Chrisdell wrote:Turn on "Quick Selection" (looks like a magnet) and it will work the way you expect.
Text editing - When the user double clicks on a text field the software should understand that the user wants to...oh, I dunno.... edit the text maybe. There is no reason that the user should have to first select the text, then select the text box, then click in the text field to edit the text.
Chrisdell wrote:You are doing this in a very unnecessary way. You can select the dimension numbers directly and open. (Set up an easy shortcut for "open" and map it to a mouse key.)
Dimensioning - This is the weakest dimensioning tool I've ever seen or heard of. Again, no reason to have to click the dimension, then the command to edit, double clicking is our friend, use it. But here in Archicad they add another step, if you want to add custom text there's a secret menu, select the dimension and then double click on the text command and a different edit menu appears! WHAT THE...!? No no no no....select the dimension, right click and voila EVERY edit possible is right there including changing the line types of the dimensions legs.
Chrisdell wrote:Most, including myself, have found the 2D drafting to be far superior and faster than AutoCAD, but you need to actually learn the shortcuts, which, granted, are sometimes not as well publicized as they should be.
Drafting - I understand that, and was sold on the virtues of, BIM. That Archicad was so completely 3D that everything I drew was going to be part of a model. Wow, do I want to sue the guy who sold me this line of utter crap.
The fact is that I still need to do a lot of 2D work, which I'm okay with. What I'm not okay with is that the simplest part of a CAD program, the 2D part, has been striped down to a point that it's a serious pain to have to do it. So as a result I'm doing at least 30% of my work in a $99 CAD program I picked up at Office Depot and importing that into my $2500+ CAD program because it works better! Now that pisses me off to no end!
Richard wrote:I appreciate your reply.
Before you toss the baby out with the bathwater, you might consider taking some training from someone who really understands how to use the program. Properly set up and used, you will find it to be faster than most.
Karl wrote:The scary thing is that I have worked with an experienced user. He's the one who talked me into buying AC. I went down to his office for help, to try to make a long story short, he was trying to show me how to do something (He had the full version of AC10) and couldn't even get a door to select and he started getting pissed. He gets on the phone with the local sales rep and, angrily, telling the guy how he can't to these basic things and that it better be a simple fix or he's never going to upgrade.
An hour to a day with an experienced user at your side will make all the difference.
Chrisdell wrote:Why don't you consider subscribing for a month or two to LearnVirtual. I think it's $59/mo. (although the monthly subscription option isn't immediately obvious.), which will give you (AFAIK) complete access to all the training videos during that month.
I've taken some training courses and I wish I could take more but at many hundreds of dollars a throw I just don't have the money.
Richard wrote:This is sounding like more of an option and I think I'm going to do that. I was a little hesitant because it seems like so often the packaged tutorials are often based on the 3D part of the program which is something that I'm not very interested in at this point in time. I'm more interested in producing quality construction documents efficiently,
Why don't you consider subscribing for a month or two to LearnVirtual. I think it's $59/mo. (although the monthly subscription option isn't immediately obvious.), which will give you (AFAIK) complete access to all the training videos during that month.
I was a little hesitant because it seems like so often the packaged tutorials are often based on the 3D part of the program which is something that I'm not very interested in at this point in time. I'm more interested in producing quality construction documents efficiently,
I think you might be missing a key point of the importance of the 3D model. Your details are started from the model.The accuracy and detail level of your modeling is what will get you your 'quality construction documents' and efficiently.
ejrolon wrote:But it is compatible with AC9 (yikes!) see comments here...
AFAIK the Start Edition is not compatible with the Regular Edition, the file has limitations like the EDU and it is usually one Regular Version behind, AC11 Start equals a limited AC10.
Chrisdell wrote:Hi Chrisdell,
A guy who I met through the friend that convinced me to buy AC (did you follow that?) works at a 10 or 11 person firm that uses AC. They switched a little over a year ago. Now I don't know what training they had or what, but today they came into work to find that every seat of AC had been removed and replaced with Autocad Architectural Desktop. The owner of the firm said that hours billed had TRIPLED since they had moved to AC and since those who used it were still not at a comfortable level of efficiency he decided enough was enough.