March 02, 2012

Virtually at the Vic

ELMO changes his viewpoint on Victoria Park



Recently I was doing some picture research on Google (for this month's 'turnstiles' cartoon, if you were wondering), and I came across a 3-d computer-drawn view of Victoria Park.





Now this is a picture of a computer model, made in a free-to-download program from Google, called SketchUp, which is very good for making such things (as well as kitchen planning!). But the program also allows you to move around the model and view it from any direction, as well as editing any of it to correct any errors and omissions."you're only limited by your time, you patience, and your computer's memory, but it's all pretty good for nowt"

So if anyone is stuck for a few hours for something to do, you could do worse than play with this. Just download the free version of SketchUp at http://sketchup.google.com/ and install it. Then select 'File / 3d Warehouse / Get Models' and Type 'Hartlepool' into the search box, and that will come up with a model of the Vic, and some models of other properties, most of which are in the Owton Manor area. Select one and it will open.


You can learn how to draw new models of almost anything with SketchUp  from the comprehensive support documentation (and it's so good that architects and engineers use it), but to start with, just viewing models from different viewpoints requires only a few controls, the pan, zoom and rotate tools. When you find a view you like, you can then make a picture file of that view.

There are 3-d models available of all sorts, people, vehicles etc., which can be dropped into your model, and you're only limited by your time, you patience, and your computer's memory, but it's all pretty good for nowt.