know how SketchUp lets you easily create multiple copies of an object
with your keyboard? Those are called arrays, and now LayOut lets you
make them, too. Move a copy, type how many copies you want, type the
letter ‘x’ and Enter. Presto! Presto! Presto! Presto! Presto! Copying is
Curved Label Leader LinesCreating a jauntily curved callout line for a label used to be a five-step, two-handed operation:
Click. Click. Tool switch. Double-click. Click-drag-with-a-modifier-key.
In the latest version of LayOut, curving a label line goes like this:
Isn’t progress something?
Dashes in DimensionsAsk
the guy with the 86 foot ceiling if readable dimensions are important.
It’s a little thing, but we added dashes to LayOut’s dimension labels to
make them easier to read.
Faster Screen RedrawEvery
time you zoom, pan or move an entity on the page, LayOut has to re-draw
the picture you see on your screen. For this version, we massaged the
code so there’s a noticeable improvement in the speed at which this
happens. LayOut should feel snappier, especially as your document gets
Introducing Extension WarehouseWhat
if adding new extensions to SketchUp was as easy as installing an app
on your smartphone? In 2013, we’ve made it dead simple to turn SketchUp
into exactly what you need it to be. Need a special tool? There’s an
excellent chance someone’s already built it. Now you can research,
download and install extensions without ever having to leave SketchUp.
Every useful extension in one place—that’s the all-new Extension
Numbered Pages in the Pages panelAnother
small but incredibly useful tweak: LayOut’s Pages panel now displays
page numbers, which makes it easier to print and export portions of your
a sectional view? Now you can fill shapes in LayOut with hatching and
other patterns. Choose from a large library of standards—construction
materials, geometric tiles, dot screens—or create your own favorites.
Patterns can be rotated, scaled or used as-is. You can even combine
Pattern Fills with solid colors to create an endless number of
Smarter Toolbars in WindowsIt
used to be that the toolbars for all of your delicious plugins would
move around your screen between SketchUp sessions. We heard that drove
you crazy, so we re-engineered our Windows UI to make things a whole lot
better. In 2013, you can even drag native tool icons between toolbars.
Make SketchUp look the way you want it to.
Speedier Vector RenderingWhen
you need to print a drawing really big, sometimes it’s helpful to
vector-render your SketchUp model views. Doing so makes lines look
smooth and reduces wait times for all but the most complex models. In
the latest version of LayOut, vector rendering is faster than it’s ever
high-quality animations from SketchUp 2013 is easier than ever. Using
the default settings yields HD videos at 720p, encoded in any of the
three most popular, modern formats: H.264, AVI and WebM. Picture quality
is much better, and file sizes are smaller as well.
Zoom In MoreWe
increased LayOut’s maximum zoom capability by a factor of ten, from
1000% to 10,000%. At that magnification level, your sofa would be the
size of Jupiter. Or thereabouts.
These video tutorials provide an introduction to LayOut, one of the best features of SketchUp Pro.
What is LayOut?
Drafting in LayOut - Learn how to use the new features in LayOut 3 to create professional design documents from your SketchUp models.
LayOut - Dimensions - Learn how to apply dimensions to your SketchUp models directly in LayOut 2.1, using the new Dimensioning Tool.
Creating Shapes Part 1 - What each of the drawing tools do in LayOut and show some tips for using them.
LayOut - Creating Shapes Part 2 - Covers more in depth the ability to create and work with shapes in LayOut.
LayOut - Layers and Pages - Use layers to organize the various elements in your LayOut document, and use pages to organize your entire presentation.
LayOut - SketchUp Models - Working closely with SketchUp models is key to LayOut and the primary feature that makes LayOut so unique.
Some of us can still recognize these excellent images done in Vray SketchUp. Who could believe that most of these works were done with the old VraySU 1.05.33.Well, the man behind them is Zernan Suarez, aka "Zdesign". Zernan is one of the famous visualizer at http://www.cgpinoy.org/ using Google SketchUp and VraySU. I myself is a fan and follower of this man. I love the way he creates his scene with dramatic lighting. Zernan's is also a generous and regular contributor of excellent tutorials when it comes to visualization.
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If you remember, this vray for sketchup rendered image is one of my entry in September 2010 Chaos Group Vray Render Contest and it's included in one of the pages of CatchUp – SketchUcation Community News – Edition 1