SketchUp Dialog Box – A Complete Tutorial

SketchUp dialogue boxes carry some useful commands and functions that let you navigate your design easily. It has controls with which you can modify the SketchUp setting and customize them as per your use. SketchUp is a simpler 3D designing tool that made the complexity of 3D model simpler. Like other applications, it has come up with essential dial boxes that keep the drawing smooth and straightforward. The content brings inside-out of the dial boxes used commonly by the users.

Preferences: The preference dial box contains everything about the working of SketchUp. You can change the setting to make a comfortable workplace for you. The commands carried by the dial box control the behavior of the application itself rather than the model you are working on. The preference dial box will appear on the Mac version only, and it is not available for the windows version of SketchUp.

SketchUp preferences contain the commands like application, drawing, extensions, general, shortcut and temples. Each one comes up with an array of options to make your designing experience uncomplicated.

For the preference dial box: SketchUp menu > preferences

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Model Info: Model info tool holds all important details of the model you are working on. It shows you everything starting from the animation time to the geo-location. Every command comes up with a set of features that define your model in the best possible way. In the ‘window’ menu, you will get the model info dialog box.

You can set the information the way you like before designing a model. The other options that you would get in this dialog box are – animation, components, credits, dimension, files, texts and more.

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Entity Info: Entity info in SketchUp tells you about the entity of your model as per the selection area. You can get a comprehensive detail about the layers, materials, dimensions and component names of every single entity of your model. Changing material is also easy with this tool. It notifies you about different parts of the model because each part has different structural details. Entity Info dialog box is in the window option.

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Instructor: Instructor dialog box happens to the best guide for the beginners. It clearly shows you the instruction of using a tool you are using presently. It presents every detail about the tool to make you understand how to draw a certain thing. In window menu, you will get the instructor option.

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With the dialog box options, you can easily draw the model as well as enhance the knowledge of different commands used in SketchUp.

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Enscape Rendering for SketchUp – The newest sketchup plugin

Enscape Rendering for SketchUp is a newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. The extension is very useful for Design review, Internal Presentation, Client Presentation, Rapid Render Generation.

Enscape™ refers to a virtual reality (VR) and real-time rendering plugin for SketchUp. You can run it with a simple mouse click and walk through your entire rendered project. You don’t need to upload to cloud or export to other programs. All modifications in SketchUp can be instantly reflected in Enscape.

You can instantly test with various design options and present projects to clients. If the client prefers to view something unique in the design, Enscape will display the modifications made to the project immediately. There is an useful option like ‘create a standalone file of your architectural project’ that facilitates the users to transmit an Enscape file to your clients or colleagues for rapid presentations.

Features: Given below, some exclusive features of the plugin:

– Real-time walk-through
– Live link to SketchUp – The modifications in SketchUp can be directly reflected in Enscape

– Direct Integration – Retain your tools and employ Enscape via the SketchUp toolbar
– Standalone export – Generate an .exe file out of your project that runs devoid of SketchUp
– Effortless usage – Rendering with a simple mouse click
– Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support with one click

Click on the following link to download a 14-days free trial version enscape3d.com

Enscape Rendering for SketchUp – The newest sketchup plugin

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How to use sketchup to produce a model in Gazebo

Models in Gazebo define a physical entity with dynamic, kinematic, and visual properties.

In addition, a model may have one or more plugins, which affect the behavior of the model.

This sketchup video tutorial provides some useful tips on how to use sketchup to create a model in gazebo and render the scene in vray 3.4.

Model in gazebo describes a physical object that contains dynamic, kinematic, and visual properties. Besides, a model may contain one or more plugins which impact the behavior of the model.

To create the model other plugin & tools like Su4 to component, mirror, 1001 tool are also used.

To have the complete process, go through the following sketchup video tutorial.

How to use sketchup to produce a model in Gazebo

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Bezier Triangle Tool – The newest sketchup extension

Bezier Triangle Tool is the newest sketchup extension to generate and edit flatten nonrational and rational Bézier triangle surfaces.

