System Requirements for Autodesk Revit Products

By Microsol Resources | BIM

System requirements are the configuration that a system must have in order for a hardware or software application to run smoothly and efficiently. Failure to meet these requirements can result in installation problems or performance problems. If you don’t meet the requirements, it may prevent a device or application from getting installed, whereas the latter may cause a product to malfunction or perform below expectations, or even hang or crash.

Revit software is built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), helping professionals design, build, and maintain higher-quality buildings.

In this article, we will take a look at the Revit requirements for both Windows and Mac computers. We will also provide you with additional resources on Certified Hardware for your Revit software.

Why are system requirements necessary?

Like the majority of software developers, Autodesk maintains a list of system requirements for Revit that can be used to help ensure the hardware in your system will work with their software. However, this “system requirements” list only covers the essentials of what hardware is needed to run the software, not what hardware will actually give the best performance because the lists can be very inconsistent. To ensure success, our experts can assist every step of the way.


Running Revit products on a Mac

Refer to the following links for information about using Autodesk Revit software with Boot Camp (part of Mac OS X that enables you to install and run Microsoft Windows, and Windows-based applications, on a Mac computer) or with Parallels Desktop (a system utility available from Parallels, Inc. that allows you to run applications in each operating system without restarting your computer).


Certified Hardware for Revit

Revit Certified Graphics Hardware FAQ

Please note that not all Autodesk products participate in graphic hardware certification.


Using Remote Desktop via VPN / Remote Screen-Sharing Services

In this scenario, your users connect to their existing workstations in the office environment and operate Revit (and other applications) via the remote software. One option is to use screen-sharing services such as LogMeIn or GoToMyPC; another option is to set up your own VPN and use Remote Desktop to connect to the workstation.

We have instructions on activating your software for remote or home use here: Activating Your Autodesk Software for Home-Use

We have found that while this can work in some circumstances, and this resolves any issues around latency (as the workstation is on the LAN), in some cases performance will suffer. While this option can work well on older machines (as it is only transmitting screen data, keystrokes, and mouse commands), users may experience lag. This can get worse when you have a large number of users trying to connect remotely, and/or if the Internet connections are slow. In addition, this only works as long as the office location is up and connected to the Internet; if your office has a power outage, for example, then this option will not be available.


Best Laptops for Revit

To run a program like Autodesk Revit, you need a powerful machine that can keep up with its demands. However, Revit also has some unusual aspects which affect your hardware choices. In light of that, we’ve analyzed the current market situation and found the best laptop for Revit.

Revit is Autodesk’s high-end software for building information modeling. Architects, engineers, and other professionals in the AEC industries nowadays use it to create precise 3D models and always stay up to date on construction projects. As Revit is designed to be an all-encompassing solution that contains all the features one might need, it’s no wonder that running the program requires the most advanced of machines.

Please review the blog Best Laptops for Revit to learn about laptops that will support your designs.


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INDUSTRIES: Architecture, Buildings, Civil Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, Construction, MEP Engineering, Structural Engineering

Published on November 7, 2022 in .

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