How SketchUp has evolved in last 3 years?
Prabhat Ranjit Singh
Today, most of the firms in the AEC sector use AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit and ArchiCAD as their relevant software. The status that these programs have gained now makes them nearly synonymous to BIM and CAD. CAD and BIM are renowned to help in representing the physical and functional characters of any project digitally. Likewise, AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit and ArchiCAD are considered as one of the essential foundation of buildings and a shared knowledge resource to acquire information pertaining to any facility. Over the years, progressively, SketchUp, a 3D modeling software has accomplished the position from where it can claim itself as an antidote to the expensive and complicated CAD software.
Since the time, it first came into the market in August 2000; SketchUp has evolved as a great tool in the last decade or so. Developed as a 3D creation tool, today, SketchUp has an extensive range of application areas right from architecture, interior design to engineering (mechanical and civil). In recent times it involves film and game designs as well. If one considers the opportunity for outsourcing CAD and drafting services, the scope for 3D walkthroughs in SketchUp can also be immense. Several outsourcing companies, particularly in countries such as India, provide a host of 3D SketchUp modeling services.
SketchUp was born due to the growing need for an intuitive and accessible 3D modeling program by the design professionals. It was in the year 2000 that it was initially introduced by a tech company. It was originally developed as a general purpose 3D tool for content creation, and was conceptualized as a program that would let design professionals work freely and independently without the use of pen and paper. This provided the designers a feeling of freedom from the fetters of age old work methodology. This specific software was envisioned to simplify the workflow of designers, architects, builders, engineers and makers and to ensure that they would not be concerned about the interface and could focus on what could be created with it.
Many appreciated the launch of this software and this enabled the developer to place content created in SketchUp by individuals directly into Google Earth. To meet this end they collaborated with Google for developing a plug in for Google Earth. This also allowed people to geo-locate their SketchUp developed models in Google Earth. In 2006, Google bought the program as it was greatly impressed by its Google Maps plugin. In 2012, the software was acquired by another company and by this time it had about 2 million active users every week.
Over the years, as time has passed the software has undergone several changes and enhancements, but this has not influenced or hampered the core of the program. SketchUp scored above BIM only due to its ease and accessibility that remain the main elements of the program. Today, many institutes also conduct Sketchup training, CorelDraw Training classes as an attempt to educate the users about its usage. This software has proved to be a reliable and efficient guide for users who aren’t good at drawing or aren’t quite sure of the final look of their building.
Prabhat Singh heads XS CAD India’s Training and Recruitment Centre, one of the leading centres for SketchUp Training in Mumbai (http://www.xscadtraining.com/cad-training-courses/). He has been instrumental in leading the Training Centre for CorelDraw Training classes (http://www.xscadtraining.com/cad-training-courses/), conducted for students and working professionals.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Despite the hopes of many University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) students, The Onion was not named after their student center. “People always ask questions about where the name The Onion came from,” said President Sean Mills in an interview with David Shankbone, “and when I recently asked Tim Keck, who was one of the founders, he told me the name—I’ve never heard this story about ‘see you at the un-yun’—he said it was literally that his Uncle said he should call it The Onion when he saw him and Chris Johnson eating an onion sandwich. They had literally just cut up the onion and put it on bread.” According to Editorial Manager Chet Clem, their food budget was so low when they started the paper that they were down to white bread and onions.
Long before The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, Heck and Johnson envisioned a publication that would parody the news—and news reporting—when they were students at UW in 1988. Since its inception, The Onion has become a veritable news parody empire, with a print edition, a website that drew 5,000,000 unique visitors in the month of October, personal ads, a 24 hour news network, podcasts, and a recently launched world atlas called Our Dumb World. Al Gore and General Tommy Franks casually rattle off their favorite headlines (Gore’s was when The Onion reported he and Tipper were having the best sex of their lives after his 2000 Electoral College defeat). Many of their writers have gone on to wield great influence on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert‘s news parody shows.
And we are sorry to break the news to all you amateur headline writers: your submissions do not even get read.
Below is David Shankbone’s interview with Chet Clem and Sean Mills about the news empire that has become The Onion.
- 1 How The Onion writes an issue
- 2 The headlines
- 3 The features and the columnists
- 4 The photojournalism
- 5 What The Onion will not publish
- 6 Reactions to Onion stories
- 7 The Presidential Seal
- 8 The Onion’s readership
- 9 Future features
- 10 Handling national tragedies
- 11 The Onion movie and Onion News Network
- 12 Relationship with other satirical news programs
- 13 Unsolicited material
- 14 Source
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Once you get a chance to talk to West Palm Beach, Florida native Whitney Cunningham, who placed seventh on the eighth cycle of the popular reality TV series America’s Next Top Model, you begin to understand what host Tyra Banks meant when she described her as the “full package.”
