SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization – Three Copies to Give Away!

Google SketchUp is one of our favorite packages for its shear innovation and ease of use, it arguably brought 3D modelling to the masses. As such tutorial style books are a great way to learn the intiqquses, tips and technnigquws to improve your workflow and get the best out of the software. SkeetchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualisation by Robin de Jongh is published by PACKT Publishing and is a must buy for anyone
 
With this book in hand and patented technology such as the PhotoMatch, Push-Pull, and Face-me components you can produce commercial quality photo-realistic or artistic output of your designs.

This book shows you how to master SketchUp’s unique tools to create architectural visuals using professional rendering and image editing techniques in a clear and friendly way. You’ll be able to get started immediately using these SketchUp tools and open-source rendering software. The book shows you how to create architectural visuals from your SketchUp models. In no time you’ll be creating photo-realistic renders, animated fly-overs, and walkthroughs. You will also create composites of real and rendered images, creating digital and paper presentations to wow clients. For the impatient, a “Quickstart” tutorial is provided in the first chapter to get you rendering a photo-realistic scene immediately. The rest of the book builds on this knowledge by introducing in-depth concepts, tricks, and methods in an easy-to-follow format through quick tutorials.

Using easy step-by-step explanations, this book opens the door to the world of architectural visualization. With no prior visualization experience you will quickly get to grips with materials, texturing, composition, photo-compositing, lighting setup, rendering, and post-processing. You’ll also be able to take SketchUp’s unique sketchy output and add the artistic touch to create pencil and watercolor scenes. With this book you’ll be able to get started immediately using the free SketchUp download and open-source rendering software.

About the Author

Robin de Jongh

Robin de Jongh has worked as a computer-aided design professional on large and tiny construction projects for many years. He occasionally works as a freelance consulting engineer and has previously run a CAD and visualization company using SketchUp as the main design tool. Robin recently set up a SketchUp training firm through which he promotes SketchUp as the future of CAD in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector by providing training seminars and e-learning products.

Author Bio

Andy is Director of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London and Professor of Digital Urban Systems.

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DigitalUrban Announces Panorama Viewer for Google Earth


digitalurban.blogspot.com is pleased to announce a panorama viewer for Google Earth. Until now to view a panorama you had to use hotlinks to a html browser, now you can view high resolution panoramas directly inside of Google Earth.


The movie above illustrates a series of panoramas using the pre-release version. There are a few issues to iron out with a release aimed for early in January 2007. The viewer will be made available free of charge along with a tutorial detailing how to import any panoramic views at the correct location.

Any thoughts or feedback so far would be welcome.

YouTube does not currently support 16:9 movies, you can download the movie at full resolution and the correct aspect ratio here (39Mb .wmv format)

(note apologies for the poor formatting of the post – blogger seems to currently lose line spacing when you insert a movie).
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Author Bio

Andy is Director of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London and Professor of Digital Urban Systems.

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  1. GearthBlog.com - December 20, 2006

    Looks like your panorama viewer will be especially good if you have a SpaceNavigator to fly inside the spheres with!

  2. Anonymous - December 20, 2006

    This would be particularily cool if one could enable it as a google earth layer and then have dynamic load of resolution levels in the panorama based on view distance, similar to the dynamic load of the GE imagery. This really seems like a great (and original) way to integrate viewpoint based imagery with a 3D environment.

  3. Duncan Brinsmead - December 20, 2006

    It would be nice if there were a mode that would automatically adjust the zoom ( or fov ) of the image based on the distance from the eye to the center of the sphere. This would be such that the sphere was instead a “hole in space” that was a window onto the panorma. The objects would then be always correctly projected onto where they should exist. For example when one was far from the sphere one would only see that which is directly behind the sphere, not a full 180 degree view.

  4. pvk - December 21, 2006

    Arrrg… you are killing me .. by releasing your preview just right before I released mine :-)
    But I guess the idea was so obvious that it is normal more than one person should had thought about it at the same time …

    So if you want another example of the same thing :
    Here is the the KML file :
    http://www.vrarchitect.net/pano2kml/example/CanberraGraden.kmz
    And a view of one produced sphere :
    http://www.vrarchitect.net/pano2kml/image/earlySphere.png
    and a very early preview of the tool to place and orient the sphere.
    http://www.vrarchitect.net/pano2kml/image/earlyInterface.png
    Enjoy !

  5. St Johns - December 23, 2006

    Would it be possible to place a panorama bubble inside a building?

    For example, there is a test panorama of the inside of St Johns Stratford here. Could this be placed in a bubble inside your 3d model of St Johns?

    Just a thought.

  6. Zachary - December 25, 2006

    oh, my… it’s unbelievable

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    Nice idea really ! It would be easier to view the panorama if you could move your viewpoint to inside of sphere by clicking it and “lock” the view there. Also orbiting mode around the spere would be nice, however, these might not be possible with GE api – yet.

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