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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.
Now let's take a look at SketchUp Pro's LayOut program. Now this is a page layout program that allows you to create images, documents, etcetera, with your Google SketchUp models. It's very integrated with SketchUp. Now, it is a separate program. So let's go ahead and launch that. And when you first launch it you may get a Help menu. We can just close that. And then we also get a menu which allows us to pick the Page Type. LayOut has a number of different standard page types such as these graph papers, blank paper in all the different formats, as well as pages that have architectural drawing notation on it and really anything else.
So we can do all sorts of different types of pages on LayOut. So I am just going to go ahead and just create a basic landscape image. As you can see we get a blank page. But in fact, what I really want to do is just go ahead and open up an existing document. Now, in the Chap_04 folder, I have a file called House and this is a presentation for just a simple modern house. And through this, let's take a look at some of the cool features of LayOut.
The first one, and this is really the reason you want to use LayOut over any other type of page layout program, is you can insert Google SketchUp files directly into LayOut and manipulate them. So for this house, I can just double-click on this and I have total interactivity. So I can zoom in, zoom out and place this however I want, and make it look perfect in the drawing, and I can double -click again outside of it and it will go ahead and move it.
Now, let me go through some of the basics of the interface. Along the top, we have a toolbar with various Drawing tools, Text tools, a Presentation tool, which gives us kind of like a PowerPoint type of presentation for these types of files, and then along the side, we have what's called the Tray, which allows us to do all sorts of things such as change colors, the shapes of the lines, work with our SketchUp models, adjust our text and so on. Now you can see here if we open the Pages tab, you can see we have a number of different pages on here.
So for example, Page 2 has several different models. And again, these are all live SketchUp models. So all I have to do is just select it, double-click on it and I can actually interact with these models and change how they appear. We can also go through multiple pages here along the top. So we can go just through each individual page and again add or subtract text or whatever. So those are the basics of the LayOut interface.
And as you can see it's a pretty good tool for working with SketchUp models and being able to create presentations for your clients.
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