New book: Google SketchUp for Site Design

Our friend Daniel Tal's new book about SketchUp is getting terrific reviews, and we couldn't be prouder of him. Google SketchUp for Site Design: A Guide to Modeling Site Plans, Terrain and Architecture is a rollicking thrill ride of 1970's murder and intrigue on the high seas. Think it's not? You'll have to get a copy to see.


Truthfully, this book covers SketchUp topics that no one's even come close to explaining in previous volumes: terrain modeling with the Sandbox tools, techniques for working with huge models, how to wrestle CAD files and using Ruby scripts, just to name a few. He also writes about something he's dubbed "SketchUp Process Modeling", a start-to-finish workflow for completing massive projects without losing your marbles.

The book includes hundreds of beautiful color images with helpful annotations and captions. Flipping through it the first time, I couldn't believe how much work Dan must've put in. He's a practicing landscape architect who uses SketchUp every day in his work, so the material's relevant to pros in a way that most books aren't.

Be sure to take a look at the website Dan built for the book, and be sure to check out his YouTube videos; they're great.

About the Author

Aidan Chopra

Aidan was a beloved member of the SketchUp team for 10 years. He birthed this blog, taught countless SketchUp classes, authored the SketchUp For Dummies book, and is a jolly fellow indeed. If you'd like to learn a little more about Aidan and his new endeavor, check out Bitsbox.

More Content by Aidan Chopra
Previous Article
Creating complete construction docs in LayOut
Creating complete construction docs in LayOut

Take a dive into the innovative mind of architect Nick Sonder's as he shows us how he uses LayOut to create...

Next Article
Getting a better view of small interior spaces
Getting a better view of small interior spaces

Small spaces can be difficult to design and visualize. SketchUp Pro can help you get a better view of small...