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What is Revit Live?

Revit Live is a subscription service that is rapidly evolving to provide a quick and easy way to create architectural models in an interactive virtual environment. Revit Live Editor lets you compose the content, creating/deleting viewpoints, and lets you interact with the content and publish to Windows or an iPad (Beta). Anyone with the free Revit Live viewer can then explore your model.

Two Known Issues

There are two questions that this short blog addresses:

1. Why can’t I edit my existing published model? (*.lvmd files)
2. Why can I no longer publish my models to Windows? (*.LIVE files)

Many people experimented with the 90-day trial product, then purchased subscription for first and subsequent releases. The published models are release-dependent, so earlier models are not compatible with the later releases for editing in the Live Editor. The models need to be republished using the current version of Revit Live. Keep your Revit model as the content source, not the Live Model, which is not upwardly compatible.

Incompatible Versions
Incompatible Versions in the Live Editor

Solution, Video with Step-by-Step Instructions

Watch this video, Autodesk Live – Workflow: Incompatible Versions and Publish to Windows, to see the workflow as you go from a Revit model to an edited Live model to a published interactive model for use by anyone with the free Live Viewer. In the process, two known issues are addressed to better manage the process and the product.

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         Jim Cowan
Jim Cowan
AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise, and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor, and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions, and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has a special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings, and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). You can learn more from Jim on his YouTube Channel.