First of all, she is confident and headstrong, which is a must on these kinds of shows, almost as much as it is to take a beautiful modelesque picture. Second, she turns that confidence into drive. She has been receiving steady work as a model since leaving the show, and still believes that her goal of being the first woman to wear a size ten dress on the cover of Vogue is in reach. Third, and probably most important to television viewers, she obliterates the age-old model stereotype that to be pretty and photograph well, one must also be vapid and without a thought. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Cunningham also dreams of becoming a writer, and is working toward dual goals: a model who can express herself like no other model before her.
Cunningham recently sat down with Wikinews reporter Mike Halterman in an impassioned interview, taking hours to field questions from the reporter as well as from fans of America’s Next Top Model. Always in high spirits, Cunningham shows that she is a distinct personality who has carved her own niche in the Top Model history books. At the same time, she exhibits a joie de vivre that is oddly reminiscent of earlier Top Model fan favorite Toccara Jones, who showed America just how to be “big, black, beautiful and loving it.” However, Cunningham is quick to remind everyone that she isn’t big at all; she is simply a regular woman.
This is the first in a series of interviews with America’s Next Top Model contestants. Interviews will be published sporadically.
- 1 Whitney’s beginnings, and looking back
- 2 Impact Top Model has on society
- 3 Whitney’s views on production and editing
- 4 Whitney takes more fan questions
- 5 Where Whitney is today
- 6 Source
Sunday, April 1, 2007
A magnitude 8.1 undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami that has killed at least fifteen people, including six children, in the Solomon Islands. Tsunami warnings have been issued for parts of Australia as well.
According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 8.0 quake struck Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 20:39:56 (UTC) about 45 km (25 mi) south-southeast of Gizo, New Georgia Islands, Solomon Islands, at a depth of 10 km.
- 1 ‘Disaster’ declared in the Solomons
- 2 Region on alert
- 3 Related news
- 4 Sources
Benefits and Recommendations for Physical Activity
Healthy persons as well as many persons with cardiovascular disease, including those with heart failure, can improve exercise performance with training. This improvement is the result of increased ability to use oxygen to derive energy for work. Exercise training increases maximum ventilatory oxygen uptake by increasing both maximum cardiac output (the volume of blood ejected by the heart per minute, which determines the amount of blood delivered to the exercising muscles) and the ability of muscles to extract and use oxygen from blood. Beneficial changes in hemodynamic, hormonal, metabolic, neurological, and respiratory function also occur with increased exercise capacity. These changes can also benefit persons with impaired left ventricular function, in whom most adaptations to exercise training appear to be peripheral and may occur with low-intensity exercise.
Exercise training results in decreased myocardial oxygen demands for the same level of external work performed, as demonstrated by a decrease in the product of heart rate systolic arterial blood pressure (an index of myocardial oxygen demand). These changes are also beneficial in persons with coronary artery disease, who after exercise training may attain a higher level of physical work before reaching the level of myocardial oxygen requirement that results in myocardial ischemia.
Exercise training favorably alters lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. The exercise-induced increase in high-density lipoproteins is strongly associated with changes in body weight, and greater increases in high-density lipoproteins have been found in women who exercise at higher levels of recreational running. Regular exercise in overweight women and men enhances the beneficial effect of a low-saturated fat and low-cholesterol diet on blood lipoprotein levels. Endurance training has effects on adipose tissue distribution, and the effect on adipose tissue distribution is likely to be important in reducing cardiovascular risk. Exercise training also has an important effect on insulin sensitivity, and intense endurance training has a highly significant salutary effect on fibrinogen levels of healthy older men. In addition, recent data support the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and certain neoplastic diseases, notably colon cancer.
Developing and maintaining aerobic endurance, joint flexibility, and muscle strength is important in a comprehensive exercise program, especially as people age. Elderly women and men show comparable improvement in exercise training, and adherence to training in the elderly is high. Resistance training exercise alone has only a modest effect on risk factors compared with aerobic endurance training, but it does aid carbohydrate metabolism through the development or maintenance of muscle mass and effects on basal metabolism. Furthermore, resistance training is currently recommended by most health promotion organizations for its effects on maintenance of strength, muscle mass, bone mineral density, functional capacity, and prevention and/or rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems (eg, low back pain). In the elderly, resistance training is both safe and beneficial in improving flexibility and quality of life. Persons with cardiovascular disease are usually asked to refrain from heavy lifting and forceful isometric exercises, but moderate-intensity dynamic strength training is safe and beneficial in persons at low risk.
Many activities of daily living require more arm work than leg work. Therefore, persons with coronary artery disease are advised to use their arms as well as their legs in exercise training. The arms respond like the legs to exercise training both quantitatively and qualitatively, although ventilatory oxygen uptake is less with arm ergometry. Although peak heart rates are similar with arm and leg exercise, heart rate and blood pressure response during arm exercise is higher than leg exercise at any submaximal work rate. Therefore, target heart rates are designated 10 beats per minute lower for arm training than for leg training. Dynamic arm ergometry is usually well tolerated by persons with coronary artery disease; however, there may be an increase in blood pressure that may be of concern in certain persons.
