My Second New Extension This Week: Scale By Tools

My second new SketchUp extension that is being released this week also combines various Ruby Scripts that I had laying around or that were in my book, Architectural Design with SketchUp. It makes those more accessible to everyone and should lead to some really beautiful designs. This time the extension has to do with transforming […] Read more..

My New SketchUp Extension is Out: 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… I just released a new extension, Random Tools, which is a combination of various Ruby […] Read more..

Creating better in-text ads with jQuery

I have placed ads on my sites in various ways (and locations) now. With all those attempts, I tried to avoid overly intrusive ads and wanted to always clearly mark an ad as such. What I have currently implemented actually fulfills that nicely in my view. My ads follow these principles: Ad areas are underlayed […] Read more..

SketchUp Ruby Code Editor updated to v. 4.3

As part of my recent effort to update all my SketchUp extensions, I also went through the lines of code that make up my Ruby Code Editor extension and gave it an overhaul. Besides some bug fixes, there are also new features that I will be highlighting in this post. You can also watch an […] Read more..

How to correctly create and use PDFs

Each semester when I am reviewing student work (and at many other times when someone sends me a PDF attachment), I am reminded that I should really put together a blog post about properly working with PDFs. There are just so many common and often small mistakes that people do especially when creating PDFs, many […] Read more..

My [as] website is 10 years old today!

They grow up so fast, don’t they? As you may have noticed, I have completely redesigned my site. The older design – while nice – wasn’t a responsive design. It also wasn’t as flexible in terms of content placement as I would have liked it to be. So I completely overhauled it. The new design […] Read more..

View UMass’ growth 1984-now in Google Earth’s Timelapse

Google just released a pretty amazing tool: Google Earth Engine Timelapse. This interactive tool (which is embedded below and can be reached via the link) lets you view global aerial photography from the past 32 years in an interactive timelapse video. Best of it, you can zoom into any region of the world and see what […] Read more..