Book Review – Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual 7th edition

Jonathan Pickup’s “Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual”, now in its 7th edition and updated for version 2015 of the application, is a deceivingly simple manual. It’s simple in that it will walk you (whether you are a new user or a seasoned user who has never had any formal training the application) through from the very basics of drawing with objects in Vectorworks. It plays a great trick on you though, because while it may seem like you are just doing the basics, you are actually learning to do 3D modelling and BIM at the same time. This is the beauty and power of the manual.

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Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual – Sixth Edition

Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual – Sixth Edition

Book review by Neil Barman (http://www.barmansmart.ca/)

VW Arch Manual coverUntil recently, prints of plans, sections, elevations and the like have been only goal when using CAD software. Plain and simple, this is because projects get built from printed sheets. Used very basically, Vectorworks can create these sheets. But using Vectorworks only in this way is a waste of the application’s versatility. Times have changed, BIM is becoming increasingly more important all the time and a drawing file is no longer just a means to a printed end – it can be a design tool and a source for considerable information about project.

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Book Review – The Tipping Point

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

I enjoy reading and re-reading this book. When the police crack down on speed 4km over the speed limit, this book explains why. Highly recommended.

Book Review – Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual – Sixth Edition

Review by Neil Barman (http://www.barmansmart.ca/)

Jonathan Pickup’s “Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual”, now in its 6th edition, is a deceivingly simple manual. It’s simple in that it will walk you (whether you are a new user or a seasoned user who has never had any formal training in the application) through from the very basics of drawing with objects in Vectorworks. It plays a great trick on you though, because while it may seem like you are just doing the basics, you are actually learning to do 3D modelling and BIM at the same time. This is the beauty and power of the manual.

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Book Review – Freakononics

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?

What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?

How much do parents really matter?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

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Book Review – Free: The Future of a Radical Price

In his groundbreaking new book, The Long Tail author Chris Anderson explains why new technologies, particularly the Internet, have caused production and distribution costs in many sectors to plummet to an extent unthinkable even a decade ago. He shows how the flexibility provided by the online world allows producers to trade ever more creatively, offering items for free to make real or perceived gains elsewhere.

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Book Review – Blink

Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant -in the blink of an eye- that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work -in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? I have now read this book several times and I’m always amazed at how much I learn each time I read it again. I thoroughly recommend this book, especially if you get the Audible version where you can listen to it as you are driving.

Book Review – Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture

There are a range of shops around the world that focus on providing cheap products. The challenge is that everybody wants a bargain, but does that come at some other cost? For example, where I live there is a store whose slogan is “everyone gets a bargain.” But there is a hidden cost of this. The death of the small mom-and-pop stores is one of those costs. The cost of the loss of our manufacturing facilities is another cost.

This is a very thought-provoking book about the cost of cheap products and I thoroughly recommend it.

Book Review – Things a Little Bird Told Me

Things a Little Bird Told Me

This is the story about Biz Stone and what he learned at Twitter. Biz Stone was one of the inventors of Twitter and he helped grow Twitter from nothing to a billion dollar brand. Along the way he learned many valuable lessons:

plain hard work is important, but it is ideas that drive us…

 

creativity is a renewable resource…

I found this book has some valuable advice and it made me think about how I want to run my business. It is a short book so it doesn’t take very long to read and it is written in a style that makes it easy to read. It will make you think.

Book Review – Inbound Marketing

Instead of bulk emails or called calling, what about using Inbound Marketing to get potential customers to contact you? I have read this book several times and it is really helping me to understand social media for marketing.

Traditional “outbound” marketing methods like cold-calling, email blasts, advertising and direct mail are increasingly less effective. People are now increasingly turning to Google, social media and blogs to find products and services. Inbound Marketing helps you take advantage of this change by showing you how to get found by customers online.

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Book Review – Drawing on the Artist Within

Sketching is a fundamental skill for Architects and Technologists, but many of us are not taught to sketch. I always wanted to be an architect so I took art in high school. The art teacher sent us all out with a sketchbook and pencils and when we returned, criticised our work. She didn’t so much teach us to draw as tell us whether or not we were talented enough to draw. Buy it here… Continue reading

Book Review – Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual, Sixth Edition

I have written a manual called the Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual, which is designed to teach new users all the important fundamental concepts of Vectorworks.  I recommend this manual as the best way to teach new users how to get the best from Vectorworks. It has now been used by thousands of people to get started and become productive with Vectorworks. Last December I went to visit an old client. This client has not used me for training for a couple of years and I was curious to see how the new staff were coping with Vectorworks.

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Book Review – Building Construction Handbook

I have been doing some research on building construction and documentation and I came across this great book “Building Construction Handbook.”

This book has been designed to show you from the very basic conceptual principles through to drawing coordination and detailing.

 

Book Review – Building Construction Illustrated

I used this book Building Construction Illustrated when I was at college learning to be an Architect. It is well written and it clearly explains the basic concepts of building construction. I recently bought this book again, in Kindle form, so that I can have it with me whenever I need to access it. If you are starting out, or need a refresher, get this book.

Book Review – Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual 2013

The fifth edition of my popular Essentials Tutorial manual has been out for a little while now, but i found this review of the manual posted on my friend’s web site yesterday.

This morning, I thought I would review Jon Pickups’s excellent book “Vectorworks 2013 Essentials”, it’s the first in the series and probably the one you should buy as a stand alone handbook, that should be kept within easy reach of your machine.

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