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Hi everyone,

I just came across this website and I wanted to "throw"it in here to start a discussion.

I must say I am very surprised by the potential of what they are offering : the ability to read, write and create Revit families inside other applications. This is both a frustrating and amazing idea : giving more credit and power to Autodesk but at the same time, creating a standard for parametric objects and facilitating the life of manufacturers and architects.

I have no sufficient technical coding knowledge to judge what they are offering but maybe someone here can give us a professional opinion about the technical stuff? (limitations, compatibility risks over the years, ...)

What do you think about this?
Could it or should it be explored by Graphisoft to replace GDL objects?
Is it already being explored for a future version of Archicad?
Should we wait for a more OpenBIM solution based on the IFC standard?
Will the IFC standard be able to be as or nearly as powerful as RFA files within the next 2-5 years?

Archicad objects are becoming a real limitation for Archicad. Revit Families on the other hand offer a lot of power and flexibility and anyone can create an object with just a little bit of training.

I would personally love to see Archicad objects evolve toward the RFA model or any other more flexible model.

What do you think?
What does Graphisoft think?