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Tips for Mac users

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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.

Tips for Mac users

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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Google SketchUp 8 Essential Training

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  1. 7m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Installing SketchUp
      1m 12s
    3. Starting SketchUp for the first time
      47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      49s
    5. Tips for Mac users
      3m 22s
  2. 43m 52s
    1. Interface basics
      4m 42s
    2. Adding toolbars
      2m 38s
    3. Navigating
      3m 48s
    4. Changing perspective
      2m 51s
    5. Walking around
      3m 12s
    6. Creating camera views
      5m 15s
    7. Shading faces and edges
      7m 59s
    8. Creating shadows and fog
      5m 50s
    9. Creating Scenes
      5m 9s
    10. Setting preferences
      2m 28s
  3. 22m 19s
    1. Selecting and moving objects
      6m 25s
    2. Scaling and rotating objects
      5m 36s
    3. Manipulating faces and edges
      4m 8s
    4. Advanced selection tools
      6m 10s
  4. 48m 47s
    1. Line tool fundamentals
      5m 42s
    2. Refining objects with the Line tool
      3m 39s
    3. Using the Rectangle tool
      4m 44s
    4. Pushing and pulling faces into 3D
      5m 30s
    5. Creating circles and polygons
      6m 5s
    6. Creating arcs
      4m 0s
    7. Using the Offset tool to create outlines
      8m 33s
    8. Using the Follow Me tool
      3m 24s
    9. Softening round edges
      5m 16s
    10. Creating 3D text
      1m 54s
  5. 16m 45s
    1. Using the Tape Measure tool
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Protractor tool
      7m 16s
    3. Creating text labels
      1m 7s
    4. Using the Dimension tool
      1m 18s
    5. Creating sections
      2m 23s
  6. 20m 45s
    1. The Component window
      5m 32s
    2. Creating components
      3m 55s
    3. Using the 3D Warehouse
      3m 15s
    4. Importing from Google Earth
      2m 26s
    5. Using the Interact tool
      1m 54s
    6. Using the Component Options window
      3m 43s
  7. 25m 3s
    1. Grouping objects
      5m 42s
    2. Working with layers
      3m 27s
    3. Creating layers
      4m 20s
    4. Using the Outliner
      6m 42s
    5. Hiding and unhiding objects
      2m 48s
    6. Locking and unlocking objects
      2m 4s
  8. 41m 32s
    1. Using the Materials Browser on a Mac
      2m 49s
    2. Applying materials
      3m 2s
    3. Editing materials
      5m 4s
    4. Creating materials
      3m 19s
    5. Adjusting materials
      4m 38s
    6. Applying bitmap images
      2m 43s
    7. Mapping curved objects
      3m 39s
    8. Projecting maps on curved objects
      3m 27s
    9. Importing floor plans
      4m 27s
    10. Modeling with floor plans
      8m 24s
  9. 27m 11s
    1. Applying styles
      2m 26s
    2. Editing styles
      8m 30s
    3. Outputting 2D bitmaps
      3m 13s
    4. Basic animation
      5m 56s
    5. Advanced animation
      7m 6s
  10. 20m 40s
    1. Creating terrain from contours
      6m 22s
    2. Modeling objects with contours
      1m 42s
    3. Creating terrain from scratch
      3m 40s
    4. Sculpting with the Smoove tool
      3m 2s
    5. Stamping and draping objects on terrain
      5m 54s
  11. 15m 3s
    1. Geolocation with Google Maps
      3m 11s
    2. Using Photo Match to align cameras
      4m 30s
    3. Modeling in Photo Match
      7m 22s
  12. 59m 46s
    1. Using the Component Attributes window
      6m 41s
    2. Exposing component attributes
      6m 0s
    3. Using math and functions
      8m 49s
    4. Creating dynamic materials
      7m 2s
    5. Creating a dynamic staircase
      8m 52s
    6. Hiding objects dynamically
      2m 58s
    7. Configuring staircase rise and run
      5m 21s
    8. Adding interactivity: Motion
      5m 24s
    9. Adding interactivity: Rotation
      4m 55s
    10. Adding interactivity: Changing colors
      3m 44s
  13. 15m 58s
    1. Creating solids
      2m 25s
    2. Using Boolean operations (Union, Intersect, Subtract)
      6m 46s
    3. Working with Trim and Split
      4m 45s
    4. Creating outer shells
      2m 2s
  14. 21m 28s
    1. Importing objects from AutoCAD
      6m 40s
    2. Importing other 3D objects
      3m 8s
    3. Exporting objects
      5m 39s
    4. Exporting objects for rendering
      6m 1s
  15. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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