deesee wrote:Actually, the book "Step by Step" by Tom Simmons is how I learned -- and the Tutorial provided by Graphisoft is usually pretty good (although I haven't checked out the AC11 version yet).
Can someone suggest a book, a good book, that goes step by step in the design of a house or a building or something?
deesee wrote:yeah, Archicad is not exactly a great interface kind of program
I have to say, ArchiCAD seems like it has so much capability, but I just can't get my arms around the interface. It seems so bulky and distracting to me. I know not everyone will agree with me, but coming from Revit, ArchiCAD is simply, well, (man I know this will get me a bunch of insults) amateurish.
I learned the bulk of Revit without having to use a manual for the most part. With ArchiCAD I am completely lost. The settings for each of the objects like doors and windows open up and frankly scare me. There are a million things to set, push, activate, etc. As I said, this makes for a very robust piece of software, AND THAT IS GOOD, but give what I need when I need it, not all up front in my face.That was the one thing I loved about Revit when I demoed it... it was really easy to click around and figure out (at least in 2003)
Can someone suggest a book, a good book, that goes step by step in the design of a house or a building or something?I agree, the Step by Step is a decent book for pretty low cost. I would also recommend a call to your local reseller. Since you're based in Virginia, that puts you in AEC Info Systems country www.aecinfosystems.com (the same reseller I have, home of the Wonder Twins: Ransom Ratcliff and Brian Sykes). They are really great at support and can probably help you figure out what you need to know.
deesee wrote:While it may be a little premature at this point, it should be encouraging to remember that you can pretty easily customize the interface to be as simple as you wish. If there are too many items on a tool, you can remove the extraneous stuff, and add it back in at a later time. I agree that the out-of-the-box interface is fairly daunting. As you get more familiar with it, it will seem less so, and even USEFUL to have all those choices handy.
There are a million things to set, push, activate, etc. As I said, this makes for a very robust piece of software, AND THAT IS GOOD, but give what I need when I need it, not all up front in my face.
deesee wrote:It was, only he is not chubby.
To me, Revit feels like it was designed by Mac users and ArchiCAD feels like it was designed by the chubby guy from the Mac ads, i.e. a PC dude.