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Rent. That. Revit!

In AutoCAD Architecture, CAD / BIM Manager, Revit on September 21, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been waiting and hoping for this to happen for awhile now. For the past few months it’s been possible to do a monthly, quarterly, or annual rental of the AutoCAD Revit LT suite. I was looking at their site this morning, and see that now they offer a rental of the Building Design Suite as well! While this is not the ideal path long term (the break-even point compared to standard purchase plus subscription is about 19 months), this is a great solution for a small business trying to build capital or a company needing to do some temporary hiring to meet a staffing need for a large project.

I’ll post links below, but here are my takeaway points after reading through the FAQ:

  • Standalone Named User license only – no Network license.
  • Program is a local install, not the cloud version.
  • Cloud credits are provided, and more may be purchased.
  • There are no previous version rights, because no previous versions have been available on rental. The wording in the FAQ makes that sound like 2014 will be available as a previous version using rental plans once 2015 is released.

The main rental page:

Building Design Suite (Standard, Premium, and Ultimate available):

And of course, the FAQ:


Missing Dialog Box

In AutoCAD Architecture, Revit, User Interface on April 25, 2011 at 7:43 am

I’m actually posting this as a simple timesaver for myself. This is a question that comes up all the time, so don’t feel bad that it’s happening to you.   .-)  Instead of typing it out each time, now I’ll be able to just link back to here.

A regular occurrence is that often times a dialog box, window, or palette will apparently fail to launch. Most often, this is because it actually opened, but is off the screen. This can happen a lot when alternating between single- and multi-monitor setups, though I’ve seen it happen in otherwise stable environments also. The most common victim of this, in my experience, is the AutoCAD Design Center. Without any further ado, here is the magic code to get it back on screen:

Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-B-A-[SELECT]-[START]    (Just kidding. But if you don’t know that one, you should.)

Here it is for real:

Hold the ALT keyboard button and tap the Spacebar. Then tap the ‘M’ key (for Move). Then tap a directional arrow key (doesn’t matter which one). Then move the mouse and the dialog box should snap to the mouse.