One thing I can away with is I am more inspired than ever to learn SketchUp better. Aidan Chopra from Google SketchUp spoke and he was excellent. I really see where it can work with CET but also with CAP & ProjectMatrix. With specials being so important it's nice to have a 3D drawing tool that I can use to create customs in, export to ACAD or CET and add intelligence and then render. I bought the Pro version last week for $500 to be able to import/export ACAD symbols but that seems like it will be worth it once I get good. And it won't take me long to get good! Three reasons:
- It's easy - my 9 year old son plays in it and he taught himself. I figure if he can I should be able to.
- There are loads of videos and tutorials online to help.
- It's fun. I find myself playing in it when I'm supposed to be doing something else.
I might use SketchUp for sketchy renderings too but I think my use will be mostly for specials.
Another great tip I got from the conference was to use Movie Maker for presentations. Whether you are doing walk thoughs or just have renderings and text it was a FREE way to pull stuff together. I downloaded it today and will check it out. I am all about FREE software!
Naturally it wasn't all about work - the food and the costume party were great. There were some very creative costumes. I'm not sure I want to see the photos! I had plenty to drink so I was at my BEST dancing! LOL
Thanks for reading,