In the 11.5 Patch 3 Release, few new features have been added in the SketchUp Extension.
Two new buttons have been added in Import/Export SketchUp model section:
(a) Export to SketchUp file... button
Previously, in order to export a SketchUp file, you had to go to File > Import & Export > Export Drawing... and carefully select the Save as type: to skp. However, this Export to SketchUp file... has been added in the SketchUp component tab for you to conveniently export with a click of a button!
Once you click the Save button, Export SketchUp (.skp) Drawing dialog will pop up to set your export settings as shown below:
In the General section, you can set the Level of Detail to either Low, Medium, High, or Super. Just a reminder that the higher the Level of Detail you set, the file size will get bigger.
In the Filter section, you can specify what part of the drawing you would like to export by ticking in the Filter checkbox and click on the Filter Settings button. You can then adjust to your requirement that can be based on Selection, View modes, Categories, Levels, and etc.
(b) Import/Export settings... button
Sometimes small parts of the detailed models disappears when exporting to a SketchUp file, so this button was added to ensure that the details remain with the correct resolution.
In the Export settings section, you can set the level of precision by ticking the Precision checkbox and select either Low, Medium, High or your Custom precision level. As mentioned in the pop up dialog description, by increasing the precision level, it will also increase the file size which may slow down the performance when exporting.
The 3D Warehouse import settings section was originally located in the SketchUp component tab under Recent section, but was moved into the Import/Export settings instead. You can choose to set to download and set your file location locally when saving SketchUp models by ticking on the Save SketchUp downloads locally checkbox and choosing your file location in the Change save location button.
When you import a SketchUp file that has models with large amount of polygons (usually when it has a large file size), it can hinder the CET Designer performance or become unreponsive. Previously, you were only able to choose to either to proceed regardless of the consequences or to cancel import. However, in this release, we create a new option for you to reduce the number of polygons to help improve the CET performance.
You can reduce the amount of Polygons by:
- Select Import from file... button
- Open the file SketchUp file
- If the model consists of large amount of polygons, the Large Model(x polygons) popup dialog will appear.
- Select Reduce button
The image below shows the differences between the original model (left) and the reduced polygon model (right)
Although details have been reduced in 3D View, when rendering it should have the same Level of Detail as the original model.