How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis demonstrates the functionality of a useful sketchup plugin called FlexTools that can be used for generating dynamic components inside sketchup.

One can produce various smart objects like doors, windows etc. The plugin allows the users to arrange the doors, windows, louvers and other objects inside openings in your sketchup models instantly and smoothly.

This sketchup plugin is developed by FlexTools CC. It is a paid extension and cost is US$33 for one component and US$114 for all components.

One can download the plugin from

Flex tools is a series of opening creation tools developed on the basis of sketchup dynamic components engine. It comprises of the responsive objects scale and modifies to openings automatically.

The components can be resized devoid of any distortion. Here, only the sections of components which are expected to resize like the door or the glass in the windows, will be only resized whereas the frames and other objects remain unchanged in sizes.

To get more detail, go through the following video tutorial.

How to use FlexTools sketchup extension to create dynamic components within sketchup

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s4u Paint – The newest sketchup plugin by Huynh Duong Phuong Vi

Huynh Duong Phuong Vi is the developer of the newest sketchup plugin called s4u Paint. This plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

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

This plugin offers multiple functionalities :-

a. Paint material to face in group and component.
b. Paint Material to Group,Component.
c. Erase material in objects.
d. Substitute material.

e. Reverse Selected Face.
f. Get Area of Material in Selection.

To avail the plugin from extension warehouse, go to extensions and click on Suforyou and then click on Paint or Toolbar s4u-Paint.

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Suforyou Vn

s4u Paint – The newest sketchup plugin by Huynh Duong Phuong Vi

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Raylectron Render – The newest sketchup plugin

SoftByte Labs, Inc develops Raylectron Render, a user-friendly and photorealistic rendering and animation plugin for sketchup to transform any 3d models into a photo-realistic image.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018 as well as windows platform.

Raylectron facilitates the professional artists, hobbyist or anyone who produce 3D designs and wishes to convert their models into photorealism presentations, and/or to observe their models in 3D stereo just as they were real.

Raylectron includes all the settings to modify the output, as a result, no other software is necessary for executing the task.

With the help of material, it is possible to provide diverse effects for materials. It ranges from reflection (like mirror), refraction (like glass), transparency, glossiness, shininess, bump maps, normal maps and background images. Generate your individual grass & fur. Shadows are not fraudulent or simulated like “Soft shadows”. Caustics are also real, not fraudulent or simulated.

Make your own animation that offers you a hands-free tour of a model.

Raylectron employs all the CPU cores and threads (user selectable) to render at a rapid speed and new GPU version available.

For more clarification, watch the following video tutorial.

To know it’s features and download the plugin from extension warehouse, go through the following link

Raylectron Render - The newest sketchup plugin

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Client Communication: the key to better projects

Delivering SketchUp models to the clients through right communication is important for projects and Nick shows in his video. Communication doesn’t stand only about speaking to and hearing from people, but more than that it is about understanding the total message. A good communication depends on many things like the language will use, delivering message with the tone of respect, the feeling and the body language at the time of talking. These all play important roles in every communication process and can also deliver a confused and wrong message if they used in a wrong way.

In every organization, project manager has the main role of communicating with others such as clients, co-workers, advisors, dealers etc and also responsible to present the right message to the right person at the right time.

Communication is a symbol of the “transfer of information form one individual to another”. It is seen that the failure reason of the projects basically is the miscommunication, most of the project deliverers fail to clearly understand the vision and the project’s success criteria. This vision should be strongly communicated to each shareholder and team member and the whole team must be able to understand the total result for working together for a common goal.

A poor communication can certainly damage any project or relationship and break down the strength of the project. For a good communication one has to be knowledgeable about every detailed and updated thing about a project so that he could deliver the right information to the clients or shareholders.

It is not that this problem happens only in some cases or happens in certain time; it has become a regular problem and harming the growth of the projects. A right communication to all the shareholders in a clear and actual manner is the capital thing as it clears about the kind of the delivered messages.

When you are in the field of architecture or design, communication plays the most vital part in every project and through 3D communication tools it has become easier to communicate with various people over a project at a time. A rich communication with full of right knowledge and information makes a project more successful and in SktechUp it is also important.

