Angular Dimension in SketchUp

SketchUp stores the most needed application to design some serious works. SketchUp users often face difficulties in inserting an angle correctly to the design. Angular dimension helps you measure the right angle. This content brings out the easiest way to put an angle with maintaining accuracy. The easy yet effective tool in SketchUp maps everything related to an angle dimension for you. Steve Baumgartner introduced Angular Dimensions for SketchUp users with adding essential aspects needed for adding the right angle to your design. The content deals with tips to add inner and outer angular dimensions to your design. It also discusses a few questions regarding this tool.

Angular dimension:

It is an extension that you need to install first. As the name said, it defines angles of your model. To activate the extension, choose the option angular dimension from the tools menu.

Angular dimension in 3D design comes up with an array of complexities. Steve tried his best to eliminate existing problems and offered an understandable approach that helps you know inner and outer dimensions.

To draw an angle, you need to choose three points in your design – the first end, the end point and the second end. The angular dimension shoes you the angle of your chosen area with a leader text. For toggling between inner and outer dimensions, use TAB button.

Generally queries related to SketchUp Angular dimension tools:

Many users complain that SketchUp Angular dimension tool is missing. They must understand that it is not a built-in tool and they have to install the plugin to use. For this, please check

This tool comes under the features of marking dimensions in SketchUp. Whenever you need to mark a distance and angle in your model, linear dimension and angular dimension prove to be very useful.

A guide to create an Angular Dimensions:

It follows a few steps to design an angle. Details are mentioned below:

1. When the tool is in active, click a point that makes an angle. On hovering the cursor over the line, you will find On Line or On Point interference. A dash blue line will appear when you click the point.
2. Click the angle’s vertex to create a one-half of the angle. See Callout 1.
3. Click the point that creates the other half of the angle.
4. On moving the cursor to the angle’s vertex, a blue dash line will appear. When the line crosses the first line, a hollow point is created that defines angle’s vertex. Callout 2.

5. Click the angle vertex to create an angular dimension.
6. Move the cursor from the vertex area to the direction of the angle you measure.
7. Click to measure the angular dimension. Callout 3.

The information above helps you know how to measure angular dimension of your SketchUp design. it needs your creative part of your designing.

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How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

This is an excellent video tutorial for sketchup vray users. The tutorial briefly explains how to use v-ray 3.4 in sketchup 2017 along with photoshop to perform interior rendering of a bedroom.

The rendering is done through v-ray asset editor. The V-Ray Asset Editor contains four different tabs ranging from Material Editor, Light Editor, Geometry Editor, and Render Settings Tab. These can be utilized for controlling V-Ray assets and settings.

Asset Editor Button is available in V-ray Toolbar. One can also avail it from Extensions > V-Ray > V-Ray Render and Options > Asset Editor.
Material Editor tab provides information and manages all the materials in the sketchup scene.

Light Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information and manages all the lights in the sketchup scene.

Geometry Asset Lister/Editor tab comprises of information on v-ray geometry assets in the sketchup scene.

V-Ray Render Settings tab provides controls for the V-Ray renderer.

Watch the online demonstration.

How to render a bedroom with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

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nz_PolyhedralJunctions – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_PolyhedralJunctions. This newest sketchup extension is well matched with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is specifically designed for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering etc.

NZ_PolyhedronJunctions comprises of nz_Edge2Polygon to generate Polygons and Polyhedral Junctions maintaining perfect reference edge lengths. It also articulates & connects triangles. It allows the user to generate and personalize platonic/polyhedrons and archimedean solids as per your exact dimensions and requirements from the ground up devoid of depending on external imports. Polyhedral Juctions of the platonics are set all through nature and most effective while arranging balanced loads concerning a point.

This tools match well when anyone is going to generate self-similar compositions.

Download this extension from extension warehouse

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Learn to render in sketchup with some easy to follow steps

In this sketchup video tutorial, taught by Alex Oliver, the founder of sketchup school, you will be familiar with a unique method that can be applied to obtain a nice rendering from sketchup.

This method supports various rendering extension like v-ray, SU Podium, Shader Light etc.

It is known as photographer method. The method facilitates the students to gather knowledge on how to approach renderings in sketchup.

The video focuses on the following topics :-

– a brief synopsis of the types of rendering extensions along with a link to a page from where the exact rendering extensions can be selected)

– A brief tutorial on how to arrange professional 2-point lighting for your renderings

– 3 easy Photoshop recipes for rapidly improving your SketchUp renderings.

