How to Use Orbit, Zoom and Pan Tools to Get the Best View

To design flawlessly and creatively, SketchUp offers you some simple, understandable view tools concentrated completely on the object you draw on. The orbit, pan and zooms tools allow you to navigate your drawing smoothly observing each part of your model. Working on SketchUp is an interesting task as it stresses more on your design than on different applications of features. These tools are designed to keep the process simple while you are drawing an intricate 3D part. These options come in handy to view your model from any corner. Let’s know how they work on your favorite 3D application.

Orbit tool: Orbit tool is used for rotating your model to view it from different angles. This tool proved to be handy for the beginners as they can easily check the view of the model. Quite popular among others, this tool leads you the right design that you are looking for. You can activate the orbit tool from camera menu, getting started tool bar, or a large tool set tool bar.

Zoom tool: Zoom, as used traditionally, takes you closer to the model you are drawing. If you are working on small models, zoom helps you make it larger to fit your style. The best way to activate the zoom menu is rolling the scroll wheel that lets you zoom in and out instantly without clicking any menu bar and toolbar.

Zoom Extent is another option that is different from the usual working of zoom itself. Zoom Extent is used for making the model perfectly fit as the size of the window.

To use this tool, choose Zoom Extent from Camera.

The Pan Tool: The pan tool is another known view tool to observe your model from different angles – left, right, up and down. This tool brings to you different sides of your model and allows you to check the corner.

Things you should know about the pan tool:

• Pan stays in the camera menu
• Pan is in the tool bar
• Pan can also be activated through clicking on mouse’s scroll wheel button and press shift

These three tools are commonly used by the designers to set different viewpoints of the model. They are simple yet effective to understand the model the better.


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SketchUp for Ruby Code Editor

Ruby Code Editor has been a popular extension that helps SketchUp users add fine and in-depth detailing to their 3D design. Generally, the extension simplifies the application of Ruby codes in SketchUp platform and allows designers to write down the scripts as easily as they design. The extension seems to be very interesting for those who are obsessed with the Ruby codes and want to apply them on the SketchUp platform to make their design exceptional and eloquent.

This feature allows users to run and modify codes in the SketchUp environment. An External editor is also available, though. The application has been successful to give you the real environment of the code editor. Ruby Editor provides designers with a useful way to design their 3D model beyond the application area of the SketchUp.

Ruby Code editor comes up with other benefits that make your experience on SketchUp smoother and happier. If you love to have documentation of your work, then there is no better tool than Ruby Editor. At the browse window, you can add your reference web pages from where you are taking designing detail and coding support. These websites will you help in your next project. It also comes up with some common code snippets that can be inserted in your coding area. Other than this, you can call a code-completion feature at any point in your coding.

The benefits of using Ruby code in SketchUp are numerous. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • The menu-based user interface with a clean code editor environment
    • Light/dark themed editor
    • Works smooth with files of any size
    • Fast opening with code highlighting for large files
    • Files list of most recently use data
    • Keyboard shortcut navigation
    • Line numbering in coding
  • Matching Indenting/dedenting of code blocks
    • Matching brackets, current line highlighting
    • Undo/redo in editor
    • Find/replace in editor (text or RegEx)
    • Code folding
    • Insert code snippets at cursor
    • Code-completion for SketchUp classes and methods
    • Automatic backup file creation
    • Various options: font size, tab/space indenting
  • Undo of code execution
    • Single undo option for entire code
    • Results window keeps track of run history
    • Reference web browser for common websites
    • Explore selection object properties and attributes
    • Option for direct access to the Ruby console
    • Option to edit default code snippet
    • Clean printing of code

You can open Ruby Code Editor from the ‘Windows’ tab or from the Toolbar. You need to know that in the editor, codes are highlighted for your help. If code highlighting gets failed, you must check the coding and ensure that you put spaces in between the operation you have used.

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Flux – The newest sketchup extension

Flux is a useful sketchup extension. It facilitates the sketchup users to collaborate with others as well as relates sketchup with other most recognized design tools ranging from Revit, AutoCAD, Dynamo, Excel, Google Sheets, 3ds Max, Grasshopper through cloud.

Flux generates agile workflows from concept to production and thus save significant time for the users.

It is compatible with sketchup make or pro 64-bit, 2015, 2016 or 2017 for Windows.

Given below, different types of applications of the plugin :-

Obtain geometry directly from Revit (with the Flux plugin for Revit)
Deliver quantity take-offs out of your SketchUp model to Excel or Google Sheets.

 Leverage third-party Flux applications to draw perfect topography, road, and building data into your SketchUp scene.
Hand over your massing and site context to a facade designer who works in Grasshopper or Dynamo.
Live link the interior and landscape designs with Revit straight.
Visualize any SketchUp model in virtual reality via live link incorporation with Unity.

Combine structural, MEP, and architectural SketchUp models into a central model for conflict resolution.
Some exclusive features of the plugin are link your design tools, speed up design recurrences, collaborate across disciplines, leverage computer in the cloud, view and allocate geometry online et.

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Flux – The newest sketchup extension

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