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At some point in most 3D projects, you’ll need to turn your model into a set of drawings that gets the point across. LayOut in SketchUp Pro lets you add model views to pages, choose drawing scales, adjust line weights, and add dimensions, callouts, and graphics. Make a change to your SketchUp model, and find it reflected automatically in LayOut. And when it’s time, export PDFs, images and CAD files.Ready to start making staggeringly beautiful documents?

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Dawson College Continuing Education Department (no homework, no grades...) is offering SketchUp for the first time in January 2015. There are no pre-requirements for this course.


You learn the basics for the first 20 hours of the course, then you work on a personal project of your choice for the last 10.


Mondays January 19 to March 23

6:00pm to 9:00pm




So far, I'm the only one that has enrolled, but apparently enrolments pick up after the holidays. I am self-taught in this program, so I'm sure that I can benefit from a course and improve my sketches (see one below).


It would be cool if other mtlurb members signed up too. The basic program itself is free to download (although a 'pro' version' also exists) Sketches can really help get the message across and can be assembled relatively quickly.


Here is the sketch I made for a belvedere for the Jacques-Cartier Bridge done via SketchUp, but without any training. You can check out the SketchUp website to the possibilities with their program, from basic to complex.


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Here is the info on course if anyone is interested in signing up.






Prerequisites: Familiarity with computers, no previous 3d modelling experience required. Arts or technical (illustration, animation, graphic design, engineering, industrial design, etc.) background recommended.

Sketchup is a simple, free and incredibly versatile 3d modelling software widely used by professionals working in illustration, film, animation, video games, industrial design, interior design and architecture.


This course will provide students with the knowledge needed to pursue their own explorations with the SketchUp software in one of the above-mentioned disciplines. The first 20 hours of the course will be spent learning the principles and techniques of working in Sketchup, the last 10 hours will be spent working on a personal project of the student’s choice.


Platform: Mac or Windows

Software: Sketchup Make

Material required: 2Gb (or higher) Flash Drive

Duration: 30 hours

Cost: $370


Register online here!




SketchUp is a simple, free and incredibly versatile 3D modelling software widely used by professionals

working in illustration, film, animation, video games, industrial design, interior design and architecture.

This course will provide students with the knowledge needed to pursue their own explorations with the

SketchUp software in one of the above-mentioned disciplines.


The first 20 hours of the course will be spent learning the principles and techniques of working in SketchUp, the last 10 hours will be spent working on a personal project of the student's choice.


Required Material: 2GB (or higher) Flash (USB) Drive





 Understanding the working mechanics of SketchUp


 Navigating the space and learning shortcuts


 Creating basic volumes and geometry


 Modifying basic shapes and creating advanced volumes


 Working with components


 Using the 3D warehouse


 Using scenes, styles, shadows and fog


 Preparing the model for use in other programs and exporting



NOTE: Our non-credit courses are not graded.


A Certificate of participation will be awarded to students who attend and participate in a minimum of

80% of the classes.


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If you're interested in taking a sketchup for beginners course starting next Monday night, call Dawson asap. This is the first time they are offering this course and only have 3 enrollments so far.


See below for contact info and address.


Contact Us

We are located in the heart of downtown Montreal, directly accessible via the Atwater Metro. We are recognized as one of the most attractive, modern and well-equipped colleges in Quebec.


Our Address


4001 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West

Suite 2G.1

Montreal, Quebec

H3Z 3G4

Telephone: 514-933-0047

Fax: 514-937-3832

Email: [email protected]


Opening Hours


Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


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The introductory class was night, but hands on will only start next week. There are only 5 of us in the course (from various backgrounds and experience) and it's not too late to enroll if anyone is curious about using this design program. We will be using the free version called Sketchup Make.


The next 4 classes will be about learning the tools and commands and setting up an efficient workflow. For the last 5 classes, we will each be working on a personal project of our choosing.


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Free Sketchup Make with all their versions is over  - The last one will be their 2017 version

Sketchup 2018 is out


Hear is a review




SketchUp 2018 has just been released! As we do every year, we’ve been involved in the Beta Testing and have taken the time to highlight our favorite new features and improvements.

