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Internet Marketing for Architects - Interview with Eric Bobrow

Internet Marketing for Architects - Interview with Eric Bobrow

Welcoming back Eric Bobrow for his third interview on archiCADmonkey. We discuss his new big project, a tutorial series all about an extremely important yet neglected topic all Architects need to be aware of nowadays - Internet Marketing for Architects. For a limited time he’s also doing some FREE Webinars to get everyone started.

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ArchiMAG magazine is finally on iPad!

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ArchiMAG magazine is now available on the App Store in your NewsStand! It’s a free app and within the app you’ll get a free sample issue.

ArchiMAG is an international ArchiCAD oriented e-magazine, exploring the BIM revolution, showcasing CAD software & hardware solutions as well as featuring case studies, architectural best practices, tips & tricks, and productivity enhancements.

The new issue is packed with interesting articles such as Use of BIM in Renovation of Swedish Theatre in Helsinki and Case Study of Sustainable COR Building by Oppenheim . Also, there arereviews of RIK Landscape Pack
and Share your Design collaborative portal, as well as a tutorial of how to photograph and edit interior shots, and more….
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The Shape of Things to Come - mobile CAD in the Post-PC era (Part 2)


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The evolution of tech is always difficult to predict, I mean who’d have thought 10 years ago we’d be using Tablets and Smartphones that mimic tech we’d only ever seen on Star Trek! But it’s always fun to dream, and there are loads of great ideas for future products and technologies, plus some hints of what's just waiting over the horizon. These are some of my favorite rumors and concepts of the future of CAD and 3D technology. From 3D Head Tracking, Augmented Reality, Holographic 3D Interaction with tactile feedback & more….Continue Reading... >>
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The new ArchiMAG issue is out now!

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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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Interview with ArchiCAD Master Eric Bobrow - Dec 2011

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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

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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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BIMx : ArchiCAD on iPad?

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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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Interview Part Deux with Eric Bobrow - June 2011


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

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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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Archicad in the blogosphere

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There’s an ever-expanding community of Archicad users, resellers and bloggers that together are helping the BIM flame grow, so Graphisoft has dedicated a page to these enthusiasts, educators and industry experts, called “ArchiCAD in the Blogosphere”.

It’s quickly becoming a main hub that is organically growing, listing all blogs covering topics related to Archicad.
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Archicad + Artlantis make sweet animation love

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Just wanted to share a quick video that’s been circulating the web this week by user TheWitalindoz on Youtube, it’s an amazing construction assembly animation of a building apparently created in Archicad and rendered in Artlantis. ‪

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Autocad officially being Macified, but also iPhone + iPad friendly!


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You may have noticed a couple of weeks ago some news buzzing around. If you can feel a slight chill in the wind don’t be alarmed, it seems only the fiery dungeons of Lucifer have developed some frostiness.

Autodesk has never seemed to be a big fan of the mac platform, though since Apple’s staggering comeback in the recent years, there have been
some echoing whispers in the blogosphere as Mac users have been requesting a native version with ever-growing frequency.

Well those whispers have been officially silenced, as Autodesk have officially sounded the horn that the upcoming 2011 release of it’s star product Autocad
® will be making it’s second debut after nearly two decades on the frikkin Mac, signifying a new level of acceptance and i guess even vindication of Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs for his Mac OSX and iOS vision and strategies.

Yauza..., well if you’ve recovered from your hand-to-chest ghasp, get ready for another one. They’ve also announced they will be releasing a version of Autocad for iOS devices like the iPod Touch, iPhone + iPad!!!

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How to use Apple's Magic Mouse with CAD!


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Back in October 2009, Apple surprised us with a new introduction to the mac peripherals, the Magic Mouse the world’s first multi-touch mouse. In the past Apple hasn’t been very successful with its mice, but many are starting to come around now that the company has seemed to have nailed it.

The drawback has been for us CAD users that there’s one tiny thing missing..... the essential middle scroll wheel...! Without it to pan + zoom, and orbit around a model, it just takes ages to model anything really - thus rendering the device quite useuless for 3D design.

Well despair no longer, there is a way.....

