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Exposing component attributes


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Google SketchUp 8 Essential Training

with George Maestri

Video: Exposing component attributes

Now, let's take a look at how the Component Attributes window ties in with the Component Options window. Now, remember that Component Attributes is only for SketchUp Pro users, most people won't be able to use that. So, I have this basic couch here and if I right-click over it, you can see under Dynamic Components, I have the Component Options and Attributes window. So, let's take a look at the options window here and well, there's not much in here. It just says the name of the object, which is Sofa and there are no options to choose on this component.
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  1. 7m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Installing SketchUp
      1m 12s
    3. Starting SketchUp for the first time
      47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      49s
    5. Tips for Mac users
      3m 22s
  2. 43m 52s
    1. Interface basics
      4m 42s
    2. Adding toolbars
      2m 38s
    3. Navigating
      3m 48s
    4. Changing perspective
      2m 51s
    5. Walking around
      3m 12s
    6. Creating camera views
      5m 15s
    7. Shading faces and edges
      7m 59s
    8. Creating shadows and fog
      5m 50s
    9. Creating Scenes
      5m 9s
    10. Setting preferences
      2m 28s
  3. 22m 19s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      6m 25s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      5m 36s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      4m 8s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      6m 10s
  4. 48m 47s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      5m 42s
    2. Refining objects with the Line tool
      3m 39s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      4m 44s
    4. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      5m 30s
    5. Creating circles and polygons
      6m 5s
    6. Creating arcs
      4m 0s
    7. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      8m 33s
    8. Using the Follow Me tool
      3m 24s
    9. Softening round edges
      5m 16s
    10. Creating 3D text
      1m 54s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      7m 16s
    3. Creating text labels
      1m 7s
    4. Using the Dimension tool
      1m 18s
    5. Creating sections
      2m 23s
  6. 20m 45s
    1. The Component window
      5m 32s
    2. Creating components
      3m 55s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      3m 15s
    4. Importing from Google Earth
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    6. Using the Component Options window
      3m 43s
  7. 25m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      5m 42s
    2. Working with layers
      3m 27s
    3. Creating layers
      4m 20s
    4. Using the Outliner
      6m 42s
    5. Hiding and unhiding objects
      2m 48s
    6. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 4s
  8. 41m 32s
    1. Using the Materials Browser on a Mac
      2m 49s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 2s
    3. Editing materials
      5m 4s
    4. Creating materials
      3m 19s
    5. Adjusting materials
      4m 38s
    6. Applying bitmap images
      2m 43s
    7. Mapping curved objects
      3m 39s
    8. Projecting maps on curved objects
      3m 27s
    9. Importing floor plans
      4m 27s
    10. Modeling with floor plans
      8m 24s
  9. 27m 11s
    1. Applying styles
      2m 26s
    2. Editing styles
      8m 30s
    3. Outputting 2D bitmaps
      3m 13s
    4. Basic animation
      5m 56s
    5. Advanced animation
      7m 6s
  10. 20m 40s
    1. Creating terrain from contours
      6m 22s
    2. Modeling objects with contours
      1m 42s
    3. Creating terrain from scratch
      3m 40s
    4. Sculpting with the Smoove tool
      3m 2s
    5. Stamping and draping objects on terrain
      5m 54s
  11. 15m 3s
    1. Geolocation with Google Maps
      3m 11s
    2. Using Photo Match to align cameras
      4m 30s
    3. Modeling in Photo Match
      7m 22s
  12. 59m 46s
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      6m 41s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Using math and functions
      8m 49s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      7m 2s
    5. Creating a dynamic staircase
      8m 52s
    6. Hiding objects dynamically
      2m 58s
    7. Configuring staircase rise and run
      5m 21s
    8. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 24s
    9. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 55s
    10. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 44s
  13. 15m 58s
    1. Creating solids
      2m 25s
    2. Using Boolean operations (Union, Intersect, Subtract)
      6m 46s
    3. Working with Trim and Split
      4m 45s
    4. Creating outer shells
      2m 2s
  14. 21m 28s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 40s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 8s
    3. Exporting objects
      5m 39s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      6m 1s
  15. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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Google SketchUp 8 Essential Training
6h 26m Beginner Jun 28, 2011

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In this course, author George Maestri explains how to model and render 3D objects and scenes using Google SketchUp 8. The course covers the fundamentals of the application, from navigating the user interface, manipulating objects, and building basic shapes to importing objects from Google Earth, animating a scene, and modeling organic terrain using the Sandbox tools. The course also explores SketchUp Pro features, which are available as an upgrade. These include tools for creating dynamic components and adding interactivity, as well as sophisticated importing and exporting options for working with outside applications.

