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The new ArchiMAG issue is out now!


This final 2011 issue (#4) is out!

ArchiMAG is an independent but ArchiCAD oriented periodical. The magazine covers articles about software and hardware as well as users. We also share tips and tricks for ArchiCAD users to help improve productivity while using the program. ArchiMAG is an international version of ArchiMAD magazine with a global distribution. The readership consists of architects, designers, educational institutes and students from all over the world.

In this issue there are several articles about working on BIM projects over the internet and how to take designs on the road, also Graphisoft’s CEO Viktor Várkonyi’s article about BIM in the cloud, which is followed by an article about BIMx – Graphisoft’s answer to working on tablet devices.

Also my article (
the archiPad : mobile CAD in the Post-PC era) about the influence of the tablets to the CAD industry, several great apps for architects, engineers and designers, as well as the Shape of Things to Come.

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What new features will be in the next AutoCAD WS?


Autodesk has been stealing the show for a while on the iOS front, with Sketchbook Mobile (paint and drawing), 123D Sculpt (quick and easy 3d modelling), Autodesk Design Review (review and annotate DWF models), Buzzsaw Mobile (project document viewer), Bluestreak (real-time messaging and collaboration), Inventor Publisher Mobile Viewer (3D assembly instructions viewer) and especially Autocad WS, which has registered over 2 million users online with around 4 million drawings uploaded.

Some exciting news has just surfaced about the next release of AutoCAD WS, which will apparently have some really cool features, including the ability to work with 3D drawings, GPS capabilities, as well as “Plot-to-Print” for remote printing to any HP ePrinter, including Designjets.

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Interview with ArchiCAD Master Eric Bobrow - Dec 2011


I’d like to welcome back Mr Eric Bobrow to the show. Many of you may remember him from his previous interview on the site, he’s an internationally recognised ArchiCAD expert and author, who has been in the industry for over 20 years.

In this interview we discuss his experience with his highly successful
Best Practices Course, which is celebrating its one year anniversary, and his most recent ArchiCAD QuickStart Course, his online Coaching programs, along with his great plans for the new year and more.

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the archiPad : mobile CAD in the Post-PC era (Part 1) - ArchiMAG

the archiPad

So what does the Tablet Computer have to offer us today, and is it worth all the hype?

Can something like the
iPad really bring a new dimension to the CAD / BIM industry and the architect’s design workflow, from simple 2D drawings to complete virtual experiences?

What is the future of “untethered” design via the
Cloud and its companion, the Tablet?...

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ArchiCAD for Beginners - New videos on Best Practices Course


A new educational year is upon us and I've been getting a flood of new emails from prospective and current architecture students, firstly praising my efforts for creating my few Tutorial Screencasts (thanks everyone for your kind words), but also asking for more! While I would loooove to make some more screencasts, if you've been following me on Twitter or Linkedin I have not had the time to produce the quality of videos I would like to, due to my current design work-load. 

I am very happy though that my good friend Eric Bobrow has been able to create some truly awesome beginner videos, as a bonus to members of the Best Practices Course. Though the course is designed to help anyone already using ArchiCAD to work better, faster and easier, Eric and I had discussed after his previous interview the apprehension of those users just getting started.

Well, Eric has stepped up and decided to create a new mini-course – the Best Practices QuickStart Course! It's a series of 6 training lesson modules that will get you started quickly, in a way that is consistent with Best Practices principles and will enable you to benefit from the rest of the Course.
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ArchiMAG article #2 : iPad - the Lord of the Tablets


I’ve wanted to write this article for a while, and with the release of a plethora of amazing apps for iPad (including a little ArchiCAD related one we’re all excited about) I thought it was about time.

Check it out in the Fall issue (3/2011) of ArchiMAG magazine, available at www.archimag.org

>>> The age of the Tablet Wars is firmly upon us, as developers & consumers alike are absolutely fascinated by the abilities, power, versatility and magic of the new touch devices, while they change the way we learn, play and work.

But even though many companies have attempted to topple the big dog, nearly 2 years later the iPad still stands as "the one tablet to rule them all".
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BIMx : ArchiCAD on iPad?


Remember my article back in Feb 2010 where I talked about the possibility and how great it would be if Graphisoft created something similar to its Virtual Building Explorer for iPad?

Well, in the not so far future, we may see something very interesting from the company, who has been secretly hard at work in developing something, and the multiple rumours and signs are rapidly converging into only one possible outcome : the legendary and highly anticipated ….
BIM Explorer (BIMX) for iOS !