This extension is developed by Jacob Samuel and compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

These surfaces can be scaled infinitely to facilitate creating more normal and complicated surfaces.

This extension is suitable to design structures without having a notably rectangular structure, and so rectangular patches are not treated as a natural choice for creating models of these complex geometries. They provide themselves simply to patches on spheres or quadrics.

The Bezier Triangle Tool is available in the Draw menu and in the Right Mouse Context Menu as soon as a Bezier triangle is produced or edited apply this tool is chosen.

By selecting Draw->Bezier Triangle, a default rational Bezier triangle will be drawn around the origin and keep you into the editing tool for the newly drawn surface.

Select a current Bezier triangle drawn/edited with this tool and applying Edit Bezier Triangle in the Right Mouse Button context menu will also set off the editing tool for the chosen triangle.

ith the purpose of altering the weight of a non-end control point, hover the cursor over the control point to alter the weight of it so as to highlight it in green, put the new weight required for it, devoid of shifting the cursor away from the control point, and press enter or return to modify the shape of the triangular surface.

With the editing tool, it is also possible to choose either one of the 10 control points or one of the 18 lines of the control grid which are shifted to control the Bezier triangle as per your requirements.

Inferencing is also possible when the chosen point is shifted together with inference locking with the Shift key. If the Esc key is pressed throughout a move, the surface will reset to the way it was prior to the move initiated.

Download the plugin from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

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Learn the process for watermark rendering in sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial is a part of sketchup skill builder series.

In this video, Aaron walks you through the method for adding his own watermarks and producing mock rendering quickly within sketchup with few tools devoid of applying any third party rendering software.

In the video, Aaron shows in detail how to visualize a log cabin with more realistic setting. Aaron explores some options with his render styles particularly watermarks. In styles window, the watermarks are located on the second to last tab.

Watermarks can be used to mark your render with a logo or name, so that others find it difficult to copy the image or identify who has created it.

Watch the following sketchup video tutorial to learn the complete process.

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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.

ArchiWIZARD – The newest sketchup extension available in extension warehouse

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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 extensions.sketchup.com

For more information, watch the following video.

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

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How to Make Quick 3D Models From AutoCAD to SketchUp

One of the main advantages of using SketchUP is the ability to produce very fast 3D massings for the recommended site. This enables the understanding of how the space works in 3Rd dimension. Very often it’s tough for designers and clients alike to understand the relation of the ground plane and how they inform one another.

The great advantage to use SketchUp Pro is the ability to import DWG files from CAD programs, using the line that has drafted in AutoCAD to build the model. After simply importing the DWG lines and making them surfaces, it will be easier to build a model in just a few minutes.

  1. Drafting in AutoCAD: First, the easiest step is drafting in CAD. Whether it is traced from hand drawn lines or drafted on specific detail level, it is need to make sure that the lines are connected properly. SketchUP is fussy, in that if there is a break in the lines, it will not want to make it a surface. After making a clean drawing, it must be saved as a DWG.
  2. Importing Into SketchUp: Next go to file>import in Sketchup. Only SketchUp Pro users can import DWGs, but SketchUp Make users are able to import JPGs. At first export lines from AutoCAD as a PDF, then convert them to a JPG. Then the file can be imported into SketchUp. From there it will be easy to trace the lines using drawing tools in SketchUp. This takes more time, but it can be effective. For SketchUp Pro users make sure in the import screen to click “options” and then match the SketchUp units with AutoCAD units.
  1. Proofing and Making Surfaces: Go to window>model info>statistics, then “purge unused” as well as “fix problems”.

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Selection Toys – The newest extension for sketchup

Thomas Thomassen has developed Selection Toys for sketchup. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 as well as Mac and Windows platform.

With this sketchup plugin, the users will be able to generate, control and refine selections.