Would you prefer to watch a video overview? Click HERE



  • PlusSpec is the parametric BIM solution that you’ve been waiting for!
  • Model 50 times faster and smarter than with SketchUp alone.
  • Draw with Virtual Building Tools that automatically create customizable structure & Takeoffs + modifications are a breeze!
  • You will learn how to use PlusSpec super fast.


All in all, it’s a thumbs up from us over here at RubySketch, and we highly recommend that you make the upgrade to 2018. Well done to the team at SketchUp.

Although there have been some awesome improvements to SketchUp, our favorite new features and improvements are in Layout. So if you create 2D drawings with Layout, we’re sure that you will be super excited about this release.

The End of SketchUp Make: The Make versions of SketchUp have come to an end, so there is no 2018 Make license. However, you can continue to use previous Make versions. If you don’t have one of the previous Make versions, you will continue to be able to download SketchUp Make 2017.

GENERAL – OS Support

It’s worth noting that SketchUp 2018 can only be installed  on 64-bit operating systems.

If you are a Mac user, OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) will not be supported in SketchUp 2018. So you will need to upgrade. But in our opinion, you should have upgraded already anyway (the newest updates are so much better)!



Graphic Improvements

The graphics have definitely been pimped, and you will notice the difference right away. Lines and transparent materials are cleaner, and everything just looks and feels better.

IFC Export Improvements

The IFC exporter has been dialed in to ensure better exporting. Prior to this version, some of the attributes/information could get lost when exporting in IFC format. Now everything will stay with your work when collaborating between software via IFC format.

Named Section Planes

This is our favorite SketchUp improvement!

All of your sections are now named. When you create a section plane, you are prompted to choose a name for it and a short symbol that will display in your 3D model. Sections are now also unique entities that can be found in the Outliner dialogue and manipulated in Entity Info. You can also use Outliner to quickly find, select and edit all of your sections individually. You can then Use Entity Info to edit naming conventions and organize section cuts into layers, then control the visibility of your section planes via Styles. All in all, this now gives you complete control over your sections.

Filled, Styled Section Cuts

You can now add simple fills to your section cuts. This is particularly useful for schematic design, or in any presentation that does not require hatching symbols.

Every section can be assigned a color, and automatically generates the fill. If you move the section plane, the fill will regenerate. To access, open Styles > Edit > Modeling and toggle ‘Section Fills’ on or off.



Graphic Improvements

The graphics have definitely been pimped, and you will notice the difference right away. Line work looks clean and crisp – and everything just feels more professional.

Scaled Vector Drawing

This is our favorite new feature in this years release!

Now you can draw in Layout in 2D at scale. You can also re-set scales at any time. In other words, you can draw at a desired scale, much like AutoCAD. This means that you can easily create 2D details directly inside of Layout. You can also more easily add blocking details to your 3D model reference. Your 2D drawings are also fully supported by LayOut’s Dimension and Label tools.

DWG Imports

We love this new feature, and we’re sure that like us, millions of users have been waiting for this.

You can now finally import AutoCAD geometry (DWG format) directly into Layout. DWG projects import at scale and support the pages, titleblocks, and blocks that your partners have created. Even better, LayOut users can now help themselves to the vast world of free DWG libraries.

Group Edit

To support the new scaled drawings feature, you can now edit grouped entities in Layout just like you do in SketchUp. This means, that it’s way easier to draw and manipulate grouped entities in Layout. You can also control the “rest of document” visibility when editing a group, just like in SketchUp. What does this mean? It means that you can toggle the visibility of every other entity outside of a group on or off when editing a group.

Multi Viewport Dimensioning

You can now draw dimensions across different model viewports in order to create awesome split section details. You could always create the split viewports, but you couldn’t dimension across them.



  • The problem with all other Parametric 3D BIM software is that they are simply super-charged Drafting boards (and can struggle with custom shapes). They are also not focused around ‘design’, or ‘communication’.
  • That’s why PlusSpec is inside of SketchUp.
  • The best of parametric BIM & Estimating tools (PlusSpec) and 3D sketching tools (SketchUp) = The Ultimate Design & Construction Software for all of Industry.
  • With SketchUp you can design the unimaginable. With PlusSpec you can make them a reality.


Drew Povey joined RubySketch in 2015 and now heads up the Melbourne Office. He has a Masters of Architecture, a B.A in languages, and a Diploma of Business.


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