SktechUp is not only a tool for modeling and designing it also known for its sharing capacity in 3D. Often designers make models and show the idea through the 3D communication system to their clients or other teammates as a presentation or for opinion. A good representation of the works of models, their designing, capacity and way of working will become the reasons of success and the bad one cause failure.

 To improve the communication way Nick Sonder, a member of SketchUp team has guided everyone with his wonderful SketchUp models and LayOut documents. Nick himself is a brilliant commuter and makes a good communication with the clients throughout the whole process and with the help of his friend, Houzz he had organized design ideas and collaborated with others. He has some brilliant concepts and produced a video tutorial as guide for all.
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How to Set Up Templates in SketchUp

Templates in SketchUp are the place where you are drawing on. Each template defines the type of your project. Depending on the applications, SketchUp comes up with an array of templates. The most common concentrated fields for SketchUp templates are – architecture, construction, urban planning, landscape architecture, woodworking, 3D printing, and more.

Templates generally define unite of measurement of your model. Each template has a specific default unit that helps you create a design easily with maintaining the accuracy. For example, if you are doing a woodwork project, then the unit should be in millimeters and inches because accuracy is a must-to-have thing in this case. For creating a building model, inches and millimeters will definitely irritate you. Each model needs a different unit to measure the model, and right templates make your job easier for you.

There is another option called custom template that allows you to add your preferences to the template. Sometimes the default ones seem not enough as per your requirement. In this case, you can customize the details to make it fit for your model. The list below contains the things you can add or modify in custom setting.

• The model Info Dialog Box:
The model info dialog box gives you information about a model. You can change the needed fields as a default for your model.
• Save Geometry for your template: when you save geometry to a template, then the models based on the same template will also add the geometry. It works as a default.
• Styles: you can work with an array of styles in SketchUp. The Style browser has as many types as you want. The common options include edit edge, face, background and watermark.
• Shadows: Shadows give your design a complete touch. Maintaining the right shadow behavior is a necessary thing. The option is not default, though. You have to turn on shadow separately as the feature consumes much computer processing resulting in a slow performance.

Change Default Template: When you get started with SketchUp, the first thing that the application asks you to do is selecting a template. This default template can be changed further. For this, follow the steps below:

• Window > Preference for Microsoft Windows and Sketchup > Preferences for MACOS X.
• Select the Template option from the sidebar.
• Choose a template from the drawing templates box and then click OK.

Create a Template: Creating template will help you start your work without giving time in changing the default option of templates. If a set of changes has always been used, then save it as a default. This option proves more beneficial than you could ever imagine. Follow the steps to do this.

• Start a new SketchUp file with your present template.
• Add all essential modifications such as style and shadow to your SketchUp.
• Select File > Save option.
• Save your template adding a name
• Click the Save option

The Model Info Dialog Box: The content below presents a short knowledge about a Model Info Dialog Box that helps you create your model with all necessary details. Different types of settings are categorized in the dialog box. Check the list below:

• Animation: to animate your scene, you can set transition time between scenes.
• Classifications: this feature will work on the classification data and BIM.
• Components: you will learn how to add changes in a set of components in your model.
• Credits: credits let you know the owner of the model or components. You can also Claim Credit to add the license holder’s name to the model.
• Dimensions: you can add text to the model. Follow
• File: this represents the details of a file.
• Geo-location: you can make your model geo-located by adding location through Google.

Besides the above-mentioned options, you can also get features like rendering, statistics, texts, and units. The Model Info Dialog Box has come up with the options that you want to have to create your design more smoothly.

The content describes steps and information associated with the SketchUp Template. You have to have detailed knowledge regarding this particular tool since it forms the base of your design.

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FlatText – The newest sketchup plugin

David P has developed FlatText. It is the newest sketchup plugin that is available in extension warehouse. This sketchup extension is well matched with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is available in different languages Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, etc.

The plugin is effective for various industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking, Other.

The sketchup users sometimes face problem with sketchup text. SketchUp text belongs to a “face me” object, it moves and does not stay at the time of orbiting the model. As no two apps image text the same way, it become difficult to obtain WYSIWYG text output to printers or CAD. By using FlatText, the sketchup users can resolve this issue easily.

Similar to 3D Text, it moves where it is placed and remains there. It is also possible to edit everything about it.

If various texts are exported to CAD, this is an ideal method to obtain perfect WYSIWYG performance. There is no need to clean up your text in CAD. The colors of the text, leader lines, and arrowheads can also be set.

