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11-15-2009 06:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: design software google sketchup question

I was hoping that someone could point me in the right direction concerning sketch up. First, Im very impressed with what Ive seen from other woodworkers who are comfortable with this software. If anyone knows what version, the free or the pro, and a recommended template. I thank you in advance!

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com


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#1 posted 11-15-2009 06:33 AM

DaveR is our resident Sketch up expert.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 06:40 AM

It depends on what you want to do with it. If you are using it for woodworking in imperial dimensions then choose the “Product design and woodworking in Inches ” template. When you are more familiar with the functions of the styles and UI then you can create your own template. You can of course choose to switch templates at any point.
I certainly wouldn’t suggest you purchase the pro version until you discover the advantages it offers and if you need them.

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 06:45 AM

Thanks. Can I use it to send proposed furniture designs to a client via email? Or is it better printed and faxed?

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 06:50 AM

I certainly prefer drawing and emailing over printing and faxing. I use it often in that manner either by jpg or pdf files. 3D pdf is also a handy option.

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 07:07 AM

Excellent. Thanks so much, Ive already gotten underway on a nice table. I had messed around with this free version on and off for a couple of months, got dangerous enough to color the drawings with uploaded wood pics, but I think I have one more questions for now. How can I email my drawing? Ive saved them before just like a photo, but when I tried to send it I wasnt sure on how to convert the file proplery.
And thanks again

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 07:10 AM

This program has a lot of not so intuitive features. I strongly recommend using the on line tutorials and if you can’t find anyone to give you some instruction pick up one of the instruction books…there are several available.
I have used a couple of different cad programs and this one has a steep learning curve. After 4 months of working with it I’m still learning. Critical to remember is you are working with lines and surfaces, and remember to make each element that you add a unique “componet”.
With the free version you can export JPEG picture files or PDF files that you can email.
I agree with Dan. Don’t buy the pro version until you have mastered the free on and know you like it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 07:14 AM

I was composing my message when you posted your reply.
To email you need to “export” the drawing as a saved JPEG or PDF file. You can then add that file to your email as an attachment. If you are using a Mac the export feature is found in the drop down menu under FILE. PCs are probably similar.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 11-15-2009 07:14 AM

file>export>as 2D graphic It will save it in the format you choose directly from SU to your documents folder. Then attach it to the email.

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#9 posted 11-15-2009 07:20 AM

I use a third party pdf creator to “print to pdf” called pdf995 …the pro version of SU will save as a pdf but the free version won’t. there is a 3D pdf application that can be used for free for non commercial purposes. I haven’t tried it yet.

Personally I prefere sending PDF files because the picture can be in a larger format so it can be zoomed for better viewing on the other end.

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#10 posted 11-15-2009 07:34 AM

Hi Dan,
We seem to be writing over each other. You are right SU doesn’t export a PDF file but on a Mac all you have to do is enter the print command and save the document as a PDF file. Even easier than exporting a JPEG.
How’s the weather in Alaska?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-15-2009 07:44 AM

OK Ill try that out. For me being able to send drawings over email can mean a bid winner which of course equals the lights stay on and well you know the saga if you watch ten minutes of national news. Thanks for the tips!
John

-- John A. Thomas, South Carolina, www.thomaswoodworker.com

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#12 posted 11-15-2009 07:49 AM

It’s a bit cool today. I think it’s about -10 now…it was -17 this am.

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