It has been ten years since Autodesk acquired the Revit Technology Corporation. In that time, Revit has become one of the most widely used BIM (Building Information Modeling) products in the AEC industries. However, the software’s learning curve, its processing power requirements, and its cost ($5,775 for a standalone version) scare off many would-be users—particularly smaller firms with projects that don’t demand the collaboration of multiple consultants.
To capture this segment of the market, Autodesk released this week its first pared-down version of Revit, Revit LT 2013. According to the company, LT was designed with small offices and individual practitioners in mind. Scott Latch, Revit’s architecture product manager, describes LT as an intuitive and accessible BIM program, with a less cluttered screen and more tutorial information. It is compatible with full versions of Revit, but has a lower licensing cost of $1,195.