Viewing SketchUp Models, for Newbies

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Blog entry by Dan Thomas posted 09-08-2018 03:20 PM 1587 reads 2 times favorited 6 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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#5 posted 02-06-2019 06:34 PM

Thank you. This is very helpful and timely for me. I have just started using SketchUp in the past couple of days and just started looking at the models last night.

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#6 posted 02-06-2019 06:37 PM

Great! Just take it slow and don’t try to do too much at once, or you’ll go crazy. At least, I went crazy when I tried to do too much too fast.

Also, I hear Matthias Wandel and Jay Bates (I think) have tutorial videos, so you might want to watch them. Even though they’re for an older version, most of the concepts translate.

Have fun!

-- Newbie Dan,

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