Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Revit Continues To Be A Thing?

Hola Amigos,

I haven't had much in the way of Revit bullshit to complain about lately - other than a handful of projects that keep coming to me that are exported into CAD from Revit, each requiring copious amounts of cleanup due to the vast number of mistakes, oversights, and garbage-in/garbage-out design techniques being used by the Revitards responsible for sharting them out.

I figured I would do a little bit more reading up on where Revit stood for 2017, and came across this review from 'Sean David Burke' (self-admitted volunteer member of the Autodesk alpha and beta testing programs and participant of the Autodesk AEC Blogger Council - meaning that if he had the Revit dick any deeper down his throat, it would pop out his ass and go back in his mouth again).

The line under his review title asked the question "Is the latest version of the popular BIM software upgrade-worthy?'  The answer is obviously 'Who the fuck cares?  You will be forced to switch to it', but despite this fact, he goes on to attempt to make the case that yes, this upgrade really is a good one.

I probably laughed for a good five minutes solid when, while mentioning the end of perpetual licenses, he says that 'customers will likely demand more for their investment'.  Demand?  Who the fuck does he think is using Revit?  Autodesk's 'customers' are mostly companies purchasing licenses for their employees to use - so long as they are getting the licenses, they couldn't give two shits or a fuck if Revit ever improved anything.

With that said - the first 'improvement' on his list is... MODERNIZED TEXT EDITING!!! Congratulations!  Autodesks 'flagship' software is now capable of editing text (no word on whether they ever figured out shape fonts - did I mention the same people who tried to force feed me Revit were the same ones who opted to switch from 'Archquik' to 'Comic Sans'?).

Yes, Revit 2017 has a 'completely redesigned text engine' that 'improves compatibility with imported and exported Autocad DWG files and creates a pixel-perfect WYSIWYG experience in the text editor' (yeah, that doesn't sound like someone flipped on the buzzword bullshit generator).  You can now 'format the text with confidence, knowing it will look the way you intended'!!!

Then, after distracting us by mentioning that the text tool gets it's own ribbon menu (oh joyous day...), he mentions that projects that are brought into 2017 that have longer text notes may or may not read as intended and may or may not run into other graphics on the sheet due to 'overall height of characters in certain fonts, blah blah blah.  In other words, you can be 'confident' that your carefully tweaked text will most likely be fucked up when you are forced to convert to 2017.

Next on the list is 'Improved Schedules and Tags Tools'.  Since they decided to make an attempt at giving Revit word processing capabilities on par with Microsoft Word 95, I guess they decided they might as well get the schedules up to the level of Excel 3 or 4.  Oh - and tags can hold formulas now - so everyone can just shut the fuck up about wanting that.

By item #3 'Enhanced ability to show depth in drawings', it's already getting padded out.  I mean seriously - Revit needed MORE fucking view settings?  Then it's off to the races with more buzzword bullshit like 'parametric flexing' and 'effecting large cascading changes'.  He quickly moves on to 'Dynamo' - even though it's not actually a new feature in Revit 2017, but a standalone computational tool.

After watching Reviteers struggle for weeks on end to put out buildings that are mostly right-angles (with the occasional vaulted ceiling or curtain wall) I can't imagine how fucked a project would be if they were attempting to program Dynamo or Grasshopper for Rhino to generate an elaborate design.  I'm sure large-scale firms have projects with budgets big enough to keep a couple of savants around to figure out the necessary algorithms, and more power to them, but pretending like this in any way benefits the vast majority of users is a fucking insult.

Least (and last) is #5 - an easy button for energy analysis.  Besides the fact that he immediately jumps track into how it uses the cloud based 'Autodesk Green Studio' shows that this is, yet again, not an actual improvement of Revit, but just a way to access another existing piece of software.  He then opines the fact that while 'AGBS' has had an intuitive dashboard makeover, it has not made its way into Revit (big surprise there).

Next is the requisite babbling about cloud-based applications, and the obvious need for additional improvements to Revit (get to demanding buddy!) before the vomit-inducing cost for the software (or more accurately, the right to use the software for a little while).

It's almost enough to make me say fuck Revit, fuck Revit users, and fuck Autodesk.

Until Skull We Fuck,

Next Time: Seriously - How Do These People Get Out Of Bed Without Hurting Themselves?

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