SimLab Android / iPad exporter for SketchUp

Simlab Soft has developed SimLab Android / iPad exporter for SketchUp. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is available in different languages like English, French, German, Japanese etc.

The plugin is suitable for various industries which range from Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking.

The plugin allows the users to export SketchUp 3D models, in *.zim file format which can be viewed on iPad/iPhone and Android devises.

With the use of SimLab CAD Viewer for iPad/iPhone/Android, it is possible to read the produced *.zim files.

One can send request for a trial license to utilize this plugin. With the trial license, the user will be able to apply the plugin for 30 times (trial license will be expired automatically after completion of one month).

The cost of the professional license is $99. The professional license facilitates the user to set up the plugin on two machines.

Download the plugin from extension warehouse

SimLab Android / iPad exporter for SketchUp

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The Material Dialog Box in SketchUp

SketchUp has tools and plugins that add a touch of reality to the design. The presentation of SketchUp distinguishes the application from others as it successfully brings the reality of 3D design to you. The material box, as the name defines, gives color effects to the design. Material dialog box appears differently in the windows and Mac versions.

To open the material dialog box: Windows > materials

Generally, two types of materials (colors and textures) are available in the SketchUp dialog box and you can apply either one as per your need.


Solid colors are available in the dialog box and you cannot use the gradients. You can make the color of your choice.


Texture in SketchUp is a small image that is applied to the face of your design until the face gets completely covered by the image. For example, if you want to design a brick face, you need to click the brick icon image several times to fill up the surface. There are many textures available in SketchUp, and they indeed add an interesting touch to the design. If the already existed list seems not enough, you can download more from Google SketchUp website. You can also download paid textures and can make your own format.

More about SketchUp materials:

• You can make the materials translucent by adjusting the opacity slider. This adds a clear visibility to your model in the Windows.
• Textures have transparent areas also that allow you to see through the faces you are texturing on. The black spaces on the texture may look inappropriate, but they come up with a wide range of benefits.
• You can also edit a material as per your choice. This is basically the work of the advanced designers and they know how to handle the materials properly to make a perfect 3D model.

• Photo texturing is another thing that will help you get the model as per your expectation. You can apply photos instead of colors and textures to cover the surfaces of your design. This feature brings in a new change in the work flow and pushes the limits. Those building models for Google earth will take benefits from this feature.

These are the few things about dialog box that make your designer easier and simpler. This feature gives your 3D design a complete sense.

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SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

This is an exclusive online sketchup course you will be experienced with SketchUp by gathering good knowledge on the drawing, design, and rendering tools available in 2018 version of this powerful software.

George Maestri, a renowned animation industry professional having broad experience as a writer, director and producer, will conduct the course and provide training on navigating the interface, managing objects, drawing in 2D and 3D space, leveraging organizational tools, and dealing with materials and textures on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Besides, gather knowledge on how to perform with recyclable components along with third-party objects from the 3D Warehouse and employ simple styles and animation to transform your 3D projects more polished and presentable.

Topics covered:

a. avigating the interface for Mac and Windows
b. Configuring toolbars and tray windows
c. Choosing and moving objects
d. Drawing lines and shapes
e. Formation of 3D text
f. Computing and labeling objects
g. Applying organizational tools
h. Dealing with components
i. Generating and using materials
j. Animating and rendering your drawings

For more information on the course, go through the following link

SketchUp 2018 Essential Training

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Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

In this sketchup video tutorial, Minh from Architectural Inspirations, presents a useful video that shows how to use shapespark for creating rendering in real time.

The software also facilitates the users to observe their renderings on any browsers.

The video covers the following topics :-

Download Shapespark
Importing the 3d model to Shapespark
Brief description of movement controls
Previewing and baking the scene
Editing materials
Adding lights with Sketchup
Modifying strength of lights in Shapespark
Adding pre-defined views to the scene
Hiding objects from views
Uploading to the internet

With Shapespark, it is possible to generate and distribute real-time 3D visualizations that can operate through any modern web browser as well as on mobile gadgets, devoid of any plugins.

