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    by Dennis Collin

    As you know Autodesk released a 'Lite' version of Revit last year, I am just trawling around the software to see what it contains and what it lacks compared to the full individual Revit products and the combined Revit in Building Design Suite. There are lists bouncing around on the net but it’s always useful to actually go and take a look to see what actually makes it to the shipped version.

    Although it includes things like Phasing, Design Options, Area Plans and some site tools it does lack some features from the following areas



    No In-place Families

    No plug ins/extensions

    No ODBC Connection



    No Massing Elements (and all related items like patterned panels and no create 'element' from face option)

    No Create Stair by Sketch Option (although you can convert a component stair to a sketch and edit that!)



    No Foundation Pads

    No Reinforcement tools

    No Framing Elevation View Types



    No Decal Creation

    No Rendering (does possess cloud rendering capability)

    No in view rendering (raytrace mode)


    Mechanical Electrical & Plumbing:

    No MEP, Pipes, Ducts or Cable Trays (and remember no in-place family option to use either!)



    No Acquire or Publish Coordinates option with Linked Files

    No Support for Point Cloud data

    No option to setup or define Worksets

    No copy monitor or clash detection tools

    No IFC Export

    Despite these omissions Revit LT remains a good product, and provides a robust platform for any practice wanting a ‘gentle introduction’  to a coordinated approach in producing drawings, visuals and schedules. It also enables users to  see and get their feet wet with an intelligent building model . Much like its lite companion products Inventor LT and AutoCAD LT, it provides a great deal of functionality of its complete relation for a much reduced price.