I've had a short spring fling with Revit Architecture that lasted about five months. I was completing my Thesis for the Interior Design program and out of the blue decided that I don't want to use AutoCAD for it, I wanted to try Revit that was relatively new at the time and not taught in any of my classes, i.e. I would have to learn it myself while doing the Thesis. I have to admit it was quite a learning curve, and even by the end I can't say I've mastered it, but my 3D model, floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, and sections were all done in Revit. If you already know CAD and are knowledgeable in architecture, Revit is relatively easy to learn with the help of a few tutorials. If you just want to dabble in 3D modeling though, consider trying the free version of SketchUp.
The beauty of this software is that it allows you to work in 2D and 3D simultaneously so that there is no need to use two different programs to accomplish various purposes. You can see your floor plan change as you are manipulating it in 3D or vice versa. It is quite intuitive and works just like building does, starting with the foundation you build the model, which automatically generates all the floor plans and sections at the same time. What's even cooler is that there is a built in renderer as well as a myriad of colors and textures, so you can create photo realistic images of your project. I included images of my rendered unfinished model interior.
One program for all architectural design needs
Sophisticated yet easy to use
Ability to see split views (3D and 2D) simultaneously which makes it a lot easier to work on large projects
Install lighting with photometric information for realistic light rendering
Create photo realistic images with various finishes and textures
Use Revit City for various components without having to make everything from scratch
All views and drawings updated in real time simultaneously (schedules as well)
The renderer can take forever to produce an image, during which time the computer can only be used solely for that purpose, highly recommend linking two computer together for faster speed (but 4 gb memory should be sufficient)
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Autodesk Revit is Building Information Modeling software for Microsoft Windows, currently developed by Autodesk, which allows the user to design with parametric modeling and drafting elements. Building Information Modeling is a new Computer Aided Design (CAD) paradigm that allows for intelligent, 3D and parametric object-based design. In this way, Revit provides full bi-directional associativity. A change anywhere is a change everywhere, instantly, with no user interaction to manually update any view. A BIM model contains the building's full life cycle, from concept to construction to decommissioning. This is made possible by Revit's underlying relational database architecture which its creators call the parametric change engine.
Revit is a single file database that can be shared among multiple users. Plans, sections, elevations, legends, and schedules are all interconnected, and if a user makes a change in one view, the other views are automatically updated. Thus, Revit drawings and schedules are always fully coordinated in terms of the building objects shown in drawings.