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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.
Google SketchUp has much tighter integration with Google Earth in this version. Now you can actually take models from Google Earth and bring them into SketchUp and work with them as you would any other model. There are couple of ways of doing this. Let me show you one of the first ways, and that is to just go into the Components window. Now all we have to do is just type in the name of a building that we know exists. For example, I am typing in the white house and you can see we have a number of different models, different versions of the White House.
And the one I am going to choose is this one by Google and we are just going to go ahead and click on that. Now what that does is it brings up our 3D Warehouse page for that particular model. Now if I want, I can actually just view this in Google Earth. So all I have to do is click on that, and hit Open, and it'll bring up Google Earth and actually show us that model. And I particularly like this one because it actually has trees and it's actually very accurate. So you can see we have a very nice model.
Now if I zoom out, you can see we have pretty much the whole city of Washington DC and it's pretty much entirely modeled. In fact, if I go over here, you can see I have the Washington Monument, and if I look over and down the mall here, you can see I have got all of the public buildings, and I also have the US Capitol, which is another building that's been modeled by Google. In fact, if I click on this building or pretty much any building, you can see, it'll bring up a Google 3D Warehouse page and it'll tell you a little bit about the building.
But if I click on that, you can see we actually bring up the page for the building itself. So we are going to go ahead and download this model and I am going to use this one from Google SketchUp 7 and just click OK, and I'll go ahead and download the model, and once it's downloaded, it will bring it up in SketchUp, and here we are. Now this is a complete SketchUp model that we found in Google Earth. It's a model of the US Capitol, completely textured and ready to go.
Now you can use this pretty much however you want. You can actually go through and work with the model and if you wanted to you could Explode the group. You could basically model it however you want. Now, this is really great for bringing in models that you want to use in conjunction with other things. If you have a building nearby and you want to show how your structure works within a city, you can certainly import all the models. So, this is one way of using Google Earth as part of your SketchUp toolkit.
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