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    What's the best way to learn revit

    Hi I'm new to Revit Architecture. Does anybody have any suggestions how i can go about learning this on my own? I tried playing with Revit on my own and got lost. I like this community so far but i think I need more help and direction than it can provide on its own. How would you recommend I learn Revit?

    I am thinking about purchasing this book http://www.sdcpublications.com/Textb...1-58503-680-6/ when it comes out. I think it looks good because the book also comes with videos and is meant for beginners like me. I looked at the free chapter and thought it looked okay. Does anybody know anything about this book or the author? Has anyone used an earlier version of this book?

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    Before buying anything, check out the weblog Revit Detail (revit-detail.blogspot.com). This guy also made a complete model with video tutorials. Best part, it's free...

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    Everything I know about revit i learned from:
    • The User Manual (online now)
    • The autodesk provided tutorials (this goes for all flavors)
    • Chatting with other Revit users CONSTANTLY
    • Forums, forums and more forums.


    I've purchased a coupe of book but have rarely used them. Another thing that helped me a lot was starting to attempt helping other people. Someone would have a question and I would say "yeah, let me look into that". I'd do some research, learn myself, then explain.

    HTH and welcome to Revit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by revittotd View Post
    Everything I know about revit i learned from:

    • The User Manual (online now)
    • The autodesk provided tutorials (this goes for all flavors)
    • Chatting with other Revit users CONSTANTLY
    • Forums, forums and more forums.
    I agree with revittotd 300% PLUS the fact that you must face your real work, have issues, then solve them.
    Tutorials and exercises have their limits: they are not fully dealing with your work.
    And never give up practicing: it is just like learning piano, put your fingers on every day!

    Good luck and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by revittotd View Post
    I've purchased a coupe of book but have rarely used them.
    Only book that I did find worth the money was the Mastering Revit 2011. Just the chapter about the chairs is awesome and worth the money.

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    Hi everyone. Thanks for the great responses! I really appreciate it. I'm definitely going to check out the Autodesk provided tutorials and user manual. I certainly hope they are better than user manuals I've used in the past. mdradvies I'll definitely check that blog out tonight.

    Let me know if you have any other suggestions.

    Thanks everyone!

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    One last thing. You'll find the learning curve initially is fairly shallow, then it goes up. Right around the time you hit Family creation and Parameterization, you'll find that the amount you GAIN from LEARNING those skills goes up EXPONENTIALLY! I used to run a webinar for Will2Play.com about Family creation in Revit called "Families: The Keys to Revit" and to this day I hold that understanding the creation and driving force behind parametric families can help anyone understand more about Revit and how it works than just about any other single component of the software (aside maybe from API...). So while I wouldn't recommend jumping head first into family creation, I want to plant that little seed in your mind that keeps you thinking about "hey, maybe I'll try that family creation thing today." Just remember not to get discouraged about it. Family Editor is not kind to nŘbs.

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    Carl was too polite to mention his own blog (RevitTotD) which also has some very useful videos.

    Additionally, Autodesk have a series of videos (132 in total) which are geared toward the new and intermediate user. The link can be found at http://revitforum.org/showthread.php...utorial-Videos

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    revittotd I will keep that in mind as I'm learning Revit. Right now I'm focused on just getting started with the basics. Honestly, I'm not really sure what you are describing (families) but I assume it will become clearer as I become more familiar with Revit.

    I started watching the videos on youtube and they will be a great help to me. Thanks everyone for the responses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasw View Post
    ...I'm not really sure what you are describing (families) but I assume it will become clearer as I become more familiar with Revit.
    Yeah, pretty much everything in a model is an instance of a family (aka: component). Walls, floors roofs, ceilings are system families. Doors, Windows, Light Switches, Toilets are all User Families. You'll definitely become familiar with families, now whether or not you're aware you're becoming familiar with them or not is another question

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