Sunday, January 30, 2011

Game Show On Google Sketchup In Campo Grande, Brazil

A Game Show was held upto 30th. January in Central Square Shopping Campo Grande in Brazil.

Here participants learned 3D drawing with Google Sketchup, using Blender, drawing with Flash & Photoshop, developing 3D models in AUTOCAD 3D.

The Game Show has a section called “Time Tunnel”, where visitors can see the exhibition of the number of video games developed in the last 40 years. Players played famous retro games like River Raid, Pac Man, Megaman, Enduro, Mega Drive, Master System, Nintendo 8-bit Super Nintendo, Sega Saturn, Game Cube, Nintendo 64, Xbox 1, Playstation 1 and Playstation 2.

The games were so much interesting that it seemed the users were totally absorbed into the game. Both the video games exhibition, workshop on Sketchup, Flash, Photoshop, etc were free.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sketchup Models Becomes More Realistic With Shaderlight

Google Sketchup supports multiple plugins. One of the latest plugins of sketchup is Shaderlight. This item is responsible to turn your sketchup designs into a photorealistic image.

Any type of user, no matter if he is novice or an experienced person, can use sketchup with an ease with the help of shaderlight. As it is fully integrated with Sketchup, user can see their rendered image develop with each updating of change to any sketchup scene.

Checkout some images created by shaderlight, here:

Now you can download the trial version here:

Monday, January 17, 2011

The sketchup team of Global Associates just launched the january issue of the exclusive magazine "Sketchup Ur Space"

Here is a good news for sketchup users - The january issue of sketchup ur space has been launched with stunning look and a lot of latest information about sketchup. The publication is termed as "Special New Year Issue". The magazine contains a huge collection of good articles, blogs, press releases and some unique tips and tricks. The magazine can be downloaded freely from the site of renowned architects, sketchup trainers, designers like Davis A Pillsbury(AIBD/CPBD/CGP), Jean-Luc Clauss, has contributed their valuable times to make the magazine informative to the sketchup users.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Reviving Italy based L’Aquila city with Sketchup 3D modeling software

The residents of l’Aquila, Italy had experienced a powerful earthquake which took off the lives of Three hundred and eight people. This earthquake almost damaged the entire city and surrounding areas.

The renowned British architect, Barnaby Gunning is going to create a digital 3D model of the city by utilizing Sketchup, the masterpiece software from Google. For this purpose Mr Barnaby launched a website known as Comefacciamo (“What can we do?”) to get in touch with and organize volunteers.

Simone Nicolò, SketchUp Software Engineer already visited the city and provides geo-modeling classes to revitalize the city.

The modeling phase of the project is going in a full phase and the sketchup users from all over the world can take part in the project to extend the volunteer services for creating models for the city.

Google has added L’Aquila to the list of places where everybody can utilize Google Building Maker to generate geo-models.

For more information the sketchup users can visit the Barnaby’s website.

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Rajib Dey
Business Development

Thursday, January 13, 2011

With the innovation of 3D mice 3Dconnexion now support Sketchup 8

3Dconnexion provides a great benefit to the sketchup users by offering 3D mice support for 3D design and visualization. This support is especially for SketchUp™ 8 and SketchUp Pro 8

The sketchup users will be in a position to keep a superior control over their designs and workspace while modeling any kind of objects, creating a shadow study or photo-modeling existing models, creating, editing or validating multiple shapes. Their productivity will also be increased.

The sketchup users will get more flexibility to concurrently pan, zoom and rotate objects with the help of 3D mice.

The 3D mice contains patented six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) sensor that can easily identify smallest input similar to micrometers of a sketch or complex 3D model.

With the smooth 3D navigation feature of 3D mice the SketchUp users will get the ability to select a new center of rotation point for an individual design task

The complete 3Dconnexion product line is well-matched with SketchUp 8, as well as the Professional Series with the SpacePilot PRO (MSRP $399) and SpaceExplorer™ (MSRP $299), and the Standard Series with the SpaceNavigator (MSRP $99) and SpaceNavigator for Notebooks (MSRP $129).

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Rajib Dey
Business Development

Maintenance release for SketchUp 8

Google team just launched a maintenance release for SketchUp 8. The sketcup users will be highly benefited with this release as it will solve several, long standing, bugs. These are given below :-

  • The "Shadow Bug."
  • The codec selection issue on Windows.
  • The "whack-a-mole" issue with Outliner on a Mac among other Outliner oddities.
  • Failures when trying to export an image at a large resolution.
  • Blank Components browser

If SketchUp 8 already installed, simply click Help on Windows or SketchUp on Mac then select Check Web for Updates... to avail this update.

