ArchiCAD Training Course Reviews
After watching your videos I am really getting it
Hey Eric. First of all, let me thank you for your QuickStart course! I was struggling with archicad 19 but a few days after watching your videos I am really getting it.
This is a very affordable course delivered in a moderate pace by a skilled master .....truly a five star experience. I appreciate the occasional sidebar subjects beyond the presentation topic. The body of knowledge is a challenge for most of us.....Eric, I commend you for making it so simple.
The Best By Far
I have been using a number of different tutorials for ArchiCAD of late and enjoy yours the best by far. You have a good balance of easy to listen to style while moving along at a good pace.
Eric deserves a great round of applause for his generosity and professionalism in the way he has presented the QuickStart Course. He has packed so much information into each module that he explains very clearly and patiently and he also spends invaluable time on the comparison with the International version, for those of us in Europe.
The QSC is exceptionally good value for money as it gets one working with the software very quickly.
Just what I needed
Thank you Eric, just what I needed...this plus the Tips video from the last Masters of ArchiCAD Summit have been very useful and informative, lot's I'd forgotten or just didn't know...this type of short, focused video for each of the tools, buttons, etc. would be great!! 🙂 Thanks again...
Before starting the Best Practices Course, I had no control (balance) over ArchiCAD projects. I did not have the ability to do multiple projects in a short time.
In the past 2 years I have learned so much from the QuickStart and Best Practices Courses and the ArchiCAD Coaching Program. Now I am really enjoying ArchiCAD projects, no tension, no time wasted. I have more control on my projects in ArchiCAD, it feels easy.
I really appreciate Mr. Eric Bobrow, his way of teaching, his methods and patience. Anyone who goes through all of his courses will really get mastery over ArchiCAD.
Thanks to Eric.
RAJAGOPALA HATHWAR (INDIA)
I actually am having fun
I've been getting so much out of your stuff that I actually am having fun within my own practice.
I can't imagine my AC education without you !
You've brought us so many nice things over the years......Saint Eric.
I can't imagine my AC education without you !
You're the best.
This will save me a lot of clicks
Excellent tutorial on the tracker.
This will save me a lot of clicks and mouse moves.
Like good design, I appreciate your relentless pursuit of education
After some time away from your seminars it was refreshing to plug back into the one on stairs yesterday. So, having participated in your beginning course awhile ago I thought it would be good to plug back in again to review. I was not disappointed - it was really refreshing and helpful as I quickly picked up a couple of tips and techniques. Like good design, I appreciate your relentless pursuit of education to people such as myself.
Rex Prater, AIA
Eric's Best Practices course is fantastic.
Eric's teaching and instruction breaks down difficult concepts step by step and walks you through a clear and direct path to both understanding and mastery. These courses will lift you do another level in your understanding and application of Archicad tools and techniques, saving you time and money.
The bottom line...I am very pleased with my purchase, and highly recommend it.
The kind of tutorials worth going thru!
These are the kind of tutorials which are worth going thru! Great work Mr.Bobrow. We look forward to more of such such tutorials in Archicad.
Very glad I invested in your classes
I am very glad I invested in your classes. They are very good and easy to follow.
Worked a treat
Brilliant Eric ….worked a treat, thanks
Thanks for the quick reply! You have a classy operation there. Look forward to all you offer.
OMG, soo simple, THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A big blind spot...so simple once it is pointed out
That was a big blind spot for me.
It all looks so obvious and simple once it is pointed out.
Both are fantastic courses, very well structured.
QuickStart is explained in a simple but very detailed manner that is perfect for those who want to start using ArchiCAD. The Best Practices Course surpassed my expectations and I love the way that Eric discusses all matters.
Congratulations Eric, fantastic! Recommend to everyone!
Anisio Goulart - Brazil
A smile on my face
watching your videos puts a smile on my face
Cannot do it without you
That was it!!! You have no idea how much easier you have made my life.
