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I've been waiting for you GC, we meet again at last . . .


Life is full of funny coincidences. Totally unrelated to the last post, someone just gave me a heads up about a free download for Generative Components. Now, I dabble in Grasshopper, and scratch my head a bit about Catia/Digital Project watching from the outside, but in terms of digital diversity, I really don't get out much. So if I see the opportunity to drop this (in)famous application onto my desktop and fiddle, well, by god I'm going to fiddle.

And I am humbled. As with any new application, you open it and see the befuddlement stretching out before you like the great plains. I just want to figure out how to draw a line . . . how? Well, take your pick:

Back in the day, I did my fair share of 2d Microstation, but this is a whole other ballgame. The enticing thing about it is something I had heard about from others but never got around to experiencing first hand. The "thin wrapper" around the API, the completely exposed guts and wires. I want to know more. Especially when I see this sweet little symbolic hierarchy of relationships that gets generated on the fly.
Or this ugly and powerful looking explicit manner to define a simple arc.


Yes, I know, plenty of you have been far down this path already, so I won't blog extensively on my bumbling toddler-like first steps. But when I get a chance over the next few weeks, I hope to be able to dip my toe in this strange yet familiar water. Anybody have some tutorials to point this Padawan towards?

10 comments:

  1. Zack, do you know if and when Revit is going to get an algorithmic editor similar to GC? I know that Dr Aish is over two years with Autodesk so I hope to see something similar for Revit in the near future.

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  2. these are floating around - but are old: http://adds.transparente.net/?tag=generative-components

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  3. @Jack Redford: I believe Dr. Aish is working on the ACAD team - maybe Zach knows more?

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  4. You can find some e-seminars @ Bentley here> http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Promo/Generative+Design/eSeminars.htm

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  5. The sites listed above have much of the training content that has been publicly released for GC in the past, if i recall correctly. Here are a couple other sites I used to frequent that had good GC content:

    http://www.designpatterns.ca/

    http://www.eatyourcad.com/

    Ben Dougherty used to have a site called gcuser http://www.gcuser.com/ but it looks like it has lapsed into disrepair and lost his domain. Perhaps his content got merged into some other site.

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  6. Here's another one, with case studies and videos:

    http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Promo/Generative+Design/In+Practice.htm

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  7. >>> Totally unrelated to the last post, someone just gave me a heads up about a free download for Generative Components.

    I disagree and think they are quite closely related....Whenever I interact with BENTLEY products, I feel like I am involved in a poop joke.

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  8. Thanks for the links everyone . . . afraid I don't really know much about what Robert Aish is up to.

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  9. i have a few GC tutorials on my site if you want to get started

    www.cerver.org

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  10. ...must be top secret stuff what Robert Aish is concocting...

    http://aecmag.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=224&Itemid=36

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