Monday, December 22, 2008

Survey Says...

Before TurboSquid launched Revit Market, we conducted an extensive survey of Revit users. Our goal was to find out what Revit users need and want with regard to Revit families. I thought I'd share the most interesting results with you.

Survey Results
  • 66% of Revit users need custom families for more than 50% of their projects. 98% search the Internet for downloadable families.
  • The biggest concern on downloads is quality: 87% doubt whether downloaded families will work correctly, and 55% worry about how they'll look in the scene.
  • About half the respondents said their Revit families belong to the company they work for, not to them personally.

What We Did About It

In response to concerns voiced in the survey, we added two key features to Revit Market:

Certification. All the Revit families published for sale at Revit Market will be subjected to a certification process. A "certified" family must have correct parameterization, and must work as expected. When shopping at Revit Market, customers will be able to tell at a glance whether a family is certified. They'll also be able to search on certified content only. This feature is going into Revit Market within a few weeks. We've already started doing the testing itself; we're just waiting on the widget that we can set to Yay or Nay for each product. (More about certification)

Rollover Royalty Accounts. Because so many Revit libraries are owned by companies, we've introduced a payment method to cater to this situation. With a Rollover account, the Revit Market account is opened on the behalf of the company, not an individual. Then families can be published on behalf of the company. All sales royalties from each month are rolled into a credit account for the entire company or department, so monies made by a Revit department can be used by that same department to purchase more families. (More about Rollover accounts)

If you have questions about any of these offerings, feel free to email me. I'd love to hear from you.

- Michele

Friday, December 19, 2008


We've got a weekly Revit Market newsletter that goes out to everyone who's contacted me about Revit Market.

The newsletter will address such topics as quality guarantee (certification), corporate accounts, pricing, and our Revit Contest.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Feedback is gooood

One of the things that helps us improve Revit Market is feedback. I've been fortunate enough to be contacted directly by a couple of early users with their comments. Here are some of them.

Comment: When I click the graphic links on the Marketplace tab, all I get is max, 3ds, lwo, dxf files.
Response: In the next revision of this page, all links will go to RFA content. The next revision will be up in the next couple of weeks.

Comment: Some of the content is polygonal in origin. It looks like it was imported from DXF files.
Response: True. Some of the RFA files that were posted long ago, before Revit Market was launched, are polygonal. We are working on getting that content updated, removed, or left in the 3D Models media type where it won't come up unless you specifically search for polygonal content. 

Comment: Who is responsible for problems caused by incorrect data?
Response: Our End User License Agreement stipulates that all responsibility for accuracy and appropriate usage of downloaded content lies with the buyer or user, and that the creator/seller is not in any way responsible. 

Do you have feedback you'd like to give? Add a comment here, or email me at

Welcome to the Revit Market blog has just opened up Revit Market, a marketplace especially for user-generated Revit families. Revit Market is designed to complement Autodesk Seek.

TurboSquid is holding a Revit Contest with cash prizes up to $2500. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2009.