing
  • Sketch editing for conceptual masses in Revit Architecture 2011 has been improved with the ability to edit individual profiles of any type of form without having to delete the form first, similar to “sketch mode” but even more accessible.
  • The Dissolve Form command removes the surfaces from a form, leaving the valuable defining profiles, curves and points.
  • In the past, only voids could be used as cutting elements for Boolean operations, and it was difficult to access them again for further transformations. Now solids can be used to cut other solids, so that when the cut is executed, geometry from both forms remains visible.
Surface Rationalization
  • The ability to rationalize surfaces has been enhanced. Surfaces can now be split by levels, reference planes and model lines.
  • Now, divided surface patterns can be made up of any combination of UV grids and intersects created by these new elements. Adaptive
Components

The adaptive component is a generalized implementation of the pattern-based curtain panel family, which was introduced with the 2010 release of Autodesk Revit Architecture. It is designed to handle cases where components need to flexibly adapt to many unique contextual conditions. The adaptive component can be used to simply fill in the empty edge panels on a divided surface or for more complex modeling or framing applications.
Structural Tools
Several features formerly available only in Autodesk Revit Structure software are now available in Autodesk Revit Architecture, such as the ability to create:
  • Curved beams
  • Slanted columns
  • Beam copings
  • Trusses
  • Metal deck profiles, and more
Rendering Enhancements:
  • Background Images Revit Architecture now provides the ability to display images in the background of rendered views.
  • Procedural Textures Create custom procedural textures based on patterns such as checker, gradient, wood or tiles.
  • New Autodesk Material Library More smoothly exchange material data between Autodesk applications with the new Autodesk Material Library. Materials can be exchanged with certain other supporting Autodesk applications (AutoCAD®, Autodesk® Inventor®, Autodesk Revit MEP and Autodesk Revit Structure software) in a true one-to-one mapping — helping create a consistent definition and rendered look and minimize the need to rework materials after data import. Note: The new Material Library in Revit Architecture 2011 will only export materials, lights, or environments to 3ds Max/3ds Max Design 2011.
  • Removal of Four-Core Rendering Limit Rendering in Revit-based products is no longer limited to the use of four cores on multiprocessor computers. Revit-based products can now take advantage of as many cores as are available on your computer.
Access to Autodesk® Green Building Studio® Web-Based Services (Available with Subscription to Revit Architecture)
  • More smoothly extend BIM workflows to include sustainable analysis. With more than 1.6 million virtual weather locations across the globe, the climate information used in analyses can be more local, accurate and current.
  • By using the power of cloud computing, Green Building Studio can generate analyses in a matter of minutes, thus helping architects and designers to iterate through multiple design options earlier and more often.
  • For new buildings projects, whole building energy analysis can help predict more accurate building operation costs before construction. For renovation and retrofit projects, the software helps users to make the most efficient design choices.

Don’t forget to bookmark: http://www.revit2011.info

Internet Explorer 9 Preview Download Available

You can download the preview via the website:

http://www.ietestdrive.com/

A couple things of note:

  • This is not a full fledged browser, no address bar, no tabs, no back button, it does however include everything the web developer needs to preview — the rendering engine, the Javascript engine, hardware acceleration tools and the developer tools.
  • IE9 will NOT be supported on Windows XP, mostly because of the extensive hardware acceleration features like Direct2D and DirectWrite.
  • As of now scores 55/100 on Acid3 test.
  • As of now the JS engine is faster than Firefox 3.6, but not as fast as the newly released Opera 10.5

internet explorer 9 preview

Because sooner or later — it had to be done.

Here is my definitive comprehensive list of the top 99+ essential latest greatest free wordpress template design examples:

Enjoy!

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Here are some really helpful resources directly from Autodesk:

Autodesk White Papers – BIM (General)
Autodesk White Papers – Revit Architecture
Autodesk White Papers – FBX – Interoperability and FBX Technology
Autodesk White Papers – 3ds max design
Autodesk White Papers – Green Building Studio

Windows XP SP3 delayed due to a bug with Dynamics, XP SP3 & Vista SP1

http://www.crn.com/software/207403064

Microsoft Delays XP SP3 Once Again
Last Tuesday, Microsoft revealed plans to delay the release of XP SP3 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers until May 2 due to high demand for Vista SP1, but reversed its decision the following day

Windows Vista LogoAfter numerous reports of the increased performance of Windows Vista Service Pack 1, we can now see for ourselves whether it’s true or not.   It has now been released to the public via Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update.

Windows Vista SP1 (32-bit)Download  [434.5 MB]

Windows Vista SP1 (64-bit)Download  [726.5 MB]

If you are only updating one computer, please use Windows Update as it has a more appropriate download for your version that will result in a smaller download.  All versions have been reported as available now on Windows Update.

UPDATE: Read the Microsoft article for “Notable Changes in Windows Vista SP1

windows xp sp3 release candidate 2 is out!

go get it from microsoft here:

[ www.microsoft.com ]

instructions:  the download will add a registry entry to your computer.  then proceed to Windows Update to download the latest release candidate.

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for my exam study guide on the types of questions they ask on the LEED 2.2 exam, so I’ve compiled a list of resources that most benefited me.

First of all there’s prospero’s exam notes:
http://www.areforum.org/forums/attachment.php?id=20359

These are probably the best pages to study on the USGBC website:

Test Specifications & Sample Questions:
https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=3178
CIR Guidelines:
http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=1510
Guidance on Innovation & Design (ID) Credits:
http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/LEEDdocs/IDcredit_guidance_final.pdf
Certification & Documentation Process:
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1497
Certification Process specific to LEED-NC:
http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=1108
Registration Process:
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=65
LEED for New Construction:
http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=220

ARE forum is a great place to ask questions and get answers:
http://www.areforum.org/forums/forum12/

Other online resources:

USGBC [http://www.usgbc.org]
GBCI [http://www.gbci.org]
LEEDstudy.com [http://www.leedstudy.com/]
University of Florida [http://www.cce.ufl.edu/LEED/]
LEED education [http://www.leededucation.com/]
Flashcards [http://ppi2pass.com/ppi/PPIShop?pr=LDNCFL&ct=LEED]
LEED source [http://leedsource.com/]

A great summary table for 2.2 credits, intents, requirements, strategies, submittals, phase, etc.
http://www.areforum.org/forums/attachment.php?id=64345

*Update – 12/9/08: Please compare ALL NOTES with the latest errata to be sure it’s accurate, this data is now from 1+ year ago

For the latest errata, please check http://www.usgbc.org/

Version 2.2, 2nd Edition Errata Sheet (PDF)
Project teams are subject to errata requirements based on registration date.

Version 2.2, 3rd Edition Errata Sheet (PDF)
Project teams are subject to errata requirements based on registration date