|Forum topic by Mark Colan||posted 09-27-2010 02:35 AM||1460 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
09-27-2010 02:35 AM
I find Sketchup difficult to start using, even though I’m an experienced computer user, and have used various drawing programs before.
As a learning project, I want to create a model of the basement area that I am building cabinets into. I have built a closet, and there are obstacles to be drawn in the diagram (gas meter, etc). I am starting by using a learning template, which appears to be 2D. Eventually I will want to change it into a 3D diagram, if possible.
The first thing I need to do is draw some rectangles of specific sizes at specific coordinates. I found a help topic on drawing Precise Polygons by typing in the coordinates and size, but it refers to a Measurements toolbar. I did find out how to display it, but it does not allow me to type into it.
Another thing I would like to do is to change the default browser for looking at help topics. Even though I have the latest Google Chrome browser installed (it is EXCELLENT, by the way), Sketchup insists on starting Microsoft Internet Explorer(!) when I ask for help. My default system browser is Chrome. I figured maybe in the Preferences I could change it, but I don’t see a way.
Please comment on whether my approach for starting is good, and whether you have answers to Precise Polygons and Measurements, and default browser.
-- Mark, hack amateur woodworker, Medford (greater Boston) MA