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Rajib Dey
Business Development

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Google organize 2011 Town of Tomorrow Competition for Mayo county in Ireland

An unique Uraban Design competition known as "The 2011 Town of Tomorrow Competition" is going to be held on January, 2011 in Westport, Ireland.
A google Geo-Community campaigners will organise this competition for the students in Mayo county.
Nicole Drobeck, a senior google team member will take part in this competition and provide a thorough knowledge on Sketchup, the leading 3D modelling software from google. Mr. Nicole will also answers all the queries related with the application of sketchup.
This competition can be termed as an exclusive competition as google never arranged such type of competition in other town or county in Ireland, or indeed anywhere in Europe.
The main purpose of this competition is to re-design of the centre of ‘Virtual’ Westport by utilizing the renowned 3D modelling software, sketchup. The redesign will be made for both urban planning and online tourism.
Each team of the students will be given a section of the town model to be designed with sketchup. Thus the students will get the opportunity to show their creativity and imagination.
The other secondary schools from within the Mayo county can also take part in this competition.
The judges who will judge the performance of the students are from the Google offices in both Europe and the USA.

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Rajib Dey
Business Development

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

eDrawings Professional for Pro/ENGINEER® version 8.0

Renowned Global Engineering Services provider just launch eDrawings Professional for Pro/ENGINEER® version 8.0 with support for Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 and eDrawings 2011.
eDrawings is an unique email enabled collaboration tool that can simplify the workflow for sharing and interpretation of 2D and 3D product design data.
The new version comes up with some exclusive features like enrichment of the Stamp feature with supplementary support for PNG and TIFF file format, upgrading of eDrawings viewer version to eDrawings 2011, Triad to Move/ Constrain component movement to a coordinate axis or plane, or to rotate components about a coordinate axis and Search or Filter component names from the components tree.
The new version can not only be utilized for CATIA V5, NX, Autodesk Inventor, SolidEdge, Google SketchUp, but also for STEP/ IGES/ STL/ OBJ/ RHINO and DWG/ DXF files.

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Rajib Dey

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Review of Beginning Google SketchUp for 3D Printing

3D-printing and personal fabrication are upon us! You’ve heard of incredibly sophisticated, but cheap, 3D printers that supposedly produce almost anything we tell them to. But how do you become part of that revolution?

Sandeep Singh takes you through the skills we need to learn, and the services and technologies you need to know—separating the hype from reality and explaining what 3D printing is, how it works, and why you need to be able to engage in it. You’ll gain the knowledge needed to produce complex designs that can be fabricated by online 3D printing services or privately owned 3D printers.

This book first be dives into using Sketchup and its plugins to make design products. Then it demonstrates how to present and animate 3D models, and in particular how to use Google Earth and 3D Warehouse to make an optimal case for sales and marketing your 3D models. Finally, you’ll take a look into the future of 3D printing, ripe with even more disruptive technologies like RepRap and widespread personal fabrication.

  • Introduces Sketchup
  • Teaches 3D Modeling
  • Builds 3D Printing Expertise

What you’ll learn

  • 3D design for beginners
  • Using Sketchup
  • Using the online 3D printing pipeline
  • Animating Sketchup 3D models
  • Becoming familiar with rapid prototyping technology
  • Navigating new 3D and personal fabrication technologies
  • Negotiate Google Earth and 3D Warehouse with confidence
  • Who this book is for
  • 3D Designers, hobbyists, woodworkers, craftsmen and artists.

About the Author

Sandeep Singh currently works as a project engineer in technical support at Energy Management Software (EMS). He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from California State University, Sacramento and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Sandeep started using SketchUp in 2007 after taking a class in product design and development where he learned how CAD software can be used to prototype models for biomedical prostheses and artificial organs. He found SketchUp to be the simplest modeling software to use and yet advanced enough to design complicated models for his own projects.

Book Details

Paperback: 328 pages

Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1430233613

ISBN-13: 978-1430233619

File Size: 16.7 MiB

Friday, January 7, 2011

Shaderlight has extended the deadline for the Winter Wonderland Contest

Shaderlight announced that they have extended the deadline of submitting 3D models for Winter Wonderland Contest. They are organizing the contest to celebrate the freezing festive season. You can draw yours own winter wonderland in Google SketchUp and render it with Shaderlight. Then you have to submit the drawing and may win a New Year gift for you.