In sketchup the rendering extension provides you all the gear as you require them along with camera and lights. With photographer method it is possible to set up excellent lighting.

To gather more details, watch the following video.

Video Source: SketchUp School

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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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nz_Parabola – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Parabola, the newest sketchup extension. It is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This sketchup is useful for Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Gaming, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and other sectors.

It is used to draw a parabola set with the base width and overall height.

Each Parabola is distinctively drawn on the basis of particular dimensions.

A Parabola is equivalent to Projectile Motion, from flightpaths to fountain spouts.

On-Screen Definition of Parameters

Height & Width is described on screen.


A Facet-Factor is applied to manage the number of facets which develop the parabola.
A value of <=1 is perfect, also the number of faces varies dynamically to accommodate the size of the parabola.

 To learn the complete process, watch the following video tutorial.
This paid extension is available in extension warehouse
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nz_RunningTape – The newest sketchup plugin

Natale Zappia is the developer of nz_RunningTape for sketchup. This newest sketchup plugin that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018 as well as Mac OS X and Windows platform.

The plugin can be used to find running dimensions along a path (or an optional post to post measurement). It is suited for anyone who wants to find out the travel distances. As for instance the architects while dealing with fire safety.

Running Tape comprises of the following features :-

Selectable Colours: Simplify recognize paths

Start Point: It is used while searching alternate paths from a specified point or point of choice in direction.

Node Size: Marks start position & important points.

Text: z-Value: Useful for managing the perceptibility of dimensions.

Alarm(1/2): These options are ideal for marking two important points along the path to your destination

It is most useful for the architects while defining fire exit routes.

RememberMe: All settings are sustained during and among sessions for your convenience.

Restore: Resets settings values to RememberMe or Factory settings.

This plugin is available in extension warehouse

nz_RunningTape – The newest sketchup plugin

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ArchiWIZARD – The newest sketchup extension available in extension warehouse

ArchiWIZARD is a useful extension for sketchup. It supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The extension can be used to smoothly transmit a project to ArchiWIZARD for producing real-time building energy performance, solar potential and lighting analysis.

With this extension, ArchiWIZARD users will be able to coordinate their model(project) directly from sketchup.

This real-time 3D analysis software is founded on BIM model and directly associated with the architectural CAD solutions on Mac and PC.

ArchiWIZARD offers perfect thermal, light, solar gains and shadows analysis, renewable energy simulation (photovoltaic & thermal solar systems).

EnergyPlus building energy simulation engine (STD) is implanted in this extension to combine even more precise building performance analysis with the advanced practicability of ArchiWIZARD user interface and interoperability capabilities.

ArchiWIZARD notifies you about the consequence and performance of your architectural and technical choices concerning energy performance, thermal and visual comfort, and bioclimatic quality out of the sketch intended for new constructions and refurbishment.

It comprises of various building elements libraries and user-friendly configuration, results visualization and reports production tools.

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Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

Draw pipes from lines is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin will be very useful for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Woodworking sectors.

The plugin can be used to generate pipes on the lines already chosen.

The plugin works on the following ways :-

  1. Choose the lines in the model where the pipes are intended to be drawn
    2. Activate the extension from menu – Draw Pipes Out Of Lines
    3. Provide units, pipe dimensions, length offset, pipe roundness parameter
    4. Press OK button
    5. It is also possible to copy pipes list from generated report

 Download the plugin from the extension warehouse

For more information, watch the following video.

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s4u to Components – The newest sketchup plugin

s4u to Components is a useful sketchup plugin. It supports sketchup 2016 and sketchup 2017. It is paid plugin.

This is sketchup plugin is mostly suitable for the landscape and hardscape design industries.

It is useful for transforming objects to components. It offers the following features

Draw Lines To Components :
It is possible to draw line and change to components with draw line component attribute.
Choose 1 Face or 1 Component for drawing purpose.
Press Tab or Ctrl to switch insert point
Press Up, Down, Left, Right for mirror x,y axis

 Lines To Components:
Change Lines to components with lines to components attribute.
Choose 1 Face (or 1 component or no select for get default component) and Lines to transform

Faces To Components:
Transform Faces to components with Faces to Components attribute.
Choose 1 Component (no select for get default component) and Faces to convert

 Group To Components:
Transform Groups to components with Groups to Components attribute.
Choose1 Component(no select for get default component) and Groups to convert

FaceCurve to Components:
Choose Faces and 1 Components

s4u to Components – The newest sketchup plugin

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