Outline of the Course
Here is an outline of the Best Practices Course - subject to change, of course!
  • Best Practices Course Outline
  • Course Downloads
  • Live ArchiCAD Training Schedule
  • Coaching Calls
  • Get the Course on DVD
  • Week #1 – The 7 Keys to Best Practices
  • Week #2 – Get Organized
  • Week #3 – Get More Organized
  • Week #4 – Library Management & Migrating Projects
  • Week #5 – General Notes & Specifications
  • Week #6 – Save Your Favorite Settings
  • Week #7 – Interactive Legends
  • Week #8 – ArchiCAD’s Structure: The Navigator, Part 1
  • Week #9 – ArchiCAD’s Structure: The Navigator, Part 1 (Continued)
  • Week #10 – Using ArchiCAD’s Structure: Guiding Principles
  • Week #11 – Conceptual Design Strategies
  • Week #12 – Site Survey and Topography Modeling
  • Week #13 – Aligning and Placing Elements
  • Week #14 – Navigation and Drafting Power Tips
  • Week #15 – Advanced Selection and Editing
  • Week #16 – Roof Modeling and Documentation
  • Week #17 – Complex Modeling
  • Week #18 – Complex Projects
  • Week #19 – Renovation Projects
  • Week #20 – Managing Attributes, Project Preferences, Work Environment
  • Week #21 – Creating and Customizing Library Parts
  • Week #22 – Managing and Optimizing Live Sections and Elevations
  • Week #23 – Layout Book, Drawing Options, Printing and Publishing
  • Week #24 – Detail Drawings
  • Week #25 – Schedules, Quantities and Data
  • Week #26 – In-Office Project Management
  • Week #27 – Collaboration
  • Week #28 – Communication via DWG Files and BIMx
  • Week #29 – Stairs, Railings and Landscape
  • Week #30 – Managing Complexity
  • ArchiCAD 17 New Features
  • ArchiCAD 18 New Features
  • Course Downloads

    You may download the course videos using the links below.

    RIGHT-CLICK on the DOWNLOAD link and choose Save As or Save Target File As or a similar command (this varies depending on your browser) to save the MP4 video file to your computer. You may then open the files using QuickTime or any video player that reads MP4 files.

    Thank you for visiting the Best Practices Course website. The video lessons are available for members only. If you are an active member and would like to watch the ArchiCAD training video on this page, please login to the website. If you are not currently a member, please visit the following pages for more information and to sign up for the Best Practices Course, the QuickStart Course or for the Best Practices ArchiCAD Coaching Program. Eric Bobrow, Creator of the Best Practices Course

    Copyright 2010-2015 – Eric Bobrow

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    1. MichelleEceiza
      2 years ago

      Hi Eric,

      I am going in circles on this page, trying to see how to download lessons 1-30. Can you tell me how to go about it step by step?

      Thanks!!

      Michelle


      • Eric Bobrow
        2 years ago

        Hi Michelle –

        As posted near the top of the page:
        “RIGHT-CLICK on the DOWNLOAD link and choose Save As or Save Target File As or a similar command (this varies depending on your browser) to save the MP4 video file to your computer. You may then open the files using QuickTime or any video player that reads MP4 files.”

        If you’re going in circles, then I’m guessing that you’re simply clicking on the DOWNLOAD link and it’s opening up a new tab in your browser (rather than downloading it as a file). You need to right-click on the DOWNLOAD link, then a popup menu will give you some options, one of which will have the word “Save” in it; this will allow you to save the file rather than opening it up within the browser.

        I hope this helps. If not, please email support@bobrow.com for additional assistance.

        Eric


        • Eric Bobrow
          2 years ago

          Michelle – I checked your account and it appears that you have purchased the QuickStart Course, rather than the full Best Practices Course. If you do not own the full course, then you will not have access to the Best Practices Course lessons. You may watch the QuickStart Course lessons using the links under the QuickStart Course menu; to download those lessons use the QuickStart Course Downloads page – http://www.acbestpractices.com/member-home/quickstart-course/quickstart-course-downloads/
          Eric


    2. PaulPanson
      2 years ago

      Eric, as a long time member of Best Practices, it’s great to see you adding to the content over time, I’m happy with the original content.

      I hope you will consider updating these lessons over time as Archicad evolves. Will be continuing to support your service and AMT in future. Thanks.


      • Eric Bobrow
        2 years ago

        Hi Paul – Thanks for your positive feedback about the content in the Best Practices Course.
        I am creating a series of lessons for ArchiCAD 19 as part of the Masters of ArchiCAD Training Series. I will be making them available to course members who joined in 2015 without additional charge. For members who paid a one-time fee a while back, there will be an upgrade option available to gain access to updated lessons as we move forward.
        Eric


    3. SanghRaj
      2 years ago

      Hi Eric
      I am a member of the Best Practices Course but I am not able to download the current course lessons and i am still waiting for the lessons on the CD.Please advise.