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archiCADmonkey featured on BIM Engine - Graphisoft Blog

Last month I was very excited to randomly find that I’d been featured on
Graphisoft’s blog : BIM Engine, the official blog of Graphisoft North America!!! I am very honoured by the post and humbled by the words of @ArchiCADGirl.

Check out the original post here:

archiCADmonkey on the BIM Engine blog

"World Builder" - the Architect of the Future


I stumbled upon a video last night which I had seen ages ago, but still tingles my spine every time I see it. It gave me a similar feeling when watching amazing 
The Third & The Seventh film by Alex Roman, and seems to have been inspired by scenes from "The Matrix" and "Minority Report”.

This one called "World Builder" is an award winning short film created by filmmaker Bruce Branit, known as the co-creator of "405" (generally thought of as one of, if not the first viral film property),  and it a film where Holographic Simulations meet Romance. 

World Builder, a beautiful European town square seems to materialize from thin air and the "builder’s" glowing user interface, using holographic colour palettes and manipulating shapes and volumes with his mind and gestures; all to build a world for the woman he loves. Continue Reading... >>

Get your hands on some Ancient ArchiCAD Libraries!


So, when you upgrade to a new version of ArchiCAD you've got a brand new spanking Library with new and improved parts for your designs, and to bring your old files up to date you've got some Migration Libraries to help (if you're upgrading from version 10 and above), but for much older files you're kinda stuck. 

Well, not quite…..
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Another Classic modeled with ArchiCAD 15 - Wells Cathedral….wow!

Just like the Chrysler building and the Guggenheim models, this one blew my mind for the third time. One of the recent additions to the ArchiCAD Classics Collection is the Wells Cathedral (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wells_Cathedral), simply awesome :

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum modelled in ArchiCAD 15!

A quick instructional video about the power of ArchiCAD 15, modelling Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum” in New York as part of the Architectural Classics modeled with ArchiCAD series


Interview Part Deux with Eric Bobrow - June 2011

< < Check out the first full interview of the ArchiCAD Jedi Master

eric bobrow interview

So, we last spoke in March just before you reopened the Best Practices Course and the videos have seemed to have got raving reviews from the course members. How have  the past few months been for you? Are you enjoying directing the course?

This is an amazing journey that we're having together. I'm digging deep to find ways to communicate the essence of ArchiCAD's structure and principles of workflow. Many course members tell me that things in ArchiCAD are making more sense, that I'm connecting the dots, and that they are really enjoying the program far more.

I'm finding the community process very satisfying, as I interact directly with frequent coaching calls - we had been doing one per month, but since March, it's been three times each month. The questions people ask have really stretched me - while frequently I know "the answer" because I've explained it to others many times before, on other occasions I need to work hard to come up with a short and elegant solution to a challenging real-world design challenge, right on the fly, while explaining each step along the way. I explore solutions right in front of the group, trying different options until I reach something fairly satisfying.

One of the course members wrote:

"I really enjoy your fearlessly exploratory style as you work through various solutions to a problem. You make it seem as though anything is possible.  It is a pleasure to be taking your course.  It has been literally life changing."

Wow! This gives me great joy, as I know that I'm not only teaching, I'm empowering course members to master ArchiCAD and use it creatively without fear....

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CG you'd never notice as CG

A quick video showing seemingly ordinary scenes being impressively enhanced with CG by artist Rosano Lepri.

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CAD user? Autodesk Mac division needs you...

Autodesk Research is seeking perspectives from all kinds of CAD users, not just AutoCAD, for a paid research study. If you’re a Mac user and you frequently work with CAD software, they wanna here what you have to say.

The 1-hour study sessions start from May 24 - May 27 and the following one from May 31 - June 3 from 9am to 6pm (Pacific Standard Time), at Autodesk San Francisco, where participants will receive a $60 Amazon.com gift certificate as a thank-you for your time. They are mostly looking for in-person sessions, but also will be conducting some of the sessions remotely, using web meeting software and the phone, offering a $30 gift certificate.

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ArchiCAD 15 reveals its mighty paws! - May 2011

archiCAD 15

"Broaden Your DESIGN Horizons!" is the phrase of the month, as ArchiCAD 15 was announced last week and there've been some eager beavers (myself included) to see if all the rumours are true, together with our hopes and dreams wrapped up in a nice little installation package! Well, they haven't let us down.

