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SketchUp 17 Pro Review

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SketchUp 2017 Release: What we (the RubySketch team) like best:

At a glance the obvious changes are evident by the little man in the corner (when you open SketchUp). The previous mascot has been replaced with Chris, who’s sporting a nice new blue/grey polo shirt, beige pants, sports watch and slip on shoes. Unlike previous versions though, Chris isn’t Dynamic, so you can’t mess with his colours via the on-click function (but most people didn’t even know that you could do that, so it’s no biggy!).

The  most obvious change to SketchUp is the rectangle tool. You will notice that it now has a small pre-drawn rectangle, which will help you automatically select the axis that you want to draw on. You can even lock the axis by using your arrow keys, which is super useful (for new and pro users alike).

 

One other thing to note is that SketchUp has changed the location in which they save components. This is a big help! Now you can easily load/insert your components into your projects with ease.

 

The speed of SketchUp has improved dramatically (at least 20% to 30%) and this is one of the improvements that we like most. However, our favorite improvement in SketchUp 2017 is the new graphics (line work, transparent materials, shadows, etc) in both SketchUp and Layout. If you want to to see the difference for yourself, open a model in SketchUp 2016 and 2017. If you don’t notice the difference, open > Preferences > Open GL, and then select a higher number in the Multisample anti-aliasing drop down box.

 

All in all, it’s a thumbs up from us over here at RubySketch. Well done to the team at SketchUp, but as always we are looking forward to seeing whats lined up for SketchUp 2018!

 

Andrew Dwight has made an “off the cuff” screen grab video and added it to the RubySketch YouTube Chanel, which I am sure many will get some great Sketchup 2017 tips from.

Let’s take a look at some of the best new features from the SketchUp Release Notes:

SketchUp

SketchUp

  • The graphics have been completely reworked, so everything you draw will look even sexier!
  • Transparent materials quality and speed has been improved.
  • The modeling window is now DPI aware and will look way better on your display.
  • The Offset tool has been improved so that any overlapping geometry is trimmed automatically to create clean boundaries with no overlaps.
  • The inferencing tools have been further pimped so that you can draw easier and faster.
  • A new Component Origin inference has been added so that you can find and snap to a component’s origin.
  • Persistent IDs for entities have been added, which keeps dimensions and labels better attached in Layout when the model changes
  • Smarter Graphics Card Settings have been implemented to ensure that SketchUp runs the best it can on your computer.
  • The UI for the Add Location tool has been reworked. They have ditched the old Google UI and created a new UI by Trimble, which leverages Trimble’s geo-data infrastructure.
  • The printing quality output directly from the SketchUp model has been improved.
  • You can now change the axis colours. This is particularly beneficial for people who are colour-blind.

SketchUp Layout

SketchUp Layout

  • The Graphics in Layout have been improved, so that your drawings will look better than ever before.
  • A Table tool has finally been added. You can now create a multiple row and column table that can be easily customized to suit your requirements. This is perfect for schedules, cut lists (and the list goes on).
  • You can now import .csv, .tsv, and .xlsx spreadsheet files into Layout as tables – and they will be dynamically referenced, so if your link file changes, you can update the reference to display the new data, or re-link to an updated spreadsheet.
  • Dimensions have been improved. You can now drag a dimension line without affecting the dimension’s offsets or connections.
  • A new Offset tool has been added so that you can now have greater 2D drawing ability.
  • It is now easier to do a click-drag sections (to select multiple objects in your Layout file) without accidentally moving anything.
  • DWG exporting has had a major rework.:
  1. You can now export a multiple page document into one dwg file.
  2. Dimensions (and other 2D objects) will be exported as native dwg objects so your dimensions will not be exploded, and circle and arcs will no longer be segmented splines.
  3. Defined linetype scales are now being respected
  4. Clipping masks are now exported (they were previously unable to be exported).
  5. Text will now remain as the correct font, location and stype

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Please note that the SketchUp 2017 release incorporates a lot of General fixes and improvements, which we have not outlined in our review. For the Full Release Notes, see the SketchUp Website.

 

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Official SketchUp 2017 Video HERE!

