The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

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Re: The "Duh!" thread

Postby onzki » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:12 pm

Boofredlay wrote:One for me was when Gaieus was from Gaieus' talk at the Basecamp (I saw the video) and using the rotate tool.

When you click the rotate tool and click the rotation point, don't let go of the mouse button... drag it out to either red or green (or any other snap point you set up) then click to start. This relieves any need for a vertical plane to get your rotation set up.

See image for example.

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I have been using SU since V2 and never knew that until last year.


This is one of my biggest Duh as well :) It's almost a year before I discovered it- by Accident! :) Before, I first do new axis, then rotate.. I've read the thread above, it's so funny and informative especially when I read things that I encountered, reminding me that I'm not alone:)
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby onzki » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:15 pm

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dereeei wrote:You can use the Move tool on the cardinal points to change the radius of an extruded circle as well


This is amazing! It's like working in 3DSmax edit poly mode haha
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby onzki » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:21 pm

Okay my latest Duh might be not very helpful to everyone as compared with above mentioned Duh's.. but for those who forgot it- "turning on/off Hidden geometry" from view menu helps you edit a smoothened surface. Imagine I even posted a thread on wishlist requesting for un-smoothen or anti-smooth plugin lol :).
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby cordless101 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:53 pm

My Duh! When you have started a new model from scratch, autosave will work only after you have saved and named the file yourself first.
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby cordless101 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:04 pm

I just noticed that when orbiting with the wheel, if you hold down the left button it turns to pan. I really like that, don't have to use the keyboard to pan.
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby plot-paris » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:38 pm

cordless101 wrote:I just noticed that when orbiting with the wheel, if you hold down the left button it turns to pan. I really like that, don't have to use the keyboard to pan.

Wow, I really have to try that!
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby mirale999 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:42 pm

I noticed that the text tool have the second use to place a label on the screen: you can just select the tool and put the icon to the blank place and click...
You can write:copyright xxx~
I know someone have known that, but to me it's a big shock, and drives me to find more new method to use sketchup.

And I realized the "paste in place" can be used between different files in October this year.
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby mirale999 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:03 pm

One more Duh:
If you are using a draw tool- drawing a line or a rectangle or an arc etc, and you've just drawn a first point,
you can now use the camera tool like walk, position camera, look around etc, to change your view, and then again use the draw tool,
your first point won't lose, you can finish your line or rectangle~ 8-)

Below is a short example(a small video)

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If you are working in a narrow space, it's useful~
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby gr8fzy1 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:35 pm

OMG, the K key makes back edges visible! How could I have used this thing for 2 years and discover that NOW?!?

I feel like Superman now with my X-ray vision!
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby pilou » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:31 pm

your first point won't lose, you can finish your line

Seems it's valuable with all tools of visualisation ;)
CLick on mouse wheel, + Shift and move etc...
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby gr8fzy1 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:39 pm

Also, this is an older one, but:

I knew that if you used the push pull on a face and typed in a pull length, it would push/pull to that length. Double clicking on the face or another face would repeat the push/pull again. But it took me forever to realize that that was on just WHITE faces...if you double clicked the push/pull on a BLUE face, it would push/pull the exact OPPOSITE direction!

Example: Pull a white face up on the blue axis two feet. Double click on another white face, it repeats. Double click on a BLUE face, it SUBTRACTS two feet.
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby cotty » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:58 pm

gr8fzy1 wrote:...Double click on another white face, it repeats. Double click on a BLUE face, it SUBTRACTS two feet.


It is always in the direction of the positive face normal (white=front).
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby cordless101 » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:09 pm

gr8fzy1 wrote:OMG, the K key makes back edges visible! How could I have used this thing for 2 years and discover that NOW?!?

I feel like Superman now with my X-ray vision!



Thanks! Great tip for me.
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby thomthom » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:03 am

gr8fzy1 wrote:OMG, the K key makes back edges visible! How could I have used this thing for 2 years and discover that NOW?!?

I feel like Superman now with my X-ray vision!

hehe - I ran into this a couple of months ago my self. Thought initially I'd activated X-Ray mode, and kept tapping the X key, couldn't work out what what going on. doubleduh!

(Today's not-quite SketchUp duh... or doh!: Tried to orbit a png file... tried to pinch the monitor, because my laptop got touchscreen and my "smart"phone. x_X not the best of days...)
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby Gaieus » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:49 am

gr8fzy1 wrote:OMG, the K key makes back edges visible! How could I have used this thing for 2 years and discover that NOW?!?

I feel like Superman now with my X-ray vision!

SU did not even have back edges 2 years ago - only since last September. :)

gr8fzy1 wrote:I knew that if you used the push pull on a face and typed in a pull length, it would push/pull to that length. Double clicking on the face or another face would repeat the push/pull again. But it took me forever to realize that that was on just WHITE faces...if you double clicked the push/pull on a BLUE face, it would push/pull the exact OPPOSITE direction!