I am a one man show but cannot do it without you and CADIMAGE!!!!
Just a quick note to say that my team are very impressed with your product and thanks for your quick response on any emails.
Eric is a genius, I pray for you to live longer than your fore fathers in good health and wealthy condition.
You are incredible Guy.
Very helpful Eric.
Your explaining is so awesome
Eric's training courses gave me a better understanding in using ArchiCAD & has helped me in producing faster better documentation for my projects.
As others have found - producing 3D perspectives while designing the floor plans give the clients a better understanding of what they are paying for and any changes required are easily done as Eric shows us how, easily and efficiently.
Thanks Eric, & I will keep updating my skills with your courses as ArchiCAD changes with newer & better ways for drawing and modeling into the future.
I must say .. great job Eric ! definitely worth money spent.
Love love love your vids.
Love love love your vids. Saves me hours of time.
Climb through the computer screen and give you a hug
Eric, if I could climb through the computer screen and give you a hug in thanks for this fantastic tutorial I would.
Amazing how fast you can learn
Have loved the lessons. Amazing how fast you can learn the program with your good instruction.
Hey Eric -
Have used ArchiCAD for 10 years and thought I knew much about the program but now after I've seen some of your Best Practices series, I realize exactly how much I really did not know. Thank you for the very informative and inspiring course.
5 stars ...
Stig Brandal. Norway
You are one of the few guys who can explain the programme in simple and clear way.
I have been following your courses all the way through though in my country, internet connection is still a problem and luxury!
You will notice that i usually registered for your wedinair but many times could not make it, why? due to frequent power cuts, slow internet connections, late hours of webinair etc
You are my favorite tutor
Thanx Bobrow for your coachings.
You are my favorite tutor.
I'm an ArchiCAD user from Zanzibar East Africa..thanks much!
After enjoying Eric's ArchiCAD tutorials & coach calls for over two years, I can sincerely say that his work has been extremely helpful to me, as a sole practitioner, working with ArchiCAD.
Eric is very organized, offers personal assistance, and provides clear, succinct explanations to project problems suggested by participants in the Best Practice Course. I have been working with ArchiCAD since version 6 and I learn new things during each of Eric's tutorials & coaching calls. During the coaching calls, it is fantastic to observe Eric; absorb, analyze and solve specific project problems that he has not seen previously.
Watching his method of working with these various issues, helps me to work on my own projects and benefit from the magnificence of ArchiCAD.
I'm an architectural designer who has 18 years of experience as an AutoCAD user. Over the years, I have experimented with other products in hopes of breaking away from Autodesk and find a simpler way to model my projects in 3D. I finally made the leap to ArchiCAD in 2012 and haven't looked back since. I work solo and didn't have time for traditional classroom training that I knew I would need to get up and running as quickly as possible.
I found Eric Bobrow's free YouTube tutorials while sifting through all the best training materials I could find online. I worked my way through each one of his freebies, while simultaneously working through the tutorials that come with ArchiCAD.
It only took a couple of videos to realize that his training was concise, thoughtful, well paced, thorough, and far superior to other training I found.
As a professional who could not afford to waste any time, I purchased the Quick Start Course, the Best Practices Course, and the Master Template. It was the best investment to go with my new software and I'm truly pleased with my decision.
This course has made Archicad usable and a true BIM standard.
Learning the basics of Archicad is not in itself difficult, but mastering the details required to make the programme the office standard for all types of architectural work requires a great deal of experimentation and dedicated application. This course has made the journey easier, more interesting, and has revealed capabilities not previously envisioned.
I do not consider myself a pro but because of this course, I can turn out a complete set of project drawings in a far shorter time than previously done, even with help.
The training videos are thorough in their subject matter, carefully explained and very often, packed with new revelations. Thank you Eric!
