Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Workshop in 3D modeling by Sunil Pant

Sunil Pant

C G Society is going to arrange an online workshop in 3D modeling by SketchUp. Sunil Pant, the concept artist and 3D designer will teach thorough C G Society’s website from 28th April. In this workshop he will demonstrate the simple way to block out of your design in 3D form to get better idea of proportional and scale issue. Sunil is currently working with George Hull Designs in the Bay Area and has been working in the motion picture and video game industry for over four years. He also involed in the high profile projects like Iron Man 2 and Dreamwork’s Megamind.

Monorail Maintenance Vehicle

This 8 week online class will surely helps all the aspiring 3D designers who want to learn some cool tips and tricks on quick modeling using SketchUp. It will be called 3D Design and modeling for pre production using Google SketchUp. Sunil will show the way to block out the design in 3D. This quick block out will immensely helps the designer to evaluate the design in 3D form to get a better idea of proportional and scale issues. The first step of this workshop can be the starting a simple prop like building a simple artist deck where they can meet with various available tools like cameras, materials, and ways of render out your design. Sunil will then demonstrate the approach and setup of building your 2D designs into 3D. From the fourth week, the learners will be involved in more complex props and vehicles design by building a Concept Steam Train in 3D, from basic shapes to details.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sketchup ur Space is in German

Sketchup4architect, the SketchUp service website of Global Associates has released the German version of the Sketchup ur Space. After the launch of the French version of the SketchUp magazine it is the turn of the German people to take advantage of their language in the world of 3D. The link of the German Sketchup ur Space is

This SketchUp magazine is quite famous among the SketchUp users of the world. But sketchup4architect does not want to bind itself in the boundary of English speaking people. So this version of Sketchup ur Space helps the native German speaking people. As SketchUp is quite popular 3D designing tool in Germany, the magazine will prove to be very useful to them. From this magazine they will get updated news about SketchUp and its various plug ins. They will also know much information from the articles and blogs. Moreover they can share their information, view, news directly with the editor.

Sketchup ur Space primarily deals with SketchUp and its plug ins. The content matter of the magazine deals with article, blog, tips, Press Release and news on SketchUp. This monthly magazine helps the 3D designers to get more exposure by providing write up, images and many more things. Global Associates is working on to launch Sketchup ur Space in other languages. Already they have launched in French and German. The number is still counting. Hope that the reader will have many more version of Sketchup ur Space soon.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Tricks to create SketchUp Animation

SketchUp is not only a tool to create 3D designing. With the help of it you can add movement or transformation to the object. You can view the angle from different scenes in the SketchUp. It is the series of scenes that are displayed in a succession to give a hands free tour of the model. SketchUp supports both single video animation file export (in the form of an Audio Video Interleave or AVI on Microsoft Windows and QuickTime on Mac OS X) and multiple image file export.

Though SketchUp only can create an animation but standard is not world class. It will be a blessing for us if we get a plug in which we can create scene base animation not only to the camera but to groups and components. Now the Proper Animation is here to meet the demand of real time animation in SketchUp. This plug in is very easy to figure out and use. The script’s premise is that objects in your model – groups and components – can each have multiple positions. You have to assign each position to build an animation. The animation involves using SketchUp’s already existing Scenes feature. The most praising aspect of the Proper Animation is that it automatically connects positions to scenes.

The first thing you need to do is download and install the plugin. Its developer is MorisDov; you can find it on his site. Proper Animation also comes bundled with its own tutorial PDF. If you're looking for even more encouragement/inspiration/support, you can check out the plugin's SketchUcation thread. In this way you will have a super quality animation within SketchUp.

Monday, February 21, 2011

SketchUp A New Aspect to the World of Art

If you posses a soul of the artist, now you can have a new assistance to fulfill your soul desire. You can create a artwork that obeys the laws of perspective with the help of none other than Google SketchUp. It is almost invaluable for illustration.

It’s a 3D modeling program which is extremely intuitive. It’s based on the idea of actually making things by drawing lines, so people who are comfortable with pencil and paper won’t find a sharp learning curve. Like any good graphics program, although it is easy to use, there is also a great deal of depth. You can do extremely complex things with SketchUp.

You can quickly and easily build something straight out of your imagination but you can also create 3D buildings or objects from 2D photos.

Once you’ve built your model you can use it for anything you like. Take a shot of it from any angle, change the field of view, etc. You can add textures and colours as well as pre-made elements like windows or trees.

You can print it out and use the squaring up method to transfer it to a drawing surface and incorporate it into your drawing or painting. Or make a loose sketch from the image on the screen. For digital work, of course you can export images and import them into Photoshop. You can even create your own perspective grids.

