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SketchUp Plugins 2014

SketchUp Plugins 2014

SketchUp 2014 was released with various new features and offers infinite 3D models that are easier to find and use. Besides, users can avail a wide array of time-saving tools for documentation. The core tools of SketchUp that comprise of plugins, groups, components, the Ruby API, enables users to use the data embedded in models.

SketchUp plugins 2014 are user friendly and helps in simplifying the work procedure of designers, architects and other SketchUp users. The new, improved SketchUp 2014 comes with an enhanced 3D Warehouse, where if a user is looking for a “sofa”, h can find not less than 10,000 sofa models to select from. The new 3D Warehouse includes new upload options, increased file size limits, and a refreshed UI. The new SketchUp Pro is considered as a highly capable and inclusive information modeler.

For better SketchUp Plugin compatibility, the API has been brought up to Ruby 2.0 standards that help developers by offering a platform to create new SketchUp tools. The plugins that might not work in SketchUp 2014 have been updated to be compatible with 2014. It is suggested that the below mentioned steps are followed while upgrading to SketchUp 2014 from previous versions to ensure high quality results:

  • Installing 2014 compatible extension via extension warehouse.
  • Installing 2014 non-compatible extension via extension warehouse.
  • Installing via SU preferences (for rbz files which are found outside of extension warehouse).
  • Finding out if there are any 2014 updates to the extensions.
  • Moving an installed extension from an older version of SketchUp manually, if no .rbz is available. This is not a much preferred method and should be avoided if possible.

It is important to check out the Extension Warehouse and ensure if the most preferred plugin is already compatible to SketchUp 2014. Extensions in the “My Extensions” page are grouped with 2014 compatible extensions together at the top of the installed plugins list. User can also install all the 2014 compatible plugins with the “Install All” button. Individual plugin pages also show if that plugin is 2014 compatible. User should be careful not to transfer outdated and unused plugins and not to overwrite plugins that are already installed via the Extension Warehouse.

It is possible that user might have to open SketchUp after copying each plugin to ensure that the plugin does not cause any Load Errors on startup. In case a plugin causes Load Errors while SketchUp is starting, it is required to contact the plugin developer for additional assistance. Some of the major new and improved SketchUp plugins 2014 are listed below:

Shortcutter Beta v0.3.1: Shortcutter for SketchUp is a simple utility that displays all the assigned shortcuts of the user in a nice web dialog. It includes Modifier Keys that are are color coded for easy identification. Version 0.3.1 fixes several MAC issues. It is important to note Shortcutter requires SketchUcation Tools to run as its addon. When it is first installed, the SketchUp must be restarted, and the user should also be on-line to use it, because it uses files hosted on SketchUcation to display the UI. It is currently SU8, SU2013 and SU2014 compatible.

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GKWare Door Maker Free / Pro v1.0.24: This plugin creates Cabinet doors for all types of cabinets of any reasonable size in a variety of styles and textures. The new Door Maker Pro adds 4 more Styles, user definable profiles and door handles. There are 7 styles available that are plain, shaker, square, arch, cathedral, double arch and double cathedral. The Pro version adds 4 more styles of multi panel doors which are square square, arch square, cathedral square and three panel square. And about 15 wood grain textures to select from. Adding additional textures is also possible. Besides, the new Door Maker Pro supports user definable profiles. Available in different languages like English, French, Russian, Chinese(traditional), Chinese (simplified), Spanish, Italian and German, the plugin is compatible to Mac OS X, Windows, SU 7, SU 8, SU 2013, SU 2014.

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S4u ScaleTool v2.0.0: With S4u ScaleTool user can select groups or components for scale or push/pull dimension(x,y,z axis). Scale Fix dimension(x,y,z axis) and resetting scale is also possible.

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Add Layer v1.1.0: Add Layer plugin is available with a new feature that modifies layers. Use can add a new layer and select its behavior. Add Layer brings up a dialog to let you select the name and visibility of the new Layer. User must press Apply or else no changes to the selected Layer will be made. The dialog is not updated to reflect the selected Layer’s properties.

CL3VER v2.0.0: CL3VER is the first web-based platform that enables architects, 3D designers, visualization studios and agencies to develop interactive 3D presentations that works in the browser without the need to install or maintain any software. This plugin can be used for the everyday customer speak to allow them to see buildings, products, and any 3D project from different angles, inside or outside, and view and compare alternative designs.

