SketchUp Basecamp 2016

SketchUp- 3d modeling in your browser

Despite being the most widely used 3d-modeling program (35 million unique activations per year) SketchUp has been limited by it's reliance on the Windows or Mac operating system...until now. Basecamp 2016 saw the unveiling of, a complete 3d modeling environment inside a web browser. The new interface has pop up icons which streamline the toolbar significantly with drawing tools (Arc, Push/Pull, Tape Measure) on the left and windows (Layers, Materials and Scenes) on the right. Biggest plus: Runs on any modern web browser—hello Chromebooks! Biggest minus: No ability to set personalized hotkeys (yet).

Another highlight of Basecamp was learning of another option for animating within SketchUp by the plugin powerhouse Fredo6. The Animator plugin uses a timeline interface similar to the After Effects, where translation and rotation commands are objects. Here is my test of the plugin.

In addition to a trip to beautiful Steamboat Springs, Joshua had the pleasure of presenting in two sessions:

Paved with Good Intentions: tips for creating large scale site models without slowing down SketchUp.

Live Design with SketchUp: a demonstration and tips for being successful when modeling in front of a live audience.

Yelena Prusakova was an illustrator at Fat Pencil Studio from 2013-2017.