Revit LT is a more cost-effective version of the powerful architecture software. How compatible is Revit LT with the full version?
Project teams can enjoy a large degree of compatibility when working in both Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Revit LT. This ensures that all collaborators have access to sophisticated tools for developing and revising high-quality designs and documentation within the building information modelling (BIM) methodology.
While Revit is specifically designed for maximum performance when it comes to BIM, not all contributors to a project require the full version of the software. For them, Revit LT is a more cost-effective option - reducing expenses without sacrificing functionality. The lower-cost software is also an excellent stepping stone for organisations looking to transition to BIM workflows without investing in the full version of Revit.
Naturally, there are some limitations to this interoperability. Let's take a closer look at what does and doesn't carry over between the two versions of this powerful BIM software.
High compatibility for better collaboration
The typical Revit LT users are generally team members with a more specialised role in a BIM project, as well as consultants and other stakeholders, and the software was designed with their needs in mind.
This functionality includes the ability to open project files created in Revit using Revit LT, make modifications and save them in the same file format. These project files can be worked with in Revit and Revit LT as they move back and forth between different stakeholders and collaborators.
Revit and Revit LT also offer the same capabilities in a number of areas - such as the same suite of tools for architectural modelling, including:
Limitations to Revit LT
There are some tools and functions that users sacrifice with Revit LT compared to the full version. A complete comparison is available on the Autodesk website, but these are some of the main features limited to the full version of Revit:
It's particularly important to note that Revit LT does not support design work related to mechanical, electrical or plumbing (MEP) engineering. For certain members of a BIM project, these are essential functionalities, so those users should stick with the full version of Revit.
Outstanding Value with AutoCAD Revit LT Suite
For only a small additional cost, you can upgrade to AutoCAD Revit LT Suite. This combines AutoCAD LT and Revit LT to give you access to 2D and 3D modelling tools for floor plans, building design, architecture, interior design and more.