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Google SketchUp Roundup

Sketch Up as defined by its official website..

Google SketchUp 6 is a 3D modeling software tool that’s easy to learn, simple to use, and lets you place your models in Google Earth. Are you remodeling a kitchen, landscaping your back yard or adding a deck to your home? Google SketchUp makes it faster, easier and a lot more fun. From simple to complex, from conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp helps you see your vision before you build it.

The software is definitely easier to use then other 3d modeling softwares available in the market. The most amazing thing about the software is that one can design a whole city with the help of just rectangle , polygon and a curve drawing tool and a pencil, one just has to show an artistic touch while pulling or pushing from specific locations( which is the crux of this software) like pulling small part outside from a rectangular wall to depict as the fins of the window or removing small parts from a wall to depict doorr or windows and many many things could be done in a similar fashion. One can see the image of a stadium generated by this software.

Sketch Up image

source: Google3DWarehouse

One can export dwg files from SketchUp and use it in softwares like AutoCad or 3dMax etc. Though there is one catch, it is very difficult to make domes or anything spherical using this software. In spite of this small hitch it is fun to work with this software. There are 3-4 perspective views which can be used to effectively placing your design.

After finishing the model the software itself generates animation showing the model from different angles which could be used for presentation purposes. Also a nice new feature that one can publish their 3d model in google earth, an that’s quite amazing. There are also textures available for different materials to be placed in different locations in a building.

Many people are afraid to use AutoCad, 3DMax or in fact other softwares, this software is a child’s play. Also light in terms of resources ,this is the best I have come across and love playing with it. Following is the image of my model of an intelligent green house with sensors mounted for my course on Intelligent Buildings.


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  2. Paul Tracey says:


    There are a few extras that IMSI have produced of late that either help out specific TurboCAD users, such as furniture makers, or greatly improve other products with IMSI technology.

    One of these is the IDX Renditioner. It is a plug-in for Google SketchUp that provides high-quality photorealistic rendering – fast and easily. Renditioner works directly within SketchUp and lets you control the materials, advanced lighting components, environments, background images. Renditioner is “one button” easy with 3 render options of Preview, Standard and Presentation. It is simple enough for novices and yet powerful enough for professionals. Powerful features are optimized in a jargon free interface. Simplicity paired with speed and working directly in SketchUp, means you can achieve design visualization objectives more quickly. Renditioner offers 16 megapixel renderings for large-scale printing and powerful presentation of your designs.

    It is available for Windows XP or Vista on the PC, and OS/X 10.4 or 10.5 on the Mac and runs on either PowerPC or Intel-based Mac computers. As an extra it obviously requires you to already have SketchUp, but will be fine on the free version as well as the Pro version 6.4x or later. Like all photorealistic rendering, IDX Renditioner uses a system’s RAM and CPU power extensively, and is not recommended on systems with less than 1 GB RAM, with 2 GB recommended. Being fully multithreading, dual core, quad core, or dual quad core machines will each improve system performance dramatically.

    SketchUp is a nice piece of kit, but with the edition of Renditioner it jumps from good to professional, and then you import the SketchUp drawings into TurboCAD to add another dimension.


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