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Revit is Autodesk's premier Building Information Modeling solution, but did you know it was originally developed by a startup company called Charles River Software (founded 1997) - later renamed Revit Technologies? Autodesk succesfully acquired Revit Technologies on April 1, 2002. You can click here to brush up on the full history. If this is your first time here, be sure to become familiar with the Six Phases of a Revit User as made popular by Revit moderator and forum godfather, Chris Zoog. I hope you'll visit our other Revit community pages and forums, and encourage you to become a regular contributor of this outstanding Revit resource!
The Ribbon UI descended upon us in 2009 and we probably heard more than we wanted about it. There were T-shirts done for and against it. Tempers flared but overall it seems that the anger has subsided a little bit. As users deployed Revit 2011 in April and May, it seems that the general sentiment was that finally, the Ribbon might be useable after all. The UI can surely improve a lot more if other Autodesk applications such as Inventor are an indication, so we'll keep our fingers crossed for further improvements in upcoming versions.
But enough UI and Ribbons! It is surely a touchy subject that might not always yield a high percentage of customer satisfaction, regardless of direction and design choices. I'm sure that by now you have seen all the major improvements of Revit 2011 and are finding even more hidden treasures. But I bet you want even more functionality, features and performance improvements, right? You, the user, have several avenues to make your voice heard throughout the year:
- Submit your wishes on the AUGI Wishlist for Revit. Remember that this can be used for all Revit Platform wishes.
- Follow the blog Inside the Factory and comment on the various posts authored by the Revit team. This has been a great place over the last year to gauge what the Factory is potentially working on and to see what other readers think through their comments;
- Participate in Usability testing;
- Provide feedback to Autodesk directly through this form.
On the economic front, it has been a though time for all of us and we'll keep our fingers crossed that things will start to improve soon. There has never been a better time to focus on self-development and to master that new skill so you can position yourself to be better than the competition. Even though moods can be gloomy at times, I encourage you to not let that get the better of you and be reflected through your forum posts. Let's please keep this space as positive as possible, a place where users get together to help each other out and offer their expertise in exchange for more of the same. No one wants to visit a community where negative vibes run rampant. I'm sure we can all agree on that.
Thanks and remember: constructive criticism is very welcome!