• To print your model in Mac OS X, you can select File > Print, click the Print button, and your model prints using the existing settings. If you want to customize the paper size, scale, number of copies printed, print quality, and more, you need to choose your settings in the Page Setup, Document Setup, and Print dialog boxes first. The following sections help you wade through the options.

  • To create a professional document, entities need to be arranged and sized just right. To help you do that, LayOut includes several tools and features, including a grid, inference cues, and an Arrange menu. When you select an entity, its bounding box has tools for moving, rotating, and scaling the entity, or you can use the keyboard or the Measurements box to enter precise changes. See the following sections for details about nudging your entities into the right position.

  • Although documents tend to include more visual elements than text, you likely want a little text to add headings, bullet points, or other text to your document. In LayOut, you use the Text tool () to type text into a bounded or unbounded text box. Or you can import text that’s in a .txt or .rtf file. LayOut 2014 introduced Auto-Text, which can add your company name, the current date, or other predefined text anywhere you insert an Auto-Text tag.

  • Every once in a while, depending on your SketchUp and LayOut preferences or perhaps the capabilities of your computer, SketchUp model entities don’t display well or at all in the LayOut document area. In this article, you find details and solutions to the most common SketchUp model entity display issues.

  • Although LayOut enables you to edit view and style settings without switching back to SketchUp, LayOut doesn’t enable you to edit the actual model. For that, you must open the model file in SketchUp. When you need to edit the geometry or other SketchUp-only features, LayOut does make it easy to open a model in SketchUp and keep the updated SketchUp file synched with your LayOut document. Here’s a quick look at the ways LayOut helps you manage changes and updates to SketchUp models:

  • Want to make your LayOut document a little more well-rounded? Perhaps a circle or ellipse can help. LayOut has both a Circle tool () and Ellipse tool (), which you find on the default toolbar’s Circles menu or on the menu bar by choosing Tools > Circles and then selecting your desired tool.

  • When you first open LayOut, by default, you see two dialog boxes: Tip of the Day and Getting Started. Tip: If you like seeing the tips, you can click Next to browse through more of them. If you prefer to skip the tips, deselect the Show Tips on Startup checkbox to tell LayOut you’d rather not see this dialog box. When you’re done with the tips, click the Close button.