SUFS Beginner: section cut, exporting animation


It’s me, the newbie, back again!
There are a couple of items that I am having a hard time figuring out how to do, and a general question I have.

First the general question:
I am using Sketch Up for Schools. I am able to find information on how to use the tools in regular sketch up, but is there somewhere that I can find how to do these items in SUFS. The set-up is different and for a number of tools it is different enough that i can’t find the tool in SUFS. Any suggestions would be helpful! I have looked at the SUFS page that describes how to use editing and creating tools, but it refers me to pages that show how to use the tools in regular SketchUp. I feel like I am missing something!

Now for the specific questions:

Is there a way to create the section cut in SUFS?

Is there a way to export animations from SUFS? I see how to set the scenes and play them, but can’t figure out how to export an avi.

Thanks for your help!

You can place section cuts. Use the tool as shown below.

No. At least not currently. Maybe some day.

Perhaps you could manage by doing a screen capture GIF while the scene animation is running.

Thank you DaveR!
I should have noticed that section cut icon.
And thanks for the work around for animations. I will give that a try and see how it goes. It is a great idea.

Hi @stacey.thomas

The tools in SketchUp for Schools all function the same way as they do in SketchUp Pro so any tutorial info you find for the native tools in Pro will still be relevant in the web version. However, there are a couple of tools that I like to point out to new users that are not always obvious to find but can provide a lot of help in mastering the basics.

The first is the Instructor Panel on the right hand menu bar. This Panel will give you step-by-step instructions as well as an animated GIF explaining the function of any tool you select from the toolbar. It will also point out the often-overlooked modifier keys that alter the function of many tools in SketchUp.

The second is the Search function on the left hand tool bar. This will allow you to search for tools by name or intended function. The search uses common CAD and design terms so even if you don’t know the name of a particular tool in SketchUp it will point you in the right direction based on what you are trying to achieve (i.e. searching “extrude” directs you to the Push/Pull and Follow Me tools).

Hope this helps!

Thank you Steve_Ketchup! This is very helpful.

Do you know if there is a list of tools that exist in SketchUp (regular) but not in SketchUp for Schools, e.g.: exporting an animation?

In response to your general question on how SfS tools work, I made this indexed video guide with each tool demonstrated for my students that don’t have the desktop version available.

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Wow. Thanks eric_westland! This is great!

You’re welcome, thanks for the note. I wish more teachers participated in these forums. They seem to be mostly tech admins trying to get help with licensing issues.

Feel free to spread the word. :slightly_smiling_face:


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