Some useful features of Sketchup Pro 2018

In this sketchup article, Mark Harrison has briefly described some vital features of Sketchup Pro 2018.

Big enhancements are found in controlling section planes, excerpting model data into aggregated reports for takeoffs, and producing superior drawings out of your SketchUp models. Another crucial feature is the introduction of SketchUp Free: 3D modeling for everyone, in a browser to get access to free 3d modeling.

SketchUp Free offers the simplest way to draw in 3D, now assigned in a web browser. Draw, orbit, push-pull: create anything according to your imagination, however you visualize it. It loads in current web browsers on various operating systems, so it is possible to model on Chromebooks and Linux today.

Go to app.SketchUp.com and commence modeling instantly. The similar modeling engine is used as the desktop version, running in a browser.

In order to host the models online, utilize Trimble Connect. All your work will be up-to-date and available wherever you require them. Your projects auto-save, and in case of a crash, your latest work will be preserved there when you re-launch SketchUp Free.

Watch the following video tutorial for online demonstration of Sketchup Pro.

Download Sketchup Pro 2018 sketchup.com

Some useful features of Sketchup Pro 2018

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2018 Skalp for SketchUp

Skalp team has launched 2018 Skalp for SketchUp. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with only sketchup 2018.

Skalp is an impulsive and robust Live Section Tool that can be used to generate stunning plans and elevations within SketchUp.

Skalp will enhance the capacity of the users for making excellent drawings.

Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin :-

Skalp Sections
Automatic hatch patterned cross sections.
Get updates in real time, all model changes are monitored promptly.
Apply styles to remap the look in individual scene.
Entirely supports nested groups and components.
Provide support to different types of drawing scales in a single model.

Skalp Styles
The equivalent section is demonstrated in several ways.
Each Scene can get its own cross section style.
Intuitional and robust mapping queries.
Allocated with layer, material, hatching or tagging.
Patterns are adjusted according to the drawing scale.

Skalp Pattern Designer
Produce nice tileable Pattern textures for your Skalp Sections.
Texturize any model in a new inventive way.
Import a zillion standard CAD patterns.
Create your own from the ground up.
Supports scales, transparency, colors & line widths.

Skalp Export
Ability to export to SketchUp Pro’s LayOut. Constant updates of Skalp sections in all scenes.
Export to DXF comprises real CAD hatch patterns.
Batch export of scenes to DXF.
14-day FREE TRIAL license

A 14-day FREE TRIAL license can be activated once Skalp is installed.

For more information, visit skalp4sketchup.com

2018 Skalp for SketchUp

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How to Create and Use SketchUp LayOut

Working with SketchUp LayOut allows you to maintain a smooth flow of designing. The options and features creatively carve out your designing instinct. When you open SketchUp LayOut, two dialog boxes will generally appear – Tip of the Day and Getting Started.

Getting Started Dialog box contains different templates of your LayOut document, and it comes up with options required for adding features and functions easily to your design. There is a template always on which a Layout is based. Storyboards and title blocks are also there in LayOut. Other than this, you can also prepare a layout adding your preferences.

SketchUp lets you customize every detail in template so that you can enjoy a spontaneous designing. After choosing a template, you can modify features like paper size, margins, and units. Once you modify every necessary detail in the template, you save it giving a particular name of your file.

Choosing a template: For every new LayOut document, you need to select a template from the Getting Started dialog box. There are options like graph paper, plain paper and story board that assist in you choosing the right one. You can also change the template later while designing from the template setting box. The list below mentions details of the content.

Select a default template: there are three categories carrying templates with different measurement and looks. Under the ‘New’ tab in the Getting Started dialog box, you will get options:

• Paper: common paper sized templates are listed in the category. You can easily get letter landscape or A4 size as per your requirement. Papers have portrait or landscape orientations and they have also come up with grid paper and plain paper options.
• Storyboard: if you are designing for a storyboard, you can get three preset boxes for defining the functions like angles, features and views of a 3D model.
• Titleblock: there are several titleblock types to choose from. Common style includes modern, rounded, simple and traditional forms.

Select your own template: My Template option helps you work on your preferred template option. The template that you create is the foundation of your LayOut project.

Open an existing document: this feature brings many advantages for your designing purpose. You can easily open an existing document in LayOut.

