Friday, November 16, 2018

Put your design to the next level with Lumion 9

The most updated version of Lumion i.e. version 9 is just launched with some advanced features. This newest version facilitates the users to capture the naturalistic surroundings rapidly.

Now, it is possible to include one-touch real skies to emit a new light on your scene and quickly produce a attractive, unique setting for your designs. The users can create realistic rain with cozy spaces which can be beautified with furry rugs and fluffy blankets. For realistic garden shot, the new adjustable 3D grass materials can be employed to experience freshly cut lawn under your feet.

With new simplified scene-building tool, it becomes easier to generate complicated environments instantly. The workflow is enhanced significantly with Lumion’s amazing rendering speed and exceptional images and videos on all your projects.

Given below, some exciting features of Lumion 9

a. Sky Light 2 and Real Skies (Pro)
b. Adaptable 3D Grasses (Pro)
c. Atmospheric Rain and Snow (Pro)
d. Furry materials (Pro)

e. New materials
f. New objects
g. LiveSync for Rhino
h. Updated OpenStreetMap
i. Lean scene-building workflow
j. Save groups
k. Intuitive object placement
l. Instant object focus
m. Import edges
n. Automatic file recovery


Lumion 9 comprises of HDRI Real Skies. Just choose one and watch as it works simultaneously with the updated Sky Light effect to emit a new light on your design, placing it in an evocative context with a stunning backdrop.

Sky Light 2 and Real Skies
(Real Skies are Pro only)


It is possible to create instant, beautiful skies with 39 types real skies and their pre-configured Sky Light settings in Lumion 9.

If the sky is modified, entire lighting in the design will be rectified with it and you will experience an awe-inspiring render in literally seconds.

Customizable 3D Grass
(Pro only)


Give life to your landscape designs and include different types of realistic grasses to your parks, gardens, lawns and any other surfaces by applying the new Customizable 3D Grass materials in Lumion 9.

Atmospheric Rain and Snow
(Pro only)


Put your designs to the next level with the inclusion of new Atmospheric Rain and Snow. With a simple click of the mouse, produce everything from the light drizzle to a full-blown downpour, the winter flurry to a whiteout blizzard. The Atmospheric Rain and Snow are found under the precipitation effect in Photo and Movie mode.

To get more updates, click on the following link lumion.com

Put your design to the next level with Lumion 9

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

BoxUp XYZ – A new extension in extension warehouse

BoxUp XYZ is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

BoxUp expands Sketchup Dynamic Components with Dynamic Materials, Costing, Lists. It is very effective while dealing with sheet/profile based modular systems like; Kitchens, Office furniture, Shelving, Wardrobes, Aluminum profile systems and so on.

Sheet based materials may range from MDF, Plywood, Glass, Acrylics - any sheet based system.

Linear based materials like Aluminium profiles, Edgeband, gaskets - any profile based system.

It is possible to create your own collection of components or collections for a client. BoxUp Pro comprises of a wide range of dynamic components for kitchen design. It can be applied as reference, as a base to make your own, or utilize it as is.

Attribute manager: Establish attributes values for selected components - only changed attributes are revised. Swap components, select from a list of components in the collection to substitute the component(Pro only).

Material manager: The Material Manager applies 'Tags' to connect Sketchup materials and individual faces. Modify materials for selected components with the selected face tag.

Lists: It contains cutting list for sheet materials and linear materials as well as hardware list for components, list for edgebanding, project overview list. All lists are copied/pasted to spreadsheet or text editor(Pro only).

Pricing(Pro only): BoxUp Pro computes the cost and sales prices on the basis of sheet/profile/component costs. Costs are globally sustained. It is also possible to include labor cost to you components.

To get more detail, go through the following link www.boxup.xyz

BoxUp XYZ – A new extension in extension warehouse
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Monday, November 12, 2018

How to produce glass in sketchup models with lattice maker

In this exclusive sketchup tutorial, presented by the renowed sketchup tutor, Justin Geis, you will learn how to generate glass in your sketchup model instantly with the use of an exclusive sketchup plugin lattice maker that is developed by TIG.

The plugin allows you to simply set offsets, glass thickness, window thickness & materials to smoothly generate windows in sketchup models.


This sketchup pluign can be applied to form lattice style arrays and frames. The plugin is suitable for generating skylights, sculptures, mosaic glass tiles, greenhouses and much more. This plugin provides huge benefits to the architects and contractors to simplify their works.
With this plugin, it is possible to produce the frames and inset panes for any surface. It has the ability to create just about any shape according to your choice. Before applying the plugin, it is required to choose the faces and then go to the plugin menu and click the “Lattice Maker” plugin.
A dialogue will be shown with options for the width and depth of the frame, the pane inset dimension, the lattice or frame material and the pane material.
The plugin contains the following drawbacks :-
A limited amount of colors can be selected from for the lattice and same with the pane. The thickness of the glass can’t be specified.
Click on the following link to download the plugin. sketchucation.com
For live demonstration of the plugin, go through the following video tutorial.
How to produce glass in sketchup models with lattice maker

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp – The newest sketchup plugin

Act-3D B.V. is the developer of Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp. This newest sketchup plugin supports sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

With this plugin, it is possible to create real-time, photorealistic rendering of your sketchup model.

