3D Basecamp in Vancouver is a Wrap!

3D Basecamp in Vancouver is a Wrap!

First impression for all attendees The SketchUp 3D Basecamp (and Bootcamp) user conference that just wrapped up its weeklong stay in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, is the latest in a series of bi-annual meetings. The organizers again chose an inspiring venue and the main difference with previous conferences was that the 2000 iteration never happened due to a well-known global event. Therefore, attendees were four years out from their last meetings and hence quite excited to see each other again. Now, that is a pretty nice location for a conference! Everyone who knows this city knows how nice the conference location in the convention center is (or is it "centre" - we are in Canada, after all). The only disruption came when cruise ships departed next door with their horns blaring. I gave four talks on different topics at this conference. Below are the cover slides for those. When I get back home, I'll post more here about various details that I just didn't...
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Add Location now also uses Bing Maps

Add Location now also uses Bing Maps

As you can see in the image above, Trimble has revamped SketchUp's Add Location dialog. While SU Free users still only get low-resolution DigitalGlobe imagery, paying users can now also work with higher-resolution (and newer) Bing images. Nearmap is apparently being phased out. This all comes from the following forum post: In response, we’ve made changes to Add Location, and are now excited to introduce:- New satellite imagery from Microsoft Bing. This imagery is substantially higher in resolution than the current offering, and includes global coverage. Available for all Pro, Studio and Edu subscribers at no added cost.- Nearmap will no longer be offered because it is not beneficial to the majority of users’ workflows. This will cease being available at the end of October 2022.- Tile count is now the basis for the maximum area downloadable. This will allow much larger areas of lower resolution maps to be imported in one go, simplifying the workflows for users.- The overall workflow...
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SketchUp 2022 is Out!

SketchUp 2022 is Out!

The newest version of SketchUp is now available. The 2022 version was made available a few days ago and has various improvements. The main ones are: SketchUp Pro (desktop) Search box (tools, settings, etc.) - The search box that was already quite familiar for users of the SketchUp web app is now also available on the desktop. Just hit Shift-S to get started. What's really cool for an extension user like me is that extension tools also automatically show up here.Lasso Select - A neat way to select objects that just don't fit into a rectangular selection window.Stamp Copy - A multi-copy tool similar to what I had already implemented in my Place Shapes Toolbar. Nice to now have it in the Move tool, too.Tag Tool - A better way to tag objects (i.e. assign objects to layers in "old lingo"). Just click the tag icon and click away on what needs to be tagged. Much faster than always going to the...
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Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy (and Much Better) New Year 2021!

Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays, and a Happy (and Much Better) New Year 2021!

Dear friends and colleagues, I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous holiday season, a Merry Christmas, and a healthy, happy, and successful new year 2021! After the current year turned out a bit different than everyone expected, there is certainly much hope and some certainty that next year will be better on several fronts. Cheers,Alex P.S.: The inspiration for this year's holiday image took me back to a visit to Quebec's Ice Hotel from several years ago. As always, everything is modeled in SketchUp and then (for the first time) rendered in Enscape. The tree punch out on the back wall was done using an image and my Scale By Tools extension. ...
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Just Published: Two New SketchUp Extensions (Random Tools & Scale By Tools)

Just Published: Two New SketchUp Extensions (Random Tools & Scale By Tools)

I just published two new SketchUp extensions that were both based on Ruby code that was either previously posted on this site or in my book, Architectural Design with SketchUp". Random Tools Ever wanted to place large swaths of randomly-arranged grass in SketchUp as shown in the image above? Have you been frustrated by textures that repeat a bit too much on copied wood boards? Do I have an extension for you... Read the announcement Scale By Tools Using the provided tools, you can scale, move or rotate objects based on an image or a mathematical equation. For the equation, you can choose between a trigonometric function or a power function. It is also possible to use image data to push/pull faces or move vertices, which can be useful to create ripples on water or a heightfield topography. Read the announcement...
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