Maximum ventilatory oxygen uptake drops 5% to 15% per decade between the ages of 20 and 80, and a lifetime of dynamic exercise maintains an individual’s ventilatory oxygen uptake at a level higher than that expected for any given age. The rate of decline in oxygen uptake is directly related to maintenance of physical activity level, emphasizing the importance of physical activity.
Middle-aged men and women who work in physically demanding jobs or perform moderate to strenuous recreational activities have fewer manifestations of coronary artery disease than their less active peers. Meta-analysis studies of clinical trials reveal that medically prescribed and supervised exercise can reduce mortality rates of persons with coronary artery disease.
In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, both short-term exercise and long-term aerobic exercise training are associated with improvements in various indexes of psychological functioning. Cross-sectional studies reveal that, compared with sedentary individuals, active persons are more likely to be better adjusted, to perform better on tests of cognitive functioning, to exhibit reduced cardiovascular responses to stress, and to report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression. In one report69 persons who increased their activity levels between 1965 and 1974 were at no greater risk for depression than those individuals who were active all along; however, persons who were active and became inactive were 1.5 times as likely to become depressed by 1983 compared with those who maintained an active lifestyle.
Longitudinal studies have also documented significant improvement in psychological functioning. Exercise training reduces depression in healthy older men and in persons with cardiac disease or major depression. Exercise also improves self-confidence and self-esteem, attenuates cardiovascular and neurohumoral responses to mental stress, and reduces some type A behaviors. Although exercise training generally has not been found to improve cognitive performance, short bouts of exercise may have short-term facilitative effects.
Despite the positive physical and mental health benefits of exercise, long-term adherence to exercise programs remains problematic. It is estimated that only 50% of all persons who initiate an exercise program will continue the habit for more than 6 months.The issue of nonadherence is particularly important because exercise is only beneficial if it is maintained for extended periods of time. Thus, it is important to develop strategies to improve exercise initiation and adherence, especially for persons who are among the least active”some African-American women, the less educated, the obese, and the elderly.
Healthy persons as well as many persons with cardiovascular disease, including those with heart failure, can improve exercise performance with training. This improvement is the result of increased ability to use oxygen to derive energy for work. Despite the positive
physical and mental health benefits
of exercise, long-term adherence to exercise programs remains problematic.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Beginning Monday morning, many BlueFrog and Blue Security users began receiving an email warning them that if they did not remove their email addresses from the Blue Security registry, they would begin to receive huge amounts of unsolicited email. As quickly as four hours after the initial warning message, some users began to receive an unprecedented amount of spam. Most of the messages were simply useless text. Users reported that Blue Security’s website was unavailable or extremely slow in responding.
Blue Security is an online community dedicated to fighting spam. As they became more popular, their member list increased substantially. The members’ email address is encrypted and added to a list of e-mail addresses that wish to stop receiving spam. Blue Security maintains the encrypted list, which uses an encrypted hash function. Spammers are encouraged to remove all addressed from their email list that are also in Blue Security’s Do Not Intrude Registry by using free compliance tools available at Blue Security’s web site.
According to Blue Security’s web site, “A major spammer had started spamming our members with discouraging messages in an attempt to demoralize our community. This spammer is using mailing lists he already owns that may contain addresses of some community members.” Reportedly, Blue Security has received complaints from users about spam allegedly sent from Blue Security promoting their anti-spam solution and web site.
Blue Security states they are “an anti-spam company determined to fight spam and as such never has and never will send unsolicited email.” There are also reports of non-users of BlueSecurity/BlueFrog receiving the warning emails, which now seems is also being sent to email addresses of people who have never added their email address to Blue Security’s Do Not Intrude Registry.
Friday, November 3, 2006
On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.
For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Constable Douglas Scott, 20, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was shot to death late Monday night while answering a call about an impaired driver. The incident took place in the community of Kimmirut in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut.
Constable Scott, who had been on the job for six months, is the second northern Canadian RCMP officer killed on duty in just under a month. On October 6, Constable Christopher Worden was shot and killed while responding to a call in Hay River, in the Northwest Territories.
Scott is survived by his parents, Doug and Marla, as well as his siblings and grandparents. His parents live near Brockville, Ontario.
RCMP Commanding Officer “V” (Nunavut) Division Marty Cheliak expressed the police force’s shock and sadness at the shooting. “The death of any of our members is deeply felt, but when once again it occurs in one of our close-knit northern communities, the pain of that loss seems even greater,” said Cheliak in a statement. “Our hearts also go out to the community of Kimmirut and to everyone who knew Doug.”
