Accessing Autodesk 360 benefits within an Autodesk AutoCAD or Revit Product

In order to access your Autodesk 360 benefits while working within an Autodesk AutoCAD or Revit product, you will want to follow the simple steps below:

  1. Open your Autodesk product: AutoCAD, Revit, etc.
  2. Navigate to the Communication Center toolbar located in the upper-right corner of your Autodesk product.
  3. Click the Autodesk Online Services drop-down list, labeled Sign In, to open the Autodesk – Sign In dialog.
  4. From the Autodesk – Sign In dialog, enter your Autodesk Account ID and password.
  5. A pop up window opens in the Communication Center where you can click the Update Profile and Preferences link which will open the Autodesk – User Profile dialog.
  6. From here, you can confirm that your Autodesk Account is now associated with your Autodesk product. Just scroll down to the documents storage allocation and it will reflect an amount above 5GB.
  7. Now, you should be able to take advantage of Autodesk 360 benefits like syncing your customized settings in the cloud or rendering in the cloud.

Revit toolbar:

Revit Toolbar



AutoCAD toolbar:

AutoCAD toolbar

With Account Details once the user has signed in:Account Details

If you still have questions, give us a call at 888-768-7568.

Comparing Revit LT vs. Revit

We get a lot of clients wondering what exactly are the key differences between Revit and Revit LT. Revit LT software is a cost-effective BIM solution for architectural professionals. Revit includes additional capabilities, including: worksharing and in-product rendering. View the chart below to learn more about the differences between Revit and Revit LT to decide which product is right for you.

PRODUCTS Revit 2015 Revit LT 2015
Architectural wall, curtain wall, floor, roof, ceiling, and column
Design options
Loadable component
Room and area
Site design
Stair by component, ramp, and railing
Construction modeling parts and assemblies
Stair by sketch
Structural walls, floor slab, and foundation
Structural columns, beams, and braces
Slanted columns and trusses
HVAC duct systems
Piping and plumbing systems
Power and lighting systems
Create groups for repeating elements
Family editor environment
In-place modeling1
Conceptual massing, adaptive components
Sketchy lines
Realistic view styles
Orthographic and perspective views, walk-throughs
Photorealistic rendering in the cloud2 (A360 Rendering)
Photorealistic rendering materials
Photorealistic rendering within the product
Ray trace (in-canvas rendering)
View filters
A360 energy analysis for Revit3
Area analysis
Analytical model
Structural loads and boundary conditions
A360 structural analysis for Revit4
Heating and cooling loads
Massing studies
Solar studies6
2D detail lines, 2D detail components
Revision tracking
Dimensioning, tagging, and annotation
Schedules, material takeoff
Interference check, copy/monitor
Worksharing (multiuser environment)
Shared coordinates among projects
Revit Server
Link files from other Revit applications
Tag and schedule elements in link files
Copy/Paste elements from links
Customize the visibility of linked models
DWG™, DXF file format, TrustedDWG technology, images
DGN, SketchUp, DWF markup
Point cloud, Decal
Walk-throughs and images, FBX, NWC5
Room/Area Reports, Schedules
Solar studies6
SAT, ADSK, gbXML, ODBC, family types
APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE (API)                                           
Third-party application programming interface (API)   ✓

1Walls only in Revit LT
2Available to Maintenance Subscription customers of Revit LT, Revit, Revit Architecture, Revit MEP, and Revit Structure software during the term of their Subscription.
3Available to Maintenance Subscription customers of Building Design Suite (Premium, Ultimate), Infrastructure Design Suite (Ultimate), Revit Architecture, and Revit MEP during the term of their Subscription.
4Available to Maintenance Subscription customers of Building Design Suite (Premium, Ultimate), Infrastructure Design Suite (Ultimate), Plant Design Suite (Premium, Ultimate), Revit Structure during the term of their Subscription.
5To enable the NWC export feature, install the Navisworks NWC Export Utility available on
6Only still images are available for solar study export.

If you still have questions about the differences, feel free to give us a call at 888-768-7568 or email


Revit 2015 R1, R2 and Update Releases

Autodesk has released a series of patches for Revit 2015:

  • Update Release 1, on April 12, 2014
  • Update Release 2 (also labeled as “Security Update”) on May 13, 2014
  • Update Release 3, on June 16th, 2014

On September 17th, 2014, Autodesk issued a patch named “Release 2″ (referred to as R2 for the remainder of this post).  This adds numerous functions to Revit 2015.  The full list of new features is available here.

R2 can only be installed on the initial release (“R1“, which is what you download from Autodesk) or on Update Release 3.  If you have already applied Update Release 1 or Update Release 2, you will need to install Update Release 3 prior to installing R2.

R2 is only available for Subscription customers, and can only be downloaded via the Subscription Center:

R2 01


R2 02


Critical Note: On September 21st, Autodesk issued Update Release 4 — which is exclusively for R1.  If you updated Revit

2015 R1 to Update Release 4, you will need to completely uninstall Revit 2015 in order to update to R2!

It is not clear at this time if R1 will receive further updates.

R2 was pushed out by the Autodesk Application Manager.  If you are using AAM and are on Subscription, you should be on R2.