I started with Eric about the time Graphisoft seemed to be changing their business model in the US. Prior to that, ArchiCAD resellers were instrumental in training their client/purchasers on the functional use of ArchiCAD. With the new business model, learning ArchiCAD required finding someone with knowledge, time and motivation to share their knowledge.
Eric was one of the individuals. His Best Practices course is quite extensive, in-depth program that I often refer back seeing things I'd forgotten or missed... only wishing I had more time to digest his teachings. The QuickStart program is very beneficial starting out and even now I often use for reference. The thing that ties it all together is the Coaching Calls which are pre-planned sessions where Eric answers student specific questions.
An additional benefit dealing with Eric, is when problems arise which quite often do, he quickly responds with his patient, calming demeanor. I don't remember what I paid for the program but was one of the early students... and I'm still around learning BECAUSE that's the way he's set up the program. Best Practice is an evolving learning system enhanced with personal Coaching calls. This for me has been an invaluable continuing learning experience that will carry-on with the new release of ArchiCAD 17 and beyond...
I started with Archicad 4 1/2 years ago and struggled to completely switch over from 25 years of autocad. Running a two man architectural practice and studying Archicad at night was a definite challenge. Then while traveling on a business trip, I saw an ad for the Best Practices Course...I signed up and have been a member ever since.
This course is well worth every penny spent. The course is very thorough in every aspect and the Coaching Call program in my opinion is extremely valuable. It helps answer specific questions and with the Archicad community that has other questions it collectively broadens your knowledge. The course and training video's have also allowed my business to expand, Archicad with all the 3d capabilities has allowed clients to visualize the projects from conception to completion and I owe a great debt of gratitude to Eric Bobrow and his teaching abilities, insight and knowledge of Archicad.
I would highly recommend Eric Bobrow's Best Practices Course and the Coaching Call Program to anybody who uses or is contemplating using Archicad, it will give you ahead start if your beginning or will teach you to be a better end-user if you have been using Archicad for years.
One last thing, the Master Template that was created by Eric is also a great value as it is so flexible to use and revise to your office standards, it has become a valuable tool in my office.
As Archicad is growing, soon Archicad 17 will be here, within a few weeks Eric will be teaching us all the updates, I can say this as I have witnessed this through 3 upgrades of Archicad with this course.
Thank You Eric!
Some of the best money I have ever spent is buying into this course!
As an old guy struggling with the processes of getting the thru put working, Eric's courses overall have been a real support tool. Starting with version 4.16 many years ago and learning a lot of bad habits, the course materials and organization have shown the way to improvement. Although I cannot put a specific time on the improvements ( I am not noted for keeping my total time updated) it is clear that elements of the course have reduced my time to results ratio substantially.
My guess would be working at least 25% faster on most sections of the work and at least 15% on the rest. A recent apartment project that I did a pretty good time keeping on has resulted in a reduction of more than 25% to get from first sketches to a 22 sheet presentation package for a planning submittal -- the work will be over 50% working drawings as soon as the planning department approves.
Specific elements that have helped me are the site plan work to bring references in and get a real working site very quickly, the functional knowledge of the view map and project map uses that make the workflow easier, and the use of folders and clone folders to assist in the preparation of the layout book, make a simpler and more direct work flow with less time spent reworking.
In addition to the workflow improvements in my practice, Eric's coaching program has opened many new paths of thinking about how things get organized and worked out as well as the fellowship of knowledge that is shared by the other participants. The work and thinking that has been put into the course is an amazing value for anyone's practice.
Lew Bishop AIA
I couldn't be more pleased with the ArchiCad Best Practices course by Eric Bobrow.
I bought ArchiCad many versions ago intending to switch from DataCad and Chief Architect for a more robust and flexible program. Despite working through the "getting started" tutorials numerous times, I never felt confident enough to start a project in ArchIcad rather than in the programs I knew well.
Once I discovered the Best Practices course, I quickly transitioned to only working in ArchiCad for the design and construction documents. ArchiCad is a powerful and complex program with many great features, but also a fairly steep learning curve.
