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10 must-have SketchUp plug-ins

10 must-have SketchUp plug-ins
Google has always prided itself on the simplicity of SketchUp’s toolset. In fact, the last new tool to be introduced to the standard set was the Follow Me tool, which came in with version 4.0 (we’re now on 7.0) and added the capability to extrude profiles along paths. But version 4.0 also saw the introduction of the Ruby scripting interface. This enabled anyone with scripting skills to write plug-ins for SketchUp to extend its core functionality, and that’s exactly what users did – in their thousands. We’ve sifted through the add-ons currently available to bring you our list of the 10 most vital plug-ins. Some of these plug-ins automate tasks that would take a fair bit of planning and desk time, while others add capabilities that would simply not be achievable using the base toolbox. 01. SketchUp is founded on its Push/Pull tool, which enables you to easily extrude planes into volumes. 02. Its Sandbox tools notwithstanding, SketchUp doesn’t do organic curved shapes particularly well. Related:  Extensions SketchUpplugin

Visual Algorithmic Design for Design Applications (A Rant] Dear Fellow SketchUppersthere has been recently a flurry of conversations around visual-algorithmic design (viewtopic.php?f=72&t=11030), in other words, tools that provide a 'proto-typical' end-user the ability to enhance an application in a somewhat easy straight forward way. The concept of end-user programmability, to create a new software application using for instance some form of diagrammatic, graphical environment is certainly not new: ... nor are end-user development applications tools, some of which even cater to and some are more 'serious': Herein are some of the most well known examples in each category:A. C. Please kindly let me know what you think. Cheers, - Diego -

Kitchen design plugin released! It’s finally here! After years of development, testing, and more testing the SketchThis Kitchen Design Plugin is finally ready for public consumption. If you need to design kitchens, and you’ve been stuck with slow, outdated, expensive design software, today is great day for you. Even with Sketchup’s meteoric rise as one of the most popular and easiest to use 3D modeling tools, there’s never been a dedicated plugin to make designing kitchens so fast and easy… Until now… This plugin features an incredibly flexible library of Dynamic Components built by kitchen designers, for kitchen designers. Speaking of the cloud, every aspect of this plugin is hosted in the cloud. The plugin runs on any version of Sketchup 8 or later.

WWX Mortise & Tenon Plugin for Sketchup - wudworx WWX M&T plugin for Sketchup version 7, 8, and 2013 (tested with version 7+, 8+ and 2013 on windows,mac, and linux) for automating Mortise and Tenon creation in models. This plugin simplifies and quickens the creation of Mortise and Tenon joinery in your models by completely automating their creation. The M&T plugin takes 3 parameters which set the Tenon Depth, Tenon offset (Tenon shoulders), and an extra depth for the Mortise to account for excess glue. For a more in-depth tutorial on using the plugin, check out the WWX M&T Tutorial page which also explains how to install it. Current version 1.0 will do standard centered M&T, either hidden or through, but not offset, haunched, or elaborate joints - in those cases, you could use the plugin as is to set your base joint, and manually tweak them to your likings, which can still save on time and efforts as the basic geometry is created automatically on both parts.

CAD addict: SketchUp: List of Plugins If you are new to Ruby Scripts, check this post on How to Install SketchUp Plugins. There are other online resources to find Ruby scripts online. Some of the best online libraries where you can find and download SU Plugins are, as far as I know: Anki - friendly, intelligent flashcards SketchUp 3D Challenge BuildEdge 30-DAY Moneyback GUARANTEE All we ever wanted was a way to model a building without huge complicated CAD software. So we created BuildEdge PLAN. With BuildEdge PLAN, you can be drawing parametrically connected models of buildings in a mater of minutes! Purchase BuildEdge PLAN and experience the best solution for generating structures in SketchUp. BuildEdge PLAN Key Features

Plugins SketchUp Sommaire Vous pensez avoir fait le tour de SketchUp ? Vous trouvez ses capacités limitées ? Vous vous demandez comment font ces utilisateurs qui réalisent des modèles 3D époustouflants ? Il est temps de faire appel aux plugins SketchUp mais d’abord… C’est quoi un plugin Les plugins SketchUp, développés pour la plupart en langage de programmation Ruby, sont des petits programmes, des scripts, qui viennent se greffer sur SketchUp. en automatisant des tâches répétitivesen permettant des opérations complexes qu’il serait quasiment impossible à réaliser manuellement avec les outils d’origine de SketchUp.en permettant les échanges avec d’autres logiciels de CAO ou d’image de synthèse. SketchUp 2014 et l’évolution du langage de programmation Ruby 2.0 L’API de SketchUp 2014 utilise le nouveau langage Ruby 2.0 – Cette évolution élargit sensiblement les domaines de développement des plugins SketchUp. Ce changement peut cependant rendre inutilisables de nombreux plugins anciens ou « bricolés ».