Topics include:
  • Setting preferences
  • Building scenes
  • Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
  • Creating 3D text
  • Measuring and labeling models
  • Creating, editing, and adjusting materials
  • Projecting maps onto curved objects
  • Modeling with floor plans
  • Rendering a scene
  • Geolocating models with Google Maps
  • Modeling in Photo Match
  • Hiding objects dynamically
  • Creating solids
  • Exporting objects for rendering
Subjects:
Architecture Previsualization CAD 3D Drawing
Software:
SketchUp
Author:
George Maestri

Exposing component attributes

Now, let's take a look at how the Component Attributes window ties in with the Component Options window. Now, remember that Component Attributes is only for SketchUp Pro users, most people won't be able to use that. So, I have this basic couch here and if I right-click over it, you can see under Dynamic Components, I have the Component Options and Attributes window. So, let's take a look at the options window here and well, there's not much in here. It just says the name of the object, which is Sofa and there are no options to choose on this component.

That's because we have not revealed anything, we have not allowed anybody the option to do that and we do that through the Component Attributes window. So, let's right-click over this again, go Dynamic Components>Component Attributes and here we'll see everything in our sofa. So, we've got our sofa, we have got the cushions and the base. And if I actually double-clicked on the sofa, you would see that this is the whole sofa, the cushions are the top part of the sofa and the base is that lower part of the sofa.

Now, also notice when I have this group open that when I select this one, it only that shows up in the Attributes window and only the cushions show up when I select them. If I click off of this and have the entire component selected then I will see both, I will see the little hierarchy that I have here. So, what the process is, is you add an attribute here in the Components Attributes window, and then you expose it to the users and they can see that in the Options window. So, let's go ahead and just add a simple attribute. Let's just add the name of the object, okay and let's just call it, say modern Sofa.

So, now once I have done that let's go in to our Component Options window and now we have changed the name of it to modern Sofa. Let's add another attribute here. Let's say Description. So, when I add my description, we can say 5 foot sofa. When I do, it shows up here. So, what we're doing here is we are basically adding in additional information that you can see in the Component Options window. But not all information is available to the users.

So let's go ahead and add something that's not normally available. So, I am going to go ahead and click here again. And in this case, let's go ahead and add in a Position. So, I am just going to click over position, we have X, Y and Z. I can each one of those, or I can add them all. Let's go ahead and add them all. Now, when I do that, notice how it doesn't show up in the Component Options window. This is because I have to reveal it from the Attributes window. So, if I go here to Position, notice how this little details box comes up and if I click on that, it goes into another window and it says what units are we using, and then we have the Display rule.

And in this case, it says Users cannot see this attribute. Well, that's why it's not showing up here. Let's go ahead and open this up and we see Users can see the attributes. Select that and hit Apply and there it is. Now in this case, they can see it so I know exactly where the sofa is in the X direction but I can't edit it. So, this is just a revealed to show the value of this attribute. If we want, we can go back into this. You can edit it as a text box. So, if I edit it as a text box and hit Apply, that doesn't gray out.

And let's go ahead and zoom-out here so we can see what's going on with this sofa here. So, if I type in a number, let's say I type in 20 it's going to go ahead and move 20 inches forward in the X-direction. So, now what I have done is I have revealed an attribute to the average user and also have given them permission to change it. The user can type in a number. So, if they typed in 0, it would go to 0. Now, another way we can do this is we can actually do instead of a text box, we can select from a list.

So, when we do this, we can start adding options, so we can say that Add option, we can give it a name. We can say A and we can give it a value of say 3, say B, give it an option of say 9 and C, give it an option of say 24, I am just typing in numbers here. And let's just hit Apply. Now, what this does is it creates this pulldown list. So, now I have A, B and C. So, A, Apply, 3. B is what 9 and C is 24.

So, now what I have got is I have got a pulldown list that I can use. So, those are the three options. So, let's go back into here and actually I am going to go back to edit as a text box. And for all of these, we can also add in a display label, so instead of X, you can say Pos X or something like that and if you apply that. And let's go back into the Options window here, you can see now it's changed to Pos X. So, we can do this for all of these. So, if we want to create this as a text box, Display label Pos Y and we can do the same thing for Z. So, Again, I want to edit as a text box and we can call it Pos Z. And notice how this is all showing up here.

So, these are some of the basics of what we can do with Component Attributes and Component Options. Now, Again, remember that this Attributes window is only available to SketchUp Pro users. So, if you're creating, for example, an inventory of furniture or something like that, you will want to create your smart objects here and then for the average person who just downloads from the 3-D warehouse, they are going to have just the regular SketchUp and they will only be able to see what you allow them to. This is a great way to allow your customers some freedom in customizing their objects and we are going to go through some more of that process in the next few lessons.

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