Alex Oliver is the Founder & Lead Instructor for SketchUp School which become a place where professionals go to learn and now more about SketchUp and wants to learn it. This institution established on 2005 and since then Alex and his team have taught SketchUp to over 25000 professionals around the world through SketchUp School’s online Video Course Library and have reached millions more through their popular YouTube Channel named “SketchUp School”. Recently Alex and his team jointly published a book named “The Definite Guide to Getting Started” which is a guide for professionals with detailed descriptions about way of working with SketchUp.
This article is the little overview of this exciting book; though it is a bit fat book to read but I must say it is full of interesting and useful topics on SketchUp and will definitely be a helpful guide to work with SketchUp.
A little about the book: The book is divided into two parts; the title of the first half is “Everything you need to know to get started” and the second half is titled as “Short Intros to Popular Professional Topics”.
The first half or Part I is classified into four wide chapters; among those chapters Chapter 1 is full of points which will definitely make you release the importance of SketchUp, Chapter 2 describes the method of choosing the right version of SketchUp as per your system, Chapter 3 is full of some necessary SketchUp tutorials for every beginner, while Chapter 4 will introduce readers with some advanced features of SketchUp that will help them to move in some critical part of SketchUp which are described in Part 2.
Part II is little longer than the first half as it consists of seven chapters. Among them Chapter 5 will show the process to create Photorealistic Renderings with other extensions; Chapter 6 discuss about the method to create design presentations and construction document with the help of SketchUp Pro and LayOut; Chapter 7 will help to create Estimates, takeoffs etc. with SketchUp’s reporting tools; Chapter 8 is about creating models for 3D printing; Chapter 9 and 10 will help to use SketchUp in a CNC Workflow and Woodworking Projects, and the last Chapter help to know the experience of projecting a SketchUp Model in VR/AR.
SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a 3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also.
SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth. As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.