These days everything revolves around the “cloud” and mobile devices, so it comes as no surprise that Autodesk announced the availability of Revit 2015 in the App Store and Google Play.
They really worked hard this year to keep the new version devoid of too many new features and fixes. Some users felt quite disheartened when they saw how little their hard-earned subscription money had yielded, but soon realized that this was a well-planned maneuver by Autodesk to increase Revit’s circulation amongst smartphone aficionados. The Marketing geniuses at Autodesk pointed out that subscription has not increased that much if you think about it, since you can re-use all your Revit 2014 learning resources for the forseeable future. Publishers are quite upset as this will likely hurt their sales, but popular authors of Revit guide books are quite happy since they can now enjoy a lavish vacation with their families instead of updating their work. In fact a few have even suggested that publishers simply start printing books in binder format so they could just slip in a couple of pages each year moving forward, and just change the binder cover with a new pretty picture that clearly cannot be done in Revit.
Rumors on the Internets hint towards efforts by hackers to even make Revit 2015 run on the “Jitterbug” or your old Nokia flip phone. I’m quite excited about this potential development, which could increase the use of Revit exponentially and also aid in breaking any existing generational barriers. I’m still quite skeptical about how they’ll manage to get the download package to fit, but I think if they removed broken and incomplete features, the application would probably fit with some extra space to spare.
In the meantime Graphisoft continues in the struggle to capture market share. They think that the cloud has promise as well, and are now playing catch-up to Autodesk once again.
Close sources of mine (sorry, I‘m not about to go Snowden on them) think that this is a huge, visionary move by Autodesk. I frankly disagree, as evidenced by my overall lack of amusement, which is further emphasized by my deliberate omission of any exclamation marks in this beautiful piece of writing.