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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2009 03:26 pm
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not really scratchbuiding but,
perry explained in his coop thread about how to calculate the size of an image from a photo. say for a window or door from a side angle. i came across this video that shows an imported picture that is used as a template. the picture is then removed leaving the sketchup image. You can then circle around the 3D image getting accurate measurements.


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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2009 06:12 pm
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Thats pretty clever stuff!

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 Posted: Sat Feb 14th, 2009 08:50 pm
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In the description it does say it was done with the pro version.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 15th, 2009 07:45 am
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The demo made it look easy, but I have a sneaking suspicion it would take a while to become that proficient at using the software.

It could certainly have it's uses but at a cost approaching £300 I think I'll stay with my method for now!:cool wink

Neat video though. :thumbs

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Update: I have just done a little research on this software and this link:

http://sketchup.google.com/download/

...apparently gives 8 hours of unlimited use of the Pro package.

Obviously I haven't tried it out. How far one would get with it in 8 hours is anyone's guess.....



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i have just had a play about and you can import a jpeg image into the free version. proof in the pudding as they say.


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Tell us more then, Matt.............:hmm How easy did you find it to use the software, and what are the limitations placed on the free version, for example.

I would download it myself, but I'm a bit strapped for time at present. :shock:

:cheers

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it takes some playing about with, but all you need to do is watch the tutorials which are very good. Jeff and RJR also play about with the software. i done a plan for my new shed



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Sketch up is a good program to use when building 3d objetcs, I have used it before to build 3d models for a game, which i also had to do the code for. It does take time to get good at, but like mat said if you watch the tutorials you should be able to be good at it.

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