Chapter 4. Working with Files

If I ask what the hard drive is full of, the correct answer would be files. The same could be said for the Internet. Files come is all sizes, formats, and styles, and the files for SketchUp are no different.

SketchUp files provide a way to save your work and share that work with other users. However, files in SketchUp are more than just the project file; a project may include texture files, component files, and imported assets.

This chapter is all about files, including how to create and share them, how to import and export them, and how to configure the all-important Auto Save feature. The most important piece of advice I have for files is "save early, save often." If you can follow this advice, then you won't be as frustrated when your system crashes and you lose a bunch of work.

Starting with a Template

When SketchUp starts, the first thing you see is the Welcome to SketchUp dialog box, shown in Figure 4.1. Using this dialog box, you can enter or view the license code, view a sample help video, or select a template. If you click on the Start using SketchUp button before selecting a template, a warning dialog box appears asking you to specify a template first.

From the Template Selection section in the Welcome to SketchUp dialog box are several different templates. Each of these templates defines the default ...

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