The visualizations are generated in the Shapespark desktop application and then uploaded to the Internet with the purpose of distributing and implanting on websites.

SketchUp is supported via a devoted extension that facilitates to export a model to Shapespark without any difficulty.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

To watch online demonstration, go through the following video.

Video Source: Architecture Inspirations

To download a 30-days free trial version, visit the website.

Shapespark is useful sketchup extension to view your rendering in real time

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nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

Natale Zappia develops nz_ConvertMe, the newest extension available in extension warehouse.

The extension can be used for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to compare with component Identity, it is also applicable for the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa. The plugin supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

nz_ConvertMe: This extension allows for the mass-conversion of Groups and Component to tally a previously selected Component Identity, it also facilitates the mass-conversion of Components to Groups and vice-versa.

With this plugin, the users will be able to remove various tedious steps by obtaining the desired end result directly.

The plugin offers the following exclusive feartures :-

ConvertMe To Components: Transform all groups inside a selection into individual components. Remember that the axes are now put to world axes as is normally the case inside the Sketchup Environment. The components which prevail previously inside the selection will stay intact.

ConvertMe To Groups:
Transforms all components inside a selection in to groups

Extract ID
Extracts the Component ID according to your choice while transforming future Components or Groups

Apply ID
Transforms all Groups and Components inside a selection that is equivalent to the Extracted ID

Link to download this sketchup extension

nz_ConvertMe – The newest sketchup extension

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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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SketchUp Plugins for Rendering

SketchUp rendering is the option that allows you to visualize your 3D design in a picture perfect manner. The option enhances the quality of your work and markets your products the way you want. There are many SketchUp plugins for rendering available to give your design a perfect touch. Choosing the best option depends on the type of work you want to get from your 3D model. The content mentions names of plugins as many as it could. You can use one of them as per your requirement and demands.

• AmbientOcclusion Lite: This plugin is helpful to get a fast visualization from your 3D model. It also gives a model a real touch with highlighting space. If you want more than usual features of rendering, you must opt for the AmbientOcclusion Pro that comes up with the depth of fields, colors and texture effects.

• ArielVision: This rendering option follows the easiest steps to render your SketchUp model. Its easy-to-use interface makes the rendering process simpler with focusing on some essential features of rendering. You can start rendering just by one click.
To download the application, visit

• Bloom Unit: Bloom Unit uses the cloud computing system to create a photo-realistic view of your images. You no need to be expert in every detail of rendering since it anonymously adds all essential features your model needs.
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• Brighter3D: This extension promises to give you a hassle-free ways of rendering on SketchUp. The built-in features automatically look after important things like lighting, noise and material. It also offers you the multi-threading option with which your system will create a realistic image of your design using the CPU power without the need for graphic cards.

• Corona Renderer: Corona Render solves every problem regarding rendering and transforms your model into a real visual. The extension gets updated offering you new features and functions.
Follow to get more information.

• FluidRay: Rendering with FluidRay is faster and better as it prepares a visually stunning picture for your 3D models, architecture and interior design.
Visit for more details.

• LightUp: LightUp is an object-based rendering that instantly transforms your model to a visually appealing object on the SketchUp window itself. The extension ensures that you will get no-waiting rendering opposed to the traditional process.
Visit to know more or download the plug-in.

• LumenRT: It is another rendering extension for SketchUp that helps you create a photo-realistic view of your design. It understands the photographic environment better than others.
To know more about the design, visit

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nz_Polyhedral Junctions – The most updated sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Polyhedral Junctions for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. NZ_PolyhedronJunctions comprises of nz_Edge2Polygon.

This sketchup extension can be used to generate Polygons and Polyhedral Junctions to accurate reference edge lengths as well as reunion & affix triangles. It facilitates to produce and customize platonic/polyhedrons to your exact dimensions and requirements from the ground up.

