Viewing SketchUp Models, for Newbies

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Blog entry by Dan Thomas posted 09-08-2018 03:20 PM 948 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a new YouTube video up, that took about 70 hours to put together. It’s a tutorial on how to view SketchUp models using the free SketchUp Web viewer.

I used to be a software developer, and I actually know quite a bit about how to teach people to use programs in general. It was fun merging my two skill sets together – woodworking and software, using another of my skills, editing videos.

I think it came out really well, but I’ll let you be the judge.

View on YouTube

-- Newbie Dan,

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#1 posted 09-08-2018 06:39 PM

Nice. Good Information.

I’m not totally sold on Sketchup Free. Too dependent on Internet speeds and doesn’t support a lot of the extensions/plugins I like using. Maybe down the road the extension problem will be solved but for now I’ll stick with 2017 Make.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-08-2018 07:00 PM

Thanks. And I totally agree. Along with what you mentioned, some of the shortcuts don’t work, and I rely on them. Oh, and “minor” issues like you have to upgrade to get the outliner, or better materials support. What the heck is that all about?

The only reason I did the tutorial on the web version, was to lower the hurdle of starting out for the average person. But for me, SketchUp 2017 is the go-to version.

Honestly, I’d pay money for the Make version, just not the $700 they want for the pro version!

-- Newbie Dan,

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#3 posted 09-09-2018 06:53 PM

You sure are talented. Very helpful….

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#4 posted 09-09-2018 07:30 PM

Thank you! What a nice thing to say. :)

-- Newbie Dan,

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