The thing that’s really great about SketchUp is that it’s FREE. Yes, free. There’s a professional version which does come with a price tag but it is astounding what you can do with the free version.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

SketchUp assist in designing Uncharted 2

SketchUp has become one of the most favorite 3D tools among the graphic artist and there are many examples of that. Uncharted, which was declared as the best game in 2009 takes the help of SketchUp to upgrade the newer version. This newer version which is called Uncharted 2: Among Thieves will rock the Sony Play Station Console addict for sure.

The art-director Robh took the help of SketchUp in conceptualization and design the look and feel of the video game. This time the game is much bigger than the previous one. Uncharted 2 proves to be the best quality game for the year. That’s why Uncharted 2 won more than 50 Game of Year awards in 2009.

With the outstanding graphic quality Uncharted 2 has become a classic in the gaming console genre. Robh is a highly skilled, 2D/3D professional with many years experience in using digital and traditional media. Robh worked as Art Director and Production Designer for Disney Feature Animation for nearly 12 years. He uses Google SketchUp extensively in his work as it was his primary modeling tool. With t5he help of SketchUp he created some excellent graphical presentation which is not less than the real time effect. And the best part of this game is that Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception will come out in few days. So go folks reserve a copy for you to have a great Saturday night.

Posted By:
Debarati Nath
Content Writer
Global Associates

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sketchup ur Space is Now in Facebook

To reach all the fans of SketchUp ur Space and to make a flexible and easy communication with them, it has introduced the Facebook Fan page. In the FB Fan page the user can make various activities. They can like the page to get all the updated information instantly. If you have something interesting to share with all the SketchUp lovers then simply post on the wall and the words will spread instantly. You also get all the update instantly on your home page as soon as it will publish on the wall of Sketchup ur Space.

To experience this awesome vent please visit: and like instantly. Through the Facebook page any one who is interested to provide write up for the magazine can easily contact the editor. It is a good opportunity for plug in developers also. They can share any update of the SketchUp plug in on the wall of this fan page. They can also promote their plug ins via this page. Apart from that they can get various updated information on the page as the page is updating frequently with useful and new information about the world of SketchUp.

Sketchup ur Space is a unique one of a kind magazine. It serves the SketchUp oriented news on the world wide web. Though the magazine is in its baby days yet, it has become immense popular in few days. To cope the growing demand of the readers and take the advantage to communicate with them directly, SketchUp ur Space takes the opportunity of the most popular social media site to disseminate its content too well.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sketchup ur Space is now in French

SketchUp ur Space has launched the French version of the magazine. After getting huge popularity of the English version they set to mesmerize all the French people with the magic of 3D. You can view the French version here:

The one if a kind flash book came out till September in English version. Soon it has become much popular among the SketchUp lovers all over the world. Seeing the growing popularity, Sketchup4architect has decided to publish the magazine in French. SketchUp is a very loving 3D designing tool among the Graphic artist, landscape designer, architect, engineers and many more people. We know that SketchUp is very much popular among the French people. That’s why Sketchup4architect launches the magazine in French version.

Though the original English version of the Sketchup ur Space is in Flash and pdf, you get the French version in a user friendly html version. Here you can see all the editions in one place. From the list of the months, you can view the desired edition by a quick click. The Index page or LISTE DES MATIÈRES will help you to find out enlisted topics for the issue. In this magazine, you will get exactly the same matters of the original magazine. The elaborate and simple discussion will help the French people to understand SketchUp easily.

This html version is easy to load and user friendly. The French Sketchup ur Space certainly quench the thirst of the all the SketchUp lovers of the France. In this way Sketchup ur Space will spread out all over the world and will surely win the heart of the 3D graphic designers, architects and all the common people.

Posted By:
Debarati Nath
Content Writer
Global Associates

Monday, February 14, 2011

Enhance your Rendering & Visualization with iClone 4 PRO

iClone 4 PRO is an user-friendly 3D movie creator tool that can be utilized for 3D animation & rendering, motion graphics, video compositing and 3D stereo creation. iClone 4 PRO can be termed as a computer based film studio in a box. It creates an ideal platform for promising 3D movie designers as it combines real-time filmmaking & video production inside one powerful engine.

The users will be able to directly turn image or video files into 3D objects with popVideo Converter and marry up a chroma keyed video with a mask to let you place an actor or performer into a pre-rendered virtual set.

The users can also craft various shaped & sized characters with dialogue and attitude, design scenes from open spaces to built-up areas, detain the action with diverse camera positions, add plot and mystery with lighting and background music.

The users can apply iClone 3DXchange 2.0 software to import 3D SKP model and animate any sketchup model. The users can also add actors, trees, grass and lighting to any SKP model and vice versa to build landscapes, animate smooth cameras on paths, create and animate 3D actors for scenes and render Stereo 3D Animation or Stereo 3D still images. Output visualizations as HD AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, JPG, etc

This is a paid software and the price ranges between £125.00 to £140.00.

