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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 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 were, for example, a Cabinet Designer, you would want your customers be able to interact with their kitchen and you can actually use this to kind of test out things to see if the refrigerator is 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 drawers 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 colors. 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. I'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. So, you'll be able to use those as well.
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