The Quick Start and Best Practices courses flatten that curve substantially. The training is organized so one can work through a natural design / documentation process or one can jump to a topic of immediate concern such as setting up automatic schedules, creating a complex wall, or adding terrain to the model. I learn something new every time I watch a video, even ones I've seen several times before. And for tasks I don't do often, it is invaluable knowing I can get a quick refresher from a specific video.
The ArchiCAD Coaching Program is the perfect complement to the courses. All of Eric's experience and knowledge are available for one's personal instruction through an online group chat. Other users' questions sometimes address issues I haven't yet faced or they may stimulate a question I may have. Even if I don't completely remember the solution, I have resource to return to for the answer.
As a one person firm, having a knowledgeable coach to help me efficiently use a complex program is invaluable.
Your Best Practices Course makes this ArchiCAD program a slam dunk to use. I love it.
Without your course I wouldn't have a clue on how to work this program. The workbooks from Graphisoft are not detailed enough, in my opinion, to be able to figure out many drawing processes. I was very discouraged before I bought your course. You deserve all of the success that you have had with the courses as it makes the program much easier to learn and get productive.
Another plus in your favor is that I can get speedy answers to questions that I have. You are the "greatest" customer service person that I have ever worked with, by far. Every success that you have had, you have earned by time consuming hard work and taking care of your customers after the sale with as much energy and attentiveness as most companies engage in before a sale, but, unfortunately, they, do not follow through after that closing pitch. Well done, Eric.
Dan Langbaum, Architect
Despite being an experienced user, I have found the combination of back to basics training and fine tuning of techniques really helpful.
The outcome is a much better workflow from first sketches through to working drawing and specification output.
Specifically the use of mod files to create easily accessible and pick-able elements speeds up the drawing process. Intelligent use of PDFs both to import drawings and text file has been useful. Help with creating simple and effective GDL objects from external drawing sources has also been great.
The combination of the Best Practices Course and the Coaching calls has genuinely increased my productivity hugely. Well done Eric!
For anyone just getting started in ArchiCAD or a veteran like myself, Eric's Best Practices Course and Coaching Program is a must have. I started working with ArchiCAD on AC5.0, upgraded each year to AC 9.0 and just got to being comfortable with what I was doing. A couple of years ago I realized technology was passing me by. My skills were lacking and I decided to move up to AC16---. WOW what a difference. I got a little shell shocked.
Eric's teaching methods were very easy for me to pick up. He has helped through the transition. My clients are impressed with the quality of my plans. I have saved time designing homes in more detail.
Eric is a great mentor, his methods are thought out. In all of his courses he will get off on a slight tangent to show you a shortcut or something new, but gets right back on track and finishes his lesson. I highly recommend Eric's Coaching, Courses and MasterTemplate.
Thanks Eric for all of your help.
The Best Practices Course would have to be the best value for money that I have ever come across.
Each month there is new course material posted and there is always a new coaching call that you can either join or watch at a later date. If you have a specific problem you can always email Eric direct and get a response within the hour, nothing it seems is too much trouble.
It would appear that Eric just loves Archicad and I'm sure he would teach it for nothing if he could afford it. Well he almost is doing it for nothing. I learn't more in the first month with Eric than I did in the previous 6 months using the manual and bumbling along on my own.
Eric has a great style of teaching and you are never a made to feel like an idiot for not knowing the basics. If you want a head start with ArchiCAD then this is your course. This applies whether you are a beginner or a seasoned user there is always something you can learn.
I give it 5 stars out of five.
Tony Warburton Australia
When you come first to ArchiCAD you may believe that it is very simple to model buildings in 3D. In fact you can do it easily, but if you feel that this is the target, you’re missing the best of it.
As ArchiCAD user since 1995, I must say that, when I signed as a member at Eric’s ABC Best Practices Course I thought that it would just improve some techniques, not much more, but must say that I was completely mistaken: This excellent course has made me rethink the way I use ArchiCAD.
