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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 7 has a couple of interface enhancements and actually, they are all along the bottom of the screen. The first thing you will notice is that in the bottom right-hand corner, we have now got a name for that box and it's called Measurements. So, if you wanted to draw a circle, we could actually type in the size of the circle, say for example, 4 feet. We could actually give it an exact measurement. So, for example, if we were to pull this up, we could just say I wanted to pull it up say 2 feet 6 inches, and you can just type that in and it will accept that as the proper value.
Now, in addition to this, we have some additional menu options along the bottom left of the screen. The first one is the Instructor. So, if you select a tool, it will go ahead and just show you how to use that tool. For example, if I selected the Push/ Pull tool, it will show me how to use that, or if I select Move tool, again, it will just go ahead and show you how to use any tool that you select. Now, here is just a way to sign into your Google account.
This helps with the 3D Warehouse, if you want to upload models or something like that. Now in addition to that, we also have Credits. So, you can actually give credits to models or if you have pulled models from the 3D Warehouse, the credits go along with the model. If I were to take this model, I could actually claim credit for that. Finally, we also have what's called Georeferencing. So, you can actually tell SketchUp where you are.
For some reason, it defaults to Boulder, Colorado, but you can always set your custom location here. All we have to do is give it Latitude and Longitude as well as a name for reference. So, those are some of the new interface features of SketchUp 7.
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