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Zurik
04-28-2006, 12:45 AM
I know the forum section only says 2D applications, but Google is offering a version of Sketchup for free now at http://sketchup.google.com/index.html

I just downloaded it, but haven't tried it yet. Has anyone else? I'm wondering how useful it might be for mapping and/or adding buildings and other stuff into Perspectives Pro and other ProFantasy products.

RPMiller
04-28-2006, 02:03 AM
Hey! That's cool! I'll have to check that out. Thanks for the link!

Ilwan
04-29-2006, 10:15 AM
Thanks for the link. I tried the software, cuz it seemed easy to use. Here is my first venture into 3-d graphics. Result in 1 hour:

A Temple of Gjord in my current campaign. I am definatly going to produce more of the buildings for my PnP and online games.

RPMiller
04-29-2006, 01:03 PM
Very nice! It only took an hour? Did you just sit down and jump in or was there some learning first?

Ilwan
04-29-2006, 02:14 PM
an hour after completing the tutorial at the startup screen. Its really easy to learn. Ill post an update of my the Temple later on.

EDIT: Here it is about 85% finished.

Zurik
04-29-2006, 10:43 PM
That's looking very good! :D

Seems like it needs more support for the long openings in the upper part.

kristof65
05-01-2006, 12:44 AM
very nice.

Question for you - Once you draw the model in 3d, can you rotate it, and get different angles, or is it like Perspective's Pro, where it's only and illusion of 3d?

Chris

Ilwan
05-01-2006, 02:37 AM
It is full 3-D. You can view it from all angles, including from the inside of the building. I like the frogview perspective. That way I can give the players an impression of standing in front of the building.

Here is the current result:

RPMiller
05-01-2006, 03:18 AM
That is really well done! Your players are going to give you some major kudos I'm sure. Have you done an interior render yet?

Hoseman
05-03-2006, 05:36 PM
How about some ground cover? Is is possible to add some dirt or even grass to the ground? And can you do the same for the sky?

Just wondering if its possible with this app and you just haven't gotten to it yet.

Ilwan
05-04-2006, 10:19 AM
The application cannot do that. The software was actually developed to create 3-D models for use with Google Earth.

I have not done interior yet and dont think I will. It would be very time consuming building models of tables, desks, benches etc. I think I could get some from googles 3-D warehouse and import them, but I have decided to do the interior in CC2(3). Ill post it when its done.

Here is a little graphic I will use for my wiki where the temple is described

RPMiller
05-04-2006, 12:27 PM
That was a great walk through of the capabilities of that app. Thank you for sharing your work.

RobA
10-16-2007, 04:38 PM
How about some ground cover? Is is possible to add some dirt or even grass to the ground? And can you do the same for the sky?

Just wondering if its possible with this app and you just haven't gotten to it yet.

You can simulate it, by applying a ground texture and putting in an image as a backdrop.

I found a whole bunch of very high quality sketchup videocasts. Especially of interest might be this one:

http://www.go-2-school.com/podcasts/028

As it describes how to take a floorplan image and make a 3d model out of it.

-Rob A>
(They are all quite good to learn the sketchup application itself. Be warned that these definitely require broadband!)