Category Archives: SketchUp

CARTOOGLE ™ – Communicate with Computers via Rough Sketches

by Fred Abler The invention of the digital computer forced us to realize that we need new languages – computer-programming languages – to communicate with machines. These languages are called structured or ‘constructed languages’, as opposed to our ‘natural language’. … Continue reading

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BIM Bots – Virtual 3D Robots

by Fred Abler In the early oughts’ (2000) while working in a CAD research lab at CAL POLY, SLO, I became intensely interested in 3D ‘object-agents’. Today CAD/BIM users might call them “smart objects”, but there’s really a lot more … Continue reading

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SketchUp Tips Hand – 3D Basecamp Registration

Registration for SketchUp’s upcoming 3D Basecamp opened earlier this week. SketchUp’s own Aidan Chopra said Basecamp half-sold-out in the first two hours of registration. There are still a few dozen spots left, but he doesn’t expect them to last through … Continue reading

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Sunglass 3D Cloud Share – A Future So Bright?

by Fred Abler I love startups with odd names and sunglasses. That’s why Sunglass.io caught my eye. Such a unusual name for a cloud-based 3D collaboration platform (including SketchUp).  I still can’t offer any real insights as to the name, … Continue reading

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Apple Embraces Holo’Tek – for iPhone 5?

by Fred Abler Steve Job’s product design strategy was simple – “Make signal, not noise”.  In other words, make products so different, that they will cut through all the noise in the marketplace. This incomparable strategy has worked brilliantly for … Continue reading

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Papyrus: Tall Grass On-Trend

Ornamental grasses have become the eco-friendly standard for residential lawns in the United States. One of the biggest sources of non-point pollution in the United States is our lawns (i.e., fertilizer runoff during storms). They are also prized for their … Continue reading

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colAR – Kiwi Tech transforms coloring pages into AR

At FormFonts 3D we take coloring pages seriously. So today, I’d like to introduce you to colAR, a new software from New Zealand that turns a colored-in coloring page… into a 3D animated scene.  A few years ago, Marc discovered … Continue reading

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‘Uniquessential’ 3D Sunglasses

The truth is, it’s hard to find great one-of-kind eye ware. And for most architects and designers… uniqueness is essential. It’s Uniquessential! I like what the guys who started WarbyParker are doing. They make stylish frames with your prescription lenses … Continue reading

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More from Google: 3D Warehouse Changes

by Alex Schreyer On the heels of the announcement that SketchUp has been sold to Trimble comes another announcement from Google, this time related to Google Earth. As described in various press releases and posts, Google will – among other changes … Continue reading

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