First, just visit David Light's blog. He's done a really great job of summarizing the features as well as including some cool images to get you salivating. He even explains the origin of the product name. I won't even attempt to outdo him (or equal). I'll just mention a few things I heard during the preview.
It is a standalone conceptual modeler, all other Revit tools removed. Intended to be a simple easy to use conceptual modeling tool with integrated energy analysis as well as inter-operable with Revit. By simple I mean simpler than full Revit.
- Architects are getting more and more interested in early design considerations
- Greater interest in form study and performance based design
- Designers and academia have a significant impact on technology trends
- Autodesk needs a platform to support conceptual design more
Probably during the first half of next week, on Autodesk Labs (six month duration expected, no subscription requirements). They are going to provide a Full Download (+/-400mb)and a Streaming Install. For the streaming version a minimal amount of the application is installed and you begin to get to work quicker. Application information is downloaded as needed.
Some other observations:
- They are providing brief essential skills videos.
- It was pretty cool to see that using a Double Click permitted editing of a family
- Autodesk ID Sign In will give you access to web services
- 32 bit version only because they believe there isn't a strong need for a 64 bit version since 32 bit applications work in a 64 bit OS anyway. This means that there isn't the same memory implications for Vasari as for full Revit and large projects. They'll be looking for information to demonstrate otherwise naturally.
- Considering working in a perspective view for a future version
There is a Facebook page and Twitter feed.