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Google SketchUp For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) by Aidan Chopra, Rebecca Huehls

By Aidan Chopra, Rebecca Huehls

I have received a number of books from the "Dummies" sequence, and sometimes they depart a piece to be wanted. This one fairly delivers.In only one weekend, with assistance from this e-book and writer Aidan Chopra's very good better half movies on YouTube, I went from whole Sketchup newbie to really generating usable building plans for a small shed.Some lecturers can take in loads of it slow with out dealing with to get any sensible details into your head. Aidan's received a knack for figuring out and providing you with what you want to be aware of to get really up and working with Google Sketchup.Five stars!

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On the Mac, the Preferences dialog box is on the SketchUp menu, which doesn’t exist in the Windows version of SketchUp. Some Preference settings changes don’t take effect until you open another SketchUp file, so don’t worry if you can’t see a difference right away. ߜ Model Info: This dialog box is, to quote the bard, the mother of all dialog boxes. It has controls for everything under the sun; you should definitely open it and take your time going through it. Chances are, the next time you can’t find the setting you’re looking for, it’s in Model Info.

It’s not really a beginner-level feature, but it’s there. • With another computer file: SketchUp can import images and CAD (computer-aided drawing) files so that you can use them as a starting point for what you want to make. ߜ Work loose or work tight: One of my favorite things about SketchUp is that you can model without worrying about exactly how big something is. You can make models that are super-sketchy, but if you want, you can also make models that are absolutely precise. SketchUp is just like paper in that way; the amount of detail you add is entirely up to you.

Without a certain level of accuracy, it’s not as useful for figuring things out. The key to accuracy in SketchUp is the little text box that lives in the lower-right corner of your SketchUp window — the one I point out in Figure 2-14. That little text box is called the Value Control Box, or VCB, and here are some of the things you can use it to do: ߜ Make a line a certain length ߜ Draw a rectangle a certain size ߜ Push/pull a face a certain distance ߜ Change the number of sides in a polygon ߜ Move something a given distance ߜ Rotate something by a certain number of degrees ߜ Make a certain number of copies ߜ Divide a line into a certain number of segments ߜ Change your field of view (how much you can see) Chapter 2: Establishing the Modeling Mind-set Figure 2-14: SketchUp’s VCB (Value Control Box) is the key to working precisely.

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