PlusSpec will have a booth at SketchUp 3D Basecamp

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SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2016 is being held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from June 13th – 15th, and PlusSpec will be there as a sponsor!

 

The 3D Basecamp, by SketchUp, is the place to be to meet and be inspired by some of the best SketchUp users from around the world. This year, the team at SketchUp are also introducing a 3D Bootcamp (being held on the weekend before 3D Basecamp), which is a two-day intensive training workshop. This sounds like it will be a great way of learning how to become a SketchUp ninja.

 

If you are one of the lucky ones to have a ticket (3D Basecamp and 3D Bootcamp are both sold out), we hope that you’ll come find us and have a chat. We will have a booth/table, and we will be demonstrating how PlusSpec is the professional BIM solution that SketchUp users have been waiting for.

 

We will be giving away heaps of prizes, so you won’t want to miss out by being shy.

 

Tickets to 3D Basecamp have been sold out for ages, so make sure that you get in early next year so that you don’t miss out.

 

The official layout has not yet been released, but we won’t be hard to find. In the meantime, please take the time to browse the event page and have a look at the 3D Basecamp Schedule by clicking here.

So what’s on at Basecamp?

 

Monday

Lighting Design using SketchUp | goo.gl/VIo6Pe

Down to the Details: Model Everything in SketchUp | goo.gl/1mGe1M

SketchUp in Big, Data-Driven Projects | goo.gl/NbmmwI

Performance Based Design in Action | goo.gl/UbjtcN

SketchUp Basics Training: Part 1 [3-hour hands-on workshop] |goo.gl/Ch5ARp

Cities and SketchUp: Planning the Future in 3D | goo.gl/bS1LNG

A Complete Residential Project in SketchUp | goo.gl/rqtkRu

Virtual Design & Construction at JE Dunn | goo.gl/9hPSjE

Timber Framing and SketchUp | goo.gl/TBEJcK

SketchUp Basics Training: Part 1 [3-hour hands-on workshop, cont’d] |goo.gl/Ch5ARp

Paved with Good Intentions: When Good Models Go Bad | goo.gl/KWev8t

Information Modeling in SketchUp: An Overview | goo.gl/fpRfkD

SketchUp for CNC | goo.gl/rLeQ2A

SketchUp Basics Training: Part 1 [3-hour hands-on Workshop, cont’d] |goo.gl/Ch5ARp

 

Tuesday

Plans & Elevations 2.0 [3-hour hands-on workshop] | goo.gl/5M2wDV

SketchUp Basics Training: Part 2 [3-hour hands-on horkshop] | goo.gl/1xyiqI

Proposals to Projects: A SketchUp Interior Design Workflow |goo.gl/QrLKbE

Deploying 3D Environments for Education, Virtual Reality, Gaming and More | goo.gl/mdB2Bl

Spreading SketchUp Through an Organization | goo.gl/1c0WMA

Plans & Elevations 2.0 [3-hour hands-on workshop, cont’d] | goo.gl/5M2wDV

SketchUp Basics Training: Part 2 [3-hour hands-on workshop, cont’d] |goo.gl/1xyiqI

Dream Up: Planning, Designing, and Building Amazing Attractions in SketchUp | goo.gl/DsZqaW

Smart Modeling for Complex Construction Documents | goo.gl/cm4Pog

Empirical Sketching for As-Built Modeling | goo.gl/WUBn7d

Building Beautiful Drawings: The SketchUp Arch-Viz Platform [3-hour hands-on workshop] | goo.gl/H4IOwU

Everything You Need to Know about Materials [90-minute hands-on workshop] | goo.gl/HpxA8W

Component Based Modeling Fundamentals [90-minute hands-on workshop] | goo.gl/krASdt

Context is King: Creating Context Models from Concept to Render |goo.gl/qY5QEU

SketchUp in the K-12 Classroom | goo.gl/JHv2bF

 