The new version brings many new features that ArchiCAD users have been requesting to improve their design workflow. It is considered to be one of the strongest upgrades since version 10. As always some prayers have been answered, yet some people have been disappointed that their requests have not been heard, but as Jared describes in his blogpost "I upgrade, you upgrade, we all upgrade" on the Shoegnome blog, ya can't make everyone happy, but I gotta say I’m thrilled :)

ArchiCAD 15 addresses architects in their native language with an innovative approach to handling design spaces and forms,” said Miklos Szovenyi-Lux, vice president of product management, GRAPHISOFT. “In addition to reinventing the 3D design space and providing architects with a wide array of new design tools, ArchiCAD 15 also addresses the increasing number of architects who earn their living from renovation and refurbishment projects,” he continued.

ArchiCAD 15 enriches architectural forms available for designers to unleash their creative minds. The new version also expands the scope of the BIM workflow to include renovation & refurbishment projects.

The general features in ArchiCAD 15 include an impressive list of new and refined design tools and workflows, but also improvements to its IFC interface and OPEN collaboration workflow with engineers, full 64-bit support for the Mac OS, and improvements to its parametric object libraries as well.

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My article in ArchiMAG magazine : April 2011


So, a few days ago I was contacted by ArchiMAG, the international ArchiCAD focused magazine, saying that they wanted to feature one of my tutorials on their blog, and they did, which was great! But then we got talking a bit more and they asked me if I’d like to possibly write for their magazine. I’ve never written anything professionally before, but a couple of articles on the blog have actually brought some consistently large traffic, so I’m giving it a shot!

The periodical covers articles about software and hardware as well as tips n’ tricks, and this month the ArchiMAG magazine is featuring one of my older but still relevant blogposts, “How to use Apple’s Magic Mouse with CAD”. I’m attempting to have at least one article for each future issue of ArchiMAG, so stay tuned.

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Still Life | The 3rd Artlantis Render Contest : April 2011


Come test your rendering skills on another Artlantis Rendering Contest from Artlantismembers.com. So, similar process to the previous rendering contest, you must create an original design model and render it all the way! It's not too late to submit an original design, but be quick as the contest ends on APRIL 15th! Continue Reading... >>

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

We all need some inspiration now and then to get us through the days, and today I came by a video I had seen a few years ago which still today gives me goosebumps. It’s a Commencement address Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered to Stanford University students in 2005.

While referencing some of the most pivotal points in his life he urged graduates to pursue their individual dreams and discover opportunities in the setbacks they may experience in life.

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It's LIVE! The ArchiCAD Best Practices Course is open

Man Standing at the Entrance

There's no time to lose, so you've seen the
FREE videos, go reserve your space in the Best Practices Course experience!

I've had the chance to take a sneak peak behind the scenes and I can honestly tell you the amount of great videos and content is mesmerising. This might be the most important opportunity you’ll ever have to transform your professional life! Continue Reading... >>

My interview with Eric Bobrow!


< < Update June 2011 - Check out the interview Part Deux of the ArchiCAD Jedi Master > >

So I had the chance the other day to interview Mr Eric Bobrow. As I mentioned in my
earlier post, he’s an internationally recognised ArchiCAD expert and author, who has been in the industry for over 20 years.

In this exclusive interview we discuss Eric’s long and illustrious career, the birth and evolution of ArchiCAD, striving for more efficient workflows, his first product called “
MasterTemplate”, his previous career as a professional dancer, as well as the upcoming reopening of his ArchiCAD Best Practices Course, and more!

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Autodesk Project Vasari 1.1 - Teaser video


I don’t usually post much about the windows side of CAD, but I came by this very alluring video the other day. It’s a great teaser video of Autodesk Project Vasari , a conceptual design tool ...Continue Reading... >>

MAYAnMAYA present "That is Architecture..."


Eric Bobrow on Youtube


If you haven’t already checked out Eric Bobrow’s free preview of the Best Practices Course, what are ya waiting for? But if you want even MORE free stuff, Eric’s been kind enough to add a few videos with valuable tips n’ tricks of the trade on his new Youtube Channel. That’all folks, happy ArchiCADing!

12 new file formats supported in the Google Docs Viewer!


Google Docs Viewer is used by millions of people every day to quickly view PDFs, Microsoft Word documents and PowerPoint presentations online. Not only is viewing files in your browser far more secure than downloading and opening them locally, but it also saves time and doesn’t clutter up your hard-drive with unwanted files.

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Lessons from an Archicad Jedi Master - Eric Bobrow


Having trouble with Archicad? Do you want to save hours of work with a few simple tips? Well our long-time colleague Eric Bobrow, internationally recognised Archicad expert and author, has brought out a new online training course on the most effective methods for working with ArchiCAD and not battling with it.

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