SketchUp 2017 is out. And it’s looking great!

SketchUp 2017 is out. And it’s looking great!

Okay, admittedly SketchUp 2017 has been out for a few days now (there's even a first maintenance release already). I just didn't get around to posting about it. So, what do I like most about this release? Here's my rundown: A new Graphics Engine This one is a major improvement. As you may know, SketchUp doesn't only exist on Mac or Windows computers, but since a little while also as a browser-based modeling app on the web (at my.sketchup.com). This means that there are three different graphics environments out there in which you can push and pull to your heart's content. It makes only sense from a software development standpoint to unify those three. Fortunate for the users, this also leads to much more consistent graphics as well. Specifically this means: The modeling environment is now DPI-aware. This means that on a high-resolution screen, everything from lines to tool cursors now scales with the set resolution. You can see this already in the...
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Scripting 101: Learn to Code with SketchUp (my 2016 #3DBasecamp presentation)

Scripting 101: Learn to Code with SketchUp (my 2016 #3DBasecamp presentation)

This page provides some additional information for my presentation at the 2016 3D Basecamp on Wednesday, June 15th 10:30 am - 12:00 pm in Sleeping Giant Description: Get your hour of code right here, right inside SketchUp! Learn the basics of coding with SketchUp’s Ruby language during this talk with just a few, easy-to-follow exercises. Coding is a rewarding skill that lets you precisely control the computer to create anything from simple lines to parametric geometry. Best of all: If you code with SketchUp, then you can even 3D print the results. If you are an educator: With the approach shown here, you can teach your students not only modeling or 3D printing with SketchUp, but also coding. Stay with one software rather than having to teach with several different ones! More Documents: Code samples handout ...
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Information Modeling in SketchUp: An Overview (my 2016 #3DBasecamp presentation)

Information Modeling in SketchUp: An Overview (my 2016 #3DBasecamp presentation)

This page provides some additional information for my presentation at the 2016 3D Basecamp on.Monday, June 13th 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm in Sleeping Giant Description: Counter to popular belief, SketchUp can do much more than just “sketching”. This session dives deeper into the software, exploring techniques for creating parametric, data-loaded Dynamic Components, deploying the new  IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) functionality for BIM projects, and using scripting to bend the software to your will. With these information modeling tools, you can set up an efficient workflow for planning, estimating, and exchanging projects with software such as Revit, and more. More Documents: my_schema.xsd get_cost.rb ...
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How to best prepare your SketchUp models for Sketchfab.com

How to best prepare your SketchUp models for Sketchfab.com

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 on this technology. Of those, Sketchfab offers amazing possibilities when it comes to adjusting the model and its materials after upload. Using its 3D Editor, you can tweak the interactive WebGL model quite a bit. Here is an example of an edited SketchUp model. I am covering the process of preparing a SketchUp model, uploading, and adjusting it in a guest post on the Sketchfab blog. You can read it at the link below. Feel free to discuss anything related to this process in the comments below this post. http://blog.sketchfab.com/post/139059882629/getting-your-sketchup-models-to-sketchfab-the If you want to experiment with the sample model, download it here: https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=uf387fc06-37bd-4099-ad5a-584fd6525db1...
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