The plugin can generate your own Platonics and Archimedean Solids according to your particular dimensions devoid of depending on external imports. Polyhedral Juctions of the platonics are available all through the nature and are ideal at the time of forming balanced loads about a point.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

To get more details, watch the following video.


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Best SketchUp Practices for Exceptional Designs

SketchUp application has become a household name in the 3D designing. Everyone with an imaginative spree loves this application for its simple approach and easy-to-use functions. There are a few practices that SketchUp users must follow to get the best out of many. These practices involve simple things that you need to maintain while designing. Nothing stringent in rules, these practices are based on the designing habit of an expert designer. The content discusses further the practices and rules that tell you how to create flawless designs simply.

  • Make your own template and adjust the program setting: Making your own template and adjusting program settings as per your use help you design in a comfort environment – a home like feeling where everything is in order. So keeps you satisfied as well as relax you while solving a complex puzzle of designing.
  • Save often and early: This is another best practice that ensures you design stays unharmed. You can save the file even before you start designing. This allows SketchUp to activate the autosave functions that save your file and make necessary backups.
  • Group faces after they become a logical object: In SketchUp, separating objects from each other is not possible. If the object face touches another, then they will remain sticky and hard to move them separately. This is why group faces are there that allows you to make a group component after completing the design.
  • Use component for repeating objects: If you need an object that has various uses in your designing, use component program rather than groups. It allows you to work smoothly on SketchUp.
  • Precise Models designing: The SketchUp precision modeling tool ensures that a model is designed accurately and flawlessly. This tool eliminates the ‘crooked geometry’ or gaps in your design. Texturing and other modeling tasks become harder if models are not developed in a proper way. Use this application for a pleasurable workflow without any hurdles.
  • Polygon count should be low: Since SketchUp is a Polygon based modeler, every curve (triangles and rectangles) you design contains a certain amount of polygon shapes. The faster work of the graphic card relies on the low polygon shape. Display card works extensively if you use many polygon shapes in your design. The best way to avoid this problem is that use the modeling circle or arcs with minimum edges. You can also use component for displaying curve objects to reduce the problem.
  • Application of proxy component: If your design needs a high-polygon object like a tree, then you must use component to keep the polygon count low. Make sure that the components you are choosing are at the same location and it must coordinate with the axes.

SketchUp applications brought a big change in the designing. The practices mentioned above tells you the basic rules to use SketchUp to get a proper designing spree.

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Tips to apply sun light in a interior scene with vray for sketchup

This sketchup video tutorial briefly explains the procedures for applying sun light in interior. Sketchup Pro 2017 is used to create the model and the rendering is done by vray 3.4 sketchup.

With V-Ray Sun and Sky, it is possible to perfectly illustrate the sun and sky for reproducing the Sun and Sky easily. They are projected to work jointly and react to the angle and direction of the sun.

To obtain the sun location, in click “Windows” in the main menu, choose “Model Info”, then choose “Location”. It will facilitate to choose a location of the sun. The time and the day in the “Shadow Setting” should be controlled properly.

To utilize the sun perfectly, it is essential to apply it together with the Physical Camera. To retain the characteristics of the model, the sun should be held adjacent to its exact intensity.

To prevent the deep brightness of the sun, it is necessary to form a perfect exposure of a scene with the physical camera. With the physical camera, it is also possible to precisely capture the exact colors of the sky as well.

The properties of the sun in V-Ray for SketchUp are managed in combination with the Physical Sky properties under the Texture Editor for GI(Skylight) under Environment render options. Here various controls are available to modify the appearance and affect of the sun.

To get best result, use the physical camera with the sun, access the V-Ray Options and in the Camera rollout activate the Physical Camera. To ascertain the proper exposure, it is required to perform a quick render of the image. If the image becomes too bright, or overexposed, then modify the F-stop, shutter speed, or ISO value to recover.

It is advised to view the color values in Float format, to facilitate finding out the perfect brightness of your image. It is viewed by right-clicking and holding anywhere in the frame.


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