I think I’m going to retreat into my corner on this one … it’s amplifying far more than I ever thought or intended.
I know we’re in 3D and not 2D, and that alignment of objects is different because we’re working in more than 2 directions. That is very clear, and that’s the beauty of SketchUp that makes it so outstanding. My very first “project” was designing a lightproof cube that I currently use in my darkroom to dry the screens for my screen printing business. I’m looking at it from all angles, and from both sides of the front door. I could not have done it in a regular 2D drawing program. I totally get it. I’ve worked on a household invention (good for contractors), and I’m currently working on a set of stairs that will make it easier to get from my basement into a parking area where the ground is not level. I’m looking from both sides, from the front, and from underneath.
I was asking about nothing more than can be seen in the extension “2DXY SlickMoves” (developed by Barry Milliken). You select several objects, and it lines them up by one edge. Then, if you rotate the drawing, you can align them on another dimension. It’s very fast, works beautifully, and has the elements of other software that have become automatic to use. Unfortunately, there is currently a problem with the installation of that extension. I know I can accomplish the same tasks (as I have been) with more analytical thought and the use of the tools that are available. I have enjoyed the challenge of making software do what I have in mind by using techniques that aren’t always so obvious, and that show me I understand the logic a program is using.
It is evident that some people in the forum are super-advanced with years of experience, as opposed to an enthusiastic beginner like myself who has used other (and more familiar) software for years and years.
I’ll look at the pointers you all have given.
In the meantime – nothing to do with this forum – I do wish Trimble would call back and address an installation problem. I was lucky enough to receive one e-mail communication with instructions that did not work, even when followed to the letter. I did pay full price, and need maybe 5 minutes of time. But that’s an entirely different issue.
Thanks to all.