Architectural Design with SketchUp Component-Based Modeling, Plugins, Rendering, and Scripting

ISBN-10: 1118123093
ISBN-13: 9781118123096
Edition: 2013
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Description: The one-stop guide to SketchUp for architects, designers, and buildersSketchUp is the tool of choice for architects, interior designers, and construction professionals. Though the basics are simple to understand, getting the most out of it requires  More...

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Book details

List price: $54.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
Publication date: 12/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

The one-stop guide to SketchUp for architects, designers, and buildersSketchUp is the tool of choice for architects, interior designers, and construction professionals. Though the basics are simple to understand, getting the most out of it requires deeper instruction and guidance. Architectural Design with Google SketchUp uses easy-to-understand tutorials to describe both common and advanced process, illustrated throughout with full-color renderings.Handy sidebars throughout the book cover fundamentals and background informationEnd-of-chapter exercises help readers master new skills and techniquesA robust companion website includes helpful videos, sample files, and plug-ins

Acknowledgments
Introduction
About This Book
3D for All
How Does SketchUp Fit into the Designer's Toolbox?
Windows or Mac, Free or Pro?
How This Book Works
Let's Go!
A SketchUp Refresher
Let's Get Started!
Interface and Program Setup
Adjusting Preferences
Working with Templates
Setting Units and Fonts
Adding Components
Views
Completed Template
SketchUp's Tool Set
Navigating the 3D Model
Accurate Modeling
Groups and Components
Applying Materials
Other Tools
SketchUp Best Practices
Using SketchUp to Inform Your Designs
Group-and Component-Based Modeling
Effective Use of Groups and Components
Modeling with Manufacture in Mind
Using Dynamic Components to Your Advantage
Where Does SketchUp Fit into the BIM Workflow?
Geo-Based Modeling
Using Plugins Effectively
What Does a Plugin Do?
Getting Plugins
Installing Plugins
Uninstalling and Organizing Plugins
Plugin Overview
Plugins for General Modeling
Plugins for Architectural Modeling
Plugins for Digital Fabrication
Plugins for Data Integration and Exchange
Plugins for Animation and Presentation
Plugins for Analysis
Rendering in SketchUp
Let's Get Visual!
What Is Already in SketchUp?
Overview of Rendering Methods
What Is Photorealistic Rendering?
Rendering Techniques
Rendering Software
Set up Kerkythea and Create a Rendering
Setting Up Rendering Components
Modeling
Environment
Lighting
Materials
Objects
Rendering Tips
Making Renderings Presentable
Combining SketchUp Output and Rendered Output in Photoshop
Other Methods
Creating Geometry Using Ruby Scripting
Why Computational Geometry?
Setting Up Your Computer
Installing the Ruby Code Editor Plugin
Other Options: More Plugins and External Editors
Intro to Ruby and the SketchUp API
How Does Ruby Work?
What's in SketchUp's Ruby API?
Links to Further Reading
Creating Geometry with Ruby
Lots of Boxes
Lots of Boxes with Color
Creating a Small City
Randomizing Extrusions
Using Formulas for Patterned Panels
Plotting Data from Text Files
Saving Vertices to a Text File
Transformations Change Things Up
Lots of Boxes Using Components
Building a Curved Wall
Placing Components on Faces
Randomizing Everything
Attracted to Attractors
Coloring Faces by Proximity
Scaling Objects by Proximity
Solar-Responsive Design
What Else Is Possible with This?
Some Pitfalls and Things to Watch Out For
Appendices
SketchUp Quick Reference Cards
Ruby Class and Method Reference
SketchUp API Class and Method Reference
Creating Your Own Plugins
RBZ Plugin File Structure
Plugin Template Structure
Appendix E: Dynamic Component Function Reference
Index

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