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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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Demo of component finder, a new sketchup extension

This exclusive sketchup video tutorial provides the demonstration of a new sketchup extension called Component Finder. This extension can simplify the process to view and import components inside sketchup.

The tutorial video focuses on the following topics :- How to set up Component Finder, Navigate 3D Models, Add a component, Save a component, Rename a component, Update a component.

The extension contains the following exclusive features :-

Quickly filter through your local Sketchup components library, and find the components you need. Just a click away, all within Sketchup.

Enhanced Browsing: Now, it is possible to view all the components in a folder, it's sub-folders as well as in their sub-folders all in one view.

View your components in each tab in best possible manner

Flat View: Avail the components in the present folder and in all of it's sub-folders, and their sub-folders... (5 levels deep).

Nav View: The recognizable browsing view of folders and components. It is ideal for navigating and focusing on a specific folder.

Powerful Search: Type in with your search term, and ComponentFinder will filter through all of your tabs and the components in them unless you get your desired result.

Zoom In / Out: View bigger or smaller component thumbnails.

Save Components: After arranging some components into a model, if any modifications take place, one can save them right back into any open tab.

To get more information, go through the following link flextools.cc/componentfinder

Open multiple tabs at once: Choose numerous folders from your local library and include them simultaneously as separate tabs in ComponentFinder.

FlexTools Integration: ComponentFinder operates on top of the FlexTools platform. Same toolbar. Same settings location. Automatic updates when available.

Watch the following video for live demonstration.

Video Source Architecture Inspirations

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

FrameModeler for sketchup version 1.1.0

FrameModeler is the newest sketchup extension available in extension warehouse. This extension supports sketchup 2018.

It is a user-friendly tool for the architects.

Guide for set up:

a. Download extension from extension warehouse
b. Operate as admin sketchup.exe
c. Once the extension is set up perfectly, the text will be visible as "FrameModeler Install finish. Now restart sketchup.exe to run FrameModeler.
d. Restart sketchup.exe then you will get the extension menu on the toolbar.


FrameModeler (1.1.0) contains the following exclusive features :-

1. Updated New UI
2. Compatible with English tooltips and parameter
3. Demonstrates an error on the screen once the Trim function is accomplished.

4. Beam, Wall, Slab negative height value can be obtained.
5. Added CAD select mode
6. Continuous placement changed to "Ctrl" toggle key in "shift" release.


The extension is available in extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

To learn more, go through the following video tutorial.

FrameModeler for sketchup version 1.1.0

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Some unknown facts about follow me tool

In this exclusive sketchup video tutorial, Justin Geis, the renowned sketchup trainer, briefly explains some useful features and functions as well as applications of sketchup follow me tool.

The SketchUp Follow Me tool is the base of 3D geometry: Follow Me directs a face along a path to generate a 3D shape. However, it comprises of a bunch of applications and facilitates to draw complicated 3D models with some simple mouse clicks.

Follow Me is very effective for modeling finishing details that pursue a perimeter or edge, like crown molding or gutters. It also simplifies the task for modeling lathed objects, like a spindle, and curved vessels, like a bowl or a vase.

One can find the follow me tool in sketchup as follow :-

Tools menu
Edit toolbar
Large Tool Set toolbar
Tool palette (macOS)


The follow me tool can be applied to extrude something like a pipe along the path. Just choose a path and apply the follow me tool to extrude something to the length of that path.

The follow me tool can be very effective when the paths contain numerous various lines on it.

The best way to utilize the follow me tool is to choose your path, then activate the tool and click on your object. It also functions along paths which go in a complete circle.

To learn more functionalities of follow me tool, go through the following video tutorial.


Video Source TheSketchUpEssentials

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Eneroth Tool Memory version 1.1.2

The sketchup users can apply this plugin to cycle the tools opened lately in SketchUp. It can significantly accelerate the speed up and simplifies the modeling process.

The plugin is specifically designed for skilled professional user to improve their work and very effective for tools not used frequently to get a shortcut for, but very repeated as soon as you utilize them.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It is a paid plugin.

It should be remembered that the tool stored only will include actual tools. Other commands, e.g. Save or Zoom Extents, are not memorized.

Setup: As soon as it is set up, the plugin requires some manual setup for functioning properly. The process is not automatic but few minutes are required.

