Autodesk Revit Building FAQ

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Revit and Backward Compatibility

Statement by Revit User
You can buy Revit without a subscription. This is just Autodesk forcing people into their subscription scheme.

Response By Steve_Stafford of Revit OpEd

Actually it isn't. Revit has never supported backward compatibility. In fact you don't have backward compatibility options that are all that practical with ADT now either. When you've got objects that didn't exist in earlier versions what shall they become in a Save Down operation?Revit was always sold on subscription basis because of the need to be on the same release even before Autodesk bought it. In fact you could only buy Revit as a subscription/rental basis when it was RTC. The development of Revit has been so fast and furious that trying to map out a save down process would have been a unreasonable distraction.The only folks that don't have a good recourse for this situation is students because the colleges and high schools buy educational licenses and those lag behind the commercial licensing for some reason. Otherwise a firm that doesn't do subscription for Revit is shooting themselves in the foot if they intend to collaborate with other firms using one of the three flavors of Revit now.


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