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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.
Another really cool feature of dynamic components is the ability to interact with your model. Now this is done through a new tool under the Tools menu called the Interact tool. So when I select that, a little hand comes up and also notice how at the top of the hand, we have the no sign, and what the no sign means is well, we can't interact here. So if we actually move this over the scene, you'll notice how it goes from the yellow 'yes, Click to activate' to the 'no.' So for example, if I click on one of these doors, I can actually open and close the doors of the cabinets.
Now think about if you are, for example, a cabinet designer, you'd want your customers to be able to interact with their kitchen and you can actually use this to kind of test out things. To see if the refrigerator's going to bump into something when you open the door. It helps you to kind of organize the way that, for example, your kitchen works or house or whatever. So we can actually interact with any one of these doors by just clicking on them. Now interactivity works for a number of different things. You could use it, for example, to show a before and after, so you could animate down the extension to a house, so you could see what the house looks like before and after just by clicking on it.
You can also change things such as color. So for example, if I click on this guy's shirt, we can change the color of his shirt. So as you can see the Interact tool, well, it's pretty simple. You just select the tool and if you can interact with something then you can. If you can't, well, then you can't. We'll also show you a little bit later how to add interactivity using SketchUp Pro, but also you'll start to see more and more objects in the SketchUp Library that have interactivity built into them and so you'd be able to use those as well.
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