The users can model their sketchup design in a wonderful and realistic surroundings.

Lumion LiveSync for SketchUp also comprises of:

- Camera synchronization among SketchUp and Lumion
- It has the ability to add and save Lumion’s stunning materials to your LiveSync project
- Real-time materials synchronization and visualization
- Automatic model importing into Lumion (there is no requirment to import a model individually)


To get live demonstration, watch the following video tutorial.

Video Source: Lumion

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Eneroth Relative Camera – The newest plugin in extension warehouse

A new plugin known as Eneroth Relative Camera is added to the extension warehouse. This plugin is developed by the renowned plugin developer Eneroth3.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

The plugin is suitable for different industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking etc.

The plugin is used to remember the position of the camera with regard to a group or component and recall it subsequently relating to a group or component.

It can be applied to arrange various corresponding views associated with different buildings, floors, apartments or cars. Just ensure they contain corresponding axes placement.

The plugin is also applied to shift the camera in conjunction with an object to maintain the view of it when it has been shifted to the model. Initially, remember the camera, then shift the object and then recall the camera.

If it is required to shift different views, e.g. scenes, one will be able to copy the object rather than moving it, and then remember the views, one at a time, with regard to the old object and then recall it relative the new object.

Activate the plugin from Context Menu > Eneroth Relative Camera.

Go through the following sketchup video tutorial to learn how does it function.

Video Source Eneroth3

Eneroth Relative Camera – The newest plugin in extension warehouse


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Thursday, November 1, 2018

nz_Corset – The newest sketchup extension in extension warehouse

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Corset, the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The extension can be used to generate corseted forms along with stilettos, vases, dishes, tensile structure and more.

nz_Corset is a development of nz_Surface

With nz_Corset, organic tubular forms are easily created.

This corset comprises of an adaptable waist (about it's axis) and girth.

It produced elaborate corset shapes along with Dishes, Vases and Stiletto shapes.

Bonus Function: OverdriveOverdrive facilitates the users to go beyond the end planes and generate dish - shapes when these shapes need that the end plane are parallel to each other.

You don’t inevitably require millions of faces so three levels of iteration are arranged. When the model is as proportionally perfect and organic, then it is possible to urn the global subdivide to finalise the form. Use nz_Surface to modify the details or cap your end planes.

nz_Surface vertices correlate with those of nz_Corset so it's simpler to marry the form jointly or make good use of the sophisticatedly structured vertices themselve...consequently generating soft edges

nz_Corset can simulated tensile fabrics use 'Natural' or alternatively run 'Manual' mode and customise the structure to suit

Hot Keys
Control:Toggle Textures 'Smooth|Diamond|Crystal|Adaptation|Shell'
Command:Toggle Centroid Placement: Natural(auto)|Manual
Spacebar:Random Variations to surface finished when now using a 'Smooth' texture


Up & Down Keys:Control the four levels of Iteration 1|2|3


Video Source Natale Zappia

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

VR Sketch – A new wing has been added to extension warehouse

Maciej F is the developer of the newest sketchup plugin alias VR Sketch. It is well matched with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018. It is only compatible with windows platform.

It can be used for editing and visualizing architectural models from SketchUp in virtual reality. HTC Vive with SteamVR installed should be necessary for present setup.-

The trial version of the plugin functions for 2 weeks. After that a paid version is required with free access for 2 weeks.

The current version allows the users to view and edit directly in VR and the users can use it to deal with large models. The link from SketchUp files is instant and it is possible to edit both on the monitor and in the VR simultaneously.

The present version is not intended for photo realism and rather features on having a cartoonish but well performing mode that allows you to edit SketchUp files 100s of megabytes in size.

To get more information, go through the following link vrsketch.eu

Go through the following sketchup video tutorial to learn how does it function.

Video Source VR Sketch

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Monday, October 29, 2018

How to speed up your modeling in sketchup with v-ray proxies

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, you will learn how to use v-ray proxies in skethup models to produce superior quality renderings with high polygon models.

Rendering in sketchup becomes complicated since sketchup can’t deal with high polygon models. So, if there are more faces and geometries in the model, the modeling process become slower since sketchup does not handle all the geometries efficiently.

With high polygon, high detail model inside your sketchup model, it becomes difficult to produce realistic rendering. But v-ray contains a tool known as proxies that facilitates to export the objects out of your model and substitute them with a low polygon preview model.

