Join Paul J. Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Differences between the Windows and Mac interface, part of SketchUp for Architecture: LayOut (2015).
- Now while most of the modeling features are similar in Sketchup for Mac and Windows, the interface does throw up a few little issues that I need to just run through with you. Notably, it's the toolbar and customizing. I've also added these two icons that's the font on the window, and I've also added the section cuts the Google toolbar, the views toolbar, styles, and the model info, and I'll show you how to get those. So, on the window menu, this gives us the access to the window panels and the materials which is called colors, and the show fonts will also get us these two icons.
Alternatively, right click on the tool bar, and you go into customize tool bar. Also, view and customize tool bar at the bottom that gets us to this large, sort of drag and drop window where we can just take our settings in. Now the forward and back, undo redo, those just drag onto there and let them go, and drag them off to remove them. Now I've just realized I've got rid of that, so I put it back.
These are spaces which are allowed to put my large tool set sitting over there, so that's the space option. Then we've got, that's the standard views, also put the styles in, they go there, and then we'll just scroll down to the Google. So add location, toggle terrain, I've haven't bothered with the preview model in Google Earth. And then the section cuts, they're a bit further up. So we've got section display, section cuts, and then section plane tool, and that's also going in, and to get access to the colors and the fonts, they are down there, and they're quite useful, actually.
So colors go on and the fonts go on as well. Once you're done, just click on the done. And then we'll have a look at the other tool palettes. So, view tool palettes, large tool set, that's now going to sit over where I put my spaces, so I'll just dock in there, it floats around the screen, typical Mac fashion. Other options we have are the Google one, we've already dragged some icons onto the screen, but that's the Google tool palette.
We've also got the warehouse one. And once again, that is also available on the customize panel, so if again, right click customize tool bar, and that takes us down to those icons. So just fish around for them, and then drag them onto the panel if you want them. Once again, done to close. Now, if you'll have a look at the colors, they're also different to the materials browser in the Windows version.
So, B also on the keyboard will get you there, and I would use that textures one at the end. This takes you to all the sort of typical palettes that we get. Similarly for the show or hide fonts, that's under the window menu, and we go to show fonts, that takes us there, so that little tools icon is available and it's quite useful. We've also got these windows which are similar to the way that the Sketchup ones work, they dock and can slide around. They expand out quite nicely as well. One thing you don't get, is the new open and save icons, so those are all available from the menu, and let's have a look at the colors again.
So, back to the textures. Now, if we want to choose the colors, then just use the drop down for those. The in-model ones are also available under the list, and if we want to edit, we haven't got the edit options either. We have to select a color, and then click on edit, and that fires up the edit section. And we can mess around with the colors, and similarly, we can add textures by loading those into that color, you are overwriting that, so it's obviously a good idea to duplicate the color first.
If you have a look at some textures as well, so I often change the color or the background color or the texture. I'm just going to the metal section. And we've got ones that have checker-plate there which I've already amended. But we go to duplicate this time. And just take that default value. And then select it down to color, edit, and then we can use a different swatch, we can use the crayons, some people use those, and then just pick maybe a grey, that's going to overwrite the background color of those and then close that.
So we've got a duplicate of that, which we could also use as well. Editing colors, creating your own libraries, is a little bit trickier in Sketchup for Mac, but there is a lot of help on the website. So I'll leave that there, and I'll slip back in to the Windows version where I'm more familiar. This is designed for advanced or intermediate users, so I'm assuming that you are familiar with the interface and the software platform that you are working on.
And with that said, we shall move on to the next video.
- Creating a template watermark
- Mixing and saving styles
- Adding and updating scenes
- Aligning and animating scenes
- Adding and animating sections
- Creating views
- Customizing layout preferences and document setup
- Working with references in LayOut
- Building a template
- Working with site plans
- Coordinating plans and elevations
- Adding text, dimensions, and title blocks
- Building a scrapbook