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Looking for installation requirements or recommendations for the new 2011 line of products?  Well there’s a webcast for that!  I’ve summarized the video below, as well as added my own recommendation for some of the hardware.  Chances are though if you have a computer built in the last 2 years you should be pretty compatible.

The biggest changes for Revit Architecture, is that rendering is no longer limited to 4 cores, so you can go all out rendering if you have more than 4 cores available.  Also even more reliance on 64-bit processing, so you’re best bet is using the new Windows 7 64-bit operating system with your hardware allowing your computer to use the most memory available.

Supported Graphics Card Hardware for Revit 2011:

System requirements for installing Autodesk 2011 products:

This includes:

  • AutoCAD 2011
  • Revit Architecture 2011
  • Inventor 2011

CPU (processor):


  • Windows 7 or Vista processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology
  • Windows XP: Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual-core processor, 1.6 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology


  • Intel Core 2 Quad or Core i5 or i7,quad-core processor, 2.33Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.
  • AMD Athlon or Phenom X3 or X4, triple-core, or quad-core processor, 2.6Ghz or higher with SSE2 technology.

RAM (physical memory):


  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB or more
  • 32-bit Inventor = 3GB for tooling
  • 64-bit Inventor = 6GB or more for complex models
  • 32-bit Revit Architecture = Use 64-bit for optimum performance
  • 64-bit Revit Architecture = 8GB or more
  • For all systems I’d recommend at least 4GB w/ 3GB switch enabled.  Keep in mind, memory is cheap, waiting on your computer is not!


  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2GB
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 3GB

Graphics Card (video):

  • DirectX & Direct3D 9.0 or 10 capability
  • Shader Model 3.0 capability
  • 256MB or higher of video card memory (I’d recommend 512MB at minimum)

Hard Drive (virtual memory/page file/swap file):

Required free hard drive space:

  • 32/64-bit AutoCAD = 2GB min.
  • 32/64-bit Inventor = 2x memory installed
  • 32/64-bit Revit Architecture = 5GB min.

Operating Systems (AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit):

  • Windows 7 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows XP (32-bit & 64-bit)

Autodesk will soon release Revit 2011 coming up in a couple weeks. After last years’ release of Revit 2010, I think people are ready for refinement.  For most, it took most of the year to get used to the new ribbon UI — and this year will bring that level of refinement that Revit needs.  Revit should finally become easier to use, more intuitive, and implement a lot of fixes for reported bugs & annoyances.

Out of the list, my favorites are the changes made to the ribbon UI. Many people will be glad to hear that the modify tab can be static now and the contextual tab will have the ability to return to the previous tab when done. Also they’ve included a QAT or Quick Access Toolbar that will give the user an option to “create their own” toolbar. These enhancements will greatly reduce confusion for new users.

Other essentials (read: wish list items) that were included in this release are backgrounds for renderings, a more realistic view for panning around in 3D, text enhancements, tagging items in linked models… a lot of these will help our workflow out immensely!

As I’m sure most of you are here for the details (and not my opinion), alas, here they are:

  • Improvements to DWG Export, increased visual fidelity, text treatment
  • Improvements 3D display quality & new types of views (ambient occlusion, realistic, consistent colors views)
  • View open time reduced
  • New Guide Grids (alignment grids) for sheets to help with view alignment
  • Align in 3D
  • New keyboard shortcut editing dialog box
  • New abilities around linked files, ability to tag an object in a linked file
  • Quicker file open times, now multi-threaded
  • Repeat last command (enter or right-click menu)
  • New Autodesk Material Library 2011
  • Materials displayed more consistently across views and platforms
  • New Placeholder sheets, ability to change placeholder to actual sheet
  • Ability to add/crop background image for rendering
  • Text enhancements
  • Find/Replace
  • Options for exporting text to CAD to maintain visual or functional fidelity
  • Box around text note
  • Distance between leader and text
  • Bullets & Numbering now possible
  • Additional dialog boxes now resizeable
  • Ability to create custom elevation tags
  • New sun path feature added
  • Ability to control temp dimension appearance (without editing Revit.ini)
  • Revit MEP copy/monitor fixtures
  • Ability to disable the auto-switch to contextual tab when object is selected so you can keep current tab active.
  • Ability to return to previous tab after action completion
  • New Properties Palette
  • Modify tab is both static & contextual now, remains in same location
  • New Customizable QAT (Quick-Access Toolbar) to add your most-used tools
  • New workset & design option controls added to the bottom-right of Revit window
  • Workset visiblity enhancements

That’s it for now! As always bookmark for the latest on Revit 2011.