When rendering starts, v-ray will reference those files called meshes externally devoid of showing them in your model.

To learn the detail process, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source The Rendering Essentials

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

CutList Bridge 4.4 is available in extension warehouse

Joe Zeh has developed CutList Bridge 4.4. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This sketchup ruby extension can be used to export a cut list to Excel, OpenOffice Calc and CutList Plus fx.

It expands the characteristics of components to contain such things as the material type employed in its milling, the species or material name, re-sized dimensions, shop method tags, the sub-assembly to which it belongs and lots other.

These attributes are connected to the component and preserved in the model file. The user can export these characteristics to either a .cwx or .csv file. CWX files are opened in CutList Plus fx Gold or Platinum editions with simple clicks on the .cwx file(needs version 12.3 or higher).

CSV files are imported to CutList Plus fx (applying a Parts import Wizard), Microsoft Excel, Open/Office Calc or any spread sheet application that supports CSV importing. All of these applications will generate a cut list but CutList Plus fx will also generate a materials list, optimized cutting diagrams, inventory control and project costing.

The most vital feature of CutList Bridge is that it preserves all components’ material and milling attributes in the SketchUp model file.

The user should retain only one file of a design and doesn’t require for synchronizing other files when modifications to design are done. The CWX, CSV, CutList Plus fx, Excel or OpenOffice Calc files are reproduced with just four mouse click


For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Joe Zeh

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Monday, October 15, 2018

2018 BiMUp 5D for SketchUp – The newest sketchup extension

2018 BiMUp 5D for SketchUp is useful sketchup plugin that can be applied for quantity takeoff with reporting from sketchup models.

This newest sketchup pluign is compatible with SketchUp 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017 FREE, MAKE, PRO and 2018 PRO.

The plugin conducts the Quantity Takeoff (QTO) = Bill of Materials (BOM) in US or Bill of Quantities (BOQ) in EU - All in a single mouse click and at any design phase.

It is possible to accomplish complicated calculations with formulas and generate as many reports as necessary with custom-made templates:

• Count of Groups, Components, DCs
• Length, Width/Depth and Height Calculation (any element - beams, columns, windows, doors etc.)
• Area Calculation (room/floor, cladding, roof tiles, intumescent paint, soft or hard landscape etc.)
• Volume Calculation (concrete, insulation - can be converted to packs etc.)
• Weight Calculation based on volume or length (steel, stone etc.)
• Conversion of Volume (to bricks or blocks etc.)
• Windows schedule
• Doors schedule
• Extra Information can be embedded (manufacturer, specification, contact details, location within building etc.)
• Labour and contingency can be added
• Price and Taxes can be added


BiMUp 5D facilitates the users to Enrich/Embed the Data behind any SketchUp 3D models with the inclusion of necessary component specific information as follow:

• Manufacturer
• Links to your or Manufacturer website
• Product information
• Links to product information website
• Specification
• Links to product specification website
• Special requirements in relation to installation or maintenance
• Links to special requirements in relation to installation or maintenance website
• Contact details
• Location within building


It uniformly place two or more selected components.

BiMUp 5D will generate Adobe .PDF or MS Excel .CSV file with information related to 3D model.

The users can get this extension from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

2018 BiMUp 5D for SketchUp – The newest sketchup extension

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Friday, October 12, 2018

How to space out objects instantly in your sketchup models with Curic Align & Curic Space extensions

This is another nice presentation by the renowned sketchup tutor, Justin Geis. In this tutorial, Justin shows some useful guidelines to utilize the sketchup extensions Curic Align and Curic Space to instantly space out different objects in your sketchup models.

The tricks will be helpful while arranging the objects on shelves and other regions where spacing of several copies of the similar objects is required.

Curic Align is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It offers the following functionalities :-

a. Align objects with the faces/axes of BoundingBox (Left - Center - Right).
b. Align to edge, face, section plane.
c. Ctrl = copy
d. Shift = Move from point to plane


Curic Align is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It offers the following functionalities :-

It uniformly place two or more selected components.

Both the extensions are accessible from extension warehouse.

To learn how different objects are spaced within your sketchup models, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source TheSketchUpEssentials

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

SketchUp to Sketchfab.com Uploader (2.5.1)

SketchUp to Sketchfab.com Uploader is the newest sketchup extension developed Alex Schreyer. This plugin allows the users to distribute interactive 3D content from sketchup on the web devoid of installing a browser plugin.

It is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The users will be able to uload their SketchUp models to the 3D (WebGL) viewing, rendering, and sharing website Sketchfab. Sketchfab is a very user-friendly website that allows anyone to upload 3D models, demonstrate them with WebGL, and allocate them with the globe.

After being installed, the extension includes a menu item “Upload to Sketchfab” to the File menu in SketchUp. Prior to upload any model, just make registration on Sketchfab’s website and obtain a “secret API token” that connects the uploads to your account. You will get that token on your personal account settings page once registration is completed.

