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The Component Options window

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Video: The Component Options window

One of the best new features of Google SketchUp 7 is called dynamic components, and what these are, are components that have intelligence and they allow you to create objects that are smarter, more versatile and do a lot more things. Now, dynamic components is available both in SketchUp and SketchUp Pro. The difference is that SketchUp Pro allows you to create your own dynamic components. So let me show you how to use a dynamic component.

The Component Options window

One of the best new features of Google SketchUp 7 is called dynamic components, and what these are, are components that have intelligence and they allow you to create objects that are smarter, more versatile and do a lot more things. Now, dynamic components is available both in SketchUp and SketchUp Pro. The difference is that SketchUp Pro allows you to create your own dynamic components. So let me show you how to use a dynamic component.

Here we have a basic fence. Now this is just a component. So if I went into my Components window, I could just drag in another one of these fences. But let's go ahead and just work with the first one here. So I'm going to go ahead and delete this and then I'm going to select this fence. And let's go ahead and just make it bigger because that's typically what we want to do is we want to scale a fence to the width of the yard for example. But when I scale this, notice how it just stretches, which is the typical behavior for an object like this.

But because this object is dynamic, what happens is it doesn't stretch. It actually fills in the pickets to the width of the fence which makes it much more versatile. Now, typically what we used to have to do is create one little fence and then copy it a bunch of times to make a bigger fence. Now, what we have to do is just take one component, drop it in and stretch it and it's there. Now, dynamic components can also have all sorts of other types of customization. So for example with this fence, I could change the size of the pickets or whatever.

Now, I do this through Component Options window. I can get to this two places. If I select the fence and right-click over it, you'll see at the very bottom, we have a Dynamic Components window. We have Component Options and Attributes. Now Attributes is only available to SketchUp Pro users. We also have a Component Options window, which is the exact same window just in our standard menu system under Window. Now, when I select the fence, the options for that fence show up in the Component Options window.

Now, I have a number of options here. I can, for example, change the height of the fence just by typing in the height that I want and I can really just type in anything. I can also change the PicketSpacing. So for example, in this particular application, the spacing is from here to here. So it's 10 inches up from the front of one picket to the front of another. So for example, if I made that 12 inches, you'd see I have a much broader spacing between the pickets.

We also have PicketWidth, which is a pull-down menu. Now, we can actually just choose from any one of three standard-sized pickets. So for example, if I chose a 4 inch picket, well, actually nothing happens. Because with these pull-down menus you actually have to hit Apply. So I pull-down 4, hit Apply and you can see the effect. Now, this isn't really much of a fence here. So I really do want to reduce my PicketSpacing here. And you could see I have a much better fence.

We can also change the PostSpacing, which is the spacing between these posts in the back. So you can see there are a lot of possibilities with this sort of technology and we're going to go ahead and use a lot of different types of applications and show you how to use this in a lot of different ways.

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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques

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  1. 3m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      24s
    3. Important Mac and PC differences
      2m 5s
  2. 9m 41s
    1. The Component Options window
      3m 32s
    2. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    3. Using metadata in the Component Options window
      4m 15s
  3. 1h 6m
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      4m 46s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Creating a drop-down list
      8m 42s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      8m 29s
    5. Creating a dynamic picket fence
      2m 10s
    6. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Assembling the components
      4m 54s
    7. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making pickets multiply
      6m 11s
    8. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Making fence posts multiply
      4m 0s
    9. Creating a dynamic picket fence: Customizing attributes
      8m 18s
    10. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 25s
    11. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 10s
    12. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 45s
  4. 39m 37s
    1. The LayOut interface
      2m 56s
    2. Drawing lines and arcs
      4m 33s
    3. Drawing rectangles
      2m 22s
    4. Drawing circles and polygons
      2m 31s
    5. Modifying line styles and color
      3m 2s
    6. Working with text
      3m 0s
    7. Inserting SketchUp models
      4m 33s
    8. Manipulating SketchUp models
      3m 30s
    9. Working with dimensions
      2m 17s
    10. Arranging and grouping objects
      3m 5s
    11. Creating scrapbooks
      3m 11s
    12. Creating presentations
      2m 40s
    13. Exporting and printing
      1m 57s
  5. 6m 40s
    1. The Style Builder interface
      2m 5s
    2. Working with strokes
      4m 35s
  6. 19m 15s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 37s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 14s
    3. Exporting objects
      4m 38s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      4m 46s
  7. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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