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Old 11-30-2012, 09:41 PM   #21
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What programs are you guys using?
Revit and SketchUp with VRay.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:17 PM   #22
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Kent, how did you end up using Revit? I don't remember.
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What do you mean? How did I decide?
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Yes, I guess. When did you first purchase Revit and why, and what were you doing project-wise at the time? Do you stay current with new releases?

I'm just curious.
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SketchUp and Kerkethea for custom things

20/20 for kitchens/bathrooms
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Yes, I guess. When did you first purchase Revit and why, and what were you doing project-wise at the time? Do you stay current with new releases?

I'm just curious.
The transition from when my family moved from WA state to Maine was about when I started. I first bought Soft Plan, which led me nowhere. I don't know how it is now because those bastids don't give trial software out. Not sure why I bought that pile of crap.

So through the torture years I heard about this program that was supposed to be the cats meow. Revit. I think it was at release 3 or 4, can't remember. That was also a bit of a turd. I hopped on board at 5 and occasionally update, not much, since it's like buying software all over again.

When we moved back in early 2000, I was drawing prints for builders. That didn't last long because it is not a sought out business here. You can get free plans from the lumber yard if you buy the lumber from them. Can't compete with free.

I drew up a nice oceanside remodel and the client asked me to GC it. Money was too good to pass up.

I always have felt that the rendering and visualization "market" in construction is something that is hardly used. It should be. IMO. There's so many errors that could be eliminated.

One of the reasons I went with Revit. Change anything anywhere on the plan and it updates throughout. It can be a rather infuriating program at times though. It's not perfect. I sat down one day and decided I was going to hammer it out with the program and really give it a try. Took me a month to get 90% of it.
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Gotchya. I didn't have a clue as to how you got started with it. I started researching cad stuff in 2002 before opening the basement biz in 2003.

I knew I wanted the capability to do floor plans and 3D stuff and Chief fit the the bill. Their free trial download and great forum really sealed the deal for me. I've updated every time except for this last recent upgrade.

Iirc the full program was around 1,5-2k back then, with another 2-3k in upgrades over the years. I wasn't even aware of Revit, but it would have been a budget buster anyway if it was anywhere near the price it is today.
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AutoCad/ArchitecturalDeskTop .... Blue prints and shop drawings
Have 3dMax >>>Design2010 and learning access to all the autodesk products. Fluent in 3dmax, MR & Vray and Cinema 4D. Blah blah blah
Use sketchup once in a while.

Modeling Rendering Application of choice is Luxology's Modo.

The paying work "day job" is mostly dedicated to the side of commercial P-lam cabinetry and retail mill work/fixtures in a grocery setting. Not a great demand for renderings, yet alone need or time. Occasionally there are times to use Modo. Can get lots of ooohs and aaahhhhhs but very rarely $$$$ worthy of the effort.

Would highly suggest Sketchup or a 30 day Revit trial. If thinking about dabbling in this stuff.
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Would highly suggest Sketchup or a 30 day Revit trial. If thinking about dabbling in this stuff.

Yeah I am looking into getting into kitchen and bathroom remodeling as I am trying to steer away from roofing so that's why I asked about the software.

I have played around with sketchup. I don't really like it.
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I always have felt that the rendering and visualization "market" in construction is something that is hardly used. It should be. IMO. There's so many errors that could be eliminated.
After pondering this same question for a decade

Two reasons:
Ego-Pride-clayfeet, my way is the best way (old ways)
Money-cost of such fancy things vs the savings of eliminating errors

I fully agree with you and have used this and other technology to the same ends. Maybe over time this tech will be used more. As the applications become more like tools rather than occupations based on them.
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Yeah I am looking into getting into kitchen and bathroom remodeling as I am trying to steer away from roofing so that's why I asked about the software.

I have played around with sketchup. I don't really like it.
Well then Revit or Architecture2012 should be on your list to try out.

If you're serious and want to find the sticker shock of the top end - autodesk, you may want to contact: mastergraphics
They are local, for you, AutoDesk resellers and have training.

The thing with Kitchen and baths is having pre-made cabinets in the applications to drag and drop. OR the ability to create them. I've always done one of a kind/custom work or Box's from the Box stores. Not much a need for anything other than an app for basic drawings-contract documents, permits for the Box Cabinets

Chief Architect is another option that appears to be good, though I have no real exposure to it. Beyond my application (CA users) is better than your application LOL

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Yeah I am looking into getting into kitchen and bathroom remodeling as I am trying to steer away from roofing so that's why I asked about the software.

I have played around with sketchup. I don't really like it.
The good news is that almost all have a 30 day fully functioning download trial. I would think for the money and the community support that Chief would be at your top of the list. The community support for Autodesk products is mostly architects....it's a little dry and much more expensive. I took this route because I needed to collaborate with architects, engineers, etc. and a grand proportion of them use Autodesk products.

Plus my failed experiment with SoftPlan made me a little shy on CA.

Revit was not easy to figure out, and I'm pretty quick on my feet with this stuff. You will get 80-90 percent in a week, but to use it fully to it's advantage, we are talking months if not longer.

You and I are similar Tx, but you are ahead of me on the training. The only thing I consider myself decently fluent in is Revit, and I am far from the whole picture.

I used to have I think it was AutoCAD 10 at the time.....years and years ago. I made my own floor joist layouts when framing. It helped with the counts and lengths. Can't trust those lumber yards for nothing.

When I went to voc school back in the mid 80's, I think was when acad was early born. I think our professor had AutoCAD 3?. Been interested since then. I figured "why hand draw?" Rendering caught my eye somewhere around 2000. I thought I would have a go at it, but found out how much they earn
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You and I are similar Tx, but you are ahead of me on the training. The only thing I consider myself decently fluent in is Revit, and I am far from the whole picture.

When I went to voc school back in the mid 80's, I think was when acad was early born.

Very similar paths...but two paths diverged in the woods and I, I took the CGVFX path-less traveld, LOL less traveled for a reason. And found it lead directly back to the path I was originally on.

Was in College Studying Architecture in '84-5 when they first offered Acad there. Had to have a professor's recommendation. ROTFL I still have the same issues with architects today I did back then-No bueno on the recommendation. And too many of 'em are still blathering fools. Most recent example- I didn't know 12" boards didn't come 12" and I decided on alder because of it's costs...to bad that alder is stupid expensive at 12" widths if not impossible to find and gluing up matched pieces is cost effective how? AND all of this 'Green' was just starting to gain traction. Had one professor that specialized in it.

Hand drew all my design build plans up through 2000. Still a bit faster with the t-sqaure and pencil, however reproduction, changes and accuracy are better in Cad.
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Here is a glass cabinet I was playing around with

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I am not in the league of you guys, but I do mostly exterior stuff and rarely go to the expense of raytracing projects.

Here is on that I did with Chief 4. Chief 5's raytracing is even better.
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DAZ Model Lady?
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Like the glass and lighting.
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A quick render from a recent arch approval submittal. Render was a gratitude. Used the model to aid with the shop drawings. The basic line drawings from the Architect---- front and top views pretty much looked the same.
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New here and this is my first post so I'm testing things out as well as the image posting thing.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2...u1auGgPbz4G/cC

A recent design currently in construction docs.

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Edit: Kinda small so don't know what happened there.

2nd edit: We'll try this again:
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Kinda small so don't know what happened there.
I always blame it on it being cold.
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I got it bigger. Found the "manage attachment" button.

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