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Re: Getting Started

Postby Jan Steinman » Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:30 am

remus wrote:The exporters are the only difference between the free and pro versions.


And the ability to create dynamic components, which alone was reason enough for me to go through the considerable hassle of getting a higher ed license for pro.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Gaieus » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:06 am

Jan Steinman wrote:
remus wrote:The exporters are the only difference between the free and pro versions.


And the ability to create dynamic components...

True but Remus wrote that post about half a year before SU 7 (and DC's with it) came out.

Anyway, welcome to SCF!
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Re: Getting Started

Postby pyroluna » Tue May 25, 2010 11:12 am

Jan Steinman wrote:
remus wrote:The exporters are the only difference between the free and pro versions.


And the ability to create dynamic components, which alone was reason enough for me to go through the considerable hassle of getting a higher ed license for pro.


don't forget Layout and Style builder which only come with Pro, and the ability to choose some other (higher) resolution for your JPG-output than "View Size". Does come in handy for printing stuff!
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Gaieus » Tue May 25, 2010 11:20 am

Martha, it was only in version 5 when you could only export screen resolution with SU Free. Now (theoretically) you can go up to 9999 pixels (and even higher on the Mac).

True however that all the printing (e.g. to scale) havoc can be easily and nicely solved in LO (thus it is in the professional package) although strictly speaking it is not "part" of SU but an additional tool.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby pyroluna » Tue May 25, 2010 12:54 pm

Well, I'm certain it was version 6, since I've never used 5, but have had to deal with max resolution for jpgs. But I've been using pro now for a while and must admit I'm not very up-to-date on the limitations of the current free version :oops:
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Gaieus » Wed May 26, 2010 9:18 am

Well, I used the free 5 then the free 6 for a while and only then went to pro but I remember when first encountering version 7, I first installed the free version just to see what it can do and only then I installed the pro version.

Anyway, what can be said is that the two programs are exactly the same and what difference can be found are only done by plugins (DC's are also plugins) and other addons like exporters/importers.

This theoretical concept will probably allow the developers a bit bigger freedom as they do not need to maintain two, different versions of the core application itself.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby sketch12345 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:09 am

Hi to all of you guys.
I am new here in this site and also newbie in sketchup.
Thanks for this site.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SketchUpNoobie » Thu Dec 02, 2010 4:49 pm

sketch12345 wrote:Hi to all of you guys.
I am new here in this site and also newbie in sketchup.
Thanks for this site.


Hello and welcome to Sketchucation. If you are just learning SketchUp, you've sure come to the right place. These guys and gals are awesome. Feel free to drop ANY questions you have into the newbie forum and get be prepared for a real quick reply. ;) Have fun learning and using Sketchup! :)
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Re: Getting Started

Postby wheeljack » Sat May 07, 2011 2:13 pm

So I'm fairly new to this program and the virtual 3D world in general. I get a little lost when someone explains something and uses one or more words that are specific to the program or 3D programs in general. I know this would be a chore for one person to do but perhaps a thread of such words and their definitions could later be organized alphabetically which can be updated quarterly or something as the thread grows. Just a thought.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Alan Fraser » Sat May 07, 2011 2:30 pm

A Glossary of terms is already well under way on the official site.
http://sites.google.com/site/sagesuwiki/terminology
I hope this helps.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby wheeljack » Sat May 07, 2011 2:37 pm

Alan Fraser wrote:A Glossary of terms is already well under way on the official site.
http://sites.google.com/site/sagesuwiki/terminology
I hope this helps.

thanks a million. ;)
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Re: Getting Started

Postby greenbelt » Sun May 15, 2011 11:18 pm

Has anyone else found that the audio on the Sketchup for Dummies tutorials is barely audible? Aiden Chopra also mumbles which makes it impossible to understand anything.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Dave R » Mon May 16, 2011 12:11 am

greenbelt wrote:Has anyone else found that the audio on the Sketchup for Dummies tutorials is barely audible? Aiden Chopra also mumbles which makes it impossible to understand anything.


I haven't had any problem with the audio on those videos at all. I find Aidan to be very understandable and there's no problem with the volume. Perhaps it's the volume settings on your computer?
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Re: Getting Started

Postby DesignChest » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:15 pm

Hi

I am new to the forum and looking for help and tips from anyone who has the time to show me a few things.

