Bezier Triangle Tool – The newest sketchup extension

Bezier Triangle Tool is the newest sketchup extension to generate and edit flatten nonrational and rational Bézier triangle surfaces.

This extension is developed by Jacob Samuel and compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

These surfaces can be scaled infinitely to facilitate creating more normal and complicated surfaces.

This extension is suitable to design structures without having a notably rectangular structure, and so rectangular patches are not treated as a natural choice for creating models of these complex geometries. They provide themselves simply to patches on spheres or quadrics.

The Bezier Triangle Tool is available in the Draw menu and in the Right Mouse Context Menu as soon as a Bezier triangle is produced or edited apply this tool is chosen.

By selecting Draw->Bezier Triangle, a default rational Bezier triangle will be drawn around the origin and keep you into the editing tool for the newly drawn surface.

Select a current Bezier triangle drawn/edited with this tool and applying Edit Bezier Triangle in the Right Mouse Button context menu will also set off the editing tool for the chosen triangle.

ith the purpose of altering the weight of a non-end control point, hover the cursor over the control point to alter the weight of it so as to highlight it in green, put the new weight required for it, devoid of shifting the cursor away from the control point, and press enter or return to modify the shape of the triangular surface.

With the editing tool, it is also possible to choose either one of the 10 control points or one of the 18 lines of the control grid which are shifted to control the Bezier triangle as per your requirements.

Inferencing is also possible when the chosen point is shifted together with inference locking with the Shift key. If the Esc key is pressed throughout a move, the surface will reset to the way it was prior to the move initiated.

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How to crop or trim any image with clipping masks in Layout

This sketchup video tutorial is the part of sketchup skill builder series. The video provides useful guidelines on how to apply Clipping Masks in LayOut.

LayOut offers an easy to follow process for trimming, or ‘cropping’, image and it is known as clipping masks.

The video also teaches you to utilize the LayOut drawing tools to draw clipping mask boundaries to adjust the shape of your SketchUp viewports. Besides, apply them to crop an image or photo easily that is included with your LayOut document.

It is possible to mask out a part of a model or image by producing a clipping mask. While generating a clipping mask, only the part of the model or image will be visible that shows up inside a shape.

Any Google SketchUp model or image can contain a clipping mask. Clipping masks can be any shapes which are sketched with tools in LayOut.

For simple cropping, a rectangle is mostly suitable.

Watch the online demonstration.

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Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

Draw pipes from lines is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin will be very useful for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Woodworking sectors.

The plugin can be used to generate pipes on the lines already chosen.

The plugin works on the following ways :-

  1. Choose the lines in the model where the pipes are intended to be drawn
    2. Activate the extension from menu – Draw Pipes Out Of Lines
    3. Provide units, pipe dimensions, length offset, pipe roundness parameter
    4. Press OK button
    5. It is also possible to copy pipes list from generated report

 Download the plugin from the extension warehouse

For more information, watch the following video.

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Milling Tools – The newest sketchup extension

Thomas Thomassen has developed an exclusive sketchup extension alias Milling Tools. It supports SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

It can be used to generate Dog-Bone fillets, take out 2D profile out of 3D parts for laser/CNC cutting. It is mostly suitable for engineering and woodworking sectors.

Dog Bone Fillets: Generates Dog-Bone fillets on the faces clicked by you.

  • Apply VCB to fix the radius of the tool.
    • Apply VCB to fix arc segment quality. (“8s” will create arcs on the basis of circles containing 8 segments)

There should be no connection between the face clicked on and any other faces or edges.

Part abstraction for CNC/Laser cutting
Instigated from a thread ( from the SketchUp forum.

 Abstract Parts: Choose a set of 3D parts, the faces on the ground plane of each instance will be withdrawn to a 2D profile.

Modify Part Height: Modify the depth of the chosen instance. It will shift the faces of chosen instances to the specified height from the ground plane.

Fix Ground Plane: A tool to opt for the new ground plane for the specified instance.

