Activating Revit Architecture 2014

In the last post, I discussed installing Revit Arch 2014 and now it is time to activate.

Once you have installed Revit Arch 2014, you will need to either continue using the 30 day trial or activate the license that you have purchased.  Activation is pretty easy to do as long as you are connected to the Internet.

When you first open the product, it will be in the Trial Version mode.  This is a 30 day period for testing the full install.  It is a full blow try before you buy option. Trial licenses are only available as Stand-Alone and are for demonstration or evaluation purposes only.  They are not to be used for commercial or for-profit purposes.

Activation is done via the Internet (or you can call them) by completing a 4 step process that is automatic when you are on the web, but manual if you call them.  You can also go online at https://registeronce.autodesk.com/prodreg/beginRegistration.action.

I would suggest the connected process that is completed with a few clicks.

Here is what is happening via the automated process:

1. Autodesk records the product name, serial number, product key and request code

2. It connects online to their licensing servers

3. The server generates an activation code

4. The activation code is registered with your software along with the machine you installed it on, license type and expiration date.

If you are connected to the Internet, then click the Activate button in the lower right side of the dialog box.  If you want to continue in Trial mode, then click the Try button on the left.  The clock starts ticking on the day you install and open the product the first time.

When you click Activate you will start the process…

Give it a minute or two to complete and you will be ready to go.

Once this is completed, the software is activated and you can start working. The URL link on the bottom of this dialog box will open the licensing info that was stored on your local system.

You can also see the licensing info by going to Help > Dropdown > in the upper right of your Revit screen

Then…

And you will see…

You should also get an email verifying activation.  Here is what it will contain.

NOTE: If you are working on a dual boot system, you will need to activate each install separately.

There are a few folks who have had crashes during authorization.  Check here if you do.  http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=21825687&linkID=16831209

Installing Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014

I recently installed Revit Arch 2014 onto my machine.  I put it on my Dell Precision M4300 laptop 32 bit (forgive me).  So I created screen caps along the way and wanted to share them for those that may be new to Revit and looking to start at the very beginning.  I installed from download and not media.  The download took a while and actually stalled twice before I got the entire install file to work.  The download is 2.7 Gigs and it took a while for me to get it.  The download included 32 and 64 bit install files.

So after I got a stable install file I launched it.  The first thing it asked is where do you want to extract the install files.   I put it in a Revit2014 folder that I created for the process. You can use the default, but I changed it just for kicks.

If you get the dialog box below – don’t panic.  Just say yes and continue.  This may have come up since I had trouble downloading the install file.  Other installs that I have done do not have this dialog box.

The file will extract.

Once unpacked the folder was 5.4 gigs.  1.8 GB of that was the 64 bit files and 1.07 GB of content.

After the unpack is complete, the setup process starts automatically.

Choose Install to move forward.

When the install starts you have to first agree with the License and Services Agreement.  Like others, I do not read this stuff, but I have in the past.  Not that we really have an option.  If you want to install the software, you have to agree.

You will have to decide on the licensing model you want.  I chose Standalone for this install.  You also need to input your serial number and your product key.

When I started the install I got an Alert related to missing content.  It stated that there would be some downloads during my install for missing content.

After reading that I opened the install settings to see what I might be missing.

There was nothing that really stood out but I did notice that the install would actually include Service Packs if needed.  Since mine was a download and not from older media – nothing was needed.

Another thing I noticed was the option to install Architecture or Construction.  What this does is define the default templates used when creating new projects.  Arch uses a commercial template and Construction uses a construction based one.  They are mostly the same with some additional/differing views in each.

Once all of this is defined move on to the install and a progress bar.

Once it is done, you will see the Finish screen.  Click Finish.

Then go look for your desktop icon.

It should be that easy, but some of you may have troubles.  Next we move to Activation.

Job Posting

From time to time I get requests to post job openings. Some are free and some are paid. This is a paid posting.

 

Mancini Duffy , an Award winning Architecture & Interior Design firm based in New York City, is seeking a CAD/Desktop Support Manager. Responsibilities are to manage the day-to-day configuration, deployment, standards and training issues required to successfully implement an enterprise-wide adoption of Autodesk Architectural Desktop including new BIM drawing paradigm and increased productivity tools. Monitor CADD and other software application license usage and prepare annual budget for renewals and purchases. In addition, position works closely with IT to provide back-up desktop support, and should be flexible to work on billable projects. Candidate should have experience with AutoCAD 2011 and Revit 2013 support and programming, and desktop support tools. Licensed architect preferred.

