Friday, 29 June 2012

Ascent eBooks

As a trainer in CAD software, you are always on a journey updating your skills and technical expertise, usually its via printed materials, i.e. training guides, books, etc and other sources.

In fact, my merge little collection of IMAGINiT Training Guides is starting to pile up...

I am now thoroughly overjoyed that I have access to all my training guides in Ascent's eBook format.  

The eBooks contain the exact same content as their printed versions, with one major exception - they are in full colour and so much easier to read.  The books are installed utilising the VitalSource Bookshelf system to download and view your collection.  They can be installed on Mac or Windows computers and on iPads and smartphones.

The VitalSource BookShelf browser enables the user to search the contents of the books, or with their eBook library.  You can zoom in and out, a handy feature when using an iPad, Tablet or smartphone, when viewing images that contain dimensions or other details.  There is also a highlighter tool, that enable users to accentuate specific text or parts of the eBook for later reference, and you can also add notes which can be referenced at a later date.  Just perfect for identifying specific things to bring to your students attention.

I'm finding more and more that I prefer to read and view books via my iPad than in printed format - its a complete bonus when travelling as I know longer have to lug around volumes of printed material...

ASCENT is an Authorised Author, Publisher and Developer of Autodesk curriculum. All of the ASCENT Autodesk courseware titles carry the Autodesk Official Training Guide designation. All of the company’s training guides are available to educational institutions, individuals, and corporations and can be purchased directly from the online store:

Monday, 25 June 2012

Wow, its been a while since I posted anything... my bad.  So a brief summary what's been happening since...

BDA National Conference 2012

Held in april at the national maritime museum, darling harbour, nsw whilst numbers were a bit down, it was great to catch up with "old" friends from around the country. this year the conference featured pecha kucha styled presentations, that is a format that is based on 20 images x 20 seconds per image - its a format that makes presentations concise and keeps things moving... there was even one from yours truly on all things - bladams wine cellar :)

Revit Technology Conference, aka RTC AUS 2012
Held in May at the Novotel Resort, Wollongong. What a great conference, this time participating as a Sponsor. I had the privilege to go and represent IMAGINiT Technologies on their trade booth and as principle sponsor of the gala dinner on Saturday evening.  

Some interesting snippets of information learnt during the conference…
1.  It was here I learnt about how Archi-CAD came into play
2. Jim Balding gave an excellent presentation on mobile apps, where he did the whole presentation on his iPad - great work Jim!
3. Definitely on of the highlights of the RTC events is the session named "Glorious Gadgets" where Wesley Benn, Chris Needham & Jim Balding demo'd some interesting "gadgets" like the 3D scanners and optocopter - great stuff guys… very entertaining

Certainly of one the strangest things overheard at RTCAUS trade display area…
"we don't have Revit on our laptops to show you that product..."

In 2013, RTC Australasia departs from its home shores of oz to the bustling metropolis of downtown Auckland, New Zealand.

Two great colleagues at IMAGINiT, Andrew Cooper & Evan Dalziel