1. Open the Shortcut settings (Window > Preferences > Shortcuts)

2. Set up a shortcut, e.g. Ctrl+Space, pointing to Extensions > Eneroth Tool Memory > Cycle Tools. While applying another shortcut, please note that the shortcut should comprise of minimum one modifier key (Ctrl, Alt etc) and another key. If you select a modifier key except Ctrl (Command on Mac), go to Extensions > Eneroth Tool Memory > Set Modifier Key and choose that key.

3. (Optional) Set up a corresponding shortcut also including Shift, e.g. Ctrl+Shift+Space, to Extensions > Eneroth Tool Memory > Cycle Tools Backwards.

Exclude Tools: In version 1.1.0, the user will be able to indicate tools to exclude. It is effective if you don't require the tool stack to become filled with tools you already have shortcuts for, or to eliminate Ruby tools which are not supported.

For this purpose, just generate a text file in the plugin's directory. Write the tool names in the same way as they are demonstrated in the tool stack, segregated with line breaks. Restart SketchUp for the list to get loaded.

The plugin is available in the extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

Video Source Christina Eneroth
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Tuesday, September 4, 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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Friday, August 31, 2018

A new update is available with Shaderlight 2018

Cambridge, UK-based Shaderlight Ltd, has made an update to Shaderlight 2018, its most recognized photo-realistic rendering plugin for Trimble’s SketchUp modeling program.

The users who have a Shaderlight 2018 license can avail this update at free of cost.

With this update, the users will be able to make proper adjustments of environment rotation. The inclusion of a numeric entry field will facilitate the users to easily obtain a perfect match of the lighting environment and background image among various SketchUp models.

The users will get a warning while closing throughout a rendering process, to resist losing the development of a long-running render they are unaware. Shaderlight will now notify the users if they try to close the render window when a render is ongoing.

Lastly, a new Keep Shaderlight “always on top” option is obtainable in the program’s settings to retain the application window over other windows among sessions.

The newest version of Shaderlight is totally compatible with SketchUp 2018. The program supports both Windows and Mac platform. Shaderlight 2018 Pro is 299.USD.

To avail a free 14-day free trial version, click on the following link www.artvps.com

Go through the following video tutorial to gather more information about the Shaderlight.

Video Source Shaderlight

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Friday, August 24, 2018

AddOrthoScenes (1.0.2) for sketchup 2018

Smustard Team has developed AddOrthoScenes, the newest sketchup extension available in extension warehouse. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.


The extension can be used to include scene orthographically by providing x,y,z offsets.
AddOrthoScenes facilitates the users to generate new scenes depending on the existing view by arranging the number of scenes to be produced and the x, y, and z offsets for every new scene. The initial offset is from the existing active view, and in the case of several new scenes arranged, each supplementary offset of the scene is relative to the last scene produced by the plugin.
It is suitable for generating scene-based tutorials or anything else that is required to illustrate a progression of steps. It is also very effective for producing fly-by type animations, where two scenes allocate a camera angle (concerning the global drawing axes) but contain various station points.
The AddOrthoScenes menu item appears in the View menu.
This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse.extensions.sketchup.com)
Go through the following video tutorial to gather more information about the plugin.
Video Source Smustard Plugins


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

SketchUp-Collab – The newest sketchup extension

AMC Bridge develops SketchUp-Collab, an exclusive sketchup pluigin that creates bi-directional connection among SketchUp® and Autodesk® A360. This sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

SketchUp-Collab shows how to handle documents (preserving, registering, recovering) in A360 directly from SketchUp. Besides, Resource Settings and Property Mappings for SketchUp in A360 can also be retained.

The primary features of the plugin are given below :-

* Sign in/out A360 with SketchUp
* Make a project in A360 with SketchUp
* Upload a file from SketchUp to A360
* Preserve a SketchUp file in A360
* Recover a file from A360 to SketchUp
* Register Document Hierarchy to A360


Go through the following video tutorial to gather more information about the plugin.

Video Source AMC Bridge

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Prospect 2.3 – The newest Navisworks Plugin (Beta)

IRISVR launched Prospect 2.3, the newest Navisworks Plugin (Beta).

Now it becomes easier to check Navisworks models in VR with a single mouse click, accomodate multiuser QA/QC meetings, and coordinate with trades remaining in the office or job site.

