Hello everyone, welcome to my introductory post. I suppose we can start with a little background. I’m one of the newer members of the team here but don’t worry, I have over ten years of industry experience including Product Design, Research & Development, Product Management, Production Management, and End-user Support & Training.
The plan here is to highlight support cases from our Lifeline team that might be relevant to other users. The format is a work in progress so if there is something you don’t like or something different that you want to see be sure to let me know.
How can I run Revit on my Android tablet?
The user needed to be able to quickly share his Revit models with clients in the field.
So as you can imagine, when I received a call asking if it was possible to run Revit on an Android tablet initially I thought “Sorry, thats just not possible!”. But rather than just sharing my initial reaction with the user, I probed a little deeper to see if maybe there was a specific reason why he needed to run Revit on a tablet and as it turned out all he needed was to to be able to quickly and easily share design data and concepts with clients during meetings or on the job-site.
**Side Note: Yes I know that technically it is possible to “run” Revit or any software for that matter on an Android or iOS device using a remote access program or a number of virtualization solutions that allow for mobile device access. However that is a topic for more advanced users and for another article**
Now this seemed like a much more probable request. I got to work looking into Autodesk’s rather extensive mobile library (currently Autodesk has 44 apps in the App store and 18 in the Google Play store) initially looking for a mobile version of TrueView or Design Review. That’s when I stumbled accross it!
A360! I knew the name and I had seen the icon before, but as far as I was familiar with it A360 was just Autodesk’s dropbox-esque cloud based file storage system. Before I could recommend this as a solution I felt it prudent to learn more about the features of A360.
More than just cloud based storage, A360 is a team based tool that allows for easy collaboration across departments and locations. Teams create project folders and store design files and other related documentation in one centralized location and using the built in viewer can review and mark up files without the need for design software such as AutoCAD, Inventor, or Revit.
Broswe to specific compentents and view file and part number information.
Add comments and link them to specific compenents.
Work with over 100 different file formats! Including MS Office, PDF, and files from other CAD systems such as Catia, Solidworks, Creo, and others. Full list found here.
And of course you can do all of this from any computer, or Android / iOS device.
Now the most important question, How much does it cost?
To use all the features of A360 such as creating and managing multiple projects and collaborating with team members is going to run you $10 per month per user (on an annual subscription).
Before you say “that’s nice but we dont have any room in our budget.” or “but what if I don’t need access to all of the features?”. Don’t worry you can use A360 for FREE!
Anyone can create a free A360 account and get 5 GB of cloud based storage. Unless of course you’re an Autodesk customer with software on a Subcription account, then you automatically get 25 GB of storage space. If you fall into the latter category here keep in mind that this is based on the number of seats you own and also being setup as a named user in the subscription center.
Even without having access to all of the features of A360 you can still set up a file structure and give other users access to your files so that your models can be viewed and worked with in a familiar environment.
In the end this was the solution that the user needed and I think a tool that many of us can utilize to increase efficientcy or at the very least keep from having to carry a mobile workstation everywhere we go.
Thanks for your time, if you have anything to add let me know below.