Methods of adding Extensions to SketchUp

SketchUp and Extension Warehouse both is making the work of drawing and 3D modeling easier with some added tools for the architects, interior designers, engineers etc.

About SketchUp

SketchUp or Google SketchUp is mainly a3D modeling computer program that is used for a broad range of drawing applications used by architects, interior designer, landscape architects, civil and mechanical engineers, film and video game designers also. SketchUp can be getting as a freeware version named SketchUp Make and a paid version with many more extra benefits called SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is software from Trimble Company and there is an online library of free model congregations and 3D Warehouse to which users can add other models; besides that, the program has drawing layout functionality with variable ‘styles’, supports third-party ‘plug-in’ programs hosted on the Extension Warehouse to supply other abilities and enables placement of its models in Google Earth.

As SketchUp users are most of architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers etc. who works hard to give a nice shape to our physical world, they need great tools to do the work. SketchUp is in mission to bring their best to produce some great tools for drawing as drawing is the key thing of the SketchUp users. They draw to search ideas, to identify the things and to show other people their work that they do with love and love to build; SketchUp understands it truly and trying to improve their software day by day.

About Extension Warehouse

It is an online resource with various plug-ins developed made especially for SketchUp and these extensions help to add some special tools and features to SketchUp. These extensions can be found for any particular application like drawing or 3D printing and some industry specified tools for architecture, interior design, construction and many more. So basically in this Extension Warehouse people can do the following things:

  • Users can search extensions by name or as per the functionality.

  • They can also install various extensions with a single click of a button.

  • Or users can also control all the extensions from easy-to-use location in the My Extension page.

Adding Extensions to SketchUp

From the above discussion it is clear that there is a good bonding between the Extension warehouse and Sketchup; so users can add an extension on their local copy of SketchUp by just only clicking on the Install button on the extension details page and the rest of work will done after that.

There are a few cautions that help to install this Extension Warehouse like:

  • Users have to entry the Extension Warehouse only from SketchUp and if it is accessed form a web browser then a Download button will be seen instead of Installation Button and users then need to install the downloaded .rbz file through SketchUp Preferences.

  • The good news is that this SketchUp is absolutely free so users can easily download and use them. In addition of that, developers can have the option of selling extensions for a one-time-free or can get a subscription. A trial extension is generally free to use for a limited time and sometime an extension can be purchased that need to buy from the developer’s website and install the extension manually.

Installing Extensions manually in SketchUp Preferences

While downloading an extension from the Extension Warehouse through a web browser or from a developer’s website it will come as an .rbz file that can be installed manually. Here are the steps to follow before installing:

  • At first go to SketchUp and select the Extension Manager Option form Window menu, after clicking on it the Extension Manager window appears.

  • Now click on the Install Extension button.

  • The Open Dialog box will appear where users can find the .rbz file, just save it to the computer, select the file and click OK in Microsoft Windows or Open in Mac OS X.

  • SketchUp will warn the users about installing only extensions from trusted sources just click OK option for further procedure and the extension will be installed.

Purchasing Extensions in the 3D Warehouse

Anyone can purchase an extension through signing in to the Extension Warehouse or through any browser or SketchUp; but it is essential to sign in to the Extension Warehouse through SketchUp before installing a trial version or buying an extension. Here are some needed steps that need to follow before a purchase:

  1. Go to the extension detail page and click the Purchase button.

  2. In the prompted option, users have to enter their billing and payment information, billing information will verify the credit card, the receipt is emailed to the email address that user uses to sign in to Extension Warehouse.

The following steps is needed to install a trial or purchased extension:

  1. Go to the SketchUp and select the Extension Warehouse from Windows and sign in to the Extension Warehouse.

  2. Now search for the extension that is needed or go to the extensions details page and click Install Trial option.

  3. Then go to the user menu and select the My Extensions option.

  4. The My Extension tab will open scroll down to the trial extension or the purchased extension to install and click on either the Install Trial or Install link. Click yes to install.

Finding an extension after installation

After installing an extension will appear on an Extension menu, select it from the menu to start using it.


Methods of adding Extensions to SketchUp

Published By
Arka Roy

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