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Okay, I am the new lighting guy at a regional production company. I have never used any type of CAD program before. The last lighting guy purchased VectorWorks 2008, then quit. Does anybody have any suggestions on where and how I should start training myself (books, training classes, tutorials, etc.)? Thank you very much.

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Welcome! There are quite a few really good training resources available. Click on the "Training Resources" link on the right of this page. Most folks I know feel that Jonathan Pickups manuals are the best (look for them at this link: http://www.nemetschek.net/training/guides.php ). However I'm not sure whether any of his books are specific to your industry (lighting design).

Because you are new to CAD I would strongly advise getting some one-on-one training with one of us trainers who is close to you, and who understands your specific needs, or at the very least attending one the Training Seminars offered by Nemetschek. All of these can be found at the same "Training Resources" link.

Once you are familiar with the basics this forum is a great place to post questions and usually get really good answers.

Good Luck!

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