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Calculating summed up volumes with Ruby

June 11, 2014 in Tutorials

  I received an email a few days ago by someone who needed to calculate volumes and face areas in SketchUp for the purpose of estimating. I suggested doing this in a few lines with Ruby and as it turns out, it is pretty easy as long as the objects that need to be summed […]

Time for an update!

June 11, 2014 in News

It’s time for me to start working on an update to the “Architectural Design with SketchUp” book. While I already have several ideas for changes, I would love to hear from my current readers what they think should be changed, which new content should be added etc. Feel free to reply in the comments below […]

SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2014 Recap

May 1, 2014 in News

Now that the semester is winding down, I can finally look back and post about the great SketchUp 3D Basecamp conference that happened 4/14-4/16 this year in Vail, Colorado. As in years past, this was a meeting of SketchUp users, plugin authors, technology vendors, and, of course, all the makers of SketchUp. What was especially good this year […]

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 […]

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