A note from the Editor’s desk..
Building one’s own home is a dream come true! A little assistance to this magnificent work is like a godsend, especially when there are so many things to worry about. Chalking out or drawing the proposed plan is the first and most important step in any construction work. If we go by the old school of thinkers, then they would suggest sketching the plan on a paper with pencil and nothing else. But we belong to the cyber generation and this is the age of virtual reality. So who cares what the ancients have to say! Today 3D life like sketches can be made which will provide the actual finished look of the to be constructed house. Though there are many 3D drawing software available in the market to make 3D a cakewalk, but Google Sketchup is a league apart from all the competitors. It is the exclusive software specially made for 3D designing, architect designing, animation, gaming and much more things.
Sketchup was first invented by @Last Software. After seeing its huge potential Google bought it and kept upgrading time after time. It is a drawing software which allows you to draw 3D models of the object from a simple nail to Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest building. There are two versions of Google Sketchup – free and paid (Sketchup Pro). The free version is great for the average person while for professionals there is the Sketchup pro to deliver the finest result.
By the user friendly drawing software like Sketchup, you can easily draw the building blocks. Using the tools like Edge and Face one can draw a 2D diagram of the model. And then you can make it 3D by the Push and Pull application. A Paint Bucket Fill tool is used to paint or apply texture to the objects. There are also a lot of applications including lighting, interior decoration object and furniture to enhance the accuracy and give a real time feeling.
Google Sketchup is a boon for the 3D designers especially for the architects. They are really getting help from this software in their works. The architect now can draw an exact model, rotate it, view the model from every angle and change it if required. Animators and gaming designers are also getting huge support from the Sketchup model. Even the school students take the advantage of 3D modeling in their project and class work. The general people also use it to redesign their places.
We are now becoming a part of this innovative programming. It is a challenge for us to make this innovation reach out to the people. Over 2 years www.sketchup4architect.com is working on Sketchup. And with our huge experience on the field, we intend to lend a helping hand to the aspiring designers in the form of this magazine. We promise to provide assistance in this wonderful facility delivery process by which you can dramatically improve your designing project. I urge you to become an integral part of the ‘Sketchup ur Space’ by joining us and help us with this transition!
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