Cheliak provided the following timeline of events:
- “At 10:56 p.m., Cst. Scott was called to respond to a complaint of a possible impaired driver.
- At 11:02 p.m. Cst. Scott radioed “V” (Nunavut) Division telecoms to say that he was following up on the call for service.
- Shortly thereafter, “V” Division telecoms attempted to contact Cst. Scott, but received no response.
- At 11:31 a second member from the detachment was advised by local residents that [the officer] had responded to a report of an impaired driver and that the driver had crashed into a residence. Upon arrival at the scene, it was found that [Constable Scott] had been shot.
- At 11:45 p.m. “V” division’s Emergency Response Team was mobilized.
||Constable Scott tragically lost his life while protecting the people of his community and will be remembered for his courage, bravery and dedication.
- At 11:56 p.m. it was confirmed that the suspect had entered his own residence.
- At 4:10 a.m. the suspect surrendered to police without incident and was taken into custody.”
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement on the death of Scott on Tuesday. “I wish to pay tribute to Constable Doug Scott, who died tragically in the line of duty in Kimmirut, Nunavut,” said Harper. “On behalf of Canadians, I extend my sincere sympathy to the family, friends and fellow colleagues of Constable Scott. We are forever grateful that young men and women like Constable Scott continue to respond to the call of duty often working under extreme circumstances, and in conditions of great danger.”
The suspect in the shooting, Pingoatuk (Ping) Kolola of Kimmirut, Nunavut, has since been transported via RCMP aircraft to Iqaluit where he remains in custody. He has been charged with first degree murder.
Submitted by: Sydni Craig-Hart
Content marketing has been the industry’s hottest buzz phrase for the past several years, but what does “content marketing” really mean?
In short, it refers to the creation and distribution of great content that is either written, visual, or audio. Sharing your brand’s message via content marketing could mean:
-Repurposing blogs into eBooks
-So much more!
Here are 7 best practices to keep in mind when focusing on content marketing.
1. Don’t forget about quality control
Content marketing is all about the quality of your content. Instead of churning out 7 so-so blog posts per week, it’s better to write 1 or 2 really stellar articles that offer value to the reader.
When you only publish top-notch content, it reinforces your stature and expertise in the reader’s mind, and makes them trust you enough to purchase your product or service.
2. Write for a specific person or target market
Once you understand the importance of quality in content marketing, you then must decide who you’re writing for.
Each blog post, video, or podcast you create should be targeting a specific member or members of your target market.
Remember, when you try to appeal to everyone, you end up appealing to no one!
3. Make your content matte
At this point, you have high-quality content that’s geared toward a specific group you’re targeting. So how can you further connect with your reader (or viewer) and keep them coming back for more?
Make sure the content matters to them. In other words, your content should solve a specific problem or address a particular pain point your target market is struggling with right now.
4. Stay up-to-date on industry trends
When you do a Google search, are you more likely to click on a result dated 2012 or 2014?
Make sure your content is not only recently published, but up-to-date on the latest trends and news in your industry. Fresh news and cutting-edge insights will make your website the go-to place for what matters most in your niche.
5. Get social
Make your content easy to share by adding calls to action (CTA) and social sharing icons on your blog posts, podcasts, and videos. In addition to built-in social buttons on your website, feel free to ask for social shares right within the content itself.
6. Make it easy to read
Think about the reader’s experience of consuming your content. What does the reader see, hear and feel when they come to your website? What do you want them to remember most about the time they spend with your brand?
Blogs that are easy to read and videos that render quickly and beautifully are far more likely to get shared and earn more followers.
7. Track your results
Following all of the above will mean nothing if you don’t track your results. Be sure to check your Google Analytics and see how each particular piece of content ranks.
If an article or topic drives more traffic and conversions than anything else, you may want to begin creating more and more of that type of content. After all, every click is your reader telling you exactly what they’d like to see more of on your site!
Will your next conversion masterpiece be in written, visual or audio format? You choose what is best for your audience. By doing more of what your audience loves, you will position your business as THE solution your audience needs. Implement the tips above and you will be well on your way to leveraging content marketing to create more revenue for your company.
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The time is 20:30 (UTC) on July 27th, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.
- 1 Headlines
- 1.1 Hamas denies that release of Israeli soldier is “imminent”
- 1.2 Current Israel Hezbollah conflict being compared with “Operation Grapes of Wrath”
- 1.3 In new video, Ayman al-Zawahiri warns that Israel will “pay the price” for attacking muslims, calls for holy war
- 1.4 Saddam Hussein to learn his fate in October
- 1.5 Obrador declares himself President, plans protests
- 1.6 Miner dies after being struck with hose in Central Western NSW
- 1.7 Tube train evacuated after a landslide in west London
- 1.8 Landis wins, then fails drug tests
- 2 Closing statements