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These straightforward CD-format video tutorials help you master SketchUp (a free 3D-modelling program), focusing on those aspects of the program most useful in woodworking design.
Robert W. Lang, editor of Popular Woodworking magazine, author of several furniture design books, and computer illustration expert, guides you through the learning process. He demonstrates how to get the most out of the program's flexible design tools to create detailed scaled plans and full-size templates.
The first 129-minute CD covers the basics — how to set up SketchUp, an overview of the tools and how to use them, and how to design a simple project. Running 120 minutes, Part 2 is an advanced course that delves into specifics such as how to convert furniture pieces or existing plans into 3D computer illustrations, and how to modify and resize plans, print templates, and plan joinery.
Compatible with a PC or Mac computer, each CD requires QuickTime Player version 7 and Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7 or higher to play the CD, and SketchUp version 7 (all available on the internet as free downloads).