FlatText comprises of five built-in fonts, and there are free font packs with various more fonts here.

If you want to download a sample file, go through the following link

To download the plugin from extension warehouse, click on the following link

FlatText – The newest sketchup plugin

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How to Select a Part of a Model in SketchUp

3D modeling on SketchUp involves easy steps to help you draw a perfect model. The tools and extensions save your time and keep the designing process smart and simple. SketchUp, like other 3D design applications, follow the common processes at the initial level of your design. ‘Selection’ is one of the basics and most necessary features designers should be well-acquainted with. The content brings to you different applications of the ‘selection’ tool for designing a perfect model.

To move anything in your SketchUp model, you have to select that object first. Through selecting the model, you inform the SketchUp that you are working on that portion of your design. You can rotate, copy, move or anything want after selecting the model.

Things you need to know for using the ‘selecting’ tool:

Selecting entity in your SketchUp: You must know that every single thing of your SketchUp model is an entity that is also categorized in a few names as per their appearance. Elements, objects and annotation are the three basic parts of the selection.

Elements are similar to edges and faces in a design and they together make an object. An object should contain a separate name and meta data that defines it. Annotations are texts, guides and selection planes. The remaining things other than elements and objects are called annotation.

Selecting a thing (lines or faces) is not easier, though. Experts have also taken time to know how to select only edges in SketchUp. If you, too, are wondering how to do this, go to the wire frame mode and select the object by dragging. Since only edges will appear in wire frame mode, it will be easier for you to select an edge.

Click to select things you want: The easiest way to select an object is to click on that particular thing while you are using the select tool. To select more than one object, you need to hold the shift key and click the objects you want. Knowing the usage of shift key in selection will help you learn further about SketchUp. You can add and subtract both with the shift key.

The entities look differently as per their character: After selecting an edge, a face or an object, you find a few changes in its appearances. Selected edges transform into blue, selected faces covered with blue dots, and selected groups and components are surrounded by a blue box – these changes are visible by designers.

Double or triple click for the selection: Double click or triple click can be termed as the SketchUp select tool shortcuts. Double clicking an edge allows you to select edges and adjacent faces both. Through this, you can also select connected lines in SketchUp very well. Triple clicking an edge or a face selects the entire model.

Select many at once in SketchUp: When you need to select many things in your SketchUp design, Selection boxes will help you. Such selection is two types – window selection and crossing selection. Window selection is called when you click and drag from left to right. This way, you can select things inside your selection box.

Cross selection is when you click and drag right to left. It selects anything that touches your selection box.

Knowing properly the application of selection tool will resolve complicated problems like how to select edges and more. The basic of the selection tool is to move an object in your model.

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A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

Previously in some areas of Campinas, Brazil, it was hard to find the experienced in software and technology but two Trimble colleagues in Brazil, Isabella Glacomin and Lais Tatagiba took an initiative to change this scenario. They launched a youth eclipse program that brings undeserved students with disclosure to SketchUp and also promoting a brighter future in this disadvantaged part of the country.

About the Youth Outreach Program: Trimble team in Brazil always took initiatives and activities for serving the community and giving it back some helping hands for better work. This year they thought to launch a youth outreach program with SketchUp and began their partnership with CEPROMM. CEPROMM is mainly a non-profitable association which helps and supports children, teenagers and women who live in an underserved area of Campinas known as Itatinga.

Campinas is located about 60 miles away from São Paulo and the area of Itatinga is known in Latin America for its uncontrolled usage of heavy drugs and have high prostitution rates. CEPROMM was founded in 1993 and dedicated to provide important resources to the underprivileged children and teens that are facing harmful situations at home. This association is currently aiding about 270 children, teenagers and their families by educational, personal and professional development programs and also organizes different mental health programs, arts and computer classes, sports and many more to enhance the good living skills in them. Trimble has connected with them for giving them some more different thing to live well in life.

Works around 3D modeling: Trimble with CEPROMM is going to the outreach project with SketchUp from Project Spectrum which will help the youth on the autism development in vocational skills and if this succeeds then a similar program will be held in Brazil also. The work has begun and CEPROMM is giving the students the access to coursework like computer classes that is not common in the traditional schools. The vocational tests given to the students help them to discover and operate possible career paths and it is hoped that it will be helpful for them. With this computer classes Trimble is willing to give the basic SketchUp lessons to make a way of working in 3D modeling or design in future.

