Hitting the wall with Revit

Someone needs to write a decent manual for Revit. I’ve made it most of the way through Autodesk’s book on the program, Mastering Autodesk Revit Building, which as far as I could discover, is the most comprehensive manual available, and have hit a wall. I now understand the basics, but can’t figure out how to do anything beyond since the manual doesn’t cover advanced topics and the on-line help is worthless. In otherwords, I can’t really design anything interesting after having finished this book and can’t troubleshoot my modeling quandries.

For AutoCAD I have a thick third-party manual called the AutoCAD Bible and that has served me well – if I have a question, I can find an explanation since the book simply goes through the program’s features and explains all aspects of each of them. The Revit book, on the other hand, is a training manual that takes you through a series of exercises that allows you to put together a couple of simple buildings, but its “click this – click that” approach doesn’t really explain what you’re actually doing or how you can use the commands for other things, and it doesn’t go into topics that aren’t involved in modeling the two buildings that are the result of the exercises. As a result, the book doesn’t serve as a reference and can’t successfully be used to figure out how to do something that’s not covered in the book. Revit is a complex and powerful program, but its features are worthless if you don’t know what they are and can’t learn how to use them.

I suppose as the program becomes more widely used, someone will write a decent manual, but c’mon Autodesk, you should have done this from the get-go. Give us a way to learn all the features of your program.

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