Just Released: Third Edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp”

Just Released: Third Edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp”

I am very excited to be announcing the release of the third edition of my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp”! You can as of now find this new edition on Amazon, Wiley and everywhere else where books are sold. It is available as full-color paperback and e-book editions. Since the publication of the second edition in 2015, many changes have happened to SketchUp and in the larger realm of architectural software: Trimble introduced a web version of SketchUp as well as an iPad version that has proven very popular. Real-time rendering options have increased in availability, and point cloud modeling is now often used on renovation projects. Beyond that, many new extensions have been published, others have gone away or have been replaced with built-in functionality, and their underlying Ruby engine has received new and updated capabilities. All of these changes made an update to the second edition necessary, which led to me thoroughly editing and rewriting the entire text. I updated screenshots...
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Yes, you can use OpenAI’s GPT AI to Create Geometry in SketchUp

Yes, you can use OpenAI’s GPT AI to Create Geometry in SketchUp

AI can create a box from a text prompt and even show a completion message Just like everyone else these days I have been trying out OpenAI's ChatGPT and Microsoft's Bing (which now also uses the same AI - artificial intelligence - engine). One of my lines of exploration (beyond "what does this thing know about me?") was the question whether it can auto-generate SketchUp Ruby code with AI. And - as it turns out - it can do that. Albeit with some caveats. As a start, you can go to ChatGPT and (after signing up) ask a reasonably specific question like "Which Ruby code would draw a box in SketchUp?". That would spit out somewhat appropriate code that you can just paste into e.g. the Ruby Code Editor. Apparently the SketchUp API is part of its knowledge base and generating SketchUp-specific Ruby code is thus well within its grasp. You could even refine the query with a comment like "Isn't there...
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SketchUp 2023 is Out!

SketchUp 2023 is Out!

The Trimble folks have just released the 2023 version of SketchUp. As always, you can learn more about new and improved functionality in their blog posts and the YouTube channel. I am quite excited about the new Revit importer (see image above for an example) because it allows for improved coordination and rendering workflows with Revit. It loads and converts models reasonably fast and even inserts various plan sections. Now if we could also have a way to easily export from SketchUp to Revit that includes creating native system families (walls, floors,...) where appropriate. IFC only goes so far... Another great new tool is the Flip functionality, which lets you mirror objects in any orientation. This was of course already possible with extensions and via the "-1" scale-factor trick, but it is now implemented in a more comfortable way that also makes this functionality usable on the iPad and web versions. This version also includes some future-focused core program improvements like a new...
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Joyful Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year 2023!

Joyful Holidays, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year 2023!

You can interact with the 3D model here. To my readers, friends and colleagues: I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous holiday season, a Merry Christmas (to those that celebrate it), and a healthy, happy, and successful new year 2023! A little bit more peace on earth would also go a long way! Cheers,Alex P.S.: As usual, I modeled everything in SketchUp. This is indeed my (messy) handwriting that I captured on an iPad, then vectorized it, and then pulled into SketchUp via DXF. Want to see how I did this? I'll post a video soon to sketchupfordesign.com and my YouTube channel. ...
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Trimble Creator: Introduction to Parametric SketchUp

Trimble Creator: Introduction to Parametric SketchUp

In this video tutorial I show how the newly released Trimble Creator works. This tool/service allows you to create parametric "Live Components" for SketchUp and lets you come up with some cool, parametric designs (or product configurators). You can try all of this for yourself at Trimble Creator's live site: creator.trimble.com. If you want to experiment with my models, search for "alexschreyer" there (using one of the left icons). Also, I am collecting all of my Trimble Creator videos in a YouTube playlist. Tutorial Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joc6ouRTaTg Links Trimble Creator - Access the web app here Trimble Creator Forum - A place to ask your questions on SketchUp's forums Node Documentation - The main help docs for Creator's nodes Have you tried Trimble's Creator yet? Let me know below in the comments what you think about it. ...
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