Revit: Project Spark – quick overview


Revit: Project Spark – quick overview: So what is Project Spark? Essentially Spark, is a cut down version of Revit, a sort of Revit LT or beginner’s version. Some probably though...
I was hoping to talk a bit about Project Spark, but found the review in the autodesk-revit blog to be complete and quite detailed, so I advice to read it there first (and then come back to comment if you want).

Autodesk is quite active in providing new Lab projects and also launched several new products recently in the Mac App Store and in the iTunes App Store (for iOS devices).

This product is a free, limited version, based on Revit 2012. It provides a subset of what you can do inside Revit, while having enough limitations that it won't interfere with license sales of Revit.

  • You can use it for modeling, but not for rendering or analysis.
    • FBX export does allow you to link it to external rendering software
    • DWG import/export is also good to have. Could it replace AutoCAD in some offices?
  • No massing nor in-place families, nor view filters or grouping could pose problems for more advanced usage. The other limitations seem fair.
    • There is Family editing, however, so you can do quite advanced Revit-stuff.
  • And you can not use it to freely add some Revit seats to your company as Spark-files will not open in Revit. You can however load Revit files as a reference. That said, it can be a nice tool for other people in the design team.

I wonder if you could somehow combine it with Project Vasari, which is also free and also based on Revit, but which provides analysis tools.

And, as always, only on Windows.