SketchUp to LayOut Book 25 Essential Web Tools for Incoming College Freshmen | How To E-D-U Starting college can be a bit overwhelming at the outset. There is so much to get used to. And it can be difficult to navigate the best prices and figure out where to go to find out what you need. The good news is that there are a number of resources and tools available online for students. If you are an incoming freshman, here are 25 essential web tools to help you start off on the right foot: Cheap Textbooks There are few things in college life as disappointing as seeing how much a textbook costs. This is an interesting web site that provides textbook rentals. * It is also worth noting that some universities and colleges have their own online textbook exchanges and listings. Finding an Apartment or Roommate Sometimes, freshman come to school hoping to find a cheap apartment, or look for a roommate. Campus Roommates: This site helps students find roommates near campus. Class and Professor Reviews Student Organization and Study Aids CollegeRuled: This is a great scheduling tool.

A conversation with Allied Works Allied Works is an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice that operates from offices in New York City and Portland, Oregon. Founded by Brad Cloepfil in 1994, the practice has been defined by a deep concern for the landscape, human experience, and craft, as well as the preservation and enhancement of the public realm.The firm drew widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking design for Wieden+Kennedy's world headquarters in Portland's Pearl District in 2000. The firm continues to draw in big-name clients, having most recently completed a new feature animation facility for one of the country's leading moviemakers and the much-anticipated Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado. We spoke at length with Brent Linden, the Director of Allied Works’ NYC office, about the firm’s work, its creative process, and its use of SketchUp Pro. concrete and light in three dimensions; construction photo intersection of earth and sky; physical model, charcoal and resin Are you serious? Almost.

Hors serie : Plugins - WiP Sketchup est, à la base, un programme simple, voir simpliste diront certains (les pauvres…). Néanmoins cette simplicité n'est qu'apparente, car le logiciel offre la possibilité (à quelques initiés) de créer de nouveaux outils, de mettre en place de nouvelles fonctions. Un certains nombre de gentils geeks et de chercheurs farfelus passent donc leurs journées (et sans doute une partie de leurs nuits...) à coder pour le bien de l'humanité, et il en ressort ce que l'on appelle des Scripts Ruby. Ces petits bouts de textes, ne pesant quasiment rien (quelques Ko tout au plus) s'ajoutent dans le dossier plugin de Sketchup et donnent accès à de nouvelles fonctions au sein du programme. Malgré l'aspect génialissime de certains outils, ces scripts restent globalement confidentiels, confinés dans des forums spécialisés, que le commun des architectes n'a que peu de chances de fréquenter par accident. - Symétrie de la sélection - TIG - Purger - Matt666 - Compo Spray - D. - Grey Scale - J.Foltz - RoundEdge

[Plugin Library] LibFredo6 - v4.6e - 03 Oct 12 Please Upgrade to LibFredo6 5.8 or above if you run Sketchup 2014. All my scripts work with SU 2014 (and SU6, SU7, SU8, SU13). VERY IMPORTANT: If you use 000_AdditionalPluginFolders, please upgrade to AdditionalPluginFolders version 4.2. LibFredo6 is a shared library used by some of my plugins. You need to install it and respect the versions required by the Plugins, the higher, the better. IMPORTANT: if you just install LibFredo6 without any of the plugins above, you will see no new toolbar in Sketchup but an entry "LibFredo6 Settings.." in the Windows menu. I also suggest that you install AdditionalPluginFolders to have more control on errors when Sketchup loads plugins (or if you wish to put plugins in an alternate directory). LibFredo6 User Manual - English - v5.2.pdf The translated manuals below are also available, but not yet updated for the new naming conventions. LibFredo6 Manual Utilisateur - French - v4.0.pdf (Thanks to Jean Franco for Translation)[/size] (Thanks to guanjin) Fredo6_!

FredoScale 2.2a - 24 Jul 11 With FredoScale you can orientate the selection box around a set of objects and interactively apply a number of geometric transformations, such as Scaling, Tapering, Stretching, Plane Shear, Twisting, Bending and Rotation. By extension, some transformation can be done without a selection box. FredoScale%202.jpg FredoScale User Manual - English - v2.5 - 01 Sep 13.pdf FredoScale User Manual - French - v2.5 - 01 Sep 13.pdf SU Version: SU6 and aboveLanguage: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German (thanks to all kind translators)Menus: by default, it is installed in Tools > Fredo6 Collection > FredoScaleIcon toolbar: by Default ‘FredoScale’. many icons are available, but you can configure which ones to display (menu Default Parameters…)The plugin is free, for private and commercial usage. Whatever way you install, you must end up with the following footprint: FredoScale footprint.png CAUTION: NEVER rename or move files from their folders.