Affinity is a early architectural design application that's strengths lie in programming, space planning and schematic design. Affinity can run stand alone or linked with Revit (bi-directional link). For more on this go to the Revit and Affinity page.
We had around 20 in attendance today including architects, engineers and contractors. Larry did an excellent job explaining the software and then doing a live presentation which included working in both in Affinity and Revit and syncing any changes between the two applications.
A few of the cool things I picked up today were:
- Affinity can leverage Sketchup for creating and modifying the "footprint" of your model which then updates in Affinity.
- Affinity symbols can link to Revit families.
- As Revit's API is opened more with each release, Affinity plans a more seamless "sync" as data changes. This seamless sync already occurs in Affinity, but will be further integrated with Revit as the API opens. (it's not a big deal, but you may have to hit the "refresh" button... currently)
- Start in Revit, then create the Affinity project
- Start in Affinity, then automatically populate a Revit model.
- Start in Revit (using Excel for programming), then combine both in Affinity