Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:34 pm
Thanks, Laszlo. I'd be happy to elaborate. And again, this is only a "newbie" opinion so please set me straight if I’m missing something. : )
I used Revit training as a comparison because the video tutorials I found on Lynda and LinkedIn are extraordinary, especially those by Paul F. Aubin. They are concise, not overly verbose, thorough, and broken into 3-5 minute vids with helpful names. They explain the app's structure and terminology, which is one thing I'd like to see improved in AC training.
By comparison, AC videos in LinkedIn mostly have very general names like “Archicad Essential Training” and “Learning Archicad”. That’s not helpful when I search for a specific tool.
Archicad seems to periodically rename tools and restructure the menus. For example, Eric Bobrow's session on setting up IFC data in AC19 referred to “File>File Special>IFC>IFC Scheme Setup”, but it's not there in AC21. It took some digging on my part to learn that it’s been moved and renamed to “Options>Classification Manager”.
Also in AC21, the “File>Interoperability>Classifications and Properties>Download BIM Content” is a very handy tool for the documentation side of our work. Note that it's buried 4 levels deep in the File menu rather than coupled with the Classification Manager under the Options menu. This might make sense to AC veterans and it might be an improvement but it's frustrating to this newbie.
Please remember that we greenhorns don't know what many of these proprietary terms mean. Looking them up in Google is rarely helpful. For this reason, I would suggest that training videos take the time to (briefly) explain what terms mean and how the tool fits logically into and architect's workflow and the AC menu structure.
And finally, a plea to the tireless Archicaders who produce the 2nd-tier tutorials on YouTube. Please get a decent microphone. ; )
Sorry for being so verbose. I am really impressed by what AC can do. And day by day I’m learning the logic and structure.
Thanks again for asking.
Bill Fowler Architect, Kansas City area
AC21 Solo \ 2012 MacBook Pro Retina, latest OS.