Also be very careful with this feature. When you draw a shape on the ground plane, it has its back face up. Now PP it to a height - it will suddenly reverse that pushpulled face and it will be a front face. Now repeating the operation by double clicking will PP it back but also your 2D shape disappears since it's PP'd to the (now) opposite parallel face (just like when you PP an opening)
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby gr8fzy1 » Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:48 pm

Gaieus wrote:SU did not even have back edges 2 years ago - only since last September. :)

Yay, so that takes ONE year off my duncery! Thanks Gaieus! *Shakes hand*
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby jeff hammond » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:41 pm

i recently had an actual duh using sketchup.. (and i thought i was done with duhs :D)

often when moving or drawing, i'll need to get an inference to get my direction set then type in the distance value.

well, in many situations, getting the inference requires some zooming/orbiting in order to get a a lock on an axis due to other the other geometry in the object grabbing endpoints/mids/etc..

there are situations however when i can easily get the axis lock if i move in the opposite direction because i don't have any geometry on that side..

so, the duh i had is that i can start moving/drawing in the easy_to_catch inference direction then type in a negative value in the measurement box ( 64" etc) in which case the object will move in the desired direction..

i actually came across this from using rhino a lot lately which often requires you to use negative values to get things going in a certain direction.. i'll post an example .skp later which demonstrates this advantage..

there are other cases where this can be very useful as well but i'm a bit long winded already..



[edit — ok.. one simple quicky example of alternative uses.. ]
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby cotty » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:03 pm

Some little Doh!s about the text tool (they all are in the online manual, but who read it?!):

- If you doubleclick a face with the text-tool, the text is connected to that face without a leader line (not as screen text!)
- Leader text have two styles (View Based and Pushpin) changeable in the element info window (and I like the view based (not standard) much more...)
- By clicking on an corner of a group or a component the name of that element is shown
- Double click on enter ends editing of text
- ...
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby jeff hammond » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:20 pm

^ a little more on text that wasn't immediately obvious to me..

you can edit text via entity info and change the font/size/color from there on individual text items..
aside from pushpin or view based for leader text, there's also a choice for 'hidden' in the text's entity info dialog (not the checkbox 'hidden' which hides the whole thing.. rather the 'hidden' available in the leader popup..)

using that option will allow you to place something that looks like screen text except it stays in the position of leader text.. (i.e.- it's like screen text except you can pan it etc..)
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby charly2008 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:56 pm

Hi,

Also, I had again a Duh moment yesterday in thread: InnerBevel

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=41649&p=374612&hilit=inner+bevel # p374612

The method ... Convert arcs to cylinders is very suitable for engraving maybe also for carvings.

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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby charly2008 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:16 pm

Hi,

I became aware of it now. When a group or one component is selected in Sketchup 8, the entire contents are also displayed in blue color.

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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby thomthom » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:27 pm

Not if you check this preference:
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby charly2008 » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:52 pm

thomthom wrote:Not if you check this preference:
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A new Duh moment, thanks Thomas.

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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby mk11 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:45 am

Just figured out... For those of you using a Logitech multi-button mouse... map the back or zoom buttom to "middle-click", you can orbit with that button, click back+ left click to pan and lets you keep the middle wheel for zoom - fastest way to navigate ever because you can orbit/pan/zoom at the same time!
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby Charlie__V » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:52 am

File............Print..........Tabbed Scene Print Range......SCENES FROM////////////DOH!

A doh! moment because:
1)I always thought/assumed single scene output(single image/not anim. export)achieved only via EXPORT 2D...... .png/jpg etc.

2)I had no idea scene tabs alone could be "printed".......in order of course.........2x DOH!

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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby jeff hammond » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:30 am

CHARLIE__V wrote:File............Print..........Tabbed Scene Print Range......SCENES FROM////////////DOH!

wait.. what?
didn't know you could do that... neat

[no such thing on mac.. and if there is, i'm about to have a big doh moment]
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby Charlie__V » Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:43 am

Jeff Hammond wrote:
CHARLIE__V wrote:File............Print..........Tabbed Scene Print Range......SCENES FROM////////////DOH!

wait.. what?
didn't know you could do that... neat

[no such thing on mac.. and if there is, i'm about to have a big doh moment]


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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby pilou » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:52 am

So you can make easily a real "flip book" ;)
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby Tobobo » Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:19 pm

I always used to export animation as jpegs with no transition or scene time.
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Re: The "Duh!" thread (aka the Doh! thread)

Postby jgb » Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:28 pm

I've had several cases where I had to modify a component which I could not see clearly because of the external surrounding structure. Layering and hiding was not a good solution, as I needed some externals as reference to the edits, and then all that relayering and hiding had to be reversed out.

Select the component and any reference externals and simply Move/Copy them well into free space.

Do the edits, using temporary layers and hides only on the copies as needed.

When done, delete the copies and any temp layers.
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