I'm still working on getting sketchup working in Linux (no luck), but have
it (SU6) up in a old version of W2K. Looks pretty good, but I'm curious
about Google's hold on this product.
My question: Can Google Sketchup (freebie) create drawings in any format
other than Google's proprietary file extension (skp). What is .skp and how
can it be printed, exported, etc, into other formats likes tiff, jpeg, etc?
Or can it? In short, what can I do with a SU drawing other than edit and
view it on my computer screen or give it to Google? Thank you.
You have many more options available with SU 7.0. If you print to PDF files
which most any one can view and you can print to scale which IIRC was not
possible with the previous free version.
You can use http://www.bullzip.com/products/pdf/info.php for a free PDF
How do I print to scale?
1. Switch to paraline mode by turning perspective mode off. To turn
perspective mode off, open the "Camera" menu and click "Perspective" (so
that a check mark is not displayed next to it).
2. Select a standard scalable view: Iso, Top, Front, Right, Back, or
Left. To select a standard view, open the "Camera" menu, point to
"Standard," and then click one of the views. Note: The scalable edges are
those aligned with the axes.
Standard scalable view
3. PC: Open the "File" menu, and then click "Print."
Mac: Open the "File" menu, and then click "Document Setup."
4. In the "Print Size" section of the "Print" dialog box, clear the "Fit
to page" option.
5. If you are in paraline mode (step 1) and have selected a standard view
(step 2), the scale options in the "Print Size" (Mac: "Print Scale") section
are enabled when you clear the "Fit to page" option. Set the scale you want
6. PC: Click "OK" to print your model.
Mac: Click "OK" to save your document settings, and then print your
model by opening the "File" menu, and then clicking "Print."
OK. Thnx for the info. Unfortunately, I'm running ancient computer
hardware. It's fine for linux, but not enough horsepower for XP. Maybe
when I upgrade, but I'd rather spend my money on tools. Got 3 new DeWalt
woodworking tools and I'd like to get one of those multi-tools. ;)
Actually, I think it might, Leon. The problem is, I've been hanging on to
my old hardware for too long. My ancient PII w/ linux runs so good, why
upgrade. I have a legit copy of XP, but the PII ain't got the cpu pwr. I
think I could get SU7 to run w/ linux, but my video card has fallen into
driver limbo. Matrox made drivers for Xfree86 x-window system (linux), but
when it changed to to xorg system, Matrox didn't bother to follow.
I need to buy some new computer hardware. It's that simple. :|
Walmart doesn't sell things like motherboards and power supplies though.
Assuming, of course, that "I need to buy some new computer hardware"
means "I want to build a system" rather than "I want to buy a system",
which may be a poor assumption on my part. Even so, TigerDirect is a
pretty good resource for any of that stuff, complete systems included.
Besides, I hate "Walmarts"*.
* One of the many words that are always pluralized in Tex-English.
See Nad. See Nad go. Go Nad!
To reply, eat the taco.
Agreed. The few components WM does carry are insanely overpriced. I will
be updating components only. No point in buying new case (I've got several),
audio card, P/S, NIC, CD drives, etc. A mobo, cpu, vid card and memory
should do it.
If you happen to be near one of their retail stores, you will be in geek
paradise checking out their computer parts. But be warned, just because
Fry's carries it, doesn't mean they have it in stock. They are often out of
an item. But the selection is good and if you just want standard items, you
will do just fine.
We have a Fry's here in Austin; it's great fun to visit and they carry
zillions of computer parts, but my experience is that they can't match
TigerDirect in price. Just had a 500GB Western Digital Caviar delivered
to my door for $59 plus shipping ($67), and it got here in three days.
The best Fry's could do was $89 plus tax.
"Our beer goes through thousands of quality Czechs every day."
(From a Shiner Bock billboard I saw in Austin some years ago)
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