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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.
Another nice new feature of SketchUp 7.1 is the ability to bring in what are called Nearby models. So, if you have a location that you are working with you can bring in all the buildings that are close to your area, so you can have a better representation of how your structure will look in the context of a city. So let's again go to Washington, D.C. I'm starting actually in Google Earth here, and again, it will just go ahead and bring us into the city.
Now if I want, I can just leave this at default here, and let's just go ahead and center this over The White House. So all I want to do here is just bring up that block or so that consists of The White House. And then I'm going to go into SketchUp and under Tools, under Google Earth, I'm just going to say Get Current View and what that does is it just takes a snapshot of this area and brings it into Google SketchUp 7. So now I have the area in and around The White House.
Now once I have this in SketchUp, all I have to do now is go to my Components window and just go Nearby models. Once I do that it will find anything that's within the confines of this area. So if I wanted to, I could bring in the Smithsonian and it brings up that page and all I have to do is hit Download model and this will load it directly into my SketchUp model, and now it will go ahead and download. And once this is downloaded, we'll have to say Preserve Location, which means it will place it at the spot that it thinks this building will exist and if we close this we can see now, here it is actually down in the corner where we have the Smithsonian.
Now we can do this for basically any building. We can actually populate this entire city. So, if I go into Components, go to Nearby models again, we could for example bring in just about anything. We could bring in the Post Office Building, and Yes to Preserve Location, and again, you can see how we are starting to build up buildings that are close to the area that we're working on.
So you can see this can be a very nice way to find the buildings that are close to where you are working and populate your area. Again, it's just a nice way of tying Google SketchUp to Google Earth to make it a much more robust application.
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