As soon as the model is uploaded, it is possible to edit parameters and materials, grab a thumbnail or modity the default view on the Sketchfab website.

Application: Go to File > Upload to Sketchfab > Upload Model and transmit your complete model (or only the selected objects) to the cloud. Ensure you have first obtained your API token from the Sketchfab website. It is required to paste that token into the uploader dialog.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse (extensions.sketchup.com)

SketchUp to Sketchfab.com Uploader (2.5.1)

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Friday, October 5, 2018

3D Text Editor – The newest sketchup extension

SketchUp does not contain a command for editing of subsisting 3-D text smoothly.

Thomas Thomassen has developed 3D Text Editor, an exclusive sketchup plugin that can be used to generate and alter 3D text geometry.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

This extension facilitates editing of text that’s generated earlier, apart from providing the ability to live-preview various changes to your text.


The plugin can perform well in windows platform but some problems may arise in Mac OSX platform.
1. Menus & Toolbars
2. Draw » Editable 3d Text
3. Context Menu » Edit Text
1. Requirements
2. TT_Lib² — 2.11.0
3. Internet Explorer 9 or newer (Windows)
The plugin is available in sketchup extension warehouse (extensions.sketchup.com)

3D Text Editor – The newest sketchup extension


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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

SketchUp to KeyShot 7 – The newest sketchup extension

SketchUp to KeyShot 7 is newest sketchup extension that can be applied to export sketchup files to keyshot 7 and save out as .bip files.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This extension combines SketchUp 3D modeling software and KeyShot 7 jointly on Windows or Mac OS X, in spite of arranging KeyShot inside the modeling application. This plugin attaches a menu button to your 3D software that transmits 3D data and other model information into KeyShot.

Given below, some useful features of it :-

Features:
• Retain colors and textures
• Supports SketchUp physics animations
• Recognize groups
• Export .bip


Requirements:
• SketchUp 2015 – 2018
• KeyShot 7
• Windows 7,8,10 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.8 or later


This newest sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse (extensions.sketchup.com).

To learn the detail process, go through the following video tutorial.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Eneroth Visual Merge – The newest sketchup extension in extension warehouse

The sketchup users can utilize this newest extension to conceal the seam among groups/components where they meet. Now, the users don’t have to face problem for unpleasant edges among slab and a wall.
The purpose of this plugin is to visually merges groups/components by concealing the edges and faces where they meet devoid of modifying their shape.
Not alike a solid operation these modifications are only cosmetic on the surface and doesn't change the shape of the objects by any means. The meaning of the original geometry (e.g. what is a slab and what is a wall) is maintained and the visual merge is reset with just two clicks of the mouse.
Also quite dissimilar solid operations of all groups and components are supported, whether they are solid or not.
The plugin is accessible in extension warehouse (extensions.sketchup.com).
To learn the detail process for Eneroth Visual Merge: Simple House, go through the following video tutorial.
Video Source Eneroth3

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

How to draw exterior walls in sketchup

This instructional video is presented by the renowned sketchup teacher, Mr Aaron, for worldwide sketchup users.

The video demonstrates some effective processes for drawing exterior walls in sketchup on the basis of an imported image file related to architectural drawings.


This video is the part two of the sketchup skill builder series and architectural modeling. The drawing of the exterior wall is started on the basis of a reference image.
To learn the detail process for drawing exterior walls, go through the following video tutorial.
Video Source SketchUp
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Triangle Tool – The newest sketchup extension

Triangle tool is the newest sketchup extension that is compatible with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

Triangle tool can be utilized to generate triangles with the help of subsisting edge and the lengths of the two persisting sides. Just select the tool from the newly showing “triangle” toolbar. The tool will automatically pick up edges while hovering.

After clicking on it, it will request for the length at point A and the length at point B. Just provide it and select for the exact orientation for the triangle.

This plugin is best suited for architecture, construction, engineering, gaming, heavy civil and interior design.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse.

Click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

Triangle Tool – The newest sketchup extension

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

nz_Globule – The newest sketchup extension in extension warehouse

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Globule for sketchup. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It is a paid plugin and costs $12.50.

The plugin is used to subdivide a cubic form as well as it facilitates the users to generate, tease and edit into organic forms.

The plugin will subdivide a cube into and editable organic form.and rectify your creation with 8|14|26 'Control-Points' that facilitates to tease and manipulate the form into the required shape.

nz_Globule provides you neat and effective vertices and edges that allow you to make your creation manually provided that you do not break out your group and can always retrieve it's original form. While regenerating the form, it is also possible to modify the subdivision iterations and/or shell texture options.

To buy the plugin, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

To learn more, go through the following video tutorial.
Video Source Natale Zappia

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