This plugin comes with a wide array of selection modifiers to filter out all edges, faces etc. It allows you to instantly choose entities containing identical properties like material, layer orientation etc. Besides, it allows you to pick up same instances of the identical Dynamic Component.

Tools
Select Edge Loops — (1.14.0)
Access: Tools -> Selection Toys -> Select Edge Loop

This select tool can be used to opt for the loops of a face. The normal Select modifier keys are applied to insert/remove/toggle their selection. Loops belong to either the bounding edges of a face or a hole in a face.

Components
Select Instances – Selects all the instances of the designated component.
Select Active Components – Selects all the instances in the existing work space exclusive of all which are nested within other components etc.

Select Active from same Layer – Selects all the instances in the existing work space of the designated component that remains on the similar layer.
Select All from same Layer – Selects all the instances of the designated component that remains on the similar layer.

To download this plugin, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

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Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins by E-on Software

E-on Software is one of the leading development companies renowned globally. Lauded with many successful ventures in the field of creation, animation, rendering, integration of natural 3D environments, VFX, architecture, and gaming industry, it made a strong foothold in the minds of designers and artists with their sheer creations and sharp edges of designs. Surprising everyone’s with their offering, E-on Software announced that it pre-releases Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory plugins for its members.

The company also announced that it will discontinue the developments of Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory in 2018 for introducing a better user interface and customer experience on flagship solutions – VUE and PlantFactory.

The new releases, like before, come up with new changes that provide users with an improvement in 3D designing. The company also announced that those who have a valid maintenance plan for Carbon Scatter or CloudFactory Ozone will get the pre-releases for free in coming days.

Carbon Scatter: This software has made design easier with adding nuanced details to your design that makes it even more interesting to explore. This proves to be very handy for those who love to add original detailing to their application. With a wide variety of options, you can create wind-swept forests and animated crowd in no time. Above all, you can render them directly in 3D Max, Maya and Cinema 4D.

Features offered by Carbon Scatter:

  • Get millions of instances instantly.
    • Render with any rendering option you have.
    • Use huge plantFactory models and change them with Plant Editor.
    • Animate instances such as adding wind in plants.
    • Customize placement, height and size with bitmaps or procedural gaps

Besides the above-mentioned features, the software comes up with an array of benefits that not only make your drawing attractive but also real for viewers.

The new release of Carbon Scatter has come up with more advanced looks of existing features. The advancement in the areas like:

  • Global EcoSystem layers work as EcoPainter Brushes.
    • PlantFactory and VUE vegetation models are now directly available in Carbon Scatter EcoSystem populations.
    • Higher performance with up to 4xlighter data footprint with quicker loading/saving of scenes.

CloudFactory Ozone: This plugin for 2017 help you design and render realistic skies and atmosphere with high accuracy. This tool is infused with cutting-edge technologies designed by ace developers of E-on software. These plugins add accuracy in your detailing and make your design more realistic than before. It mimics the natural environment and acts as per nature’s rule.

With this, you earn as many as 100 preset atmosphere and cloud shapes that allow you to carve your design as per your dreams. With five atmospheric models (photometric, spectral, volumetric, standard and environmental mapping), it is successful in offering realistic environment to your designs What you get in CloudFactory Ozone 2017:

As revealed by E-on software in their official press release, you get benefits like:

  • Auto-scale clouds with altitude
    • Easily load/add cloud layers using a single button
    • Optional automatic sun softness computation, based on atmosphere parameters
    • “Improve Low Quality Consistency” parameter to better preview your atmosphere looks while rendering at a lower resolution

The above-mentioned information is written as per the news released by E-on software itself. For more details about pricing and availability of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone, visit www.e-onsoftware.com

E-on software is a leading digital company and has been creatively associated with many famous feature films like Strange,” “Kubo and the 2 Strings,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Minions,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Croods,” “Dragons 1&2,” “Hunger Games and more.

Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins by E-on Software

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