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Updated on April 16, 2010:

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Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 exe – (2.59GB)

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 — English

IMPORTANT

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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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

Well I think the time we’ve all been waiting for is finally here… Revit has grown up. With a new UI, robust and easy-to-use conceptual modeling tools, 3ds-max and SketchUp users who’ve been reluctant to change to Revit for schematic design, have no more reason not to. I for one am really excited about the UI change. This has been circling the rumor mill for years and it’s finally here. While some don’t like the ribbon UI, it’s something that after working with for a couple weeks, you’ll notice it’s simpler & easier to use. I think we’ll see some huge productivity gains (hopefully along with stability) with the new Revit Architecture 2010.

In terms of the release date of Revit 2010, I can say with confidence you can expect it in early April based on the last couple years of release dates:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2009: April 15
Autodesk Revit Architecture 2008: April 5th
Autodesk Revit Building 9: April 12

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 Box Shot

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 Box Shot

To view the product launch webcast:  Click here

In the presentation section pull-down select Presentation PT 1.
Advance the slider to the 9 minute mark in the presentation for details specific to Revit Architecture 2010.

NEW User Interface Screenshot:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 offers a streamlined new ribbon user interface that optimizes workflow and increases discoverability of new tools.

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 offers a streamlined new user interface that optimizes workflow and increases discoverability of new tools.

NEW Conceptual Design Tools Screenshot:

New conceptual design features help you to prepare models for fabrication and construction with builtin tools for dividing, patterning and panelizing complex forms.

New conceptual design features help you to prepare models for fabrication and construction with builtin tools for dividing, patterning and panelizing complex forms.

NEW Revolve Tool Screenshot:

New conceptual design features allow you to sketch freely, create 3D models quickly, and take your design from concept to construction documentation all in one environment.

New conceptual design features allow you to sketch freely, create 3D models quickly, and take your design from concept to construction documentation all in one environment.

2010 Autodesk Revit Platform

The Autodesk Revit platform based products for BIM feature an aligned user interface, giving the entire range of products a consistent look and feel. The updated Autodesk Revit platform also allows a greater level of interoperability for green building analysis, providing support for the green building extensible markup language (gbXML) format. Updates to the products based on the Autodesk Revit platform include:

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 software (BIM for architects and designers) enables customers to more accurately capture early design concepts with improved conceptual design functionality via:
    • An intuitive conceptual design workspace to create complex geometry more easily.
    • A new user interface (UI) that works the way designers think, providing a smoother and more continuous design workflow.
    • Improved interoperability with programs such as AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 software, Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2010 software and Autodesk Inventor 2010 software.
  • Autodesk Revit Structure 2010 software (BIM for structural engineers, designers, and drafters) integrates a multi-material physical and an independently editable analytical model, to help provide for more efficient, more accurate documentation, analysis and design. Users will experience:
    • Enhanced conceptual design, modeling and analysis to handle more complex architectural forms.
    • Improved user interface with a new customizable ribbon toolbar.
    • Improved performance and interoperability, including native 64 bit support.
  • Autodesk Revit MEP 2010 software (BIM for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers) provides customers with optimum tools for system design and building performance analysis helping engineers to make better informed decisions. The 2010 release provides new functionality including:
    • Native heating and cooling loads analysis enabling MEP engineers to determine the energy demands of the building.
    • Enhanced gbXML export with the ability to examine an analytical model of the project before exporting to a gbXML file.
    • Improved performance of the application enabling users to see significant performance enhancements while handling and working on large project files.

View the full press release on the 2010 product lineup here:
http://pressreleases.autodesk.com/index.php?s=press_releases&item=526%3C%2Ftd%3E

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

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