Model Info dialog box

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The Model Info dialog box allows you to configure a number of different settings specific to your current SketchUp model. Activate the Model Info dialog box from the Window menu.

The Model Info dialog box contains several panels, including the Dimensions panel for setting global dimensions and the Units panel for setting units to be used in your model.

Animation

The Animation panel allows you to set properties for animations. The following image shows the Animation panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Animation panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

Scene Transitions

The Scene Transitions section of the Animation panel allows you to determine the amount of time it takes to transition from one scene in the animation to another scene.

Enable scene transitions:Use the enable scene transitions checkbox to enable scene transitions.

Seconds: Enter the number of seconds that will transpire before the next transition changes to another scene.

Scene Delay

The Scene Delay section of the Animation panel allows you to determine the amount of time an animation will spend on each scene before transition to another scene.

Seconds: Enter the number of seconds that should transpire before the transition begins to another scene.

Components

The Components panel allows you to modify the visual appearance of your model while editing groups and components. SketchUp allows you to fade or hide other similar components or fade or hide the rest of the model to make it easier to concentrate on modifications to the edited component. The following image shows the Components panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Components panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

Component/Group Editing

The Component/Group Editing portion of the Components panel allows you to define how geometry outside a component appears when editing a component.

Fade similar components:Sliding the Fade similar components slider controls the degree of fading of other visible instances of the component you are editing. Use the Hide checkbox to toggle the display of components similar to the one you are editing.

Fade rest of model:Sliding the Fade rest of model slider controls the fading of geometry unrelated to the group or component you are editing. Use the Hide check box to toggle the display of the rest of the model while editing a component or group.

Show component axes:Components contain their own axes. Use the Show component axes checkbox to display component axes.

Credits

The Credits panel allows you to view contributors toward the current model. This panel also allows the current users to claim credit toward the current model.

Model Authors

The Model Authors portion of the Credits panel displays the currently logged in user. User's must log in using their Google Account (GAIA account) to claim credit toward a model.

Claim Credit button: Use the Claim Credit button to claim credit on the currently selected model.

Component Authors

The Component Authors portion of the Credits panel displays the list of contributors toward the current model.

Dimensions

The Dimensions panel allows you to change the appearance and behavior of Dimension entities in your model. The following image shows the Dimensions panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Dimensions panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

Text

The Text portion of the Dimensions panel allows you to select the font used by Dimension entities in the drawing area.

Fonts: Use the Fonts button to select the font to be used for all Dimension entities in SketchUp. Use the font color button to choose a font color for Dimension entities.

Leader Lines

The Leader Lines portion of the Dimensions panel allows you to choose an end point style for your leader lines.

Endpoints: Select the end point style for all of your end points from the Endpoints drop-down list. These styles are None, Slash, Dot, Closed Arrow and Open Arrow.

Dimension

The Dimension portion of the Dimensions panel contains default display options for Dimension entities.

Align to screen: Use the Align to screen button to allow Dimension entities to rotate as you orbit the model (always face the camera).

Align to dimension line: Use the Align to dimension line button to allow Dimension entities to align to the dimension line instead of the camera. As you orbit your model, the text will remain aligned with the dimension lines.

Select all dimensions:Use the Select all dimensions button to select all dimension entities in the model.

Update selected dimensions:Use Update selected dimensions to update the currently selected entities with the currently selected dimension settings.

Expert dimension settings

Use the Expert dimension settings button to display the Expert Dimension Settings dialog box.

Hide when foreshortened:Use the Hide when foreshortened checkbox to allow Dimension entities to hide when they become foreshortened. Slide the slider to set the threshold angle that will cause Dimension entities to become hidden.

Hide when too small: As your view moves further away from your model, dimensions appear smaller and text remains the same size. This behavior can result in an unclear Dimension text. Use the Hide when too small checkbox to automatically hide dimensions when they are hard to read. Slide the slider to set the size that will cause Dimension entities to be hidden.

Highlight Non-Associated Dimensions:Use the Highlight non-associated dimensions checkbox to assign a color to dimensions that are not associated with entities in your model. Non-associated dimensions are usually the result of erasing an entity that was used to calculate a dimension, such as an edge.

