Category Archives for "ArchiCAD Tutorials"

Tutorial videos and articles on ArchiCAD.

New Archicad Tutorial: Energy Orientation Area Report with Graphic Override Visual Audit

Learn how to total up areas of exterior walls, doors & windows based on orientation for energy analysis - creating a custom Orientation property, defining a custom schedule, and setting up a Graphic Override to check if everything is tagged consistently and completely.

Archicad tutorial video - Energy Analysis Area Report

Do this yourself using the techniques I demonstrate in this 24 minute video, or get this along with hundreds of other clever, efficient, productive ideas integrated into MasterTemplate, the most robust, popular independent Archicad template.

MasterTemplate, now in its 14th year of continuous development, embeds my celebrated Best Practices methods directly into the Archicad file structure, helping you take advantage of the full power and speed of the program.

I want to thank Archicad user Richard Morrison for showing me this idea, and encouraging me to adapt and include it into MasterTemplate. Great ideas should be shared!

Need help with ARCHICAD?

It's a strange time we all are experiencing right now with the corona virus pandemic.

I am here to help you with ARCHICAD training, coaching and support - all virtual!

For more info on my ARCHICAD training and coaching programs, please visit

Have a question that you need help with, or simply want my guidance on something? Email me at support (at)

This could be a great time to focus on learning and building your skill set, so you come out stronger on the other side.

I trust that we'll get through this eventually. Use your time wisely, stay safe and be healthy.

- Eric

NEW ARCHICAD Tutorials Website Launches!

I'm pleased to announce the launch of, a new website providing rich resources for users, featuring high quality free ARCHICAD tutorials.

I've started stocking the site with my best tutorial videos, while adding professionally created transcriptions to facilitate searching as well as captions to help people with language or hearing challenges.

Eric Bobrow.

I'll be inviting ARCHICAD experts from around the world to share their work on this site, with the aim of creating the best and most comprehensive resource possible for users of all levels.


Currently, ARCHICAD tutorial videos are spread out all over the web, on YouTube as well as individual websites set up by different experts and companies.

Standards vary, and it can be hard to find the best videos or articles when you need them.

The new site will provide a richer environment than YouTube in that we can post transcripts as well as downloads, and links to related videos and resources.

In addition, I plan to add a rating system so that it's easy to see which tutorials are the most popular and highest rated, as well as tagging and categorization to simplify searches.

More community-building features may be incorporated such as a Slack workspace for online discussion and sharing of files.

Check out the new site and let me know what you think, either by responding to this email or posting a comment.

I'm excited about the possibilities - this is just the beginning!


It is my mission to help ARCHICAD users get the most out of the software, and this is my latest initiative.

Another one that is kicking into high gear right now is my new ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 course and coaching program.

The 2020 program launched this month and will run all year. You can still get in for half price, and get a HUGE bonus of ALL of my other training courses.

For complete details and to sign up, please visit

Important: the 2020 course launch offer ends January 31, just a few days from now.


ARCHICAD Help Wanted – Jobs and Contracts

  • Looking for ARCHICAD-trained staff? 
  • Seeking a position or a contract with an ARCHICAD firm?
  • Let's see whether we can make some connections.

Periodically, ARCHICAD firms ask if I can refer them to experienced users in their local area they can hire; sometimes they prefer using freelancers locally or on a remote basis for contract work. 

Similarly, users sometimes ask me if I can give them a list of ARCHICAD firms in a particular city so they can try to find a position.

When I was an ARCHICAD reseller (1989 to 2010) I knew the users in my area, and ran the local user group, so I was able to connect people fairly easily. 

Nowadays I serve users from around the world so this is more difficult. 


Graphisoft has a free jobs board at and some people say they’ve used it, or checked the listings. 

A while back I set up a section of the ARCHICAD USER website as a user directory with the idea of helping people connect. Quite a few people have added their names and contact info, but I haven’t promoted it actively as a jobs board. 

I know of two other portals ( and but both seem to be infrequently updated and not well-used.

What's your experience with this subject?
Do you know of a useful job portal for ARCHICAD users and firms?


I’d like to assess how much interest there is in developing a service or a web portal to connect ARCHICAD users and firms. 

It takes some effort to set something up that is robust and effective, so I’m going to start with a survey to see whether this is a hot-button issue or just something that “would be nice”. 

