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SketchUp 7 - Tools, Plugins, and Scripts similar to Rhino, Max, Maya, and Revit

Highlights of SketchUp - This post contains links to several useful videos on SketchUp7's new tools as well as some interesting plug-ins. Several of these plug-ins and scripts offer tools similar to those in Revit, 3ds MAX, and Maya.

Software: SketchUp

Description: This is the first SketchUp post on DesignReform.net. This post contains highlights of SketchUp with links to several useful videos on SketchUp7's new tools as well as some interesting plug-ins.  Several of these plug-ins and scripts offer tools similar to those in Revit, 3ds MAX, and Maya.

Sketchup7 - Links to new features and scripts in order of what I found most interesting and useful [some are free, some have a small fee]

1. Subdivide and Smooth
[Similar to:  3dsMAX - meshsmooth and MAYA - proxy modeling and smoothing] (the audio is poor but content is good)
Download Script: Subdivide and Smooth (not free) 2. Dynamic Components [Similar to:  Revit - Generic / System Families] More info on creating dynamic components:3. Unfold [Similar to: Rhino - Unwrap] (From forum post: http://www.pushpullbar.com/forums/ruby-scripts/9467-visual-index-ruby-sc...) Download Script: Unfold 4. Weld (skip to 3:10 in video) [Not that same as weld at the sub-object level in 3ds MAX. It is more like pedit>join in AutoCAD]Download Script: Weld 5. Drop [No glaring similarities.  I actually like a similar script better called Smart Drop but I couldn't find a link to the script] (From forum post: http://forums.sketchucation.com/viewtopic.php?f=180&t=3474) Download Script: Drop 6. Draw on Curved Surface [Similar to: Rhino - InterpCrvOnSrf] (From forum post: http://www.pushpullbar.com/forums/ruby-scripts/9467-visual-index-ruby-sc...) Download Script: ToolsOnSurface 7. SketchUp Layout 2 [Not as intelligent as Revit but useful]***If you want to learn the basics of SketchUp, here are four clear intro videos: Video 1 / Video 2 / Video 3 / Video 4 [Note: Videos 2 through 4 are the most useful. Video 1 is more for those new to 3d in general]***