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.

  • Setting your field of view

    Setting your field of view

    Ever been inside your SketchUp model and wished you could see a wider-angle view? Just set your field of view!

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  • Proper Animation is a very cool plugin

    Proper Animation is a very cool plugin

    Walk through the installation steps of Proper Animation and how it can amp up your designs. This handy SketchUp plugin is useful for all levels of skill.

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  • Speed Up SketchUp: Use Fast Styles

    Speed Up SketchUp: Use Fast Styles

    Display settings slow down as your model gets bigger. Check out our tutorial Speed Up SketchUp: Use Fast Styles to avoid slower settings from impacting your design.

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  • Discovering the magic and wonder of FredoScale

    Discovering the magic and wonder of FredoScale

    Discover the wonder and magic of Fredoscale to up your SketchUp game! Fredoscale has an impressive lineup of plugins to simplify the creative process. Click here to learn more!

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  • New Book: SketchUp for Game Design

    New Book: SketchUp for Game Design

    Did you know that SketchUp can be used for video game design of building renderings? Robin de Jongh's SketchUp for Game Design book can tell you more!

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  • Stunning landscape architecture animations

    Stunning landscape architecture animations

    Design your own landscape animations with SketchUp. These designs are helpful in educating the public on the topic and the works of landscape architects.

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  • Organic modeling made simple with Curviloft

    Organic modeling made simple with Curviloft

    Curviloft is a plugin that allows you to complete three different basic operations. Visit the tutorial page Extension Inspection: Curviloft to see how this plugin works.

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  • SketchUp + Piranesi = delicious renderings

    SketchUp + Piranesi = delicious renderings

    Come see some beautiful and amazing user-submitted designs. SketchUp and Piranesi present the lastest rendering competition hosted by SketchUcation.

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  • The right way to use Follow Me

    The right way to use Follow Me

    There is the hard way and the right way to use Follow Me. Check out our blog for more information and a full tutorial on the right way to use Follow Me.

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  • Making doors look right in different ortho views

    Making doors look right in different ortho views

    Are you tired of your doors changing positions? Click here to learn how to create a combination door component to make doors look right in different Ortho views.

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  • New book: SketchUp to LayOut

    New book: SketchUp to LayOut

    Are you an architect, woodworker, or designer interested in using SketchUp for your projects? Grab a copy of Matt Donley's new book, SketchUp to Layout today!

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  • Connecting SketchUp Scenes to LayOut model viewports

    Connecting SketchUp Scenes to LayOut model viewports

    An excellent tip for all SketchUp Pro users is to utilize model viewports in LayOut. Read more on how you can maximize these tools to their full potential.

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  • A conversation with Allied Works

    A conversation with Allied Works

    Allied Works, an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice, uses SketchUp for their various projects. Check out our conversation with Allied Works.

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  • Introducing the Advanced Camera Tools

    Introducing the Advanced Camera Tools

    Advanced Camera Tools is the new and improved Film & Stage Plugin. With new features and accessibility, you'll love how your videos turn out.

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  • Generating reports from your models

    Generating reports from your models

    Acquire knowledge on how to generate reports from your models. Click here to see how SketchUp was used to create a report on how much wood to purchase for a fence!

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  • 'Save a Copy As' is my new favorite command

    'Save a Copy As' is my new favorite command

    According to Mitchel Stangl, "Save a Copy As" is his new favorite command. Discover how the 'Save a Copy As' function can help with your SketchUp projects.

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  • Quick and dirty poché for sectional views

    Quick and dirty poché for sectional views

    Sectional views in SketchUp can be difficult when it does not fill in the spaces between wall surfaces. Click here for useful tips to solve this problem.

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  • Introducing Maxwell for SketchUp

    Introducing Maxwell for SketchUp

    Realistic photo rendering can help you to visualize any room you design. Introducing Maxwell for SketchUp, a standalone version with photo rendering. Read about it today!

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  • Corb says you should use SketchUp

    Corb says you should use SketchUp

    Quit the old pencil and paper method and start using the powerhouse of a program - SketchUp! Click here to see why Corb says you should use SketchUp.

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  • SketchUp resources for children with autism

    SketchUp resources for children with autism

    Project Spectrum is a special program. See how Bonnie Roskes, a parent of a child with autism, was able to use SketchUp to help her child design 3D models.

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