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 have had several clients say that they want to get the 2D drawing techniques under their belt before they look at drawing in 3D, as if 3D modelling is some sort of luxury. I think that they are missing the point, 3D is not a luxury to be pasted on top of the 2D plan. When you present your work to your client, you are selling or marketing your proposal to them. This image was modelled in Vectorworks and exported from Vectorworks to a specialist rendering program.
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.
When I started teaching Vectorworks in the UK, I noticed that while the students understood that learning and practicing Vectorworks was important, they could not find the time to practice. It was as if they knew it was important, buy they could not make it a priority.
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!”
Russian security firm Doctor Web this week highlighted a new trojan (via The Next Web) affecting OS X systems and which installs an adware plug-in capable of injecting ads into users’ browsing experience.
As with other trojans, this new Yontoo malware relies on tricking users into installing the package, which in this case masquerades as a movie trailer video plug-in, download accelerator, or other software a user might believe they want or need on their system.
CUPERTINO, California—February 13, 2013—Apple® is making the MacBook Pro® with Retina® display faster and more affordable with updated processors and lower starting prices.
It is common to change your email address or credit card, but this can have an effect on your subscription. I often get clients that find themselves changing their credit card, but then they find that their subscription gets cancelled, but that is not what they wanted. Here is the solution…
I had an interesting chat with a client recently. We were discussing the movies and blogs on the Short Sharp Training website. He said that when he has downtime (waiting for the client to arrive/waiting for site visits) he goes onto the website to look for new blogs or movies to play. He has found that this turns his unproductive time into productive time, but not only that, it has made all his work more productive as he becomes more skilful at Vectorworks.
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.
So this application is good enough for Evernote to buy, is it good enough for us to use? The answer is sure, it is a great application. But what is the application for?
The answer is that this application is used as a replacement for a notebook or sketchbook. Its main use is to hand write on the iPad. I have tried other handwriting applications on the iPad but I tend to write with my rest touching the iPad, which tends to make all the other applications fail. But not this application.
I have bought an Android phone to test some of the apps that I use on my iPhone. So far, I have found that several of the iphone apps I like to use are available on the Android phone, so it looks (on the face of it) that you could choose the iphone or an Android phone. There is more to it than that, but for what I paid for the phone, it does a lot.
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
the Architectural Technologist talks about J.K.Rowling moving into ebooks and today I read that the Reader’s Digest is going digital. This seems to be to be the tipping point. Until now all the Harry Potter books have been strictly hardcopy, the future could be amazing, and we could see a big growth in ebook readers.