✱ Methodcast Quickie #13 - Getting 3d trees into FormZ from TreeSketch3 iPad App

✱ Methodcast Quickie #13 - Getting 3d trees into FormZ from TreeSketch3 iPad App

This is a fun one. There's a free app on Apple's App Store for iPad that's an amazing piece of code called TreeSketch3. It allows you to design your own 3d trees with an unbelievable amount of control. You then get to design the look of the tree even further by selecting your favorite bark and leaves and whether it has fruit or not, among other things. You have to play with it to believe it.

I wanted to figure out how to get those files into my architectural models inside my favorite 3d modeling program, formZ. I show you how to get them in the right way, and then I show you a couple of things you should do once they're in to make them display and render correctly in your scenes.

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✱ My 2d Drafting Software of Choice

There's been quite a bit of talk about moving on to BIM versus continuing to use AutoCad, Vectorworks, or other programs for production drawings of architectural projects. I thought I'd share what I use for CAD on my Mac (and Windows and Linux too if that's your thing) because unfortunately it's still a necessity to have something for basic CAD work. 

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Augmented Reality - Put the Project in Your Client's Hands

Augmented Reality (AR) has really grown since tablets and large screen devices have become ubiquitous. I’ve successfully use AR in interviews in concert with a plugin for SketchUp where the client holds a small platform in their hands and their building is “projected” onto the platform on the computer or projected screen. It’s fun to see the ‘holy crap’ moment when their eyes light up because they are virtually holding a small version of their project in their hands.

This new concept in the video takes it from a static model to an entirely new level. The ability to have animated entourage, wind patterns, shadows, and more is an amazing way to interact with architecture before it’s built.

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