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SightSpace View v1.2: It is possible to turn any SketchUp model into a mobile Augmented Reality experience with SightSpace View.

Comments vv1.5.2: With the Comments plugin, users can add comments to their file. The users must open a window which allows them to add text including comments, history, etc. to their file. Besides, users can link a comment to a scene: when clicking on a scene, the tab linked appears. The plugin comes with translation in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German. Other languages can also be added if required.

Polyhedra v1.12: Polyhedra plugin helps to draw the five regular Platonic Solids, with size specified either as the length of a side, or the radius (of a circumscribed sphere). With Right-click/Edit [Shape] the size can be changed. User can also delete and redraw to change between side and radius for size. The plugin works with parametric.rb (included in .rbz file).

SU Draw Parametric Shapes v2.1: This plugin enables Sketchup users to draw and subsequently edit a range of common geometric shapes by specifying in a dialogue box their size and (where relevant) the number of segments to use when drawing shapes based on circles, polygons, or helix.

Layers Panel v1.0.6: Designed to be very similar to Photoshop’s layers panel, this plugin adds the ability to group layers, sort them, hide/collapse groups, lock them, and choose layers to render. Layers Panel replaces SketchUp’s layers window and reproduces every feature of it, except layer colors.

SketchUcation Plugin Store v2.6.0: With this plugin user can find, AutoInstall, manage plugins & extensions, all inside SketchUp. It also helps to access over 800 Plugins.

Super Drape v3.2: This plugin helps to drape one group onto another group, and copy materials from within the 1st group into the 2nd group.

3DArcStudio Tree Maker v1.06.04: Creating Sketchup 3D Trees and Plants is easy and simple with this SketchUp plugin. Besides, it also includes predifined tree templates and with all parameters customizable.

LaunchUp v1.1.4: LaunchUp offers a quick launcher to search and execute features of SketchUp, including plugins that have been installed.

3D Print Service v2.0.0: Uploading models to i.Materialise and getting it printed in a range of colours and materials is easy with this plugin.

MITSUBA Render Exporter v1.2.9 (20140330): User can now export tool from SketchUp to Mitsuba render. It is important to note that this plugin works only with Mitsuba render.

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2D Tools v6.3: The 2D Tools is a broad suite of drawing tools/editing for working in ‘2D’ which is now compatible with MAC. 2D Tools works with deBabelizer.rb which is auto-installed.

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Face2Frame v4: Creates stud wall from a face with added options for displaying graphical and statistical elements.

Rotated Box v1.2.2: Create a box in four clicks and define its rotation.

Generate Ceiling Grid v7: Generate Ceiling Grid plugin supports developing a suspended ceiling “T” grid and tiles.





Tips to Install Plugins for SketchUp

Tips to Install Plugins for SketchUp

If you want to enhance the functionality of the SketchUp, then get downloading plugins! Plugins, also called ‘Ruby Scripts’, are the part of ruby code. Keep in mind their purpose. You will have to first decide on which plugins you want to download and integrate with SketchUp. After choosing the right plugin, go to the relevant web page for that particular plugin to download it.

On every plugin page, there is a link to download the plugin, for example: ‘To Download the file Click Here’. There will be a .rb file, and by right clicking on it you will get the message ‘Save Link As’ or ‘Save Target As’. This message is for saving the plugin to your computer. After saving the file, name the file in the ‘Save’ menu. You may change the name of the plugin according to your wish. But never change the extension which is .rb for all SketchUp plugins.

You can find the default location of the Plugins folder on a Windows computer by double-clicking “My Computer” and choosing “Local Disk,” “Program Files,” “Google,” “Google SketchUp 7” and “Plugins.”
The default location of the folder on a Mac can be found by clicking “Macintosh HD,” “Library,” “Application Support,” “Google SketchUp 7” and “SketchUp.”

For SketchUp 6 and higher on PCs, the path will be something like:
C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp 6\Plugins\
(replace the ‘6’ with the corresponding version of SketchUp you are using)

For SketchUp 6 and higher on Macs, the path will be something like:
Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 6/SketchUp/
(replace the ‘6’ with the corresponding version of SketchUp you are using)

After saving the file to your computer move that file into the SketchUp Plugins folder. Once the script is saved in the correct location, it will load automatically the next time you start SketchUp.

