In your previous message you said your decision was AutoCAD Architecture. Now in this message you said you're moving to AutoCAD. Just be sure that you do not confuse the two terms because there is a huge difference. I say this because I have known of some places where people were supposedly using Architectural Desktop (the former name for ACA) but in reality, they were just using the AutoCAD portion of it, only.
Before you purchase, you might want to talk to your vendor about Revit Architecture Suite. For a VERY reasonable amount more (relatively speaking) you get Revit Architecture AND AutoCAD Architecture. I think the savings on ACA is actually thousands of dollars...Then you can have the best of both worlds.
We have no interest in Revit at this time. When the time comes to switch, we will pursue Revit then. Thanks for the suggestion to buy both but the economy has affected us (like most everyone) to the point where essential purchases are the only ones made.
Since you have decided to go with Autocad Architecture... you might want to look at the "add-on" program Vision Rez...
It's a great add-on that is geared toward residential work... the roof design portion is fantastic...
Mental Ray was introduced into autocad in the 2007 version not 2004.
VisionRez uses the Autocad Mental Ray rendering engine, the same as autocad, the same as Revit though the interface is different (as it is an add on package to AutoCAD Architecture).
Illumination in the hands of unskilled amateurs in any program including Max will give you poor quality!
actually. the revit architecture suite with a combination of auto cad architecture is perfect for the architecture firm. you can draw the details in autocad and link the drawings into revit architecture. once this set up is formed, you can have both drawings be very useful for presentation to any clients and other structural engineering company. the revit can actually show complete details to how the building or residential homes should look like in less than half a day work.
compare to autocad application alone. plus the company dont need a seperate software application for rendering by using impression software, 3d drawings using maya and staging different types of floor levels...for all this work? can all be done in 2 hours or half a day work if you have a huge project to do. autodesk seperated the detail drawings for a reason. if need to have the structural details in the drawings then purchase the structure suite. it has both revit structure and architecture including autocad architecture and structure.
i worked for a architecture firm. they rather keep the revit architecture other than autocad architecture. i only use the cad architecture software for details and revit for bim in development. its easy and fast plus you can actually see the final results of any productions. its also easy to make any changes and not one information loses its time and value.
i hope this might help you think twice. as far as i know 80% of architecture, structure and construction companies has switched. its easy and user friendly.
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