SketchUp 2014 Now Available

SketchUp updated its website and look for 2014. SketchUp 2014 includes some minor but significant updates. This includes ?improved performance and speed with shadows and some new arc tools. BIM features are now available when creating geometry as well. This is now through the Classifier using industry standards and can be exported to other applications through IFC Export.

The 3D warehouse received a much needed facelift. The site is simplified and should make it easier to filter and preview the better models versus the ones you end up just throwing in the trash because the scale is entirely wrong or messed up.

Lastly, LayOut has some major improvements that excite me the most. I was resistant to use LayOut for some of my presentation and design work because of the minor bugs and missing features. In this release, you can use auto text tags, smart labels that reference geometry names from your model, improved vector rendering (thank you!!!!), and its snappier on larger files.

In all, the improvements to LayOut alone are worth a try to upgrade or update.



Online SketchUp Course Now Available

I’m happy to announce that I will be providing online SketchUp classes monthly. The session will be spread over 2 weeks providing (4) 3 hour sessions from 9am – 12pm EST.

Session 1: Learn the Basics?(Beginner)?March 4th, 9am-12pm EST

This beginner class shows you the basics and creates a strong foundation to build upon. Learn the essentials of navigating SketchUp and the terminology of the program.

Session 2?(Intermediate)?March 6th, 9am-12pm EST

This session expands on the skills from Session 1 and shows you how to apply them in techniques and exercises. Working files are included that help show how you can use the program in creating drawings and presentations.

Session 3?(CAD Workflow)?March 11th, 9am-12pm EST

This lesson provides the idea workflow for using SketchUp with your CAD software. Import 2D CAD files and learn tips and tricks for organizing line-work, creating reference groups, aligning elevations, and constructing 3D models quickly. Also, we?ll show you how to save time with some clever plugins for this workflow.

Session 4?(Photorealistic Renderings)?March 13th, 9am-12pm EST

This lesson gives you the tricks and techniques to create photorealistic renderings with SketchUp and a plugin called Podium. Learn how to create reflective materials, lights, and techniques for interior and exterior renderings. This session finishes up by creating a composite rendering and making adjustments in Photoshop.

By purchasing the full session, students will receive a free copy of “Learning SketchUp 2013″ DVD.

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