After working a while with SketchUp, every 3D modeler will invariably find out that the best thing about this software is that it can easily be extended using free plugins. If a function is not available in plain (free) SketchUp, then chances are actually quite good that there is a plugin available on the internet […] Read more..
Apparently today is blog action day. I didn’t know that myself… Oh, well… The official SketchUp blog just published an environmental design feature with examples of green building design using SketchUp. It is always good to learn from how others are using a design tool like SketchUp – particularly in a commercial environment.
Some interesting SketchUp-related posts that just landed on my desk: AIA and Google have assembled classic American architecture in 3D Warehouse and Google Earth and have put a sickeningly fast video of it on YouTube.
Digging through the Ruby script archive for SketchUp is just amazing. There is a great tool at every corner. Here’s one of them: The 6-sided cube panorama exporter. Together with a renderer like Kerkythea (and a stitching program), it is extremely easy to create realistic panoramas right out of SketchUp.
Quickly creating 3D-models and doing sketchy renderings is clearly the strength of SketchUp. Most of its modeling feature set is even available in the free version and with downloadable Extensions, anything is possible. One feature that is missing in SketchUp, though, is photo-realistic rendering. But don’t let that stop you…
Now here’s something. First, Google allowed everyone to contribute to their 3D Warehouse, a collection of 3D objects (components) for SketchUp, which got us used to everything from meticulously modeled buildings to the daily occurrence of an oddly shaped box named “my dream home”. Then they convinced some manufacturers to add their CAD data (Marvin […] Read more..
It is here! After a bit of a wait, Google (formerly @Last software) released SketchUp 6 – again in a free-for-all and a professional version. Here is the official announcement. Upgrades (at least for US customers) are free and there’s a nifty wizard to accomplish a smooth upgrade. Sketchy view in SketchUp 6 using one […] Read more..