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Architectural Design with SketchUp Book Cover Welcome to the companion site to Alexander C. Schreyer's book "Architectural Design with SketchUp: 3D Modeling, Extensions, BIM, Rendering, Making, and Scripting
(2nd Edition)"

Browse the Companion Pages and the Blog & Tutorials to learn more about the book and read my latest posts. You can also find the most recent SketchUp News from all over the web here. Register using the form in the sidebar to discuss SketchUp in the community Groups.

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Calculating Summed-up Volumes with Ruby

June 11, 2014

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  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 […]

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Second edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available!

October 26, 2015 in News Blog

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I am very excited to be announcing the release of the second edition of my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” today! For this edition, I went back through the text and updated and improved a lot of content. As before, my main goal was to keep it relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and […]

Read SketchUp News in Style!

February 16, 2016 in News Blog

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  Instead of browsing the internet for SketchUp news, install my SketchUp News Viewer extension and read everything right in SketchUp. You can find out more about the nicer, newer interface on alexschreyer.net.

How to best prepare your SketchUp models for Sketchfab.com

February 10, 2016 in Tutorials

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There are nowadays quite a few ways in which we can share a SketchUp model with the world, thanks to a technology that is built right into most modern browsers: WebGL. One example is Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, where an uploaded model becomes an interactive one just by clicking on a small icon: Other web services expand […]

Modeling and rendering my 2015 Christmas card image

January 8, 2016 in Tutorials

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Did you see my 2015 Christmas card tree image on this site? In case you were wondering how I modeled and rendered it, here is a video that explains that process. It’s a bit of a minimalistic design, but as you can see in the video, I used a bunch of SketchUp extensions and the […]

Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy New Year 2016!

December 15, 2015 in News Blog

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  For this year’s Christmas post, I went back to a simple rendering approach. Mixing some extruded shapes, eroded boxes, basic materials and a few lights makes for a nice, moody image. As always, all done in SketchUp (and Twilight). To you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyful holiday season and a happy and […]

SketchUp 2016 is Out!

November 23, 2015 in News Blog

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Last week I was busy talking about SketchUp at the ABX 2015 conference in Boston, so I didn’t get a chance to write this post until now. Therefore, let me at this point announce (with a slight delay) that SketchUp 2016 is out!!! Yay! The Trimble folks released it across all languages and both Make and Pro […]

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