Eric's lessons, with his calm style of talking, brings you a blend of a best friend's tip with the expert's master advice from one of the most advanced ArchiCAD users ever.
Now I'm using all the power of ArchiCAD, reducing the time to deliver my projects in more than 60% and what is much better: My model contains more and more consistent BIM data according with the impending Building Codes.
If your aim is to learn ArchiCAD, I highly encourage you to sign up for this Course.
Eric Bobrow's "Best Practices Course" is an essential partner to owning an ArchiCAD license
In my view Eric Bobrow's "Best Practices Course" is an essential partner to owning an ArchiCAD license. A good working knowledge of a CAD system is a critical component in an architect’s office that frees up time for creative work and provides an effective medium to translate design ideas into technical drawing data. We are all aware of the complexities of current CAD programs and ArchiCAD is no exception. Eric’s “Best Practices Course” and his ongoing “Coaching Calls” have completely changed my user experience with ArchiCAD. Eric’s simple instructions and detailed explanations demystify the complex user interface that ArchiCAD has.
Eric has a unique teaching style. Very often he will show several ways to do the same thing - and on many occasions his diversions deep into menu structures unearth commands that I think most users are unaware of and yet are really useful and I now use regularly.
I highly recommend Eric’s courses on ArchiCAD and look forward to future Coaching Calls. I consider his annual access fee for “Coaching Calls” are paid for just in the explanations of the yearly ArchiCAD updates and new feature reviews. Keeping ArchiCAD current and continuing access to Eric’s coaching calls are in my opinion an essential aspect of an architect’s working environment. This keeps our work flow current with new developments in software and allows us to use ArchiCAD in an effective and enjoyable manner.
When I first began searching for online training on ArchiCAD, I stumbled across some short extracts on YouTube from Eric Bobrow and his Best Practices Course. Being very pleased with the quality of training in these videos, and also coming highly recommended by senior members on forums, I decided to invest in The Best Practices Course.
My first email to Eric was "I'VE BEEN WOWED". Not only did the course include a comprehensive Best Practices Course curriculum, I was surprised to find additional components which include the QuickStart Course, as well as dozens of coaching call videos (dating as far back as 2011).
As an ArchiCAD beginner, I find the coaching sessions that Eric organises to be an additional highlight to the Best Practices Course. What I like most, is the fact that the coaching calls invite real Architects to ask real architectural BIM questions, in which Eric happily demonstrates solutions to these problems.
Not only does Eric manage to compact all this invaluable information into one site, I have found Eric to be very approachable should I have a urgent questions and need a fast reply.
If I could sum up in a few words what I think of The Best Practices Course, it really is A POT OF GOLD..!
The course offers fantastic value and is a must for all ArchiCAD users.
The Quick Start Course will greatly benefit new users, the Best Practice Course will take your knowledge further, and the Coaching Calls will appeal to all users from beginner to experienced user.
Very few people have Eric’s knowledge of ArchiCAD; Eric is also very approachable and will endeavour to answer any question thrown at him on the Coaching calls (however easy or difficult the question posed).
I am particularly pleased at the way Eric has identified where a lot of users are having difficulties, he has incorporated entire Coaching Calls on these topics e.g. scheduling, detailing, renderings and presentations.
Even though I consider myself an experienced Archicad user, I always enjoy the new lessons and material that Eric provides, as it always proves to be a way to learn a new, different and maybe better way to do certain things. As an example, I modeled terrains a certain way for years (following some tutorial I had read before) and Eric's logic and reasoning on the way he taught how to model terrain was so straightforward and made all the sense in the world, and the final product was project files that were much less complex, and that translated into speedier processing times for sections, elevations, and the overall 3D model !!
That same logic applies to many other topics.
The coaching program is a great resource also, and I enjoy being able to sometimes throw Eric a complex question and getting a smart, logical way to solve a problem.