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Archicad 14 : focus on exchange + interoperability


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So, if you remember last month I mentioned Graphisoft was releasing the new version of Archicad, well a couple of days ago they finally announced the launch of Archicad 14 due to ship next month!

As you may know, Archicad is usually used for architectural modelling, but the newest version is focusing on greater integration and collaboration workflow of the architect and the engineer, aiming to squeeze in to the multi-discipline practices’ workflow.

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BIM on iPad shown off by Bentley systems

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A great find for today, Laura Handler of
bimX has had an interesting encounter at the annual Bentley conference - BE Community Live - with some tablet technology + a bit of augmented reality in the mix.


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Archicad 14 is announced and on the way!


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After only a few months since Archicad 13, which brought astonishing improvements to the BIM universe, Graphisoft has announced the latest version of its award-winning architectural design software, ArchiCAD 14 !

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Sivak Dmitry's winning free-form building designed in Archicad

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Back in show
ACM003 I had mentioned ArchitectsJury, a community website where you can upload your work, get feedback, get inspiration and get noticed. Your work can get reviewed by others, you can make contacts with other students and even potential employers, or just get some ideas, plus from time to time there are even some student competitions where prizes are given out.

Segwaying nicely into my subject today, a winning project in the
2009 Fall ArchitectsJury competition - a very dynamic museum of modern art designed in Archicad by Sivak Dmitriy - a student at the Odessa State Academy of Building and Architecture (Ukraine).

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goBIM™ : the first BIM iPhone app


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Hold the presses, the day has arrived! It seems just in time for the release of the iPad - due this Saturday - a cunning developer has created what looks like the first BIM app for the iPhone + of course the iPad. (and no I promise...this is not an April fools gag)

A few weeks ago I had talked about the possibility of
Graphisoft bringing out an iPad / iPhone app for viewing 3D BIM models - similar to their Archicad project viewer ‘Virtual Building Explorer’ - but it seems this guy has beat everyone to the punch.

It's called goBIM
- write that down! ...or you know, just click the iTunes link at the end.

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What's the best computer for 3D CAD + BIM?


Don't miss my new ArchiMAG article :

the archiPad - mobile CAD in the Post-PC era

all about new and exciting Apps for Architects, Engineers and Designers!



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I’ve gone through a few computers in my time, from basic laptops to building my own super-PC with an
NVidia powerhouse, moving onto a Macbook and now even growing slowly out of my superpowerful Macbook Pro. Though I do love my macs - as I am mad with multitasking - I do try and be objective when recommending a piece of hardware, or software for that matter, to be the best fit to the individual. There’s one thing that every designer has in common, we need POWER!

So, what’s the best computer for 3D, CAD and BIM?

David Fano over at
Design Reform has written an article about just this subject, putting this question out to the PC and Mac community. Though his recommendations are mostly aimed towards windows users, the general concept of processor power, RAM + hard drive size and such are quite universal. It depends in the end if you feel comfortable with a certain setup and are happy with the final results....while not having to wait 24hrs for an image to render....!

The
comments after the article are definitely worth a read, very interesting seeing what other powerCADers use.


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ACM005 - Simple Archicad Building

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This time we get a bit deeper into Archicad and go step-by-step how to draw up a simple building + get used to the tools of the workflow. It's a simple design, nothing very exciting, but a good start to get you on your way to Archicad mastery.

This is the longest video in the series - 22 minutes long - so get a nice cup of coffee ready. If you download the
iTunes version you'll see I've added chapters into the video so you can jump back + forwards to whichever part you want.

Enjoy the show!



Stuff mentioned :

The Wall tool | Editing Walls + Settings | Splitting Walls | Material selection | Storeys + Settings | Slabs + Settings
The Roof tool | Polyroof + Manual | Stairs + Slabs | Doors + Windows | The Mesh Tool | Adding vegetation

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Suspending Groups | The Cursor Tracker | The Pet Palette | The Magic Wand
The Eyedropper | The Syringe | General 2D + 3D views | Show All / Selection in 3D

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Useful links
Graphisoft Archicad
Abvent Artlantis

If you found this show useful, a quick review on
iTunes would be very much appreciated!
You can
contact me if you have any comments, ideas for new shows, or would like to share any tips

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