Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Revit on Android Part II

Not long ago, I wrote about running Revit on android devices. The secret's out now that Revit 2012 is available and I can share this information with you. Our good friends at Autodesk have enabled Revit to run on a Citrix xenapp server and it works pretty flawlessly if you have a decent internet connection. A Citrix xenapp server is very cool in that it enables you to access many different Desktop applications such as Autodesk Revit, Autocad, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop and so on, from mobile devices. All your mobile device needs is the little Citrix app available from the app store if your an Apple fan or the Android Market if your on Android. What the server does is essentially runs the software using the server's hardware/resources and transfers the appearance of the interface of the application to your device. I hope I am making sense. This setup allows you to be extremely flexible in how you work and access models on the fly and on the job site even.

Because the Server is doing all the work, you can even render a model, even on 'High' and see the results on your device. It's pretty fantastic so feel free to geek-out over it. Your server's specs have a lot to do with performance but in our initial testing, we used a 2007 Dell Precision 490 workstation with 8gb ram and it worked great even for 3D Max. Enjoy!
Craig Barbieri

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


This is Revit-support related for within a firm, and thought I'd share. Check out Hively, it's a cool & easy way of encouraging positive support and communication in your company. It's also pretty cheap!