Move through Doorways Intuitively


Rather than opening all the doors in your native desktop model prior to launching VR, you will be able to move through doors from within VR by simply pointing to where you prefer to go.

Conceal Any component, Regardless of Layer State


It facilitates you to conceal or unhide any component in your model. Either you require to refocus your design discussion, curate a specific viewpoint, or evaluate the MEP system behind your walls, this feature is here to allow –– layer or no layer!

Superior Section Cutting in Scale Model Mode

Now, one can view the section cuts in Scale Model Mode by arranging a black cap on your section plane. Now, it’s becomes easier to view what and where you’re cutting.

Mute Meeting Participants in Multiuser

A new Mute function is accessible for the host of any Multiuser Meeting. It facilitates the Host to efficiently manage the conversation when there are various guests in the meeting. The host can also mute themselves if their background noise creates problem for participants.

Additional 2.3 Updates


• Superior processing times will facilitate to import new files quickly and with more consistency.
• Navigation in No Headset Mode now facilitates you to check where you're going with a contextual cursor.
• Now only Multiuser Meeting Hosts will have the ability to Bring Alongparticipants.

Go through the following video tutorial, to get more updates about Prospect 2.3.

Video Source
 IrisVR

Prospect 2.3 – The newest Navisworks Plugin

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

How to apply realistic lighting with vray 3.6 for sketchup

In this construction video tutorial, you will get some useful tips to apply realistic lighting with Vray 3.6 for Sketchup.

The video focuses on the following topics :-

1. Use Shortcuts, 2. Create lights inside components, 3. Mesh Light Tips, 4. Emissive Material Tips

5. Use Lens Flare, 6. Isolate your Lights, 7. Organize your lights, 8. Use Correction Controls, 9. Use Light Textures, 10. Lighting Resources

Shortcut for rectangular light: Suppose, you are going to produce a rectangular light and for this purpose choose first point (hold shift to manage direction). By default, the rectangle light only glares on the front face of the plane. Sometimes, it is required to flip the light once it is generated to keep it to point in the exact direction. By applying this shortcut, you just click on a point and hold down shift and click on the second point to form it. Now, a blue arrow will be visible and it shows the direction to which the light is pointing to, just shift the mouse to the other side to flip the light, click again to finish.

Shortcut for dome light: By default, there is an elementary HDRI loaded while generating it. But, when you hold shift and click, then it does not contain any texture. You can hold control and click to load the texture while placing the light.

Shortcut for spot light: Generally, just click wherever it is required to generate a spot light, then shift and twirl the light and at the end make modifications in the settings. But, applying the shortcut, just hold shift and click on a starting point. Now, it becomes possible to shift the mouse to modify the direction of the spotlight. You can also get the option to modify the angle of the cone. Besides, you can select the penumbra angle also. It is also possible to fix the direction and view the impact of the spotlight comfortably.

To get more shortcut details, watch the following video tutorial.

Video Source Architecture Inspirations

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

UV bim Report – The newest sketchup extension

UV bim Report (v1.0.2) is newest sketchup extension available in the extension warehouse. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This extension can be used to takeoff quantities from skp and transferred to csv. The objective of the extension is to export all essential information for quantity surveyor or BoQ (bill of quantity).

The extension is suitable for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Interior Design.

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

Go through the following video tutorial for online demonstration of the extension.

UV bim Report – The newest sketchup extension

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

SentioVR: Sketchup to Virtual Reality (VR) walkthroughs – The newest sketchup extension

SentioVR: Sketchup to Virtual Reality (VR) walkthroughs is the newest sketchup extension available in extension warehouse. The extension supports sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018.

With this extension, it is possible to demonstrate any 3D models in VR easily.

By simple click of the mouse, one will be able to produce 360 tours or 3D walkthroughs and involve your clients within your designs. No coding or installations are necessary. SentioVR simplify the method simple to upload your 3D content, generate walkthroughs and display in VR devices like Oculus Go or Samsung Gear VR. The SentioVR Sketchup plugin facilitate the users to proceed inside your Sketchup models (Windows/Mac) inVR devices with simple mouse clicks.

