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I've been using Vectorworks for 3D designs and get quite good results. There's a job at a design studio I'm tempted to go for and one of the desirable skills is SketchUp. I used it ages ago but thought I'd give it another go. I'm working through the tutorials and to be honest it's really impressive.

Does anyone use it? I'd be interested to hear the pros and cons, tricks etc.

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when it first came out there were a few threads where we did some stuff, they should come up if you do a quick search. IIRC there were a few people who did use it professionally too.

Personally I loved it, found it very fun and easy to use, plus the fact that there's a free version thats got a lot of functions is brilliant!

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I do very occasionally. I'm rubbish at it though.

Google launched http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/ recently ... an official blog for the product.

Interesting, thanks.

I'm finding it hard to forget what I've been doing in Vectorworks. With SketchUp you don't appear to have models you can move about, rather a series of edges and faces. Is there anyway of grouping items and/or preventing them from sticking together?

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Bit late, I know, but press G. Turns them into a single component.

Having been the only program of its sort I've used, I can't comment much.....but it is very easy to learn, very intuitive. The biggest cons would be its occasional flakiness with certain commands, and it isn't very easy to set up complex curves. It's great entry-level stuff though.

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Bit late, I know, but press G. Turns them into a single component.

Having been the only program of its sort I've used, I can't comment much.....but it is very easy to learn, very intuitive. The biggest cons would be its occasional flakiness with certain commands, and it isn't very easy to set up complex curves. It's great entry-level stuff though.

Ta!

I'm starting to use it for some of my garden design work. It does give great results quickly, although I'll still use Vectorworks for scale plans and construction drawings. I'm gonna give Kerkythea a whirl soon, it has a Sketchup plugin and is cool for reflections etc. And it's free.

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We use it here in the office, to make quick 3D impressions of new civil engineering plans. I'm one of the 3 engineers that use it.

Did you teach yourself? It all seems quite straight forward, I can't get used to the fact that objects seem to merge/combine when they touch and moving one or altering the geometry changes the other too.

I'm used to Vectorworks where objects remain 100% independent. I do think Sketchup is dead useful, I use it almost as a replacement for a sketch book.

Meerman, be interested to see some of your work actually, if you have two minutes.

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Did you teach yourself?

Meerman, be interested to see some of your work actually, if you have two minutes.

I (we) taught ourselves, aye. Using the online tutorials and various Sketchup forums.

I'll have a look and see what I can find.

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Very nice :) .

I've got a business venture in the pipeline, modelling property for businesses and estate agents etc. Will be using Sketchup, among other apps. Have you tried Kerkythea, a plug-in for Sketchup? It does great lighting and reflections etc. and it's free. Just trying to get my head around it now :lol: .

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How long did it take you to do that one of the chairs?

Do you mean how long it took to render the pic, or how long it took to model the chairs?

If the latter, then my answer is; very fast, because they're library blocks. If the former, then my answer is; about 6 minutes I believe.

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Nope, never heard of it actually. Any good, or does it cripple the workstation's performance?

It seems to take a while to render things. I've installed it but not really used it. My 'partner' in this new venture uses it to add reflections etc. to his models and it looked easy enough. Give it a go.

How long did it take you to do that one of the chairs?

I don't want to answer for Meerman but you can get results almost in the blink of an eye. There's a resource called 3D Warehouse where you can import models of virtually anything. I'm adding a semi complicated water feature into a design for a client and I designed and modelled it in about five minutes.

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