R2 04

Critical Note:  A computer with R2 will also report as having “Update Release 4,” as we see below:

R2 03


It is critical that all users working on the same models, including with Revit Server, stay on the same build.  For your convenience, below are the build numbers for Revit 2015.

R1 UPDATE RELEASE 2 20140323_1530
R1 UPDATE RELEASE 3 20140606_1530
R1 UPDATE RELEASE 4 20140903_1530
R2 20140905_0730

If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to comment below, contact us at 888-768-7568 or email

Using the Download Now Method for Autodesk Subscription Center

If you’re an Autodesk Subscription customer, you can use the Download Now method to download files for installing later or on a different computer. This method utilizes the Autodesk Download Manager, which provides faster downloads and the ability to pause and restart if needed. Before reviewing the steps below on how to download software from Subscription Center, please read the following download and install information:

  • Network Installation: If you are installing your new software on a network, you must download and install the latest version of the Network License Manager to successfully activate your software. See How to Install the Network License Manager for more information.
  • Download Now Availability: If you don’t see an option for “Download Now” in Subscription Center for your software, the download method is not available for that particular product or version.
  • Download Access:To download software from Subscription Center, you must have access to full product downloads. If you don’t have the appropriate access, contact your Contract Manager.

  • Component Installation Failure:Make sure you completely uninstall all previous versions before attempting Install Now with a new version. See How to manually uninstall the product using Microsoft Fix it to ensure complete removal of previous products and components. If you complete the install process and receive a message that some software components didn’t install, this is most likely due to software conflicts on your computer and not because the components didn’t download.

How to Download Software from Subscription Center  Read more of this post

Autodesk Application Manager

As you may have already noticed, Autodesk recently added a new Autodesk Application Manager desktop component included with the most recent line of 2015 products.

So, what exactly is the Autodesk Application Manager?

The Autodesk Application Manager is a cloud-centric software delivery solution, which includes a desktop software component that self-installs with all Microsoft Windows-based Autodesk 2015 products and suites. Autodesk Application Manager actively keeps users informed of product updates associated with your particular product, by sending alerts about new Service Packs and other assets (such as Product Extensions for Subscription Customers) as they become available—eliminating the need to independently search for updates from multiple sources. This solution replaces previous product update components, specifically LiveUpdate, portions of InfoCenter / Communication Center, and CAD Manager Control Utility, although these components will remain in production to support previous product versions.

How does it work? Read more of this post

How to purchase Autodesk physical media from within Autodesk Subscription Center

Please note: effective September 29, 2014, physical shipments of Autodesk software are available for purchase for $30 US each (costs include standard shipping) from within Autodesk Subscription Center.

If you are the Contract Manager or a Software Coordinator for an Autodesk Maintenance Subscription Contract, you can follow the steps below in order to purchase a physical copy of the current version of your Autodesk software. Read more of this post

Combining Network License Files

When you create a license file for network use, it will issue an individual license file for each application.  E.g. if you have 10 licenses of Autodesk Building Design Suite Standard 2014, and 4 licenses of Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2014, these licenses will be issued separately and need to be merged into a single license file.

This may seem like a straightforward process, as the licenses are essentially text files.  However, there are some best practices that need to be followed.

Duplicate Lines
When you create the license file, there are three lines at the start of the file:

VENDOR adskflex port=2080

These lines indicate the server name, the server’s MAC address, and tells FlexLM to use port 2080.  These do NOT need to be repeated when you merge the license file.

The license file will function correctly if the lines are repeated.  However, the file will not work correctly if there is a mismatch with the server name, the MAC address or the Vendor port — and since FlexLM is case-sensitive, a mismatch of capitalization will also prevent the license server from issuing all the licenses.  Since duplicating the headers introduces a possible point of error, and does not enhance functionality, we recommend you omit the header altogether.

Sample 04

Issue Date
Another item is that the date the licenses are issued must be the same.  If the dates mismatch, then FlexLM will not issue all of the licenses.

In the sample below, the dates do not match.

Sample 05

As you may notice, we are using Autodesk’s License Parser to check on the file.  More on this below.

License Order
We prefer to keep licenses in order, going from the lowest on the cascade sequence to the highest.  In the above example, Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2015 is typically earlier in cascade sequences than Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium 2015.

The cascading sequences can be found here.

Duplicate Licenses Are Not Allowed
In some instances, a firm may have more than one license for the same product, e.g. firms may merge, or a company may upgrade one group of licenses after a second set was upgraded.  FlexLM will not issue the second licenses under these circumstances.

In the example below, we have two difference licenses of Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium 2015, one with 10 seats and one with 4 seats, and different serial numbers.  The licenses need to be merged by your Autodesk Reseller, and the license file has to be regenerated with the new license.

Sample 06

Limitations of the License Parser Tool
While the License Parser is a very useful tool when merging licenses, please note that at the time of this post, it is still in beta and has some notable limitations, including:

  • It will not detect a mismatch between the header lines
  • It does not check for any syntax errors in the encrypted sections
  • It will not report if your MAC address is too short (note: the parser will not show a MAC address at all, if it’s too short)
  • It will not alert you to duplicate licenses

Still having problems? Give us a call at 888-768-7568 and we’ll help you out!


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