Autodesk recently announced the imminent arrival of Revit LT 2013 which is positioned as a entry level 3D modelling tool to bridge the gap between 2D and a fully enabled BIM tool.
I have reviewed the comparison matrix with the full Autodesk Revit 2013 release and looked at the potential problems that Revit LT 2013 may pose for new and existing structural customers considering this new product. Below is an extract of the features that I feel would directly influence a potential structural users purchasing choice.
Based on the above list, the biggest problem would be the linking of the Revit model to structural analysis applications such as Autodesk Robot Structural Analysis. The LT version does not support an API which means that all third party structural analysis tools would not link into Revit LT 2013. I have yet to find out if you can author family files in Revit LT2013?
It is still very early to make a full assessment of Revit LT 2013 but I can see potential problems for medium to large users of Revit LT 2013 based on the omission of Worksharing, exports, In-Place Modelling and the API tools. I personally see this version being too restrictive even for the small or occasional user of Revit based on the current features.
I would be interested in other views of Revit LT 2013, is it a good thing or a potential headache for medium to large users?
For a full comparison guide see the following link below: