VR Sketch – A new wing has been added to extension warehouse

Maciej F is the developer of the newest sketchup plugin alias VR Sketch. It is well matched with sketchup 2017 and sketchup 2018. It is only compatible with windows platform.

It can be used for editing and visualizing architectural models from SketchUp in virtual reality. HTC Vive with SteamVR installed should be necessary for present setup.-

The trial version of the plugin functions for 2 weeks. After that a paid version is required with free access for 2 weeks.

The current version allows the users to view and edit directly in VR and the users can use it to deal with large models. The link from SketchUp files is instant and it is possible to edit both on the monitor and in the VR simultaneously.

The present version is not intended for photo realism and rather features on having a cartoonish but well performing mode that allows you to edit SketchUp files 100s of megabytes in size.

To get more information, go through the following link vrsketch.eu

Go through the following sketchup video tutorial to learn how does it function.

Video Source VR Sketch

VR Sketch – A new wing has been added to extension warehouse

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How to speed up your modeling in sketchup with v-ray proxies

In this sketchup v-ray video tutorial, you will learn how to use v-ray proxies in skethup models to produce superior quality renderings with high polygon models.

Rendering in sketchup becomes complicated since sketchup can’t deal with high polygon models. So, if there are more faces and geometries in the model, the modeling process become slower since sketchup does not handle all the geometries efficiently.

With high polygon, high detail model inside your sketchup model, it becomes difficult to produce realistic rendering. But v-ray contains a tool known as proxies that facilitates to export the objects out of your model and substitute them with a low polygon preview model.

When rendering starts, v-ray will reference those files called meshes externally devoid of showing them in your model.

To learn the detail process, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source The Rendering Essentials

How to speed up your modeling in sketchup with v-ray proxies

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CutList Bridge 4.4 is available in extension warehouse

Joe Zeh has developed CutList Bridge 4.4. This newest sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This sketchup ruby extension can be used to export a cut list to Excel, OpenOffice Calc and CutList Plus fx.

It expands the characteristics of components to contain such things as the material type employed in its milling, the species or material name, re-sized dimensions, shop method tags, the sub-assembly to which it belongs and lots other.

These attributes are connected to the component and preserved in the model file. The user can export these characteristics to either a .cwx or .csv file. CWX files are opened in CutList Plus fx Gold or Platinum editions with simple clicks on the .cwx file(needs version 12.3 or higher).

CSV files are imported to CutList Plus fx (applying a Parts import Wizard), Microsoft Excel, Open/Office Calc or any spread sheet application that supports CSV importing. All of these applications will generate a cut list but CutList Plus fx will also generate a materials list, optimized cutting diagrams, inventory control and project costing.

The most vital feature of CutList Bridge is that it preserves all components’ material and milling attributes in the SketchUp model file.

The user should retain only one file of a design and doesn’t require for synchronizing other files when modifications to design are done. The CWX, CSV, CutList Plus fx, Excel or OpenOffice Calc files are reproduced with just four mouse click

For online demonstration, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source Joe Zeh
CutList Bridge 4.4 is available in extension warehouse
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http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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2018 BiMUp 5D for SketchUp – The newest sketchup extension

2018 BiMUp 5D for SketchUp is useful sketchup plugin that can be applied for quantity takeoff with reporting from sketchup models.

This newest sketchup pluign is compatible with SketchUp 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017 FREE, MAKE, PRO and 2018 PRO.

The plugin conducts the Quantity Takeoff (QTO) = Bill of Materials (BOM) in US or Bill of Quantities (BOQ) in EU – All in a single mouse click and at any design phase.

It is possible to accomplish complicated calculations with formulas and generate as many reports as necessary with custom-made templates:

• Count of Groups, Components, DCs
• Length, Width/Depth and Height Calculation (any element – beams, columns, windows, doors etc.)
• Area Calculation (room/floor, cladding, roof tiles, intumescent paint, soft or hard landscape etc.)
• Volume Calculation (concrete, insulation – can be converted to packs etc.)
• Weight Calculation based on volume or length (steel, stone etc.)
• Conversion of Volume (to bricks or blocks etc.)
• Windows schedule
• Doors schedule
• Extra Information can be embedded (manufacturer, specification, contact details, location within building etc.)
• Labour and contingency can be added
• Price and Taxes can be added

BiMUp 5D facilitates the users to Enrich/Embed the Data behind any SketchUp 3D models with the inclusion of necessary component specific information as follow:

• Manufacturer
• Links to your or Manufacturer website
• Product information
• Links to product information website
• Specification
• Links to product specification website
• Special requirements in relation to installation or maintenance
• Links to special requirements in relation to installation or maintenance website
• Contact details
• Location within building

It uniformly place two or more selected components.

BiMUp 5D will generate Adobe .PDF or MS Excel .CSV file with information related to 3D model.

The users can get this extension from extension warehouse extensions.sketchup.com

2018 BiMUp 5D for SketchUp – The newest sketchup extension

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Arka Roy
http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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How to space out objects instantly in your sketchup models with Curic Align & Curic Space extensions

This is another nice presentation by the renowned sketchup tutor, Justin Geis. In this tutorial, Justin shows some useful guidelines to utilize the sketchup extensions Curic Align and Curic Space to instantly space out different objects in your sketchup models.

The tricks will be helpful while arranging the objects on shelves and other regions where spacing of several copies of the similar objects is required.

Curic Align is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It offers the following functionalities :-

a. Align objects with the faces/axes of BoundingBox (Left – Center – Right).
b. Align to edge, face, section plane.
c. Ctrl = copy
d. Shift = Move from point to plane

Curic Align is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018. It offers the following functionalities :-

It uniformly place two or more selected components.

Both the extensions are accessible from extension warehouse.

To learn how different objects are spaced within your sketchup models, go through the following video tutorial.

Video Source TheSketchUpEssentials

How to space out objects instantly in your sketchup models with Curic Align & Curic Space extensions

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http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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SketchUp to Sketchfab.com Uploader (2.5.1)

SketchUp to Sketchfab.com Uploader is the newest sketchup extension developed Alex Schreyer. This plugin allows the users to distribute interactive 3D content from sketchup on the web devoid of installing a browser plugin.

It is compatible with SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

The users will be able to uload their SketchUp models to the 3D (WebGL) viewing, rendering, and sharing website Sketchfab. Sketchfab is a very user-friendly website that allows anyone to upload 3D models, demonstrate them with WebGL, and allocate them with the globe.

After being installed, the extension includes a menu item “Upload to Sketchfab” to the File menu in SketchUp. Prior to upload any model, just make registration on Sketchfab’s website and obtain a “secret API token” that connects the uploads to your account. You will get that token on your personal account settings page once registration is completed.

As soon as the model is uploaded, it is possible to edit parameters and materials, grab a thumbnail or modity the default view on the Sketchfab website.

Application: Go to File > Upload to Sketchfab > Upload Model and transmit your complete model (or only the selected objects) to the cloud. Ensure you have first obtained your API token from the Sketchfab website. It is required to paste that token into the uploader dialog.

This sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse (extensions.sketchup.com)

SketchUp to Sketchfab.com Uploader (2.5.1)

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3D Text Editor – The newest sketchup extension

SketchUp does not contain a command for editing of subsisting 3-D text smoothly.

Thomas Thomassen has developed 3D Text Editor, an exclusive sketchup plugin that can be used to generate and alter 3D text geometry.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017 and SketchUp 2018.

This extension facilitates editing of text that’s generated earlier, apart from providing the ability to live-preview various changes to your text.

The plugin can perform well in windows platform but some problems may arise in Mac OSX platform.

1. Menus & Toolbars
2. Draw » Editable 3d Text
3. Context Menu » Edit Text

1. Requirements
2. TT_Lib² — 2.11.0
3. Internet Explorer 9 or newer (Windows)

The plugin is available in sketchup extension warehouse (extensions.sketchup.com)

3D Text Editor – The newest sketchup extension

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Arka Roy
http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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SketchUp to KeyShot 7 – The newest sketchup extension

SketchUp to KeyShot 7 is newest sketchup extension that can be applied to export sketchup files to keyshot 7 and save out as .bip files.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017, SketchUp 2018.

This extension combines SketchUp 3D modeling software and KeyShot 7 jointly on Windows or Mac OS X, in spite of arranging KeyShot inside the modeling application. This plugin attaches a menu button to your 3D software that transmits 3D data and other model information into KeyShot.

Given below, some useful features of it :-

Features:
• Retain colors and textures
• Supports SketchUp physics animations
• Recognize groups
• Export .bip

Requirements:
• SketchUp 2015 – 2018
• KeyShot 7
• Windows 7,8,10 64-bit or Mac OS X 10.8 or later

This newest sketchup extension is available in extension warehouse (extensions.sketchup.com).

To learn the detail process, go through the following video tutorial.

SketchUp to KeyShot 7 – The newest sketchup extension

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Arka Roy
http://www.sketchup4architect.com
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