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In Google SketchUp 7 New Features, George Maestri reviews the major enhancements to Google's free and user-friendly 3D modeling software. One of the most exciting changes is the addition of Dynamic Components, and George takes an in-depth tour of their features, including built-in animation and the ability to scale without distortion. He also reviews the new point-and-click Interact tool, which allows users to customize Dynamic Components without the use of a keyboard or menus, and the improved Line tool, which transforms intersecting lines into separate segments. Other improvements include updates to the 3D warehouse and the ability to download models directly from Google Earth. Exercise files accompany this course.
Another addition to the Components menu is the ability to search the 3D Warehouse from within SketchUp. Now this is done through the Components window. Let me show you how this works. We go into Components. Normally, in SketchUp 6 and before, you would just see the components that are within the scene or that shipped with Google SketchUp. So, for example, these objects here are actually on the hard disk. But if we pull this down and we go to Architecture, it will actually search the 3D Warehouse.
In fact, you can see how it's actually searching the 3D Warehouse for anything involved with architecture. So, for example, if we wanted windows by Google, we could just click on that and then it will bring up the 3D Warehouse. We can actually just look at any of the standard Google-provided windows. We can also close this and we can do a search within the 3D Warehouse. So, for example, if I just typed in 'windows', you would get not just the Google windows but all the windows from all the different manufacturers and providers.
So, you could see a number of different types of windows. You can also search the Warehouse for just about anything from this Search window. So, for example, if you wanted to a find a Frank Lloyd Wright house, just type it in, and there we go. Now, for example, if we wanted to bring in Taliesin modeled by Google, just double-click on it and off it goes and downloads the model and brings it straight into Google SketchUp. There we go.
Pretty easy! So again, now what we've got is we've got not just the components on your hard disk, but we've got the entire Google 3D Warehouse at your disposal from within SketchUp. This means we don't have to go out to a browser and we can get our work done a lot more efficiently.
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