More information from Autodesk on what’s new in Revit Architecture 2010:

Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2010

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 software works the way architects and designers think, allowing users to work more naturally, design freely and deliver more efficiently. Purpose-built for building information modeling (BIM), Autodesk Revit Architecture helps designers explore early design concepts and forms, and more accurately maintain their vision through design, documentation and construction. Use the essential BIM data that

Autodesk Revit Architecture provides to support sustainable design, clash detection, construction planning and fabrication. Share the model to work collaboratively with engineers, contractors and owners in an integrated process. And with parametric change technology, any change made is automatically updated throughout the project, keeping design and documentation better coordinated and more reliable.

What’s New

Conceptual Design Enhancements
– New and innovative conceptual design features provide easier-to-use tools for freeform modeling and parametric design, and the ability to support the earliest design analyses.
– Sketch freely, create 3D forms more quickly and manipulate forms interactively.
– Prepare models for fabrication and construction with built-in tools for conception and clarification of complex forms. New tools to divide, pattern and panelize designs make forms more buildable.
– Autodesk Revit Architecture automatically builds a parametric framework around your most complex forms as you continue to design, offering you greater levels of creative control, accuracy and flexibility.
– Users can now take designs from concept model all the way to construction
documents within one intuitive environment and user interface.

Improved User Interface
– New streamlined user interface helps users find favorite tools and commands faster, locate lesser-used tools more efficiently and discover new features more easily.
– Customizable Quick Access Toolbar allows one-click access to a user’s favorite and most frequently used tools.
– The ribbon feature is organized around the way designers work, enabling users to find the tools to accomplish tasks without searching all over the user interface.
– Consistent user interfaces between most Autodesk software applications allows users to move between programs more smoothly.

Performance and Interoperability
– New native 64-bit support enhances the software’s ability to handle large projects and improve performance and stability for memory-intensive tasks such as rendering, printing, model upgrading and file importing and exporting.
– Expanded API (application programming interface) support.
– Export to AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software and import from Autodesk® Inventor® , while preserving parametric data.
– gbXML (green building XML) improvements allow users to help streamline the
collaboration process with external analysis applications.

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:

So today I got a postcard in the mail for “The Autodesk Experience Tour” coming to select cities across the US & Canada over the next month. The dates range from April 22nd to June 26nd. Now the question becomes, why have a “launch” tour of the 2009 software if it has not yet been released?

My prediction: We’ll see the 2009 software rolled out before the end of April… possibly on or before the 22nd.

Now I have no other information other than pure speculation based upon this postcard. But it makes sense to me that you’d want to launch the software, then tour and showcase it. At least that’s what Microsoft does.

Anyhow, even if it’s not released until June, you should still sign up and register for the city closest to you to check out the new 2009 software suite (3ds Max Design 2009, Revit Architecture 2009, AutoCAD Architecture 2009, etc)… also a good networking event:

Experience your designs before they’re real: walk through buildings, open doors, and simulate real-world scenarios within an integrated 3D building information model with Revit® Architecture 2009 and design visualization with 3ds Max Design 2009. Also find out more about AutoCAD® Architecture, the version of AutoCAD® software created just for architects.

At this information-packed event, you’ll learn how to:

* Create more accurate, reliable designs
* Communicate more effectively between consultants and clients
* Improve coordination and collaboration to better manage complex designs
* Generate photorealistic renders of your designs

Learn more at:
The Autodesk Experience Tour