Wednesday

Extension Open House [3-hours, informal presenations] | goo.gl/wUaO0f

How do I […] in SketchUp [3-hours, informal presentations] | goo.gl/tFs2Gv

Rendering with V-Ray | goo.gl/NP7j3n

Content Quality is King: Making Models that Work Great | goo.gl/qaObh8

Timber Framing in SketchUp [2 hour, hands-on workshop] | goo.gl/TBEJcK

Extension Open House [3-hours, informal presenations] | goo.gl/wUaO0f

How do I […] in SketchUp [3-hours, un-conference] | goo.gl/tFs2Gv

Scripting 101: Learn to Code in SketchUp [90-minute hands-on workshop] |goo.gl/5j5nU5

Rendering with Podium | goo.gl/DD12SM

Quad Modeling for Smooth Geometry | [90-minute, hands-on workshop] |goo.gl/aH5YvT

 

Now that is a great line up, we look forward to seeing you there!

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SketchUp 2016 Review

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What’s New in SketchUp 2016

SketchUp 2016 is here, but ‘What does it all mean, Basil?’

It means that there is plenty to get excited about!

SketchUp 2016

Let’s take a look at some of the best new features from the Release Notes…

 

SketchUp

SketchUp

  • The improvements to the Move, Protractor, Offset and Rotate tools are minor, but they have improved their overall user-friendliness. We particularly like the improved rotate tool, which has been combined within the move tool, so that you can now more easily locate and pick an axis. This will save novice users a lot of frustration, and provide a faster workflow for experienced users.
  • We dig the new and improved higher resolution Icons. All icons have now been rendered from vector graphics, meaning that they will look better, size better, and read better on High DPI screens. Although this will not affect most users in the slightest, the team at PlusSpec are looking forward to now being able to create high resolution icons for the PlusSpec tools. Look out for them in PlusSpec 2016!
  • The new Customizable  Utility Trays on Window machines is an addition that may take some getting used to. However, once you have played with it enough, you will probably find the added flexibility to your liking. This allows users to fully customize their workflow, by now being able to organize and group all of the various utility dialog’s, so that they either stand alone, or stack inside customizable and collapsible trays.
  • The ability to now easily inference circle and arc centrepoint’s is going to drastically reduce the amount of swearing in the office. Say goodbye to centrepoint location struggle-ville! Just ensure that you inference an edge prior to searching for the centrepoint.
  • The Textures have been revisited, and now offer a bigger and better list of textures and categories. Check out the latest grass texture, it looks pretty good.
  • The parallel and perpendicular inference display has been improved, which is particularly useful for extending edges on off axis planes.
  • SketchUp 2016 will now recognize intersection points with hidden section planes, with the ability to snap to elements of a SketchUp model in LayOut also.
  • SketchUp 2016 now allows you to Generate Reports, either from the entire model, or from a selected Component. Personally, we find this tool a bit ‘meh’. However, you may get some use from it. We have just finished testing it with PlusSpec and have found that when creating a moderately detailed model, there is an extensive delay. If you want a comprehensive report completed in seconds, we suggest using the PlusSpec Take-off tool.

SketchUp Layout

SketchUp Layout

  • The new Layer improvements are by far our favourite improvement in the 2016 release!
  1. Now when you copy and paste something, it will maintain all of the layers from the original copy. This is a Godsend!
  2. The new PDF export has been optimized, and we can now all breathe a collective sigh of relief! Finally, you will be able to produce smaller PDF exports that still have a very high output resolution. And the difference is mind-blowingly huge. For example, the new enhancements have reduced a 40mb PDF, created with Layout 2015, to a 3mb PDF created with 2016 – with no drop in quality!
  3. Assigning entities to a specific layer has become a lot easier. You can now right click and assign entities to any of your current layers. Previously, you only had the option of assigning it to the current selected layer. This is a big time saver.
  4. You can now group objects on different layers, whilst maintaining your layer management.
  • Layout references are now cloud-friendly. That means your LayOut projects can reference and update files that are stored and synced with services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Trimble Connect Sync, which makes collaboration far more powerful.
  • The ability to differentiate between shared/nonshared layers is very useful. Shared layers are any layer that you assign to be automatically generated on every page. In order to help users understand when they are creating or manipulating entities on a shared layer, it will be highlighted red when you are drawing or selecting elements on a shared layer.
  • The new small dimension leaders is a nifty little improvement, and ensures that text will never interfere with arrows or extension lines.
  • Last but not least, we are very happy to report that Layout appears to run a lot faster! It is still not ‘lightning’ quick (particularly for very information-dense pages), but it is definitely a big leap in the right direction – and will make everyone happy.
  • It is also worth noting that if you do dimension inside of the SketchUp model, the dimensions (lines and numbers) are now displayed nicely (on vector/hybrid). However, due to lack of control, we still suggest that you use Layout to dimension your projects.

