A $1200 version of Revit (*1).
So what’s different between this and the full version of Revit? The LT version does not include the following features found in the full version (which retails for $4575 more):
- Autodesk 360 Energy Analysis
- Near-Photorealistic Rendering within the product (LT does cloud rendering with an Autodesk subscription)
- Conceptual Massing, Adaptive Components
- Export to gbXML, IFC file formats
- Interference Checking
- Construction Modeling - Parts and Assemblies
Revit LT and Revit Architecture can pass project files back and forth to each other, which is great news.
So if you’re not in an office environment that requires multiple people on a team to be working together in the same project, this sounds like a pretty good deal. This also sounds like an answer to the question I hear a lot - should small offices that do residential work use BIM? I think they should be using BIM for the reasons BIM exists in the first place - to cut back on the amount of coordination that needs to happen between drawings. Once you dive in and use BIM, the lightbulb goes off and you see the power of it, especially in this regard because the payback is immediate.
There is a free 30 day trial available starting September 18, 2012. I can’t seem to find the Mac version yet (*2).
*1. It has less features, obviously.
*2. Ugh. C’mon Autodesk.