Design Archives - PlusSpec

Myles Gillan: Empowering Education with PlusSpec

Myles Gillan is a Building Design Student, based in South East Queensland, Australia. In this blog interview we discuss how PlusSpec for SketchUp has not only helped his studies, but has also given him an advantage over his peers. ‘When I was designing without PlusSpec, I felt like I was always having to explain every [...]


How to Make a Seamless Texture (Tileable Texture)

What is a “seamless” texture or a “tileable” texture? Check out our blog post on 'What is a Seamless or Tileable Texture?'  It's super short and will tell you everything that you need to know. However, to put it simply, a seamless texture is an image that can be placed next to itself (above, below, [...]


What is a Seamless Texture (Tileable Texture)?

By now, you've probably heard of a Seamless Texture. However, seamless textures can also be referred to as Tileable textures, 3D textures, Texture fills, Material Textures, and so on. To keep it simple, we'll stick to using the term 'Seamless Texture'. But what exactly is a Seamless Texture? To put it simply, a seamless texture [...]


Understanding LOD (Level of Detail) for Design and Construction

LOD (Level of Detail) is the term used to describe how much information a drawing or model contains. Simply put, it is how you choose to show the construction details and materials of a project. When we were designing and drawing with pen and paper only, there was never really an issue with LOD. However, […]


Inside 3D Residential: Supercharging Design with PlusSpec

3D Residential is a North American residential design and drafting company based in the greater Charlotte, NC area. In this blog interview with Director, Easton Hunter, we discuss how PlusSpec for SketchUp has changed the way that he is able to design, communicate and control client budgets. Charlotte Lake House – Rendering of PlusSpec for SketchUp model. All […]


Choosing colours & fabric patterns – like a boss!

If you haven’t engaged a interior designer to assist with your selections and need to make timely decisions for the planning stage or the ordering process, here are a couple of considerations to make before selecting colours and textile design. Colour harmonies that are on song There is no such thing as a bad colour, […]


Load paths and weight distribution can make or break a budget

Designers can now see load paths at design concept stage to reduce the cost of the engineer. Hi everyone, I thought I should get a bit technical and talk about load paths and weight distribution and why I decided we needed it in PlusSpec, after all, we are not engineers right? Diagram outlining a typical […]


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There is a reason why Hollywood Designers use SketchUp

Image by Luke Whitelock. Copyright owned by Marvel Studios And the answer is simple. No other CAD or BIM software (or any other acronym that you want to use) has actually been made as a design tool. Our competitors are merely 'virtual drafting boards', and have been created so that their users can create 2D [...]


Upcoming SketchUp Guide includes a PlusSpec spotlight

We’ve just heard that the first Italian Guide to SketchUp with a PlusSpec spotlight is Coming Soon. Here’s what we know:   SketchUp. Progettazione architettonica BIM, is the first Italian guide to Trimble SketchUp 2017, ranging from the introduction of the software to the BIM-approach with PlusSpec, and GPU-rendering


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