SketchUp 2013 is Out!

SketchUp 2013 is Out!

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 the Pro version. So what's new? Quite a few things. Here's the run-down: Extension Warehouse There is finally an official place where you can find the many plugins and extensions that are available for SketchUp (including mine). While all the other sites out there (Ruby Library Depot, SketchUcation, Smustard and even my sketchupplugins.com) did a great job accumulating these, the new warehouse is integrated right into SketchUp (just look for the toolbar button) and it features one-click installation and plugin updating as well as the usual app-store stuff of reviews, popularity stats and hopefully later: ratings. This might have turned SketchUp into the first CAD application with an App Store! ...
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Want an easier way to install SketchUcation’s plugins?

Want an easier way to install SketchUcation’s plugins?

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 out: http://sketchucation.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=467479#p467479...
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Read your SketchUp news right inside SketchUp

Read your SketchUp news right inside SketchUp

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 working with SketchUp? Then consider yourself lucky! I just posted a SketchUp News plugin that lets you do all of this – right inside SketchUp. Even if you don’t usually use SketchUp plugins, this is the one to have! Get your copy at the link below. Oh, and did I mention it is free? http://www.alexschreyer.net/projects/sketchup-news-plugin/ Enjoy!...
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Ruby Code Editor updated to version 3.0

Ruby Code Editor updated to version 3.0

  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 brief overview of the current version: http://youtu.be/yGWs9p2WZsg As always, you can get this editor from my website (and look at the more detailed changelog or leave comments) at: http://www.alexschreyer.net/projects/sketchup-ruby-code-editor/ For more on what you can do with this tool, check out Chapter 6 in my book "Architectural Design with SketchUp"....
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Create a penny floor with this texture

Create a penny floor with this texture

Today I came across a great idea on Google+: Use coins as flooring - preferably one cent pieces (that are even taken out of circulation in some places). With a bit of resin on top, this ingenious flooring solution adds sparkle and a wonderful warm glow to a room. While adding this to a real floor should be pretty labor intensive, as it turns out, creating a texture for rendering proved quite easy. You can grab the diffuse texture as well as the bump map from my flickr pages by clicking on the images below and then use them in your own projects. And here are the material settings for Twilight Renderer: The texture repeats a bit, so make sure you adjust its rotation a bit to remove that effect. Also, you might want to add the bump texture into the reflection channel to only have the pennies reflect....
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