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September 19, 2007



Hi George,

Please dedicate your next book to me.


George Omura

Hello Babourcarr Jeng... You're asking a difficult question! I don't know what architecture is like in Gambia, but here in the states, it is a profession that requires quiet a commitment. Also, don't expect to become rich. My advice would be to take a close, hard look at what an architect really does day to day and then ask yourself if that is what you really want to do. Architects must wear many hats as the expression goes. Quite often, designing buildings is just a small part of what you are called upon to do. I hope that I don't sound too negative about the profession. It can be very rewarding, but often people are drawn to architecture without understanding what being an architect really means. I hope this very brief answer will nudge you in the right direction. And I wish you the best of luck in your professional pursuits!

Baboucarr Jeng

Hi Mr. Omura,

my name is Baboucarr Jeng and i live in The Gambia, a small country in west africa. i am an IT as well as an architectural student. i bought your mastering autocad 2006 version and it was more than helpful. i recently tried to buy your mastering autocad 2008, but got your introduction to autocad 2008 which i am currently trying to use, pending the arrival of the mastering autocad 2008. i want to pursue a career in architecture, what is your advice master???

George Omura

Hello Paul, I have to answer your question with “that depends”. Someone who is very comfortable with using the computer and Windows could gain a lot from using my Mastering Viz 4 book even if they are trying to learn a later version. Of course, you are likely run into situations where the book’s instructions do not work. You’ll just have to be willing to find your way around on your own when this happens. If you are a complete novice with a computer and with CAD software, then I’d urge you to try to get the latest Viz book if you can. You might also try using the tutorials that come with the Viz 2008 software in conjunction with the book you currently have. Perhaps with those two resources, you can start to build your skills.

Paul Martin

Hi Mr. Omura, I'm Paul MArtin, an Architect from the Philippines, I have a copy of your book Mastering Autodesk Viz 4, I had this book for some time, and would like to use it for reference, would it be wise to use this book for a program for viz 2008? i would value your coment because I want to value this book because I cant afford to buy a new one, please advise. Thank you

George Omura

In response to Donato Mangialardo's comment... I think Hugh just means that with electronic media, you usually use a search tool that requires fairly specific input, like a word or phrase that you are looking for. The ubiquitous Search tool is great for finding very specific information like a “needle in a haystack”, but it is useless if you want to just browse through an electronic document. You can't ask a search engine to "show me something interesting" - Well maybe with the exception of Googles "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. Books are much easier to browse through and you can get a better sense of what a book is about by picking random pages and reading a few passages. Electronic media seems a little less accessible in that regard.

I imagine that in the near future, we'll see some innovative new tool in electronic media that will bring us closer to that book experience. I'm not anti-emedia at all and I wish that my publisher would produce my book in an electronic format in conjunction with the physical book. I guess I'm also a bit old fashioned too in that I like the feel of a book in hand with pages I can turn manually.

George Omura

Thanks Hugh for the positive comment.

Donato Mangialardo

I am sorry but I cannot really understand the comment "electronic media it works best if you have an idea what you are looking for". What electronic media do you use? Maybe there is an opportunity in thinking of new search capabilities across diverse, unstructured multimedia materials?

That said, the pleasure to browse a well done book is just unique and does help stumbling across helpful information -- especially when you have time for that.

b gibson

re: Elecrtronic Versus Book Media

With electronic media it works best if you have an idea what you are looking for. With Mr. Omuras' books I stumble across very useful information that I was not even looking for. Thank you Mr. Omura you have been a great help for a long time.

Hugh Compton

In addition to George's response about the best tool to create professional 3D models it is advisable to use predrawn libraries of parts (ie These will dramatically increase the amount of work that you produce.

George Omura

Regarding the comment about finding anything faster... Yeah, I certainly agree that you can do a search much faster with electronic media. My point is that you aren't always at a computer to do that search. Besides, I see people using books all the time where I work, even when they are at their computers, so I'd guess that speed isn't the only thing people are looking for when it comes to reference material.

George Omura

My license is in California.

Ed Goldberg AIA, NCARB

Where is George Registered as an architect?

Donato Mangialardo

Mmhh...I very seriously doubt you can find anything faster by using a book rather than a PC I am sure this is true and demonstrable on a few circumstances; but, overall, electronic manuals - although still a somewhat primitive learning tool - are way, way faster than any paper book.

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