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Forum topic by Betsy posted 02-18-2009 02:05 AM 1679 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2009 02:05 AM

If you have followed my various blogs you know that despite much effort and coaching by DaveR, Brad Nailor and others, I’m still quite a neophyte when it comes to Sketchup. When it comes down to it, all this computer/electronic stuff baffles me – but I digress.

Here’s my idea – and yes, I think I might be throwing myself under the proverbial bus here – but…. as they say, no pain no gain, no guts no glory, etc. yada yada yada.

I know there are a ton of videos on line, here, on youtube, etc. about how to do SU. But there are not any that show the steps you take to learn the darn thing. Like doing the mistake, then fixing it, then moving to the next part. I know I learn from my mistakes——what if I did a video (or series) of my trying to draw something – and post the whole process – mistakes and all. Would that help anyone else to learn the program by learning from my mistakes, missteps or would it be to confusing and awkward? I’m willing to expose myself to the silent laughter of the internet world – if it would be beneficial to anyone besides myself. I’m just thinking that all the “clean” videos make it look a lot easier than it is, and an “unclean” video may help. Call me crazy.

My thought is, pick a project, start drawing, post it, have it looked at – get pointers and try to incorporate those pointers into the next video.

What do you think. Please feel free to tell me if you think it’s a waste of time or it’s just a bad idea.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 02-18-2009 02:21 AM

Dave—- the only thing I’d have to get is the web program – $30 – not too bad. Not sure I’d want to take on a monthly bill either. I’ll wait and see if I get any more responses to decide if I should go for it or not.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 02-18-2009 05:54 AM

Dave , there are a few ways too do it for free, some of the chat servers let you make private chat rooms rooms, are group rooms. free of charge. then you can invite people are give them a link. I have been toying with an idea for this in my shop. I can broadcast live and interact via a chat room , One of the servers allows others to be on cam at the same time. I watch Leo Laporte on one client he is a computer geek and does his radio show and streams it live .

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#3 posted 02-18-2009 07:09 AM

Sounds good Betsy
I have tried Sketchup a few times and still don’t have a clue.


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#4 posted 02-18-2009 07:27 AM

I tried it once, spent several hours getting used to it and finally came up with something close to what I wanted…but it reminds me of CAD 101 in college..if I had the time to spare I could use it but not this year but I am not discounting it’s potential, just mine :) I am perty much a whiteboard and marker or pencil and paper or pencil and top of work bench kind of guy…. :) ..but anyway I went to my local building supplier “Lowes” down here and picked up the new mag today from Wood Magazine for March and they have a whole article on it, check it out. It is written by Bob Wilson and it is full of helpful hints…

Hope I could help..Be Well

PS: Dave are there not other options, perhaps WordPress Blogs and Videos , if you need web space I have a co-located server on three redundant tier one backbones with plenty of room? We could work out an affiliate deal…. I see potential here… :)

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#5 posted 02-18-2009 07:59 AM

I just started playing around with it yesterday. I agree Betsy it takes a bit to learn it.

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#6 posted 02-18-2009 01:53 PM

its simple. It comes automatic with every Windows Program and its called Netmeeting. you only have to start it and enter the IP nr of your Partner. he can see your desktop. video call everything. thats the way we do it in the company i work.

-- Ronny Lechner, Cebu Philippines

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#7 posted 02-18-2009 05:02 PM

Dave I think I have it worked out, I am going too msg you my phone number call me when you can.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#8 posted 02-18-2009 05:30 PM

Betsy – this is a great idea. we do a similar thing with skydiving training, where we will film the entire skydive, and then we’ll sit in front of a computer / TV and playback the dive, and go over mistakes, and what should have been done differently, and how to do it next time. your idea is terrific.

Betsy – Check this link out. it has a free screen recording software that you can download and use:


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 02-18-2009 05:37 PM

Betsy, You got a watcher and learner here!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 02-18-2009 07:54 PM

DaveR – From what I remember with NetMeeting (I haven’t used it for 4 years), you are able to show your desktop to everyone in your meeting. You are also able to switch back and forth to other meeting members’ desktop during the meeting. The program comes with XP, but you have to turn it on. You have to go to the Start menu > run > and then type “conf”. I hope you are able to make this work for you. Here is a link, that might help:

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#11 posted 02-18-2009 10:34 PM

Good idea Betsy. Here is my 2 cents worth. A lot of times an instructor, with the exception of DaveR, will teach with the idea that ‘see one, do one’. Not me. I am a slow learner and when someone is showing me how to do something I have to stop them at least once, sometimes twice, and ask them to show me again or tell them to slow down. This is not good for the whole class. If I do not do this, then I do not get it and then I am left behind while the instructor and the rest of the class is going ahead (story of my life). If I am watching a video, I can stop it, go back and see it again and again and again untill I get it right.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#12 posted 02-19-2009 03:19 AM

Purplev – yep I’ve got CamStudio. I’ve already used up the trial period though so I’ll need to shell out the $30. But I’m thinking I’d really like to try this idea and see how it works. Can’t be any worse than some other stuff you find on Youtube!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#13 posted 02-19-2009 03:24 AM

Thanks Dave – will take a look.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#14 posted 02-19-2009 07:18 PM

take a look at:

I struggled a long time until I found this site. Scroll down to get to the first video.

-- Regards, Rob

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#15 posted 02-20-2009 07:45 AM

Hello DaveR

Yes you can invite a lot of people at the same time in Netmeeting. Our Managers in the Company are around the World. when they have a meeting they few one Desktop . its quite simple.

-- Ronny Lechner, Cebu Philippines

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