Paper Setting: Modification is a common step after creating your LayOut. The Document Setup dialog box contains the needed options allowing you to make new changes as per your designing concept.

Paper Setting: In the document setting dialog box, you find options that help you change the document area you are working on. The most common paper setting is done by modifying an area’s size, orientation, margins, colors, and rendering quality. Below is an introduction of the features in a paper setting dialog box.

To customize the setting, you can insert the value of width and height of the paper. There are two options available for the shape – landscape and portrait. The color swatch option will take you to the color picker where you can choose color that is required for your document. For getting color printouts or PDFs of your design, you must select the Print Paper Color Checkbox.
• To change margins of your document, you need to select the margin check box. By default, margins are not visible in the document. Input the values for left, right, top and button margins.
• You can also opt for the high rendering resolution with choosing high, low or medium resolution quality for your design. Both input and output resolution can be adjusted in SketchUp.

Unit Setting: Unit setting helps you in measuring the design in your preferred unit. To modify the units of your design, you need to click File and choose the Document Setup option. Select Units for changing the measurement.

Save LayOut Document: Save LayOut document before you add loaded works to it. The LayOut saving follows steps the same as you do to save other files (File > Save or File>Save As).

The content offers you an insight of the LayOut option in SketchUp. You can create any documents using the above-mentioned steps. You must visit help.sketchup.com for more information.

How to Create and Use SketchUp LayOut

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http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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Eneroth De-DC-ify – The newest sketchup extension

Christina Eneroth is the developer of Eneroth De-DC-ify. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking and Other.

Eneroth De-DC-ify cleanses Dynamic Components of their dynamicness and converts them into regular components. The role of the plugin is to safeguard your intellectual property prior to deliver a model with custom DCs to a client. It is also useful in case you do not prefer to use Dynamic Components and just would like imported components to perform as normal components.

 Watch the following video for online demonstration of the plugin.
Access the plugin from Extensions > Eneroth De-DC-ify extensions.sketchup.com
Eneroth De-DC-ify – The newest sketchup extension
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V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, demonstration is given on new V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp comprises of some advanced features like fast-paced GPU rendering, smart hybrid rendering, a efficient UI, viewport rendering, VRscans support, and lots other. V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018.

Given below, some exclusive features of this latest version :-

VIEWPORT RENDERING: New viewport rendering facilitates the users to simply choose and render several regions simultaneously, and instantly intermingle among V-Ray render and SketchUp model with +/- hotkeys to manage opacity.

STRONG GPU RENDERING: Rapid, more strong GPU rendering with additional support for aerial perspective, displacement, subsurface scattering, matte/shadows, and more.

HYBRID GPU+CPU RENDERING: With V-Ray GPU running on NVIDIA CUDA, the users can reap the complete benefit of all existing hardware along with CPUs and GPUs.

ADAPTIVE LIGHTS: For scenes which contain adequate lights, the new Adaptive Lights mode can allow minimizing render times by up to 700%.

SMART UI: The complete V-Ray for SketchUp interface now becomes cleaner and easier, with superior support for 4K monitors.

FILE MANAGER: Organize all of your scene files under one position. Arrange file paths, form scene archives, and monitor assets like textures, IES files, and proxy objects.

V-RAY COLOR PICKER: With the addition of new color picker, it makes it possible to choose color values in Screen sRGB (0–255) or Rendering (0.0–1.0) color space.

V-RAY SCENE IMPORT: Import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications like 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit

To view online demonstration of V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp, watch the following video tutorial from Chaos Group.

Download Sketchup Pro 2018

V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp now supports sketchup 2018

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CLF OnScreen Display – The newest sketchup plugin

The renowned plug-in developer Chris Fullmer has created CLF OnScreen Display, the newest sketchup plugin that is compatible with SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This script demonstrates the position of cursor and screen as well as the name of the chosen component. If there does not exist any chosen component, it labels what is selected (group, face, edge, 3d polyline, etc).

This tool can be activated from Plugins> OnScreen Display. After moving the cursor, left click and hold the mouse to obtain the OnScreen Display. When a component is chosen, it will demonstrate the instance name and the definition name. The definition is what is normally viewable in the component browser.

