We’ve been working hard over the past couple of months to put together four new training courses, designed specifically to help you get started – or reacquainted – with your software, and achieve maximum impact for your business.
ArredoCAD V14 is now available for download and features a long list of improvements and new software features. This version includes improvements to the DRAY rendering engine, the ability to import SketchUp V18 files, updated partner files, as well as new colours and materials.
Update to the latest versions of the INTEL Processors
Automatic optimisation of the priorities to facilitate the use of your PC during rendering
Option for saving 360 degrees renders with useful data which can be used on social media platforms such as Facebook
Optimisation of glass coloration with glass thickness lower than 1cm
2. New Plan Lay-Outs with Different Types of Customisable Rooms
3. Option for Automatic Aligning of Elements (Elevation View) with Automatic Insertion of Measurement4. Automatic Opening of Elements
Option to open windows and French windows with hinged or flap doors
Option to open hinged doors from the 3D window
5. Colours and Materials
Option to rapidly change colours or materials to groups of selected items
Option to create and save an RGB colour in the materials archive
6. Doors and Windows Management
New configuration options for windows that allows you to choose the width of doors
Option to change thickness of windows frames and the configuration of windowsills using the function External Macro
Option to change handles to doors and windows using the function External Macro and to modify handles to all fittings inside the project at the same time
New options for the configuration of armoured doors
Higher image quality
New options to modify blackplate (“Scale 1:1 without distortion” and “Adapt to window”
8. Element Properties/3D Objects
Higher visualising quality and easier selection and visualisation of complex objects
Option ‘Select current’ to rapidly select all the elements that have the same material of the selected items
9. New Axonometric Printing Functions with Automatic Insertion of Measures In 3D View10. Improvement of The Searching Function for Objects11. Improvements To The Layer Management Tools12. Updated Plug-In To Import SketchUp Files
Update to the latest available version of Sketchup (2017)
Insertion of rapid recalling of the “SKP import” in the tool bar
13. Plug-in ImagePlus
Option to visualise the Bump Map image directly in the material editor using ImagePlus
14. Optimised Text Inserting15. Optimisation for Exporting Materials of SketchUp Objects Contained In CMZ Files16. Optimisation for saving projects to the network with the possibility to open saved projects from other Workstations and importing materials that are not present in ArredoCADArredoCAD V14: New Graphic ArchivesUpdate for Partner Libraries
New partner TEXTURAE with 181 new wallpapers
New partner for carpets KARPETA (available in: Design Objects)
Windows and French windows with 3 hinged doors and 2 handles
Windows and French windows with 3 hinged doors and 2 handles
Option to change the graphic of windows with headers
New handles for doors and windows
Flush doors and flush doors for wallpaper
3D sockets and switches
Accessories for home automation (thermostats, digital switches etc.)
Video door-phone, air-conditioner and aeration grills
Last month, Trimble (creators of SketchUp) announced SketchUp Free to the world. This completely free, web-based modeller offers the core of SketchUp’s 3D modelling features and conveniently saves your files to the Trimble Connect Cloud.
SketchUp Free will be replacing SketchUp Make, which will no longer be updated, although it’s still available to currently download from SketchUp’s website.
Many designers across the globe rely on the free version of SketchUp to get them up and running into the world of 3D modelling, before transitioning onto more advanced CAD software such as SketchUp Pro or AutoCAD.
A free, more basic version of SketchUp has been around since the software’s initial release when it was formerly known as Google SketchUp, until it was taken over by Trimble in 2012 and re-released as SketchUp for Home and Personal Use.
How do I download SketchUp Free?
Luckily, you don’t need to download SketchUp Free, as it works in your internet browser. You can load up the software by going to app.sketchup.com.
SketchUp Free is compatible with all modern web browsers on any operating system, so you can model on Chromebooks and Linux. SketchUp Free is also versionless, meaning you’re always using the fastest, most up-to-date version.
It’s important to note that SketchUp Free cannot be used for commercial use. If you want to use SketchUp to work on commercial projects you will need to purchase a SketchUp Pro licence, which can be bought as part of a perpetual licence with a maintenance plan.
What happens if I want to buy the full version?
As an authorised SketchUp reseller you can purchase the software directly through us by either filling in a contact form or calling us on 01403 78419.
You can also request a free SketchUp Pro trial through us.
Whether you’re looking to hone your skills or learn an entirely new software – 2018 is the year to make it happen!
We’ve got a whole host of CAD, Adobe and BIM software training courses running over the next six months – from Revit to InDesign, there’s something for everyone.
For more information on any of our courses please call us on 01403 784139 or email email@example.com.