This is the first render contest organize by Shaderlight. The huge response from the SketchUp users of all over the world compelled them to extend the deadline of submitting drawing. You may draw any thing like Santa with Sledge, you own snowman, houses clad in snow, festive light, Xmas tree or anything. One competitor can submit more than one drawing means as much as he or she wants. Shaderlight gives you the flexibility to interpret your festive theme like architectural, product or just picture post card.

And the best part of this contest is the prizes stored for the winner. As this is the first render contest the prizes are also great.

1stprize: $150 Amazon voucher, a copy of Shaderlight Pro for SketchUp, a copy of SketchUp Pro and a Shaderlight 2GB USB wristband.

2ndprize: $50 Amazon voucher and a copy of Shaderlight Pro for SketchUp and a Shaderlight 2GB USB wristband.

3rdprize: a copy of Shaderlight Pro for SketchUp and a Shaderlight 2GB USB wristband.

The top three images will also take pride of place on the homepage of Shaderlight’s website for the world to see (and for you to show off to your friends!). Send your finished Shaderlight render, original SketchUp scene along with your contact details to You can download the free copy of Shaderlight for 14 days with full features and unlimited resolution.

Entries will be judged by our expert judging panel:

Chris Dizon - Google SketchUp

Mike Lucey - SketchUcation

Steve Jarratt - Editor of 3D World Magzine

Mark Sullivan - 3D artist here at ArtVPS

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sketchup Plugin

The plugin can termed as embedded Ruby-language interpreter that is used to write Ruby scripts for automating, extending and customizing SketchUp. The Plugins help sketchup users to save huge time and perform difficult things.
There are several sites in the internet from where the sketchup users can avail sketchup plugins. The most recognized sites are :-
SketchUcation Plugins Index
Ruby Library Depot
The plugins are available in different forms :-
Ruby scripts (.rb extension)
Compressed archives (.zip or .rar)
Installable executable file (.exe or .msi)
For downloading, right-click on link, then select "Save link as" or "Save Target as" (it can vary according to your browser.) Save the file to a secured location.
For installation just move the single-file Ruby (.rb) plugins to SketchUp's Plugins folder. For .zip archive plugin move the rb file and its associated folder in the Plugins folder.
In order to find the sketchup plugin folder, open the Ruby Console from the Windows menu and in the input box (lower white box), put the 'Sketchup.find_support_file("plugins")' code.
The plugins can be utilized for File, Edit, View, Camera, Draw, Tools, Windows, Plugins, and Help.

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Business Development

Monday, January 3, 2011

SketchUp in Landscape Designing

Like any great undertaking, you need to have some idea of what you are doing at any given time. Landscaping plans are no exception. The tricky part is getting around to all the various landscaping plans and options that there could potentially be, and of course, visualizing the whole event in your minds eye can be challenging.

Building Your Blueprints the first and most obvious way to plan for what you need to do is to draw a sketch. Sit down with a pencil, and yes, it must be a pencil and a blank piece of paper. Block your house and any other obstacles that you might not be able to work around, and then - go to town! Draw something, erase it, try again - your landscaping plans are just that - plans and as with any plans you need to do some brainstorming before you can get anywhere with it.

Your landscaping plans should probably go through several drafts before you come up with a pretty solid idea of what you want. That is not to say that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you know exactly what you want your design to look like, although you might. The premise of the exercise is just to help you visualize, brainstorm, and work through some of the potential options for your landscaping plans. But, what about for those of us who are artistically challenged; whose stick figures most closely resemble H.P Lovecraft's nightmares? Worry not - offers a free utility called SketchUp. SketchUp it can create 3D models for Google Earth, another utility. SketchUp lets you put into a 3D visualization exactly how your landscaping plans will look.

This has definite benefits over the pencil and paper method, but at the same it can limit creativity and can be frustrating for those people who are not technology-compatible (get the joke?). However, it is another option for creating those wonderful landscaping plans which will be your first and arguably most important step to having your landscaping dreams come true. Outside of that, landscaping plans involving drawing, calling contractors, finding the best price for exactly what you want, deciding on plants, layout, colors, form, textures - the whole nine yards. That's why making your landscaping plans is so important because the project can quickly become overwhelming and not all that enjoyable, which one would hope it would be if you are trying to do it yourself.