Basic AutoCAD 101 Part 1


RIP Autodesk Products F.Y.I.

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RIP Autodesk products you may using it or not. Partial list of Autodesk product that are no longer sold or for which end of life or no more development have been announced.


1.Stingray Born 2015 Died 2018 

On January 7, 2018, Autodesk will stop sales and development of the Autodesk Stingray game engine. This change will have the following implications for subscribers. More info here.

2. Structural Detailing Born 2008 Died 2014 

Why is Autodesk discontinuing AutoCAD Structural Detailing?
Autodesk® AutoCAD® Structural Detailing software has been a solution for customers who needed to perform basic modeling and documentation to generate steel and rebar shop drawings as well as concrete modeling and general arrangement drawings.

However, Autodesk is aggressively investing in new structural detailing solutions that support a wider range of modeling and documentation needs, while providing improved team collaboration and user productivity. Autodesk believes that these new solutions are better suited to meet the range of our global customer needs.

3. Sketchbook Designer Born 2010 Died 2012
SketchBook Designer software is no longer available for retail purchase effective November 1, 2012.

4. Pixlr Born 2011 Died 2017  

Sold to 123RF. One of the largest micro stock libraries that offers millions high-quality, royalty-free content comprising stock photos, stock vectors, stock footage, and royalty-free music.

5. Homestyler Born 2010 Died 2017 

The web-based applications accessed via Autodesk® Homestyler.com and the Autodesk® Homestyler Mobile applications are no longer available.

They have notified Homestyler customers about this transition by sending out emails and posting notifications on the website to encourage them to download or make screenshots of their designs. Models that did not get archived before this transition are no longer accessible.


A short history of Revit

Revit was brought to the industry by Charles River Software founded by in 1997 in Newton, Massachusetts. The intent was to bring parametric design to the building industry through a graphic interface rather than using programming language. There were other platforms that were attempting the same thing, and many of those programs still exist.

ArchiCAD wasn't quite what they were thinking of: and so the idea for something like Revit was born.

Irwin and Leonid both worked at the Parametric Technology Corporation where if memory serves correct they worked on Pro-Engineer. They both decided around the same time (1998 or so?) to fill this void in the architectural CAD world.

Charles River Software was renamed Revit Technology Corporation in 2000, Revit 1.0 was released in the same year, and AutoDesk purchased the company two years later solidifying its place as a major player in the building industry.

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