The curriculum of the project: The program of giving the students a basic knowledge in SktechUp will help the students to become a basic or beginner user of SketchUp. The program is divided into three, two-hour long courses where they could take lessons step by step. In the first class, the students were given the knowledge of the basic tools and commands in SketchUp, then they learnt to draw simple lines, shapes there, work on changing the scale, moving the objects, also learnt to create groups and editing them properly.

In the second class, they created a 3D model using a 2D project and also learnt the process of creating windows and doors, it was a fun experience for them where they draw their imagination and gave them a beautiful shape. In the last class the learnt to create materials, textures on the walls and floors of their model house and also the method of importing the furniture from 3D Warehouse and customizing the things properly.

Ways of adding exposure to SketchUp: The students found a new world in SketchUp as they were never experienced this kind of technologies before in their school and at first they found some difficulty for them to grasp. Trimble helped them to grow their abilities of achieving something in future.

Creative models of Students: They have used their imagination and hidden wishes and created different models like house, swimming pool or garden etc.

Skills they learn: Though the students were taking SketchUp more excitingly and tried to create the models in a fast way but they soon understand that slowing down the work process will make the models better. Then they leant the things with ease and patience and put them in the models, this patience and eager to grab the knowledge will lead them to their beautiful future knowledge.

The future plans of the program: Both Trimble and CEPROMM ahs started to develop an action plan and decided some future plans for taking this program a new level. So they are willing to continue the lessons of SketchUp with the students and trying to give them the ability of mentoring other students under them so that the learning process can go further.

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A brighter future for one SketchUp classroom in Brazil

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CleanUp3 and Solid Inspector2 in SketchUp

Introduced by Thomas Thomassen, both tools are important to erase the errors of your design. While CleanUp tools delete the unnecessary components and reduce the size of your design smartly, Solid Inspector checks the problems existed in your solid models. These tools are also useful to make your SketchUp design 3D print-ready. They easily erase the problems of your design without the intervention of your calculation and measurements. The content describes these tools in a brief way.

CleanUp3: The tool works best in reducing the heavy size of your SketchUp design in a logical way without making any visible change. Unnecessary and hidden elements generally put loads on the size of the model. The feature finds out these objects and cleans up smartly.

To open the tool:

Plugins > CleanUp

The benefits of using this extension:

• Eliminates unused items
• Deletes hidden geometry and duplicate faces
• Remove lonely edges and edge materials
• Merge identical materials

This extension is particularly being used for 3D printing for your SketchUp model. if your design contains an array of models and shapes, this tool deletes the hidden elements brilliantly to make the download of your model easier.

Solid Inspector2: Solid Inspector goes by its name and detects the problem areas of a group or a component that prohibit them being the solid manifold. This extension needs SketchUp 2014 or the newer version to run smoothly.

Application: Click the group or components to find out the holes and click fix button to solve the issues in a hassle-free way.

To Open the Extension:

Toolbar> Solid Inspector2

These tools perform well when it comes to detecting the underlying problems of your 3D design in SketchUp. They create an effortless platform for you where you can delete unnecessary objects to improve the style of your design.

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CleanUp3 and Solid Inspector2 in SketchUp

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How to Use SketchUp for Developing an Amazing Game environment

Till date, SketchUp has made a remarkable name as a simple and easy 3D designing tool. As the time goes, the software application pushes its boundary. Designers start using the 3D tool in fields other than known ones. SketchUp as a game environment developer is an added application that evolves gradually in the gaming industry. Professional developers love SketchUp as it offers a trouble-free way of designing complex models. The use of SketchUp in the gaming industry has already been started by Studio Olemingus – an independent game studio introduced by Dhruv, a designer and SketchUp artist, and Kevin, a programmer.

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Dhruv, the small town boy from Chala in Gujarat, is the man behind this innovative thought of using SketchUp as a game developer. He learned SketchUp in 2009-10 as a part of his course. He goes deeper to know how to use the 3D tool in an innovative way like no other does. He used the tool for outlining a gallery for the first time and came to know that the file size generated by the application is less than the other software. The designing is rather simple to understand and to craft. The software application has become an inevitable part of his designing since then.