File

The File panel allows you to configure settings related to your SketchUp model's file, including the location of the file (on your file system), size, date of last modification, and version of SketchUp used for last modification. The following image shows the Files panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Files panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

General

The General portion of the File panel contains default file options for the current model. The Description field is the only field that is editable within the General section.

Location: The Location field contains the location of the model's file on the file system (if it has been saved).

Version: The Version field contains the version of SketchUp last used to modify the model.

Size: The Size field contains the Size, in kilobytes, of the current SketchUp model's file.

Description: Click in the Description field to enter a description for your model.

Redefine thumbnail on Save:Use the Redefine thumbnail on save checkbox to save the current view of the model as the thumbnail representation of the model. This thumbnail is shown when browsing through models when locating a file to open (Microsoft Windows).

Alignment

The Alignment portion of the File panel allow you to determine the alignment of the model when loaded and used as a component.

Note: These options are also displayed when you create a component from a selection set within SketchUp. However, the options presented during component creation pertain to components that are already within a model while the options in the Model Info dialog box pertain to a model file that can be loaded as a component in another model.

Glue to:Select a menu item from the Glue to menu to identify the surfaces where your file can be placed. For example, a model of a door would only be glued to surfaces in the horizontal planes.

Cut opening:Use the Cut opening checkbox to cause your model to able to penetrate a face, thus creating an opening, when used as a component. The model will cut the face to which it is attached at the model's perimeter.

Always face camera:Use the Always face camera checkbox to treat the model as though it were a 2D component by forcing the model to always face forward when loaded as a component. This option increases performance by eliminating the need to render the component as a 3D form.

Shadows face sun:This option is only available when the Always face camera option is enabled. Selecting the Shadows face sun checkbox causes shadows to be cast from the components' current position as though the components were facing the sun. The shadow shape does not change as the component rotates to face the camera. This option works best with components that have narrow bases (such as trees). This option does not work well with components that have wide bases (such as people in mid stride).

Note: Ensure the component's axis is positioned at the bottom center of the component for best results.

Deselect this option to cause the shadow to be cast from the component's current position. The size of the shadow changes based on view point.

Geo-location

Models intended for Google Earth contain geographical information identifying their location in the world. The Geo-location panel allows you to view and specify a location for your model.

The following image shows the Geo-location panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Geo-location panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

Geographic Location

The Geographic Location portion of the Location panel allows you to assign a geographic location to your model.

Add Location button: Use the Add Location button to display the Add Location dialog box for selecting a location for your model.

Clear Location button: Use the Clear Location button to remove the location from your model. This option is only available for a model that has geographical information.

Add More Imagery button: Use the Add More Imagery button to display the Add Location dialog box allowing you to choose additionaly imagery adjacent to your location to add
to the model. Refer to the Adding a Location for further information.

Advanced Settings

The Advanced Settings panel allows you set a manual location for your model.

Rendering

The Rendering panel allows you to enable anti-aliased textures.

Use Anti-Aliased Textures

Use the Use Anti-Aliased Textures checkbox to attempt to improve performance and quality of textures.

Statistics

The Statistics panel allows you to troubleshoot performance issues in SketchUp. This panel displays information about the type and number of drawing elements in your model and allows you to perform verifications on your model. The following image shows the Statistics panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Statistics panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

Entire model and Only components

The Entire model and Only components options in the drop-down list box allow you to toggle between displaying statistics for your entire model and displaying statistics related only to components. The Components option is useful for generating a tally of the number of certain components used in your model (such as the number of a particular part in an assembly).

Show nested components

Use the Show nested components checkbox to include individual elements within placed components in the statistics totals.

Purge Unused

Use the Purge Unused button to remove any unused components, materials, image objects, layers, and other extraneous information from your file.

Fix Problems

Use the Fix Problems button to find minor issues with your SketchUp model due to the infinite flexibility that SketchUp provides when designing in 3D. Use the Fix Problems button to scan your model, and report and fix any problems. This option checks for several cases, including:

  • Faces bounded by properly connected edges.
  • Vertices of faces are on the same plane.
  • Edges bounding a face are in the same component.
  • Faces do not have zero area size.
  • Start and end points of an edge are not the same.
Note: Problem checking is also performed automatically (if turned on within the General panel of the Application Preferences dialog box) when a file is loaded, manually saved, or automatically saved (using the SketchUp auto-save feature). Refer to the Save menu item in the File menu or the auto-save feature in the General panel of the Application Preferences dialog box for further information.

