Using Google SketchUp with 3DSimED Tutorial

In this example I am going to resize an object from the rFactor Joesville Speedway track by using a combination of 3DSimED and Google SketchUp 3DSimED tutorial. In this example, I resize an object on the runway Joesville Speedway rFactor ….

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  1. Import JOESVILLE_SPEEDWAY.SCN.
  2. Use the Export->Export Textures to save the texture maps. I would use a completely new folder for this. When you are asked whether to ‘Rename Textures…’ answer ‘Yes’ (the yes is important). rFactor tracks have all their objects and textures packed into .MAS files. These objects and textures are extracted and placed in temporary folders when a .SCN is imported and the folder plus its contents are deleted when the .SCN is closed. The Export Textures function gave us a copy of all the textures used by the track.
  3. Use the Main->Save Materials function (the Main menu is accessed using the large 3DSimED button at the top left) to save the materials (to use same folder as the textures were exported to is fine). This is an important step.
  4. Google SketchUp cannot read .DDS files so use the Tools->Texture Browser->Batch Conversion command to convert all the .DDS files, exported above, to .PNG format and make sure they are written to the same folder as the .DDS files. When the scene is exported to SketchUp any textures with the .DDS extension will be renamed to .PNG.
  5. Use the Edit->Centre Objects function to make sure every object has its own coordinate system.
  6. Save the modified scene with Main->Save 3SE, I would suggest to the same folder as the textures. This step is not essential but it gives us a backup of the scene with the centred objects and new texture path.
  7. To export to Google SketchUp format use the Export->Google SketchUp command. When exporting the options should be set to ‘yes’ for all options: Soft & Smooth Edges; Exclude Sky Objects; and Hide Invisible Objects. Tip: if you think the Google SketchUp export is going to be used often then you could right-click on the button and add the command to the Quick Access Toolbar at the top of the ribbon and it will constantly be available. I export to a folder that is only used for SKP files exported from 3DSimED but, of course, it is entirely up to how you want to organize. One point worth mentioning is that you cannot overwrite a SketchUp drawing that is opened inside SketchUp.
  8. If SketchUp is not running, start it and with the File->Open command of SketchUp it should be possible to open the SKP exported from 3DSimED.
Download Using Google SketchUp with 3DSimED Tutorial pdf from www.sim-garage.co.uk, 2 pages, 7.92KB.
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