I am currently trying to create a smooth animation and better rendering but also any plug in advice. I have been attacking tutorials like mad but there are parts of my tool pallet that are lacking that I can't get the icons for when I install the plugins. Seeing lots of screen grabs with all sorts of tools I would love to have but don't know what they are!

Hope you can help



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Re: Getting Started

Postby emerald15 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:47 pm

As ever, I learn so much here. However, I still have difficulty, when I've found a useful thread - to find it a second time. I'm making a note of titles etc. & have tried typing the viewtopic codes in... but still haven't found an obvious route. Is there something I'm missing & is there a way to save a record of thread titles?
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Box » Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:53 pm

At the bottom of the page you will find, Subscribe topic and Bookmark topic.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby emerald15 » Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:23 pm

Ah Haaa! Thankyou!
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Gaieus » Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:49 pm

You can always bookmark a topic.

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Then here you can manage your bookmerks:
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Re: Getting Started

Postby tireboy » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:39 am

thanks this really helps
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Re: Getting Started

Postby FoamHeadMike » Tue May 01, 2012 10:03 pm

This helps a lot Thanks :sketchstatic: :sketchstatic:
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Re: Getting Started

Postby victor hugo » Wed Aug 15, 2012 5:17 am

HELLO CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO REMOVE THE MULTIPLE OR REPEATED "RUBY CONSOLE" FROM THE WINDOW DROP DOWN MENUS?

GRACIAS.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby thomthom » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:15 pm

VICTOR HUGO wrote:HELLO CAN ANYONE TELL ME HOW TO REMOVE THE MULTIPLE OR REPEATED "RUBY CONSOLE" FROM THE WINDOW DROP DOWN MENUS?

GRACIAS.


It's related to plugins you have installed. Can you post a screenshot of your plugins folder?

(Also, please do not use all CAPS. It's usually read as if you are shouting and generally considered bad manners on most forums. Of you do not care for proper capitalisation of word then use lower caps instead of upper caps.)
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Re: Getting Started

Postby victor hugo » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:20 pm

Sorry for the CAPS, I was doing also Autocad and forgot to change it, but attached is the list.

Gracias.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby TIG » Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:38 pm

You should NOT have 'sketchup.rb' in Plugins, the current one is installed with Sketchup and it's in Tools.
Remove it from Plugins.

There are one or two other files I don't recognize, but nothing that should cause an issue...
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Re: Getting Started

Postby victor hugo » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:18 pm

Thanks TIG ruby console duplicates are kaput now!!

I'm new with sketchup, is there a plug in to intall plug-ins?
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Re: Getting Started

Postby TIG » Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:28 pm

Unfortunately there are still a few rogue scripts around that install out of date things in the wrong places... BUT very few...
To simplify installation I suggest that you install Thomthom's 'Simple Installer' available in the 'Plugins Index' link...
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Jim » Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:13 pm

TIG wrote:Unfortunately there are still a few rogue scripts around that install out of date things in the wrong places


Another victim of the Quarr-IT plugin compilations...
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Re: Getting Started

Postby victor hugo » Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:30 pm

Could not find the Twilight post but I've installed the 1.5 version and when I try to render an image it crashes everytime.

Has anyone had this problem?

Thanks.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby victor hugo » Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:52 pm

This maybe simple but I don't know why when I draw a rectangle it shows the face reversed, is there a setting to draw all new to front faces?

Thanks.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby TIG » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:58 pm

When you draw a rectangle flat on the ground it always faces down [reversed] because Sketchup assumes you'll want to PushPull it into a solid box - if it did face the other way you might end up with a box, but with no bottom face.
When you draw rectangles in any other plane the direction [clockwise/ccws] determines which way a face is oriented. However, flat faces on the ground always face down irrespective of their 'loop' direction.
BUT all is not lost - it's dead easy to reverse a face - use the Select tool and click the face so that it's highlighted - now right-click context-menu 'Reverse' to flip the face to be the other way round.
The Orient tool is similar, but then you select a face that's the right way round and all other faces connected to it will flip to match that face's orientation, if they can - it's not always possible if any edge has more than two faces it'll fail somewhere, as there'll always be one face 'out of step' with it's neighbors...
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