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Product Connect for Google SketchUp - Working with Materials

Download the Product Connect plugin for Google SketchUp from http://goo.gl/VgTH9[Transcript]One of the coolest features of Report Maker, is it's ability to recognize and report on Material textures that have been applied to faces inside of a component. This tutorial illustrates the process of importing a Product Connect enabled material from the 3D Warehouse; applying it to your model; and Running a report on it.To keep things simple, start by opening a new SketchUp file and then draw a simple 4' cube, using the Rectangle tool and Push-Pull.Then Choose Get Products from the Product Connect toolbar, navigate to one of the Product Connect enabled material libraries, such as Formica, and then browse to find a materials file.Click the Download Model link and then click Yes, to import the swatch library directly into your SketchUp project. Once the file is downloaded, click again to set the swatches down in your model.Then Grab the Paint Bucket tool.On a MAC, press and hold the Command key -- On a PC press and hold the ALT key, to turn the Paint Bucket into an eye-dropper. Click with the eyedropper to sample the material that you want to apply to your box. Then let go of the Command key (or ALT Key) and and use the paint bucket to apply the sampled texture onto the faces of your box.You've also got the option to apply materials from the In Model material Library.Next, take the Select tool and triple-click on the box to select the whole thing. Then right-click on the box and choose Make Component from the context menu. You can give the component a name, I'll type "Box", and click create.After creating your new Box component, you can delete the material samples that you downloaded from the warehouse and at some point, you may want to go to the Model Info window, under statistics, and purge any unused stuff.When you click the Product Editor tool, a window will display all of the components in your model. If you click the disclosure triangle next to the box component, you'll see the nested material. Clicking the material opens up the Finish Schedule form for that product, where you can then add or edit the information about it and then save any changes.You can then choose Report Maker to export a Finish Schedule that contains the information about the materials. By default, Report Maker will find materials that are applied to any Level 1 parent components in the model. If you have a material that's applied to a face inside of a Product Connect enaled component, and you want that material to show up in your reports, You can use Product Editor to adjust the reporting preferences for that material and set them to Force On.Keep in mind that both Product Editor, and Report Maker can only find materials that are applied to faces within components. Materials inside of groups, and/or materials that are applied to "Loose" faces will not show up in your reports.Download. Edit. Report.With Product Connect for Google SketchUp.Download your copy of the product connect plug-in for google sketchup from igloostudios.com/productconnect/app
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