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    Hi,


    I'm a tech writer with Autodesk and write the online Help and Getting Started Guide for Autodesk Revit. I'd like to get some feedback from Revit users on what you think we're doing well with the help, Getting Started Guide, and tutorials and what we could be doing better to meet your needs. Specifically, are there areas of functionality in Revit that you are having trouble with and would like to see more information made available on them?

    You can post here or send comments to Revitdocumentation@autodesk.com.

    Let us know how you feel. We want to make the help and tutorials as useful as we can.


    Thank you.

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    Well to kick off with, how about a section on using Journal files and what can ( and cannot ) be done with them.
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    And while we're at it, I have seen a script that can be used to automate the generation of excel spreadsheets from the schedules in a Revit file. I saw the script and it looks like Visual Basic in a .txt file which is simply dropped on the Revit icon to perform its magic. I believe that this is related to the way that journal files work. I would love to see some documentation on what can be done with this, as it is essentially a scripting solution for Revit, which people have been asking for for a long time.

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    I would like to see a large amount of avi tutorials & demos please

    I learn better visually ~ it has more info & technique & it sinks in quicker.

    Would also overcome international language problems as well as general technical language problems

    Maybe optional pop up notes (translated) if voice over too time consuming to do.

    I honestly think this would be of huge benefit to Revit Sales worldwide

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    I think the question was getting more at content than delivery. While I think delivery is important, it is more important that the information is out there. There are others that have put together video tuts, and I am sure more will come from resellers as uptake is increased. I personally don't think the incremental benefit of changing the delivery method justifies the higher cost and longer time associated with producing\distributing this information. Also, if a release is delayed because of the need to produce a video tut, I think you would see a lot of unhappy customers. Just my $0.02.

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    I agree with Greg's sentiments, however, it would be good eventually, to have something similar to SketchUp's excellent avis
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    I agree more with Roger Evans's idea of making AVI, because I think it's actually EASIER and FASTER for the Autodesk tech writer staff to make help this way, just plan how they going to do certain feature, and record.
    The traditional way of doing things while write each step down manually (typing it out) then proof reading it again, just seems to take more time to me.

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    You only need look at the bried video tutorials that Chris Yearick produced a couple of years back to see how helpful this tool can be. There was a high level of uptake for what was essentially an amateur approach to producing help materials.
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    Hi Greg

    I don't think we should impose our own limitations on what we would like to see happening.

    I think we should aim high & for the best & negotiate compromise after.

    The aim is to make Revit improve from being good to a world beater

    My thruppeny bit gor blimey guv thankee kindly.

    Roger

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    TO THE REVIT STAFF.
    IT WAS THE AVIS AT SKETCH-UP THAT CONVINCED ME TO BUY THE PRODUCT. IT SHOWED ME HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT AND BE PRODUCTIVE WITH IT IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.
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