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Forum topic by Eugene posted 02-20-2012 04:54 PM 873 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Eugene

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02-20-2012 04:54 PM

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I am considering downloading a sketchup program to help with some shop and home projects. My question is which one should I get for projects like cabinets or dressers? Maybe even what-not shelves? Thanks for any and all advice given.

-- Eugene, North Carolina, slimderx@yahoo.com


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Dallas

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 05:03 PM

There is only one Sketchup program. You set preferences when you install and set it up.
That single program will let you do whatever you like in whatever sizes and tolerances you like.

I use SU8 Pro, or at least I did until I fried my laptop. Now I’m waiting for parts from China to repair it. SU had nothing to do with the computer problem, so don’t worry about that.

There are some great tutorials out there that help you through the setup and learning to use what you have effectively.

Good Luck!

DF

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Betsy

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 06:22 PM

The free sketchup program is probably all you’ll need for around the house.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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jdmaher

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 07:22 PM

There’s Sketchip and Sketchup Pro. All you need is the FREE Sketchup (NOT the Pro). I own Sketchup Pro (and have for many years), and I almost never use the Pro features.

Current version is 8. Free download is here

http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/download/gsu.html

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Don Johnson

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 12:27 PM

Dallas mentioned great tutorials, and – as I have said before – I found that Joe Zeh’s versions were just right for me. They resolved problems I created for myself by my usual ‘poke it and see what happens’ approach that has worked fine on lots of software in the past, but failed me with Sketchup despite a career as a computer software analyst/programmer. Joe’s Beginners tutorials set me straight on how to create drawings that worked!

Have a look at http://www.srww.com/google-sketchup.htm – you can download his FREE videos and view them at your leisure.

I apologise for repeating this ‘commercial’ for Joe, but I was so delighted to find them that I have become an evangelist!

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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IrreverentJack

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 04:21 PM

Eugene, Sketchup 8 is the latest free version. +1 to Don’s^ recommendation of Joe Zeh’s videos. I’m using his and Matthias Wandel's videos. Good luck. -Jack

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Blukey

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#6 posted 02-25-2012 03:40 PM

I just downloaded sketchup the other day, looks good but getting my plan into it is kind of hard.

-- Blukey.com

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