Help from Forums

There as quite a few ways in which people prefer to learn about software. To my mind the first stop should be the Application Help, or a good reference book (the “Mastering” books from Sybex are brilliant and Micrographics optionally offer these to Essentials students even though the reference is applicable to the intermediate and advanced courses). Then there is YouTube and Autodesk University, both great sources for videos to learn from. And, of course, forums.

To my mind the forums have one great advantage over the rest: you are readily able to pose questions of experts around the world. Why limit oneself to searching fruitlessly for information that does not exist, when asking a question may render the answer one seeks?

One of my favorite forums is the Autodesk Community:


Another is Autodesk User Group International (


In these kinds of forums you will have to create a sign in account. This is great since, if undesirables present themselves, they can be kicked off the forum. That means a professional standard is maintained where users can find help, information and advice about topics that interest them.

Quite often one gains a good understanding of a particular user and may even start following their blogs.

Sometimes a question that is asked may snowball and become quite a topic of interest, even influencing the direction the software is developed in time. And if one is an expert, one may build a name for oneself internationally amongst one’s peers.