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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.
For those of you, who are using SketchUp on Macintosh, you'll notice that the interface is slightly different than the Windows version we're using to teach the course. So let's go over the differences, so that way you can follow along. Now the first thing I want to point out is that the Preferences menu on the Mac is actually located under the SketchUp menu. So if you need to set preferences, go under SketchUp>Preferences, and then you can get to all of the preferences you need to set. Now another difference with the Macintosh is that it has this permanent toolbar along the top.
Now we can use this to select all of our tools but it's not a complete toolbar. Now in the Windows version we use what's called the Large tool Set, and we can actually duplicate this on the Mac by going View>tool palettes>Large tool Set. So go ahead and bring that up and keep that on your screen, and that way you can follow along. Now this toolbar along the top is actually kind of handy because you can put custom tools into it. We can do that by going under View> Customize toolbar and this brings up this pulldown menu of all the tools that we can use in SketchUp.
And if you want to bring a tool onto this Custom toolbar, all you have to do is select and drag it. So, for example, if we want to take Standard Views, all we have to do is left-click and drag and just drop it on that toolbar and we can create our own custom tool sets. Now this can be very, very handy if you're using a lot of tools that you need to get too quickly. Now along the bottom we have a couple of other options here. One is called Use small size, and all that does is it makes your icons a little bit smaller.
So if you're working on a smaller screen, this could be very handy. Another one is how you want to show those tools; do you want to show them as Icons Only, Icons and Text, so it gives you a description of what that icon is, or just the Text itself. Now I'm going to go ahead and put these back to Icon Only and if you want, you can go ahead and scroll through these tools. And if you do find yourself using a tool over and over, just go ahead and drag it to the toolbar to make it easier to access.
So I'm going to go ahead and click Done here. One more difference with the Mac version of SketchUp is that the shortcut keys are a little different. So, for example, if you go to tools, you'll notice that the Move tool is actually Command+0. Now when I use the Windows version, I'm actually using the letter M for Move. And this will work for the Mac version, but you can use this alternate shortcut as well. So just be aware that the shortcuts I am using in Windows will apply to the Mac version as well.
Now the other thing that I want to also point out is that the Ctrl and Alt keys on the Windows keyboard will be replaced with the Option and Command keys. So when I say to hit Ctrl, you actually hit Option on the Mac. And when I say hit Alt on the Windows keyboard, you want to hit Command. And we will also put up some screen graphics to remind you of these keystrokes as we go through the course. So now that you know some of the differences between the Mac and Windows version, we're ready to actually start diving into using SketchUp.
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