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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.
Now let's take our staircase a little bit further and let's go ahead and turn on and off the railing. Sometimes you want a staircase that doesn't have railing, sometimes you do, so let's make this a little bit more robust. So I' going to go into my Component Attributes window and let's go ahead and select our object here, and let's go into our rails. So if we want, we can add in another attribute called Hidden.
When this is False that means it's not hidden, so True is hidden, False is shown. So if it's False that means you can see it, if it's True that means it is hidden, kind of feels a little bit opposite then what it should be. So if I wanted to I can type in the word True here and they would disappear. In SketchUp False is zero and one is True, so I could type in just the number zero and that would work as well.
Now what I want to do is actually create an option that allows people to turn on and off the rails from the Component Options window. So in order to do that I need to add an attribute here, and I'm going to call that attribute Rails. And in that under the Details we're glowing to create a list. Okay, and this is just going to be a two option list and we can just say On and so that value would be -- if they're on that means it's False which means zero and then off which means True, which means 1, Apply.
So if I select this and go into my Component Options window here, you'll see rails on or off, and notice how that changes that value. So if I want I can now tie this under rails to this value here. So I want to make this equal to that, and when I do that it should come up.
So let's take a look at this, go into my Component Options window here, Rails On, Rails Off, hit Apply, there we go. So now I have the ability to turn my rails on and off. So this can be used for a number of different things. It's really nice to be able to control visibility, so if you want to you can have an object where you can turn off certain things to reveal other things as well. So this hidden variable can work to your advantage in a lot of different interactive environments.
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