 

3D Warehouse

3D Warehouse
The ability to reload or swap out a component with an alternative component from the 3D warehouse is an incredibly powerful feature. If you reload or swap out a component with another component (or an updated version of that component), every instance of that component in your model will be updated, in every file that is open. This is awesome, and once we have integrated it, it will greatly benefit PlusSpec users with the RubySketch FREE online library also (www.rubysketch.com).

 

Trimble

Trimble Connect

  • Trimble Connect has been fully integrated into SketchUp 2016 – and is a tremendous addition! This will allow users to upload, update and remove your SketchUp files from Trimble Connect Project folders. As you’re modeling you can even pull in and update reference SketchUp models, as if they were locally hosted components. With this addition, SketchUp has become more connected than ever before, so that you can more easily communicate, collaborate and interact with models with collaborators and clients, from anywhere in the world.

SketchUp Layout API

Although this does not affect standard users, Layout has now been opened up for API. This is what the team at PlusSpec have been waiting for with baited breath, and we are super excited to roll back our sleeves and get stuck into it. We can’t wait to show you what we can do!

 

PlusSpec for SketchUp logo

Our two-cents

Although this release may appear to focus predominantly on the enhancement of shared collaboration, existing tools, and speed/processing power (Layout in particular), these improvements will definitely make your workflow more efficient. And for that reason alone, it is 100% worth upgrading to SketchUp 2016.

Although the SketchUp tool/function improvements are nice, we see the biggest improvements in Layout – which is exactly what the vast majority of users were wanting anyway. If the intent was to fix the key frustrations that users of Layout were having, then this release is definitely a step in the right direction. Any doubt about SketchUp Layout being a powerful tool for professionals is long gone, and with this release it has become faster, more intelligent, and easier to use.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

 

SketchUp keeps getting better, but how much is your time worth?

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Click here if you want to know more

 

Please note that the SketchUp 2016 Release incorporates a lot of General fixes and improvements, which we have not outlined in our review. For the Full Release Notes, see the SketchUp Website.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Official SketchUp 2016 Video Here!

3D model Section cut fills in Sketchup and PlusSpec

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A Sketchup Tip and trick that will save you some time when using section planes in your 3D model. Basically Sketchup is a surface modeller which means the geometry is hollow. When you cut a section through wall or a prism you will see the inside of the geometry that may have supposed to be solid Like this.3D model is hollow when cutting a section

 

Step 1

Create & place a section in your Sketchup modelUse Sketchup section tool or PlusSpec scene creator to create a 3d section cut in your 3d model

Step 2 Ensure your section planes are showing and right click the section cut in Sketchup and select create group from slice.

Note it is easier to place your section in 3D view or perspective instead of parallel projection. Basically this gives your model a 3D perspective as you would see in real life.
Select the section plane in Sketchup 3d model and create componentOnce you have created your group from slice it can be hard to select so here is a  TIP hide part of your model by right clicking and select hide. This will make it easier to to select the section group.

Once you select your section group right click and make it a component. Then copy and paste your component in a place where it is easier to work on like in the image shown bellow. You can then simply triple click inside of the copied components and add faces and textures. 
2D cad like section plane is now solid in your 3d model

When you reactive your section cut you will not see the face as it is still being cut.

TIP simply move the section plane forward .1mm and hey presto you have a solid section. 

move you section plane forward in your 3d model

There is a plugin that you can use named Skalp you can find it here http://www.skalp4sketchup.com/ it will save you a lot of time, we are talking about integrating Scalp into PlusSpec in the future so stay tuned. the aim is to make your 3d modelling experience seamless.

You can simply add  a colour to your section cut in your 3d model.

You can simply add a colour to your section cut in your 3d model.

Happy Designing

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