      Sangh Raj


      • Eric Bobrow
        2 years ago

        Hi Sangh – I checked your account and everything looks good from our end. I had the website membership system send out a reminder email with your login information in case you needed it. You have full access to the Best Practices Course videos (both watching on the lesson pages and downloading from the Course Downloads page) as well as QuickStart lessons. However, your membership in the ArchiCAD Coaching Program has lapsed, so you won’t have access to those recordings unless you renew. Re the DVD set, you should have received the first 4 disks; the remaining 3 are in production now and will be released and shipped out in August.
        Eric


    4. AtulThakor
      2 years ago

      Dear Mr. Eric,

      Are you still going to add few more topics on this course?

      If yes, When we see closing ceremony?

      Atul Thakor


      • Eric Bobrow
        2 years ago

        Atul – At this point, I have finished development of the Best Practices Course curriculum. While there may be a few topics that I didn’t cover (such as energy analysis) or that were only covered in passing or in coaching calls (such as BIMx), overall I’m pleased to have over-delivered in terms of my original promise to have 26 weeks of material, each about one hour in length. The course materials are now over 100 hours in length, and I think that’s enough…
        That being said, I plan to keep the Best Practices Course up to date, and will be providing an ArchiCAD 19 Upgrade lesson series through the Masters of ArchiCAD Training Series, which will be integrated into this website (at no charge for 2015 members, and a nominal charge for members who joined earlier).
        Eric


    5. GHolm
      3 years ago

      Hi Eric.
      Do you intend to complete point 6 to 9 under Archicad 17?


      • Eric Bobrow
        2 years ago

        Goran – At this point, I’m not sure if I will get back to these topics for ArchiCAD 17. I had put them into the course list because they were items that I thought would be useful, however time have moved on, and I think you are the first person who has actually asked about them. Let’s see how it goes…
        Eric


    6. LennoxArchibald
      3 years ago

      Hi Eric,
      I am a full member of the Best Practices Course but I am not able to download the current course lessons. Please advise.


      • Eric Bobrow
        2 years ago

        Lennox –
        I think we got this resolved a while back. Let me know if you’re still having any issues.
        Eric


    7. ScottErmer
      3 years ago

      Please ignore that question, as I have resolved.
      Scott


    8. ScottErmer
      3 years ago

      Hi, I just purchased the course, and would like to download the course. It says to right-click on the download link, but I can’t find any download link. Can you direct me to the download link?
      Scott


    9. AmandaAtwood
      3 years ago

      Eric,
      I see that Week 25 only has one lesson in it, and beyond 25 there are no lessons yet. Are these works in progress? How often should I check back to get these lessons?


      • Eric Bobrow
        3 years ago

        The Best Practices Course is still in development. Each month more lessons are being added. At the current pace, I expect to complete the main curriculum around the end of 2014.

        I am delivering two live lessons each week (except for occasional breaks) and announce them via email. Please check to make sure that you are receiving these weekly emails; sometimes they get caught up in spam filter or sidetracked to a junk mail or promoted mail folder. If you can’t find them in your email system, send me a personal email or call me and we’ll figure out what’s going on; sometimes it requires using an alternate email address.

        Eric


    10. AnjaWiehl
      4 years ago

      Hi, I am busy downloading the course and some files open when clicked, rather than download.
      I.E. Week 8-3+4, Week 9-2 and perhaps others.
      How can I get the material?


      • Eric Bobrow
        4 years ago

        Anja – As stated in the instructions at the top of the page, simply right-click on the links and choose Save As or Save Target File As or similar (this varies by browser), rather than simply clicking on the DOWNLOAD links.
        Eric


    11. RajagopalaHathwar
      4 years ago

      Dear Eric,

      Hotlinked Modules- PLEASE GIVE DOWN LOAD OPTION


      • Eric Bobrow
        4 years ago

        I have updated the page to include the download links for 18-4 Hotlinked Modules and 18-5 Multi-Building Projects. I apologize for not remembering to do this at the same time as I posted the lessons on their individual pages.
        Eric


    12. RachaelMcClain
      4 years ago

      Hi Eric,

      I signed up for 30 day access to the Best Practices Course and Getting Started Course, am I not able to download the videos? I don’t see any links under course downloads.

      Thanks,
      Rachael


      • Eric Bobrow
        4 years ago

        Rachael –

        Training Pass members may not download course videos. I hope you understand – if I enabled lessons to be downloaded by people who buy short term passes, then many would simply buy a pass and download everything from the website, rather than purchasing a full membership.

        If you would like to purchase a full membership, please respond here or email me and I will send you a special code that will give you full credit for the amount you paid for the pass. Essentially, the training pass then becomes a down payment towards the full course.

        Eric


    13. 69067122
      4 years ago

      I am the member at AMT12.


      • Eric Bobrow
        4 years ago

        Hello 6907122 –
        As an owner of AMT12, you may upgrade to MasterTemplate 17 for a discounted price (you don’t have to purchase a new license). Please login to the MasterTemplate website at http://www.actemplate.com/login and you will see a link in the left hand sidebar where you may purchase your upgrade. You’ll get complete instructions for how to migrate your current template forward, or to rework the new template with your preferred settings.
        Eric