Posted By Rajib Dey
Business Development

A free upgradation to keyshot software - Keyshot 2.2 from Luxion

Luxion, the renowned company for advanced rendering and lighting technology recently make a free upgradation to it's keyshot 2 software. With the introduction of keyshot 2.2 the keyshot users will be able to create amazing images from 3D CAD models swiftly. The user can also apply and edit materials more easily with the new scene manager tree.

The new release is available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Polish.

keyshot 2.2 is compatible with Solidworks 2011, Catia v5, Autodesk Inventor 2011, AutoCAD and Sketchup 8. Keyshot will also provide support for 3Dconnexion 3D mice.

Keyshot 2.2 comes up with some exclusive features like Preservation of model structure from CAD model alongwith all subassemblies, preservation of part & layer names, improvement of render speed(50% reduction in render times), improved interaction with objects in realtime etc.

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

E on Software released VUE XSTREAM 8

VUE XSTREAM 8 is a fully integrated plug-in compatible with the mechanism of V-Ray rendering in 3ds Max, Maya, LightWave, Cinema 4D and softimage. It can be utilized for the design stages of the environment with full interaction between Vue and native elements alongwith 2-way mutual shadow casting, reflection, refractiona and GI.

The users can create stunning 3D digital natural environments with landscapes and backgrounds.

The users can apply this new release to create movies and visualization of large architectural projects without limitation in the size or length.

One can easily create animations of any object alongwith the movement of plants and clouds.

Any scene is loaded directly into the program that includes entire ecosystem, all types of atmospheres, cameras, lighting, plants, landscapes, etc.

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Arrival of new Pointools Suite compatible with Sketchup

Pointools has just announced a new “Pointools Suite” for working with point cloud (Point cloud is formed with approximately 4.5 billion points and was captured by a FARO Photon 120 scanner).

This new software comes up with some applications and plugs-ins which can be utilized to simplify the conversion, processing and reuse of point cloud models.

The users get the ability to keep the visual quality and accuracy of the data and get rid of the time consuming translations by displaying the largest point cloud models on-screen.

Now the project team can work easily and efficiently with 3D laser scan data within their preferred CAD application environments

The users will also be capable to convert raw point data into detailed 3D point cloud models. High quality movies can be produced with the help of processing and editing point clouds. At the same time the same point cloud models can be applied with a broad range of Autodesk, Rhino, and Google SketchUp applications.

Pointools Suite contains Pointools POD Creator (for transforming the broadest range of 3D laser scan formats), Pointools Edit (for selecting, editing, segmenting, and animating the largest point cloud models), and Pointools Plug-ins for Rhino, Google SketchUp, and Autodesk applications alongwith AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Architecture, Map 3D, and Land Desktop.

The Pointools Suite is priced at GBP 3,250 (EUR 3,950 / USD 5,250.

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Surveylab unveils ikeGPS suite of products

Surveylab, a mobile GIS systems provider, launches ikeGPS suite of products that contains ike1000, ike300 and ike100 to generate 3D models of multiple objects. Any ikeGPS user can capture TrueSize Photos and instantly produce highly accurate 3D models in Google SketchUp. These 3D models can also be sent to GIS applications such as Google Earth and ESRI.

The ike1000 is the latest ikeGPS product that includes a 5-megapixel camera with maximum resolution, robust GPS, and high accuracy 3D compass and rangefinder, PDA, the ikeGPS measurement and integration software engine to provide safe, simple, rapid and accurate remote data capture.

The users can easily locate, identify and calculate the dimensions, area and volume of nearly any object and document it in the world of 3D.

This only mobile GIS device comes up with some exclusive features like GIS mapping of objects from a standoff position, verification photography, 3D data capture and complex data measurement capability.

The unique features of the ikeGPS system such as GIS mapping of objects from a standoff position, verification photography, 3D data capture and complex data measurement capability, which enables field crews across diverse industries to locate, identify and calculate the dimensions, area and volume of nearly any object, and document it with highly accurate real world measurements.

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Arrival of eDrawings RapidFire Lite version 8.0

Geometric Limited, a pioneer company in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Global Engineering Services recently released eDrawings RapidFire Lite version 8.0. This new version will provide a great support for DGN files.

eDrawings is an email facilitated collaboration tool to be applied for easy sharing and representations of 2D and 3D product design data.

The new version of eDrawings RapidFire Lite comes up with some exclusive features which are described below :-
• Support for Microstation (*.dgn) files
• eDrawings viewer version is being upgraded to eDrawings 2011
• view, publish and share the cad files in STEP/STP, IGES/IGS, DWG, DXF, Rhino and STL file formats
• View, print, publish and share DWG (*.dwg) & DXF (*.dxf) CAD files. Support for DWG upto AutoCAD 2009
• Triad to progress/restrict component movement to a coordinate axis or plane, or to revolve components about a coordinate axis
• Explore or sort out component names from the components tree

Posted by Rajib Dey
Business Development