For additional information visit our website at: http://www.manciniduffy.com/#/about/careers

To be considered, please email cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: careers@manciniduffy.com

Minimum: Entry-Level Configuration

Operating System*

Microsoft® Windows®7 32-bit

Enterprise
Ultimate
Professional
Home Premium
Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 (or later)

Professional
Home
Browser

Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 (or later)

CPU Type

Single- or Multi-Core Intel® Pentium®, Xeon®, or i-Series processor or AMD® equivalent with SSE2 technology. Highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended.

Autodesk® Revit® software products will use multiple cores for many tasks, using up to 16 cores for near-photorealistic rendering operations.

Memory

4 GB RAM

Models created in previous versions of Revit software products may require more available memory for the one-time upgrade process.
/3GB RAM switch not recommended. Revit software and system stability can be affected by memory conflicts with video drivers when the /3GB switch is active.
Video Display

1,280 x 1,024 with true color

Video Adapter

Basic Graphics:
Display adapter capable of 24-bit color

Advanced Graphics:
DirectX® 10 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 as recommended by Autodesk.

Hard Disk

5 GB free disk space

Pointing Device

MS-Mouse or 3Dconnexion® compliant device

Media

Download or installation from DVD9 or USB key

Connectivity

Internet connection for license registration and prerequisite component download

BIM Manager Survey 2010 – Who decides what to buy?

I asked about the purchasing process to see what level of influence BIM Managers might have in the purchasing process.

Almost half appear to work in a team environment to define software needs.  Another quarter of you have bottom line purchasing authority.

This is good news in that the decisions related to the software used in BIM is in the hands of those that oversee the processes and products of BIM.

When selecting software that enhances and supports BIM you should be working with others if you have anyone that can give you good input. Leaving others out of the process can hinder your effective selection of the right tools.  Take the time to talk to others.

If you are providing input to others keep the conversation going.  Don’t let the ones making the decision do it without your input.  Keep talking to them when they ask and even when they don’t ask.  Keep  searching and finding new tools and letting others know what you find.

Revit Architecture 2012 System Requirements

32-Bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 32-bit Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium; Microsoft® Windows Vista® 32-bit (SP2 or later) Enterprise, Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium; or Microsoft® Windows® XP (SP2 or later) Professional or Home*
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ dual core, 3.0 GHz (or higher) with SSE2 technology for Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit (SP2 or later). Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual core, 1.6 GHz (or higher) with SSE2 technology for Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or later)
  • 3 GB RAM <== Way too Low!!
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • 1,280 x 1,024 monitor with true color
  • Display adapter capable of 24-bit color for basic graphics; 256 MB DirectX® 9-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics. Find out more about recommended graphics hardware.
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 (or later)
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Download or installation from DVD
  • Internet connectivity for license registration

64-Bit Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 64-bit Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium; Microsoft® Windows Vista® 64-bit (SP2 or later) Enterprise, Ultimate, Business, or Home Premium; or Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional x64 edition (SP2 or later).*
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ dual core, 3.0 GHz (or higher) with SSE2 technology for Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit or Microsoft Windows Vista 64-bit (SP2 or later). Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon dual core, 1.6 GHz (or higher) with SSE2 technology for Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 edition (SP2 or later)
  • 3 GB RAM <== Way too Low!!
  • 5 GB free disk space
  • 1,280 x 1,024 monitor with true color
  • Display adapter capable of 24-bit color for basic graphics; 256 MB DirectX® 9-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3 for advanced graphics. Find out more about recommended graphics hardware.
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 (or later)
  • Microsoft Mouse-compliant pointing device
  • Download or installation from DVD
  • Internet connectivity for license registration

Performance Recommendations

  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 64-bit Enterprise, Ultimate, Professional, or Home Premium
  • Quad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor (2.50 GHz, 2X6M L2, 1333) or equivalent AMD processor
  • 8 GB RAM (or more) <== Still too Low???  I think so.
  • 1,280 x 1,024 monitor with true color
  • 1 GB (or more) DirectX® 9-capable graphics card with Shader Model 3. Find out more about recommended graphics hardware.

 

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