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Book Review: Autodesk Revit 2017 Architectural Command Reference

Anyone that follows this blog knows that I’m a big fan of the Mastering Revit series of books. Don’t believe me? Then check out this post here. Of course that doesn’t mean I don’t have room on my bookshelf for different Revit books and this post is about the latest addition to said bookshelf.

Autodesk Revit 2017 Architectural Command Reference by Daniel John Stine & Jeff Hanson.

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I will start by saying this is not your standard Revit book – it’s not set up like a textbook from your school days. This isn’t the typical book about the Revit workflow with examples followed by practice exercises for you to try. So then what is it you ask? Well, as the name would suggest, it’s a reference book and a very well laid out one at that!

I think the best way to describe the book is with a few excerpts from the authors’ forward:

“The intent of this book is to provide the reader with an easy to use command reference.”

“The book is organized in the same way the Revit user interface is presented. Each tab of the ribbon is represented as a chapter…each button is represented in the book as it appears on the Ribbon from left to right.”

As you work your way through the book, you will find that ALL topics are covered including old favourites and brand new ones too.

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You will also notice the book is more than just “Picks & Clicks” for each command (but those are there).

You will find throughout the book Tips…
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and “Quick Steps” to get you working on a command quickly if you need to learn something on the fly….

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If all of that is not enough for you, there is also a code inside each book that gives you access to a downloadable library of videos.

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These are not just a few quick 30 second videos either – there are 96 videos which works out to a whopping 1.7 GBs of content.

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Another nice thing about the book is its size – it is a BIG book! 736 full sized 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages. This larger format allows it to lay flat for ease of reference when learning a command.

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Like most books these days, you can find it online at places such as Amazon.  You have your choice of hard copy or digital version.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a Revit textbook with exercises and workflows, then this might not be the book for you. However, if you are looking for a complete Revit reference guide that will be beneficial to the Revit beginner as well as the office expert, then look no further!

Enjoy the book  – I know I will!

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