Click HERE to participate in a 5 minute survey regarding ARCHICAD jobs and free-lance services. 

In addition to collecting general information and feedback, this survey will be a quick test of the marketplace for jobs and services. 

If your firm currently needs someone skilled with ARCHICAD, you can describe the position or contract as well as other factors (required level of experience or specialty, in-office or remote, part-time/full-time/contract, etc.). 

If you’re actively looking for work right now, you may describe your background and experience and the type and location of the opportunity you are seeking. 

I will post a summary of the responses, and will see if I can help connect some job-seekers with firms that can use their services. 

It will be interesting to see the results of the survey, and how many people and firms are currently "in the market". 

I'm not sure where this will go, however I'm definitely considering how I can help more individuals and firms connect and be successful with ARCHICAD. 

I'll be back with another email talking about a different variation of "Help Wanted" shortly. 


P.S. I can recommend one outsourcing firm - Team4Bim.

They are based in Europe but work with clients worldwide. Their rates are very affordable, and several people have told me they do high quality work. If you reach out to them, tell them Eric Bobrow sent you... 

P.P.S. Would you like MY help boosting YOUR skills as an ARCHICAD user? Or help training your staff?

My special Launch Offer for the ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 course and coaching program is still open through January 31. 

Click the green button below to save up to 87% on a huge package of ARCHICAD training resources. It's a comprehensive, fully updated reference library you'll treasure for a long time to come.

Thank you & some thoughts about 2019

During this special time of year, there are two things I make sure to do:

1. Feel gratitude for the good things in my life, and thank the people who make my life more fulfilling and enjoyable.

2. Plan out my next year, giving priority to the most important areas – the ones that will make all the rest flow better.
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I am immensely grateful to you and everyone on my email list – clients, fans, and curious onlookers. You give me an opportunity to share my gifts with the world, particularly those related to teaching and communicating ideas. 

I love to teach, I love to help creative professionals achieve more using technology and media. 

I make an honest living by helping you have greater success and satisfaction. 
When you learn from me and are able to do more with the tools at hand, I feel great satisfaction. 

You give me professional fulfillment, and I am eternally and forever grateful. 

Thank you so much! 

I hope you are feeling gratitude for the people in your life – this is what we’re all here for – to love and help each other. 

Give your family, friends and clients an extra thank you, and perhaps an extra hug.

What are you asking Santa to bring you over the next year?


What are the biggest levers for the year ahead? 
The things that will make everything else easier? 

After much thought, I have decided to focus on reworking my entire ARCHICAD training business, building a fresh foundation with new course materials and websites. This will enable me to reach more users, serve them better, and solidify my position in the worldwide ARCHICAD community. 

Everything will flow from this initiative. 
It will all work better because I am giving my gifts to the world with a clear strategic plan. 

I’m tremendously excited about 2019, with dozens of ideas buzzing around in my head. 
It’s going to be a LOT of work – and I am feeling strong, focused and determined to get going and keep going. 

Stay tuned – I’ve got a lot to share with you over the coming year. 


If you’re an active ARCHICAD user, then one of the most important levers in your world has to do with your skill and facility with ARCHICAD. 

When you use best practices methods, you are able to work more efficiently and get your work out the door faster. 

PLUS you can spend more time on your design (to come up with better solutions for your clients), produce higher quality output (so it’s easier to get the projects built), and potentially be much more profitable. 

So investing in ARCHICAD training could be one of the most valuable things you do in 2019. 

If you’d like to join me on the journey towards ARCHICAD mastery over the next year as I create my new ARCHICAD Best Practices 2020 course, NOW is a great time.

During the launch promotion, I’m offering the course plus coaching support for half price.

AND…if you are one of the first 50 to buy the 2020 course, I’ll give you an extra bonus of $3,958 of training materials…making this offer effectively an 87% discount on the bundle package. 

In the 4 days since I announced the course, 27 of these 50 bonuses have been snapped up. 

For all the details, please visit


P.S. I’ll be presenting one final live broadcast of my free ARCHICAD Best Practices Updatewebinar on Thursday December 27 at 1 pm PST (US Pacific). In this 2 hour webinar I share 10 cool tutorials that will help you take advantage of some of the most useful new features in ARCHICAD.

If you’re not already registered for my ARCHICAD USER webinar series, click HERE to sign up and join me in my most interesting and carefully crafted presentation EVER.

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