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Google SketchUp Pro: Tools and Techniques shows professional users of Google's popular 3D modeling software how to create compelling 3D graphics. Author George Maestri focuses on the features available in Pro that make SketchUp a valuable design tool. He demonstrates the new Dynamic Components and shows how using them can add interactivity to a model. He teaches how to create custom Dynamic Components from models, which is a feature unique to Pro. He also explores SketchUp Pro's companion application, LayOut, a presentation tool that retains the editability of models even when they're embedded in documents. Last but not least, George shows how to export and import objects to and from other programs, such as AutoCAD and 3ds Max. Exercise files accompany this course.
The last thing I want to show you is that LayOut can also be used to create presentations much like PowerPoint, but again with the power of live viewports. So I have a file open here called House _present, and it's basically just four pages here and if we look in our Pages menu here, you can see we've got 1, 2, 3, 4 different pages and we can also step through them up here using the Next and Previous keys. Now we have a Presentation Mode in LayOut.
What this does is it just brings your document full screen and allows you to step through different slides as well as do annotations and zoom through viewports as well as do animation. So let's take a look at how this works. I am just going to click on Start Presentation and it brings everything full screen. Now, in order to step through the various pages, all you have to do is just do left and right arrows. So Left arrow steps forward, Right arrow steps back. If you want to annotate on a particular object, all you have to do is just Left-click and drag and you can highlight something.
Ctrl+Z will get rid of that. If you double-click on any viewport, you can also zoom and basically use all of your Camera tools. Double-clicking again closes the viewport, and we can do this on any one of our objects. So if we wanted to move this around, we could do that as well and then we can go through this. Now the other thing we can do is we can actually do animation. So I've got this kind of full viewport open, and again just double-click into it, and then if we right- click, we can go Play Animation.
So any animation, which is just going from scene to scene within your standard SketchUp file, will play. So anything that you want to setup, you can actually do. So as you can see this is a really great way to show off your designs to clients in a conference sort of setting. Now to stop your animation, all you have to do is hit Escape. And then you're free to move back through your images.
In order to cancel Presentation Mode, again Escape puts you right back into LayOut. So you can see here how this is actually another important way to present things to clients, and for this type of work, this is actually probably a little bit better than PowerPoint, because you can actually interact with your models within the presentation.
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