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Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
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Learning Revit is very frustrating because there isn't one single complete learning source, you have to be jumping from Autodesk's help to blogs to videos to books to articles, etc etc in order to finally assemble your own puzzle and apply one command. This book is not that complete source either, but it sure is the most comprehensive one I've ever found. It covers almost everything in Revit 2013 in a very direct and practical manner, not vague at all, you get hands on every topic.
Commands and topics are thoroughly explained and explored, the exercises are very helpful, and the internet downloads that come with the book are of tremendous value.
If I didn't rate 5 stars on this one it's because I have one complaint about this book. Many times when going through the exercises, the authors seem to want to "save book space" or "save ink" and they just don't explain all the steps. You're following the exercise successfuly, and then all of a sudden you see the illustration transformed in such a way that makes you wonder for several hours how on earth did they achieve it. I know it's good for teachers to make pupils think and use their brains, but for people who buy these kind of books we expect to be helped by being provided with the complete know-how. We're paying for it, but it appears that there is a "global conspiration" (ha ha) where Revit needs to remain as a cult software in which only a chosen few can have the knowledge for its full understanding.
I only wish this book had an extensive coverage on families, but I know that's a huge topic just by itself that probably deserves another 1090 page book. Authors of this book, if you release a Revit Families handbook I am here to buy it!!! But only if you really cover all types of families (not just furniture) and if you really explain all the features of each family template. Something no one has ever done. By the way, something Autodesk should provide when you buy the software!!!
I can truly say this book finally helped me jump from a novice disoriented Revit prospect to a more advanced user, at least it has helped me get out of the wall-stumping endless labrynth called Autodesk Wikihelp.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2012
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My hats off to Phil Read, Eddie Krygiel and James Vandezande for writing one of the best technical Autodesk training guides I've ever owned. The book is complete, easy to follow and is full of tips and hints that help you to understand what you're doing and why you're doing it. It is written from a user's perspective and speaks in a way that is easily understood. I've been in the industry for over 16 years and taught at the University level for 10 of those years and this is the best training guide I've ever run across. Great job, gentlemen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
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This book is indispensable for anyone wanting to leverage Revit Architecture to (and beyond) it's potential. I've been a fan of the Sybex "Mastering" series books for some time, and while the scope of these books seems to vary by subject matter and author, they're always a great resource for advanced topics. This one is no exception. This is not a "learn the basics" book, but a compendium of all things Revit Architecture. It covers the gambit from the big picture BIM discussions to advanced modeling techniques to managing workflows. Of particular value are the non-traditional uses of standard tools, and the content surrounding the software itself. Whether it's peripheral hardware, the Revit API, or how best to deal with LiDAR scans in the Revit environment, the authors provide examples, solutions, and perhaps most importantly introduce the reader to what is possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
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I have read this book cover to cover and found a lot of great techniques for modeling that I didn't know existed. The authors always stay ahead of the curve and have all the right answers to my questions. I have also found the downloadable content to be very valuable when I can't effectively solve a problem.
I will say that my favorite chapter is Chapter 26 on Revit for Film and Stage. It's fun to see that others outside the AEC industry are using the same software and developing some really cool set designs and models that I would love to build.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2012
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I have found that this series is a tremendous resource beyond what is available on blogs or from other book authors. The book is incredibly comprehensive, making it an excellent tool within in the office. The chapter on concept design and sustainability has many tools and tips for optimizing your model for quantities needed for LEED. As with its previous versions, there are tips for every skill level.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
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the official bible of everything you want to do with revit. for 99% of architects or contractors on 99% of projects, you will find whatever you need to find in this book. it is written with a sense of humor ("how to model your evil lair") without watering down content. glossary complete enough that every topic can be found pretty quickly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
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The problem with some instruction books is their authors know their subject so well that they leave things out. The other side of that is they may be so arrogant that they would not listen to others about the omissons in the content.
This book uses terms that are particular to the program and yet they do not define them. I guess "Everybody knows." Entering the term in the search box reveals that it doesn't know either. Even a brief glossary would have been nice. Keep in mind, no books come with the program, that's why I bought this one and two others.
They describe operations for the 2013 program that do not exist in it, or didn't reveal the secret location for the command. Where they said it was, it isn't.
I've been drawing with AutoCAD for 14 years as a professional and am learning this program between projects. I can't close the office and go 40 miles to the nearest class, that's why I bought the books.
I am getting results in spite of not getting my questions answered. I'm just disappointed with this book and after only 50 of its 1090 pages it's going to the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
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I'm still going through this book but the portions I have seen clearly gets me under the hood of Revit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
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Hello Amazon, May I ask???
Is there any Epub format? I would like to have e-version only. thank you very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
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This book helped me out a lot in my College classes. I am finishing a course on B.I.M. and I had forgotten where some of the commands on the Robbin were at, and this book helped me break down tab by tab on the ribbon where to find information I needed to find for one of my projects.
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