Text

The Text panel allows you to change the appearance and behavior of Text entities in your model. The following image shows the Text panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Text panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

Screen Text

Screen text is text that is not attached, using a leader line and arrow, to a specific piece of geometry. The Screen Text portion of the Text panel allows you to select the font used by screen text in the drawing area.

Fonts: Use the Fonts button to define the font to be used for all screen text in SketchUp. The Font dialog box, containing the font, font style, and size for your dimensions font, is invoked.

Text color swatch:Click on the text color swatch to select the default display color for any unpainted screen text (those painted with the default material).

Select all screen text:Use the Select all screen text to select all screen text in the drawing area.

Leader Text

Leader text is text that is attached, using a leader line and arrow, to a specific piece of geometry. The Leader Text portion of the Text panel allows you to select the font used by leader text in the drawing area.

Fonts:Use the Fonts button to define the font to be used for all leader text in SketchUp. The Font dialog box, containing the font, font style, and size for your dimensions font, is invoked.

Leader text color swatch:Click on the leader text color swatch to select the default display color for any unpainted leader text (those painted with the default material).

Select all leader text: Use the Select all leader text to select leader text in the drawing area.

Leader Lines

The Leader Lines options allow you to identify the type of leader line used with Text. Text might or might not have leader lines.

End Point:Use the End Point drop-down menu to select the end point type for the leader line. Choose between None, Dot, Closed Arrow, and Open Arrow.

Leader:Use the Leader drop-down menu to select between View Based and Pushpin leader types. A View Based leader will always retain its 2D screen orientation. A Pushpin leader is aligned in 3D space, and rotates with your model as you change your view.

Update selected text:Use the Update selected text button to apply the current settings to any selected Text entities.

Units

The Units panel is allows you to set defaults for linear and angular unit measurements.

Note: You can override the default units using the Measurements toolbar to work in different units simultaneously.


The following image shows the Units panel of the Model Info dialog box on Microsoft Windows:

The following image shows the Units panel of the Model Info dialog box on Mac OS X:

Length Units

The Length Units section of the Units panel allows you to set the default units for your model.

Format:Use the Format drop-down menu to set the type of units displayed for measurements, dimensions, and within the Measurements toolbar. Architectural displays as feet and inches. Decimal displays decimal units, including inches, feet, millimeters, centimeters, and meters. Engineering displays feet and decimal units of feet, and fractional units display only fractional inches.

Note: Fractional units are primarily used by wood workers in the United States.

Precision:Use the Precision drop-down menu to set the precision for displaying units. Architectural unit precision can be set from 1" to 1/64". Decimal unit precision can be set in numbers of decimal places beyond zero for any of these units. SketchUp users working in Metric should use the decimal unit setting. Engineering unit precision can be set in decimal places beyond zero.

Enable length snapping: Use the Enable length snapping checkbox to snap lines and other entities to the specified sized increments. Length snaps can be overridden by entering exact values into the Measurements toolbar. Type the snap length in the text field to have SketchUp snap to specific increments when drawing.

Note: SketchUp does not have a grid snap option similar to other CAD applications.

Display units format: Use the Display units format checkbox to display unit markers, such as the double quotes (") for inches. This option is only available when the format is set to Decimal.

Force Display of 0":Use the Force display of 0" checkbox to display 0" in architectural units when there are no inches in the measurement. Ordinarily, inches would be suppressed in this case. For example, a measurement of three feet in length would read as 3'0" with this setting enabled.

Angle Units

The Angle Units portion of the Units panel allow you to define how units are displayed for angled measurements

Precision:Use the Precision drop-down list to set the use of decimal degree units to either a level of precision of 0 (no decimal places) or 0.0 (one decimal place) for greater accuracy.

Enable angle snapping:Use the Enable angle snapping checkbox to enable snapping to the specified increment while using the Protractor or Rotate tool. Move your cursor inside the protractor to snap to the specified increment while using these tools. You will see tick marks corresponding to your snap angle on the Protractor.

Snap angle:Use the Snap angle drop-down list to choose the snap increment for angular measurements and rotations.