• Constraints, Relationships, and Parameters

    My last few posts have mostly just offered my opinion. This time, I’m really hoping to get responses from you, the reader!
     
    One of the hot topics when we talk about BIM  is “parametric design.” I hear people talk about constraints and relationships and parameters as though they all mean the same thing, so I wanted to clarify a bit and offer my own opinions.
     
    To me, each of the three terms means something…
    • Wed, May 26 2010
  • Easier on Existing Users

    When I was still a production drafter, it used to drive me nuts when a new version of a program was released and the commands were all moved around. It seemed like all they did was move commands from one pull-down to another and it just made life difficult.
     
    Almost any time any program ever tried to make my life easier, I hated it. At least, in the beginning.
     
    After a while, I realized that there were two tests that…
    • Mon, May 17 2010
  • Interface and the Evolution of a User

    A speedskating coach of mine once told me that fitness is never static. An athlete is always getting slightly more or less fit. The same thing applies to any technical skill, like software. You are always either gaining skills or losing them.

    For example, let's talk about Microsoft Word. When is the last time you created a macro? If you do it all the time, you can probably do it without thinking. If you have done…

    • Mon, May 3 2010