Watch the following video for online demonstration of the plugin.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

CLF OnScreen Display – The newest sketchup plugin

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How to create a moving animation of a construction site

This is an exclusive sketchup video tutorial presented by Justin Geis. In this tutorial, Justin teaches you how to produce a construction model as well as make a moving construction jobsite animation with sketchup.

The construction jobsite is modeled with PlaceMaker, a powerful sketchup extension and the animation is done with animator, a script used for creating animation of sketchup models.

PlaceMaker – This sketchup plugin is developed by Whaat. It can be used for building 3D city quickly. With this plugin, it is possible to include instant context to your models by importing OpenStreeMap roads, buildings, paths, water bodies, trees and high resolution aerials. It is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

Link to download the plugin extensions.sketchup.com

Animator – It belongs to a script that facilitates the animation of Sketchup models. Fredo 6 has developed this free sketchup extension. The plugin comes with a parametric, interactive framework to manage the movements of objects and cameras along a timeline. Animator creates videos in different formats.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse under Tools > Fredo6 Collection > Animator

Watch the following video to learn the complete process.

How to create a moving animation of a construction site

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Eneroth Align Face – The newest sketchup plugin

Christina Eneroth has developed Eneroth Align Face. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. The plugin is designed for different type of industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking, Other.

This tool arranges faces in a line to provided planes. The plugin will be mostly effective in some cases where the native Move, Rotate or Push/Pull Tools can’t function because of connected faces.

Turn on the tool from Extensions > Eneroth Align face or its toolbar. Click a face to be aligned and then click the face to align it to. Just suppress Shift to lock the orientation if it is required by the face to be plane-parallel to a specific face, e.g. retain its own orientation, but arranged elsewhere.

It is also possible to provide a perfect dimension to offset the plane of the face. Every time, when a face is aligned to a plane-parallel plane, either by providing a perfect distance or by selecting a point in the model, the offset distance is memorized and re-used in a different place with the double click of the mouse. To offset in opposite direction, hold Shift at the time of double clicking.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Eneroth Align Face – The newest sketchup plugin

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Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

Jacob Samuel has developed Bezier Surface of Revolution. This newest sketchup plugin supports SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. The plugin can be used for numerous sectors like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

This extension is applied to generate generate and edit Bezier surfaces of revolution with the use of Bezier curves, arcs, circles & lines as the profile.

This extension includes items to the Right Mouse Button Context as well as Draw and Edit menus with tools to generate and edit different types of surface of revolutions including spheres, hemispheres, domes, cones, torus etc.

The draw tool, “Bezier Surface of Revolution”, is available in the Right Mouse Button Context and Draw menus on choosing a Bezier curve(nonrational or rational), arc, circle or line on the XZ/Red Blue/Front/Back plane as the profile curve. As soon as the surface is formed, the tool brings you in the editing tool for the surface drawn afresh.

If required, the surface will be editable for customizing it according to your choice by shifting the points or lines of the resulting control net or modifying the “weights” of the control points. The edit tool will be turned on subsequently by choosing the surface and “Edit Rational Bezier Surface” from the Right Mouse Button Context or Edit > Group menu.

Download the extension from the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

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Arka Roy
http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

Jacob Samuel has developed Bezier Surface of Revolution. This newest sketchup plugin supports SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. The plugin can be used for numerous sectors like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

This extension is applied to generate generate and edit Bezier surfaces of revolution with the use of Bezier curves, arcs, circles & lines as the profile.

This extension includes items to the Right Mouse Button Context as well as Draw and Edit menus with tools to generate and edit different types of surface of revolutions including spheres, hemispheres, domes, cones, torus etc.

The draw tool, “Bezier Surface of Revolution”, is available in the Right Mouse Button Context and Draw menus on choosing a Bezier curve(nonrational or rational), arc, circle or line on the XZ/Red Blue/Front/Back plane as the profile curve. As soon as the surface is formed, the tool brings you in the editing tool for the surface drawn afresh.

If required, the surface will be editable for customizing it according to your choice by shifting the points or lines of the resulting control net or modifying the “weights” of the control points. The edit tool will be turned on subsequently by choosing the surface and “Edit Rational Bezier Surface” from the Right Mouse Button Context or Edit > Group menu.

Download the extension from the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Bezier Surface of Revolution – newly launched sketchup plugin in extension warehouse

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Arka Roy
http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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