I have just downloaded Revit 2018 and I am looking forward to discovering the new functionalities it offers us! That said, It would be prudent to wait for at least the first service pack before adopting in a practice. Typically one would also wait for the Extensions to be released and for the relevant add-ins to be updated to the new Application Programing Interface (API).
Autodesk has made available live link downloads until the software is available on Virtual Agent: https://forums.autodesk.com/t5/installation-licensing/autodesk-2018-direct-download-links-until-available-on-virtual/m-p/6998450#M176378
To see if your system will be able to run the software, please consult this page: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/revit-products/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/System-requirements-for-Autodesk-Revit-2018-products.html
Contact Micrographics so we may quote or advise you on:
- Software (let us recommend the most cost effective solution)
- Hardware (a system that will be best suited to your purposes)
Also temporarily Change the Windows User Account Control Settings to minimum:
Also temporarily disable Virus Protection Software:
Remember to download the South African and other relevant content when installing. As usual, the content may then be saved to disk and copied across when installing on the next computer. Contact Micrographics if you need help doing this.
Micrographics can also help you to migrate your family libraries to the new version using script files, as well as advise you on how to migrate a project on BIM 360 Team and Collaboration for Revit to the new 2018 version. On the surface Revit looks pretty much the same, although there are a few immediate details that jump out.
Being old-school, I like how Autodesk has incorporates a new “File” Tab on the ribbon (this takes the place of the Application Menu).
There is a new “Coordination Model” link command to choose on the Insert menu (this is for Navisworks files). Especially where teams are working on various software platforms, I think this will be a great help!
There is also only one stair tool:
Improvements and Enhancements have been made to:
- The Dynamo Player
- Global parameters
- Coordination model linking
- Schedule and add parameters for links and groups
- SAT and Rhino file import
- Steel connections
- Rebar modelling
- User-definable space and building types
- Hydronic system capabilities
- Electrical design
- Stair towers
For a more complete description of what is new in Revit 2018, consult this page: http://blogs.autodesk.com/revit/2017/04/13/introducing-revit-2018/
I will be expanding on some of these functionalities in future posts.