I recently updated Revit LT to the newest version (2021) and encountered a problem with the software.

When I went to load a family into my project, there are no libraries whatsoever! At first, I thought I missed something during the installation process but after a little research online, I found out that Autodesk by default does not include the libraries anymore in the installation anymore (I have a feeling that they will be doing that from now on)

They added a button on the Insert tab "Get Autodesk Content" that when you click will take you to the download page for Revit families based on Country (U.S., Canada) and Units (Imperial, Metric)

Most likely, you would want to download "Imperial Libraries"

It will download a packaged software that will add the libraries to your Revit installation - Make sure to have Revit closed before running the install file.

Once its installed, open Revit and head to Load Family and it should directly open the families folder! I hope this helps!

In this video, I show you some of the new features presented in the new version of Autocad LT! I waited a little longer to post about the new version just to get to test it daily and see what really changed for the most commonly used commands and tools. Here's the breakdown to help you quickly see what I cover:

1:12 Trim & Extend commands

2:28 Insert Menu (Blocks Palette) 4:25 Xref Compare 8:25 Dwg History (Drawing History) 10:52 Revision Cloud

Provided by Jay Cad

So you decided to learn Autocad but you are not sure if your laptop/desktop has enough processing power to run the software smoothly: Look no further! We compiled the recommended specifications for a CAD computer to have.

These recommendations are based on our long experience using the software and going through so many different laptops and desktops.

We will keep updating this post to reflect the most current information on the topic!

Below is the official link to the recommended system specs to use Autocad efficiently:

AutoCAD System Requirements

The unofficial Autocad LT Recommendations

(Provided By Jay Cad)

For Laptop Users:

  • Processor: Intel - Core i7 (6th generation and above).

  • Memory (RAM): 8GB , 12GB , 16GB

  • Graphics Card: * NVIDIA cards are highly recommended. * At least 2GB of any of the following cards (1050, 1060, 1070, 1080) or the newer ones (2050, 2060, 2070 and 2080) * AMD cards are better with the pricing usually (RX460, RX470, RX480) or the newer ones (RX560, RX570, RX580). * Gaming laptops always come with Nvidia or AMD cards - personal laptops come with an Intel graphic card (not recommended).

  • Display Size: 15" - 17"

  • Storage: Just Make Sure to have SSD (Solid State Drive) storage - Do not buy a laptop with only a hard drive (HDD) - I repeat: DO NOT BUY LAPTOPS THAT ONLY HAVE HDD! SSD storage will give you an absolute experience compared to having a hard drive. You can also have a combination of both SSD and HDD in your laptop but make sure to download Autocad on your SSD for faster launching and loading. Use HDD or hard drives only for storing files. I would start with a 256 Gb SSD and a 1Tb HDD (hard drive). or just a single 512 Gb SSD. The best would be a 1Tb SSD but usually, that's pricy.

  • Hands down, just buy a gaming laptop and you won't go wrong. Price tag will be around $1000 and above. Below $800, you are probably not getting the right thing (unless you buy used).

For Desktop users:

  • Same as the laptop specifications when it comes to Processor, Memory, Storage and Graphic card.

  • You will a monitor of course. I recommend using 2X monitors when working on Autocad LT because usually, the workflow consist of researching and reading notes on one monitor and using Autocad on the other.

  • Monitor size: 23" or 27". I don't recommend getting a bigger monitor (Ex: 32") because you will have so much space to look at when you are really supposed to focused on a certain area in your drawing. Additionally, if you are getting a 32" monitor it better be a [4k] monitor.

  • Desktop users can find the same specs for a much cheaper price compared to laptops minus the flexibility to take it around.

Apple Mac User? We Got You Covered!

Is a desktop or a laptop better?

It really depends on your working environment, I personally freelance and mostly work & tutor outdoors so a laptop is the way to go for me.

A desktop is a better option if you are working in an office environment for a few reasons:

  1. You will get a system with better specs for cheaper.

  2. You can have a bigger display size, therefor using Autocad more efficiently.

  3. Using multiple monitors boosts your productivity when using the software.

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