From what I understand, accurender is based on antiquated technology. The base program within the new ACAD 2007 have better and much more sophisticated rendering capabilities. The latest release of accurender alone will never come close to the quality of renderings VIZ is able to produce, even one simple as the one you posted - it'll always look cartoony
But AutoCad 2007 is built-in to Revit, so therefore would I not get the most recent version of AutoCAD's rendering engine? Or is that a different engine that only comes when you don't purchase it tied with Revit?
AutoCAD is not built into Revit. Revit is a totally different technology
and platform when it comes to creating drawings. It has very little in
common with AutoCAD other than they are both tool to create drawings. If
you want to keep AutoCAD you need to buy Revit Series. This is a package
that includes both Revit and AutoCAD.
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But AutoCad 2007 is built-in to Revit, so therefore would I not get the most
recent version of AutoCAD's rendering engine? Or is that a different engine
that only comes when you don't purchase it tied with Revit?
I was not aware of that. Thank you very much. I think I was getting lost in all the talk that the salesmen was shooting out. As much as I would love to buy Revit, it looks like I will be sticking with my original plan to buy VIZ, unless my trial with Revit shows me something really nice.
Autodesk is promoting Revit, so If the latest promo is still available it was actually based on upgrading from LT to either Autocad (and then you get Revit free of charge) or Revit (so you get Autocad free). That was around euro 2400 in Dec06.
I will let you know what I think of Revit. I should have some time next week to use it.
Lucas, I know of the promotion, which is the only reason why we are looking at revit. My boss would never ok a $10,000 purchase (2 seats), but a $4,000 purchase is much more realistic.
It's an 'awrite' package. Especially bundled with full acad.
Knowing any other tool, preferably any BIM (like ArchiCAD), the transition should not take long.
It has a number of drawbacks, tends to try to be intelligent (which might cause lots of annoyance), still does not make any proper use of OPEN GL. It introduces some different approach, getting rid of the layering system.
The main drawback though is it's very hungry on resources, so be prepared for the hardware upgrades.
Running Revit 9.1 on core2duo 2.16 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, nvidia 7950gx2 and with a midsize shopping centre project the performance is "not entirely acceptable". Even 2d drawings do not run smoothly... For small houses ans so on it might be just 'ok'.
Some ppl call it 'next step', I'd call it 'worth consideration' ;]
I've recommended it myself for the company I work for and we've just bought 20lics.
It's not the hardware issue. Quadro's ride the same processors, they're just supported by different drivers. AutoCAD 2007 flies on that 7950gx2. It is a SOFTWARE problem, as Revit has one of the poorest implementation of OPENGL (if it has any) I've come accross so far.
Quadro in this case is just another waste of $.