Given below, some exclusive features of this sketchup extension :-

• Upload your Sketchup models to your account directly through plugin
• Quickly view your 3D models in Virtual Reality: Oculus GO & Samsung Gear VR
• Control and demonstrate your content from any location, anytime with your unique access code


For a live demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source: SentioVR

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Rendering Optimization in VRAY Sketchup

I have encountered these following questions "My client wanted me to print A0 size paper with nice quality, how can I do it?" Today I receive this from one of the follower with my Nomeradona Facebookpage "Nomeradona, I am working on a Google SketchUp 3D Floor Plan, and trying to Render it in Vray. I am able to Render it at (800x600), but I run out of ram, when I tried to output the (4000x3000 dpi) file size. Are there any tricks you can recommend to reduce the file size or increase rendering optimization?"

In this case, what shall we do? The good news is there is a very simple solution in Vray Sketchup 1.49.01 and here is this using the output vrimage.

This is an old Sketchup file which I did almost four years ago. Let me just use it to quickly show you the trick

Step 1: The output size

I have rendered before more than 8000px width x 4000px spherical panorama render which I used for this Virtual reality post. CLICK HERE to view this post. So far this was the maximum size I have tried. Anyhow in this particular render, I will make an output of perhaps half of this.

Step 2: IR passes
Since the image is huge, you don't need that high min/max rate. I lowered my min/max rate to -5,-3


Step 3: VRImage output. 

Locate the output roll-out window and under the setting output, tick the box "Render to VRImage". Once selected save it in exr root file to any folder that you want.

Step 4: Preview Image. 
Vray SketchUp will now begin to write the data in your hardrive. The Vray frame buffer will appear and you will see on the very top it reads "preview of the file output size that you have entered".


Once done, the image file will be written to the assigned folder that you have chosen.

Open Photoshop and load the exr file

Step 5: Converting the Gamma 2.2 to Gamma1.0
Vray SU by default uses gamma 2.2. When we open the file in Photoshop you should not be surprise why it's too bright. In order to convert the Gamma 2.2 to 1.0, select image/ adjustments/exposure.


Enter the value 0.45.45 ( 1.0 divided by 2.2)

Here it is..


I hope this is useful!
Nomeradona

How to render extra huge output image without crashing in Vray SketchUp


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

How to model & render a villa with vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use vray 3.4 for sketchup 2017 for modeling and rendering a villa. You will also learn various things like how to model the landscape, create road with sandbox tool, add light, add grass with skatter and add trees with laubwerk.

Details about sandbox tool, skatter plugin and laubwerk plugin are given below :-

Sandbox Tools - The Sandbox Tools (help.sketchup.com) extension employs the concept of a sandbox that belongs to a surface to be formed and manipulated with sandbox tools. A sandbox in SketchUp (and in other 3D modeling tools) is generally defined as a triangulated irregular network or TIN in terrain Modeling terminology. The sandbox tool is used to model terrain and design landscape.

Skatter Plugin – This plugin (getskatter.com) can be used to render huge amounts of vegetation, instantly populate city blocks, generate parametric assemblies, crowds, carpets etc. all right inside SketchUp.

Laubwerk – This sketchup plugin (extensions.sketchup.com) can make your models realistic with superior quality vegetation. It allows the users of V-Ray or Thea for SketchUp getting access to a wide-ranging library of render-ready, realistic, procedural 3D plants.

To learn the complete process for modeling & rendering a villa, go through the following video tutorial.


Video Source: KG Studio

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How to generate a sketchup model from different CAD drawings

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will be familiar with the method that is required to develop a model out of different CAD drawings.

To simplify the modeling process, the following free sketchup extensions are applied :-

Tools on surface (Fredo6) – With this sketchup extension, it is possible to draw on any type of surface, either it is flat or curved.

To download this extension, click on the following link sketchucation.com

To download the extension, click on the following link asav.xyz/2v6sL3K

JointPushPull (Fredo6): This sketchup extension is also developed by Fredo6. It can be used to extrude different faces simultaneously.

To download this extension, click on the following link sketchucation.com

Solid Inspector v2 (thomthom) – This sketchup extension can be applied to examine why a specific group or component is not a solid.

To download the extension, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

CleanUp v3 (thomthom): This sketchup plugin facilitates the users to configure parameters to purify the sketchup drawing.

To download the extension, click on the following link extensions.sketchup.com

To learn the complete method, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Alejandro Soriano Visualization

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