AutoCAD Training Survey

Hello fellow cad gurus.
I am an experienced cad manager and I want to share my collective cad
knowledge with you. I have over 10 years exoperience using autocad
every day.
I want to create some sort of training product to help new users become
more familiar and more efficient with Autocad.
I was wondering if you can help me out by completing the following
survey, I don't have anything to offer to you right now. I will give
everyone who truthfully answers the following questions a beta copy or
limited free trial of the final product. It just depends on what the
final product is.
1. What are you looking for in an Autocad training product?
2. Have you ever purchased Autocad Training Materials before?
3. What did you think of the product?
4. What type of problems or frustrations are you having with Autocad
training materials right now?
5. What are you looking for to solve your problems?
6. If I had a product to answer your problems, what type of materials
would you like?
A. videos
B. audio
C. Workbook
D. ebook
E. other/please explain
Thank you for your time.
Reply to
matcad
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Sounds good to me...
The existing help files, with links to other relevant entries, is very helpful, at least to me.
No. I'm a dabbler and learn by clicking on everything (usually more than once) and asking specific questions in newsgroups.
Needed a little paprika.
My problems always involve some system variable or another, attributes or customisation.
Good old fashioned text. Those animated pointer-moves-by-itself thingies are nice, but are rarely useful after 2 weeks of operating the program. A few diagrams or screenshots are fine for me.
-------------> D. ebook ---> Something I could pop in the CD player WHILE learning.
10-4 Rubber Duck. Negative persperation. Dr Fleau over and out.
Reply to
Dr Fleau
are you looking to train people or make a buck or both? I've been a cad manager for little longer than you & have seen many guys come & go.. there are a lot of different types of cad jobs & one training program isn't going to fit more than a few applications, if any. for me ACAD is mostly a layout tool. My drawings are raw & I don't follow many standards. I 'd bet my left nut no one could turnout sheetmetal parts from concept to installation any faster. most of the guys we hire are good "draftsman" meaning someone needs to tell them exactly what to put on the paper. virtually helpless to point to a part & say "here's a tape measure, make me a shop drawing". when I get stumped, I ask one of the others if they know or I come here... everyone does things differently, I have learned mostly on my own but also know I can always pick up a new trick here & there from others just by watching them for a bit.
Reply to
longshot
I'm looking to help people to improve their AutoCAD skills by theching them some tips/tricks/ techniques etc. I'm trying to get a feel of the type of help people need so I can create a product that people will actually use.
l> are you looking to train people or make a buck or both? I've been a cad
Reply to
matcad
. Start by getting rid of the ridiculous notion that they must learn 2D before graduating to 3D... when in fact most of us had to learn, the hard way, to convert our 3D real world into the artificial 2D orthographic drafting requirements. Had we been able to think in xyz coordinates on paper way back when the world would be years ahead of itself in innovation.
When I sat down at my first CAD station, Computervision's CADDS 4X, it was like I had met God face to face. Insert line, insert circle, project entity!
I'm still struggling with AUTOCAD 2000.... so anything you come up with should, I believe, emphasize 3D thinking and not scaling, and not automatic four place precision when converting to drafting mode for the shop. And always include an iso image!!!!
Reply to
Wayne Lundberg
Awful hard to make training materials for Acad unless its very job specific. Some places are "Get er done" and out the door production types while others are "Dot all the i's and cross all the tee's" at all costs.
I'd recommend a short book with examples of you're techniques.
Reply to
Modat22
I 'd bet my left
I'll take that bet and do it with a few Journeyman Union Sheetmetal hands I know without ANY DAMN DRAWINGS OR HAVING TO RUN IT THROUGH an "ENGINEERING/DESIGN PROCESS" I'tll be faster, correct and FIT!!!!!!!!!! Furthermore, it can have 1 bend/breaks or 10 bends/breaks By the time the damn engineer gets out to the field, pulls measurements, gets back to the office, makes the .dwg, routes it out for approval, routes it to the vendor, a few guys I know would have the damn piece built & installed. Essentially,
Reply to
Dan Deckert
I can tell you what I would tell people first.
IT'S A DATABASE !
Look at the responses you get in this room. It's a friggin' tool. You want to write a training tool for a hammer? You MUST know what the people will want to DO with the hammer.
There IS NO WAY TO PROGRAM THE UNEXPECTED. And even I am not arrogant enough to tell other proffessionals how to do their job.
A draftman cannot replace his engineer. The guy who has made sheet metal all his life will know things you will never conceive. How you going to teach what you don't know?
The thing a draftsman CAN do to be more, is to understand the concept the proffessional may not. Like I said, it's a database. Manipulate your data. Be effecient in organizing your data.
Know the 1's & 0's on the hard drive that produces the paper. Let others read the paper. BE A GEEK.
(no spell checking was employed in this abuse of the King's English.) and if you think engineers can spell, you're hopeless. we do numbers.
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roy

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