Upcoming CAD, BIM and Adobe Course DatesJanuary 2018
January 9 – 10: AutoCAD Essentials
January 11 – 12: AutoCAD Essentials
January 11: Photoshop Essentials
January 12: InDesign Essentials
January 16 – 17: Revit Essentials for Building Design
January 17: SketchUp Pro Introduction
January 18 – 19: Revit Essentials for Building Design
February 6 – 7: AutoCAD Essentials
February 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
February 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
February 12: ArredoCAD Essentials
February 14: Fusion 360 Essentials
February 15 – 16: Revit Essentials
February 15: 3ds Max Essentials
February 16: Enhance Your 3D Designs with 3ds Max
February 20 – 22: Inventor Essentials
February 27 – 28: Civil 3D Essentials
March 6 – 7: AutoCAD Essentials
March 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
March 12: Photoshop Essentials
March 13 – 14: Revit Essentials for Building Design
March 13: InDesign Essentials
March 14: SketchUp Pro Introduction
Mar 20 – 21: Civil 3D Essentials
April 10 – 11: AutoCAD Essentials
April 12 – 13: AutoCAD Essentials
April 19 – 20: Revit Essentials for Building Design
April 24 – 26: Inventor Essentials
May 8 – 9: AutoCAD Essentials
May 10 – 11: AutoCAD Essentials
May 15 – 16: Revit Essentials for Building Design
May 16: SketchUp Pro Introduction
June 5 – 6: AutoCAD Essentials
June 7 – 8: AutoCAD Essentials
June 14 – 15: Revit Essentials for Building Design
The latest version of SketchUp Pro has arrived on the scene with a whole host of innovative and exciting new features. The latest 2018 release includes…
Facebook Live: New in SketchUp Pro 2018 (November 17, 2017) - YouTube
Section Planes are essential to architectural composition, so there are some big improvements.
Named Sections – Just like components, section planes have names and symbols, making them easy to find, organise, and edit in Outliner. Now, it’s easy to access and manage sections whenever you need to.
Filled Section Cuts – Filled Section Cuts are now baked into SketchUp Pro. Select a colour for your fills via the Styles dialogue and bake them into templates.
Fast Sections – SketchUp features improved performance for models that use section planes to hide large amounts of geometry. The more geometry you section off, the more you’ll benefit!
Make Better Drawings
Scaled Vector Drawing – Need to add linework that’s not in your model? Create a scaled drawing in LayOut and sketch over a 3D model to flesh out your project. Or draw from details to scale from scratch directly in LayOut.
DWG Import – Import a DWG into LayOut and find illustrations already scaled to paper size. Now SketchUp projects can live side by side with CAD linework and take advantage of DWG libraries everywhere. LayOut A+: plays well with others.
Drawing Better – Inferencing, chamfering and filleting, arcs, offset arrays, selections: LayOut is even better at everything you need to draw details or create beautiful illustrations at scale.
Want to implement BIM?
Ultimately, ‘BIM’ is about using information in your model to make better buildings. The focus is to help users embed and manage information in a SketchUppy way.
Advanced Attributes – SketchUp now features Advanced Attribute fields for a component’s Price, Size, URL, Type, Status, and Owner. So now it’s even easier to embed projects with useful information.
Aggregated Reports – Generate Report now aggregates component data so you can do things like configure reports to sum parts and quantities for schedules and cutlists, or create detailed estimates by adding up prices by layer. It’s time to crunch model data!
IFC Import/Export – BIM works best when information moves freely between applications. You can rely on IFC in SketchUp to transfer the attributes you assign and manipulate in project.
The full list of SketchUp features can be found on sketchup.life.
As exclusive UK resellers of ArredoCAD, we teamed up with Dinamica software to give an overview of Italy’s number one interior design software – ArredoCAD Designer.
ArredoCAD boasts over 3000 installations and is fast becoming a popular interior design software option throughout Europe! ArredoCAD has been specifically developed for interior designers, architects, furniture manufacturers and retail fit out specialists, offering an all-in-one design solution, including a vast3D libraryof elements and super fast rendering.
If you were unable to attend our webinar today: ‘Interior Design and Virtual Reality with ArredoCAD’ you can watch the recording below.
Webinar: Interior Design and Virtual Reality with ArredoCAD - YouTube
The webinar covers the following topics:
03:39 – Beginning of ArredoCAD demonstration
04:31 – How to create a room layout
05:36 – Adding doors and windows and adjusting lighting effects
08:08 – Inserting materials such as wallpaper and flooring
09:27 – How to view a 3D model in real time
12:10 – Designing a kitchen
19:12 – How to create a render
24:46 – How to insert objects and furniture
30:00 – How to create a quote within ArredoCAD
32:00 – How to create a panoramic render
37:50 – How to create shapes
42:44 – Overview of ArredoCAD licensing options
If ArredoCAD sounds of interest to you and you’d like to know more about the product please visit the ArredoCAD product page or send in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.