Well, Charles, welcome to the Revit forum. I know you have contributed for a long time to the AutoCAD forums, but as you have seen, the request for BIM has come from your client. It had to happen, sooner or later.
In a certain office where I provided implementation some time ago, some users who were taking the class were reluctant to abandon AutoCAD, until the boss who was paying for the training had to get serious with them, telling them that the office was officially switching to BIM, and that those who did not want to switch had to leave. So it was "BIM or job". All of them chose the second option.
Another friend of mine, long time AutoCAD user, became a Revit fan overnight after losing the opportunity to do a large contract job for not knowing Revit/BIM. So, what did he do the next day?, start learning Revit. Today all his work is in Revit, and he is not going to do any more jobs with AutoCAD, after having used it for about 25 years.
In summary, go ahead, the change will bring good news for you. If you get stuck, there's always some good help around.
Go on over to the dark side Chuck! Revit LT was made for setups like yours and mine. I hope to spend my hard-earned next year's tax return on adding Revit LT to my software corral. It is intended for small office usage like this. Anyway, I think what is being said regarding rendering is, Revit LT will probably show the basic graphic display types, which are wireframe, hidden, and shaded at least. Revit has a fourth called Realistic, but I am not sure if LT has it. But to do a photorealistic render using LT, means sending it to The Cloud (free with subscription). You cna always ask your reseller directly
Revit LT does have the 'Realistic' setting.
I was able to upgrade my copy of AutoCAD LT 2010 to the suite, which has AutoCAD LT 2013 and Revit LT 2013. Using Revit at home to work on skills, create decent families that I don't have time to create at work, play around, and leverage a raise (yeah, I'll see how well THAT works...). Ended up being about $1050, including 1 year subscription and getting the discs shipped. I decided it was better than my planned TV purchase. I recommend downloading Revit LT and playing with it. I started with 0 training, and it took a little while before the light bulb went on for me, but it was a good move.
Just my $0.02...
Autodesk is asking me to Accept one of your answers as the Solution but they all are good.
Not sure that I want to choose one and it's a bit wonky to choose them all.
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