Jun 102012

I decided to drop the prices of my catalog of video courses quite dramatically following the rebirth of this website, approximately 90% off their original prices.

I did this for a couple of reasons. First, the economy is down worldwide so people can’t afford as much as they used to for training, and secondly it’s been a good while since I have updated my video products. I have some good reasons for the delay: I’ve written 3 books and produced 2 films in the last couple of years so I’ve certainly been busy.

Let me explain why my courses from even 4 years ago are still quite valuable today. Autodesk and Adobe have moved to a yearly product release cycle which makes my courses seem out of date before their time because of the marketing machine driving product sales. When you set out to master complex software I believe that you ought to learn the fundamentals very well and not worry so much about the bells and whistles that new users are often overly enamored with.

AutoCAD, Photoshop, and 3ds Max have been around for decades and I’ve been using them for most of their history. SketchUp isn’t quite so old but it uniquely hasn’t had many new features as its developers’ philosophy has been one of keeping it simple (refreshing in the software world).

I’ve always been interested in quality over quantity, and I think you’ll find my video products to be some of the highest quality training available anywhere. Once you master the fundamentals with my video products you can then spend an afternoon getting up to speed with the latest features on your own. It’s simply a wise approach to learning software: start with a strong foundation, build the structure, and then add the finishing touches. The hours you spend watching my videos will save you untold weeks of time trying to figure it out on your own. Let me help you!

Jun 102012

It’s been 2 weeks since I returned from Graz where I created AutoCAD videos in the recording studios of video2brain. It took me a solid week to get over the jet lag which was strangely worse for me traveling west this time.

The people who work at video2brain are fantastic and they run a top notch operation. I had a good time getting to know the people who work there and a few other trainers in the recording studios.

Here I am going up the funicular (very steep railway) to the Schlossberg in Graz, a town where Johannes Kepler, Nikola Tesla, and Erwin Schrödinger once lived. Not to mention Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Scott Onstott in Graz

Photo by Barbara Luef

One funny thing I discovered in a tourist shop is a sign that says No Kangaroos in Austria. A friend told me to make sure to visit the Great Barrier Reef while in Austria so I see how this sort of confusion happens all the time.

No Kangaroos in Austria

I’ll bet that there is a mountain of mail to Austria sitting in a warehouse in Australia and vice-versa.