TIP: When downloading a plugin .zip file, save it to your Desktop or My Documents folder, or another convenient location.  Then open the .zip file and drag the entire contents to your Plugins folder.  The reason for this is that .zip files often have subfolders which are essential for the plugins to work correctly.

After completing the installation, click on ‘Plugins’ or the ‘Tool’ menu to locate and use your plugins in SketchUp. Many SketchUp plugin developers prefer to put their plugins into the Tools ‘Menu’ instead of ‘Plugins’ menu like Joint Push Pull, Make Faces and many other Plugins. So you have to check all the menus to find out the new features. You will find some plugins like PageExIm.rb in the ‘View’ menu. Sometimes you have to activate them under ‘Window’ then ’Preferences’ and finally ‘Extensions’.

To discover which ‘Menu’ the plugin may appear in, you have to open the zipped .rb script file you downloaded. There usually is an extra file with the description of it and installation instructions (sometimes even a pdf!) which some plugin developers include.


Elements of a Cost Estimate

Elements of a Cost Estimate

The foundation for a successful estimate depends on authentic takeoff of the quantities of the various materials involved in the project. The various elements that lead to an effective cost estimate are as:

Labor Hours: Labor hour amounts can be prepared by crew analysis or applied on a unit man-hour basis. The use of a labor dollar per unit of work is only applicable when the cost history supports the data that is being used. The estimator should make allowance for the varying production capability that occurs on the basis of the complexity of a project.

Labor Rates: The labor rate or wage is the cost per hour for the craftsmen on the project. To determine any craft rate, whether union or open shop, the estimator should start with the basic wages and fringe benefits. The estimator should include payroll burdens to the wages and fringe benefits. These are FICA (Social Security), SUI (State Unemployment Insurance), FUI (Federal Unemployment Insurance), WC (Worker Compensation) and others mandated by legislation and/or company operations. These burdens, along with the base wages and fringe benefits, determine the hourly cost of a craft classification which includes carpenter, pipefitter, etc.

The hourly rate can also include an amalgamated crew where different crafts are required for the performance of the work. Overtime or the lack of overtime is another factor that determines the calculation of the hourly rates. A project that is scheduled for completion using a forty hour work week will have a modest amount of overtime costs needed in the estimate. A project that is scheduled for extended 50, 60 or 70 hour work weeks will have a substantial amount included for overtime and loss of productivity.

Material Prices: Material prices fluctuate up and down every now and then and it is important that the estimator understands as well as anticipates the frequency and extent of the price variations and the timing of the buying cycle. Material prices can be affected by:

  • Purchase at a peak or dropping time of the year for the manufacturer
  • Availability of material
  • The size of the order
  • The delivery timeframe requirement
  • Physical requirements for delivery, such as distance, road size, or site access
  • Payment terms and history on previous purchases
  • Sole-source items
  • Exchange rates (if the material need to be imported into the U.S.)

Equipment Costs: Equipment rates depend on the project conditions to decide on the accurate size or capacity of equipment necessary to execute the work. When interfacing with other equipment, cycle times and equipment capacity control the costs on the project. Costs also vary if the equipment is owned by the contractor and not rented.

Subcontractor Quotes: A subcontractor quote, like the general estimate, contains labor, material, equipment, indirect costs, and profit. It is dependent upon having the quantities, labor hours, hourly rate, etc., developed in an authentic way just like any other part of an estimate. The amount of the subcontractor quote is also depends on the payment terms of the contract, and previous payment history between the subcontractor and general contractor. It is significant to consider the bonding costs.

Indirect Costs: Indirect costs consist of labor, material, and equipment items that are necessary to support the overall project.

For the owner: Design fees, permits, land acquisition costs, legal fees, administration costs, etc.

For the contractor and subcontractor: Mobilization, staffing, on-site job office, temporary construction, temporary heat/cooling, and temporary utilities, equipment, small tools and consumables, etc.

Profit Amount: Appropriate or contracted profit rate should be applied uniformly to all contractors and to original bid and change orders.