Architectural Design with SketchUp Book Cover Welcome to the companion site to Alexander C. Schreyer's book "Architectural Design with SketchUp."

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What’s New in SketchUp 2014? Better Ruby, for Example!

February 28, 2014 in News, Tutorials

By now you most probably have heard that SketchUp 2014 has been released. There are quite a few great new-feature overviews and reviews out there and I’ll suggest you look at the ones linked at the end of this post to get up to speed. For now, I just wanted to show you why the Ruby […]

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2014!

December 19, 2013 in News

While Santa is getting settled in his new abode (looks like there is still some construction to do), it is time for me to wish you all wonderful holidays, a relaxing time with your family and friends and all the best for the new year! I hope to meet you, see you, email you or […]

Social Login = Less Spam!

August 27, 2013 in News

As you may have noticed, I have (at least for now) disabled the registration feature on this site. This is mainly due to too many spam registrations. What is in place (and you can see the buttons on the login form already) is a social register/login feature. This allows you to log in using your […]

Creating Photo Textures for Rendering

June 3, 2013 in Tutorials

As you just saw in the CLT example, having a good texture makes all the difference when you create renderings in SketchUp. I also discussed this in some length in the book (especially in the rendering chapter). To expand on this topic, here are some tips: Making a seamless texture Obviously a seamlessly repeating (a […]

Need a Cross-Laminated Timber in SketchUp?

May 30, 2013 in Tutorials

With Cross-Laminated Timber (often abbreviated to CLT) available now as a new and exciting building material, I am sure some of you will need to include these in your SketchUp models, too. To help you out a bit, I am making available SketchUp components of 3-ply and 5-ply CLT panels. You can download them from […]

What to do with plugins in SketchUp 2013?

May 24, 2013 in Tutorials

So now that you have upgraded to SketchUp 2013 you should be facing the question: What to do with SketchUp’s plugins in this release. After all, when you started the new software for the first time, it likely only had the default plugins installed that Trimble released with it. But there was also a new […]

SketchUp 2013 is out!

May 22, 2013 in News

SketchUp’s new Extension Warehouse Anticipated by many and announced last year at 3D Basecamp, SketchUp 2013 is now out and available for download. If you are still using SU 8 (or dare I say even 7 or 6), swing over to their website and download the latest version. The free version is still free and there are upgrade options for […]

Want an easier way to install SketchUcation’s plugins?

May 17, 2013 in News

The folks over at SketchUcation recently released a plugin that allows you to a) browse their extensive collection of plugins and b) directly install them. Very nifty! The image above shows the search function (you can also browse by author or category) and the image below shows the install button. Go ahead and try it […]

Read your SketchUp news right inside SketchUp

March 14, 2013 in News

Have you ever wanted to… make sure you never miss a blog post by the Trimble SketchUp folks? stay up-do-date with your favorite SketchUp blogs? follow what’s going on at SketchUcation? keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook? make sure you never miss any of my blog posts? do all of this while you are […]

Ruby Code Editor updated to version 3.0

March 5, 2013 in News

I finally got around to updating my Ruby Code Editor to version 3.0. There are quite a few upgrades including: better environment stability (editor, scrolling, results, etc.), code completion for SketchUp classes and methods and a variety of other minor updates (including the fact that it now remembers the last file). The following video gives a […]

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