Link: Create a Realtime Walkthrough of your Revit Project with Autodesk Showcase

Even though my thoughts in my recent article on realtime rendering came to the conclusion that I wasn't willing to spend a ton of time on the bleeding edge of that technology, I haven't ignored it either. The truth is that the idea for that article came from me spending a decent amount of time figuring out realtime rendering using Autodesk Showcase, which comes with either a perpetual license or subscription to some of their suites. The funny thing that you probably can relate to is that I didn't even know Showcase existed or what it did when I found it. Luckily the office I work in has this type of subscription and I had a presentation to create, so the stars aligned.

I ended up making a tutorial that takes you through the process of getting your model out of Revit and into Showcase with a lot of steps along the way to make a successful and very nice looking realtime model. It is now live over on the Novedge blog where lots of additional people other than Method visitors can see it. This works well because this is certainly not an Autodesk-centric site. So if you're interested in my process for creating realtime walkthrough's, please go check it out and let me know what you think.

Click here to head over to the Novedge blog and read my tutorial.

✱ Which Rendering Program is the Best One for Me?

I get asked all the time what 3d rendering program I use and why. This is coming from a particular point of view - mine. I do architectural work. I do my own design. I work in small and large teams on small and large architectural projects. You may not do the same thing as me, but I'm sure there's some overlap if you're reading my site. I hope this is useful for you. 

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News: Maxwell Render Now Free For Faculty & Students

Next Limit:

As of August 2014, Maxwell Render is offering FREE licenses to academic institutions and the students enrolled in their courses. 

This is great news for those of you either in school or working at one to start using Maxwell Render. It can be used for anything non-commercial.

Read more about it on the Maxwell Render site.

Pixelmator, my favorite image editing program is on sale. Get it!

This is a quick heads-up that my favorite image editing app on the Mac, Pixelmator (Mac App store link), is on sale right now for $16! It's normally $30, which is a crazy low price to begin with when you compare it to Photoshop which costs almost that much per month to use (and never own). It has an crazy average rating of 4.5 stars out of 3,052 reviews. It's the real deal.

I've talked about it many times here and in my videos, and have used it to create the image you see above among many others. (If you use this link to buy it, Method will get a few pennies from the sale, and it won't cost you anything extra. Please help support this site!)

Why do I like it? Watch this tutorial video I made at about the 34 minute mark to find out. You'll see exactly why I love using it and just how fun, easy and powerful it is. Not to mention, the less I'm tied to Adobe apps and a subscription, the better. You seriously can't beat this deal. 

So if you need an app to adjust images, make graphics for print or your web site, paint textures for your 3d scenes, or fix old photos, get this app now! What are you waiting for?

✱ Should you be considering a realtime rendering program for architectural presentations?

✱ Should you be considering a realtime rendering program for architectural presentations?

I’m sure you’ve heard of "realtime rendering," but just in case you haven’t here is a quick explanation: your 3d object or scene is being rendered by the computer on the fly, allowing the person viewing it to interact with the model and look wherever they want. The most common application of it is in video games, and as far as architectural visualization is concerned, it’s what’s next. Here's my current thinking on the subject.

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✱ Thanks

This is just a quick note to let everyone who has donated to the site know just how thankful I am. It is through your donations that I can afford to make more tutorials, plain and simple. If you've ever tried to make a tutorial yourself, you probably know just how much work they really are. If you haven't made one before, I can honestly say it's a lot more work than you probably think. 

So for those of you that have made a donation, my biggest thanks. You are very gracious and it makes me so happy to know the things I've made have helped you be worth more. I am filled with gratitude.

Link: formZ/bonzai3d + Maxwell Render Bundle

There's a 30% off promotion going on right now for some of my favorite 3d tools - formZ, bonzai3d & Maxwell Render. You get 30% off a Maxwell node-locked license when you buy either fZ or b3d. Don't miss the part that says the next version of fZ that's coming out (v8) is going to be a free upgrade to everyone who buys v7 now.

I don't get anything from this offer - I'm just letting you know about it because these are my go-to design tools and it's a great deal. I'm also letting you know about it because they used my image for the promo email :)

✱ Our industry needs great, licensed architects. We need you.

My goal here at Method is to make you worth more. One mantra I bring up from time to time is to invest in yourself. No one else is going to do it for you. You have to take the first step on this long journey. And then the next one, and the next one...

The more skills you have, the more you are worth. This not only allows you to get paid, but it makes the whole architectural industry worth more as well. You raise the value of everyone around you. This is something that is going to really help both you and our profession in the long run.

The American Institute of Architects National Convention as going on last week in Chicago, and Method was there in spirit. Our profession really needs smart people to become architects to help shape our industry's future. A lot of visitors here are students or unlicensed professionals working in the field. We need to dig in, get out hands dirty, and create the change we want. The first step is make sure we are on the same playing field as everyone else.

This is what I'm doing, and I hope you'll join me. Once I get my license, I have plans. It is not easy, nor should it be. One step at a time.

My friends and I have been talking a lot lately on the Archispeak Podcast about the NCARB exams, what's involved in them and what's changing. We've also talked a little bit about what tools are available to help us pass them. And you know that this site is all about sharing tools with you that work for me. 

A friend of mine, David Doucette, has a great little company that makes study tools for the exams. People I know who've used them absolutely rave about them. On top of the affordable study guides for the exams administered by NCARB, David's company, Architect Exam Prep, also has a study guide (which is more of a bible really) for the California Supplemental Exam. This is an amazing resource, and I hope you'll check it out. If you use my link, I get a small kickback from David. My goal here is to help spread the word about this resource because I think it's great, and because I want you to pass the exams. Then you can help shape the industry even better. Simple as that.

You can find out more here.