I have been looking at the course notes for one paper at a local college. I was interested to see that the tutor expects students to attend 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of tutorial, and 6 hours of self-directed study. The tutor is saying that you should put more time into self-directed than you get form the college. Total time for one paper is 10 hours per week, most of which is self-directed.
I sometimes get clients telling me that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. What they mean by this is it they think that they are too old to change their habits to learn that works effectively. I have always thought that this is a bit of a copout, that the reason they do not want to learn new tricks is because they do not want to invest the time.
I was teaching at a client's office this morning and we were looking at a range of topics. One of the comments was “That's great, that alone has made the training worthwhile. That is going to save me so much time!”
I accidentally logged out of Skype on my iPad, now I can't log in or find my password, and I was surprised to see that the Skype app does not have a way to help me.
I was having a talk the other day with a client and previous subscriber to my web site. He said to me that he stopped his subscription because he felt that he already knew the topics that were being covered. But the reason I was talking to him was that he had just upgraded and needed to understand the new features of Vectorworks. As it turned out, it has been a few versions since he last upgraded, so there was a lot that he didn't know. In fact, there were so many topics that he started to talk about subscribing again, because he no longer has current knowledge about Vectorworks.
When new people start in your office, it is the perfect time to make sure that they know Vectorworks well. Since they will be working for you, it’s important that they know how to use Vectorworks first then they need to understand how you are using it.
I often hear users tell me that they have proudly learned Vectorworks on their own. I had a client once who was interviewing staff, and one of the prospective employees proudly said “I’ve taught myself Vectorworks!”
I have just been on a road trip to visit some clients for training. It’s turned out to be a very interesting trip. I visited one client who still using Vectorworks 11.5. I don’t mean Vectorworks 2011 (two years old) I mean Vectorworks 11 from 10 years ago.
The interesting thing for me was that they are not even using this version of Vectorworks effectively…
Sometimes, I get an e-mail pretending to be from PayPal, my bank, or even a bank I do not belong to. E-mails that try to trick you into giving them money, or try to trick you into giving away your passwords, are called phishing e-mails. These e-mails are sent out by scumbags trying to steal from you. This is how I check to make sure my e-mails a legitimate.
This website allows you to edit your profile. You are not allowed to edit your username but you are allowed to change your password and set your options for the weekly e-mail about the posts that have been uploaded.
I’ve just seen some specifications for the graphics card for computers specifically Vectorworks 2013. I’m thinking about buying a new computer, and I’m concerned that I’m going to buy computer with the correct graphics card.
Many of my friends and family have been getting iPads in the last year, and most of them want to know which apps I use and why. The iPad comes with several apps built in, so I don’t want to cover those. I wanted to cover the apps that I use most from the iTunes store.
Since February 2012 the Vector-workout subscription service has been offering special interest group webinars. These webinars are an interactive online session about a particular topic. The webinars are interactive, allowing the attendees to talk to each other, ask questions, and discuss the solution. Often these webinars cover difficult or complex situations. Sometimes they just cover situations where the users had forgotten what the solution was.
If you are thinking of buying a new computer, you should pay very careful attention to the graphics card recommendations for Vectorworks. If you purchase a new computer that does not match the graphics card recommendations, you will have constant trouble with the computer.
If you are thinking of upgrading your Vectorworks with your existing computer, you should also pay very careful attention to the graphics card recommendations. Upgrading your Vectorworks to a computer with a less than satisfactory graphics card will result in constant frustration.
The Vectorworks knowledge base has several articles about graphics card recommendations:
Vectorworks 2012 System Recommendations
If you have heard of twitter and you have a twitter account, then you should follow me. I have recently started to tweet when I add blogs, movies, or manuals to the subscriber web site.
The steps in this blog are the same whether you are using an iPhone or iPad. You do have to be using iOS 5. this means that the steps are not available on iPhone 3G, but they are available on iPhone 3GS or better. Continue reading
I use a program called Evernote. This is a great little program. I use it to collect together notes. For example when I am teaching my online webinars, users quite often suggest things that would be useful. Now, I could keep a notepad next to my desk, but I find a better to use a computer to keep these notes. The reason is, if I write the notes on the computer I can expand on I can expand them, then copy and paste them into a blog like this. Continue reading