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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.
Before we get started with LayOut, I do want to go over some of the differences between the Mac and PC versions. They're pretty much identical. There are a few interface changes between the two that I do want to point out to you. Both programs are pretty much laid out the same way. You have a main menu here with the sidebar. Now the sidebar on the Mac is a little bit different and some of the menus may appear different but they actually have the same functionality. For example, under Shape Style, we have graphic representations of the Stroke Style, where on the PC it's just a pull-down menu.
And we also have the actual point value of the size of the arrow, where on the PC it's just a slider. Now, there are some additional differences. Two of the most important ones are that the Color and Font windows are not in the sidebar. You need to go to Window > Colors, and we can see here we have the standard Apple Color Picker. Now, these may be a little bit different than the Color Picker on the PC, but if you're using a Mac, you would be very familiar with this anyways.
Now, for fonts again, it's Window > Show Fonts. We can just pick whatever font we want for the purposes that we need. Now, when you're using SketchUp models within LayOut, the interaction is pretty much identical. All you have to do is select the frame, double-click on it and now we can rotate around and see the model from any angle we want. If you right-click over the model, you will get your Camera Tools window.
With LayOut, you do want to be using a two-button mouse just like you would with SketchUp or SketchUp Pro because a two-button mouse will give you all the functionality you need. So those are some of the differences between the Mac and the PC version. Hopefully, you'll be able to follow along fairly easily. We will be recording the rest of this chapter on the PC.
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