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Checkup to Detect Errors for SketchUp2017

SketchUp is evolving with time to meet the ever-changing requirements of the promising designers. With launching new features and tools, it has made an indisputable place among the existing applications. With a promise to offer a better accessing point and interface, it changes its inner complications to make the application user-friendly. In 2017, SketchUp has launched new software –SketchUp 2017 Checkup – to meet the growing queries of designers in respect to the SketchUp compatibility on windows. This software allows SketchUp followers to know whether their computer system is suitable for SketchUp designing or not. It finds out the reasons why SketchUp is not working on a system so that you take necessary steps to solve them. This application also creates a file which can be decoded by the support team of SketchUp in order to help the users with providing the needed solutions.

CheckUp Running: You need to install the application first to run the checkup on your system. Choose the ‘Run SketchUp2017 CheckUp’ as the last option while installing it. However, you can run the Checkup application anytime with selecting desktop icon button at the time of installation. Once the installation process completes, choose run Checkup button. The result box would appear on the completion of the process that lets you know what factors make problems for SketchUp in your system.

Decode the result:

Success: CheckUp application shows ‘Success’ for every successful test. This means the computer has no issue related to the test the application passes.

  1. Error: ‘Hardware acceleration is unsupported or has been disabled on your graphics card. SketchUp requires that you use a hardware accelerated card’
    If Checkup shows such message, this means you need upgrade graphic card driver of your system. It accelerates your graphic card and makes your system compatible with the SketchUp design.
  2. Error: ‘Your graphics card’s OpenGL version is 2.1(changes as per the version). SketchUp requires a graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or better.’
    SketchUp 2017 does not work on the computer having lower than 3.0 versions. To get rid of this issue, upgrade your graphics card driver is the ultimate solution you have as updating drive upgrades OpenGL 3.0 version as well.
  3. Error: ‘Tests that exercise your graphics card’s capabilities have failed.’
    Your graphic cards need to be capable enough to support every task of SketchUp 2017. It must support the rendering function which is needed to display SketchUp models. Checkup application tests compilation of SketchUp GLSL shaders and support of OpenGL framework. If your system has a compilation error in the mentioned checks, then you should think to update your graphics card drive
  4. Error: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp requires 2GB or more of system RAM’
    For having a smooth performance of SketchUp, you must have 2GB or above RAM for your system. Though, SketchUp can run on the system having RAM lower than that. In this case, the application reduces the performance level significantly.
  5. Error: ‘Your operating system does not meet the minimum operating system requirement. SketchUp requires Windows 7 or higher.’
    For SketchUp, you need windows 7 64 bit or higher version. SketchUp 2017 does not permit you to install it on the lower version of operating system.
  6. Error: ‘Graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp requires a graphics card that has 256 MB or more of memory.’
    SketchUp needs 256MB or above graphic card memory for giving you a smooth way of performing SketchUp.
  7. Error: ‘System RAM or Windows Version or Graphics Card Memory is missing.’
    Checkup application shows the above error in case it does not find the proper information it is looking for. Update your graphics card driver to improve the performance.

Warnings: The warning message is given when Checkup passes the test but detects a warning condition. In such a circumstance, SketchUp would run on your system, but the performance would be not as efficient as it generally is. Warning message alerts you to take the needed action to improve the workability of the designing tool.

  1. Warning: ‘Your computer’s system RAM is .SketchUp recommends 4GB or more of system RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp needs 4GB or above RAM for a ceaseless performance. Lower RAM may allow you install the application, but its performance will be reduced.
  2. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has MB of graphics card memory. SketchUp recommends that your graphics card has 1024 MB or more of RAM. Performance may be significantly impacted.’
    SketchUp requires 1024MB graphics card RAM. If your system has one lower than mentioned limit, it informs you to upgrade it.
  3. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a depth buffer that is less than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit or more depth buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    The message is given in a clear way for your understanding, and it also presents what you should do to avert the problem.
  4. Warning: ‘Your graphics card has a color buffer other than 24 bits. SketchUp recommends a 24 bit color buffer for your graphics card. You may see display issues with your current configuration.’
    You may face display issue if you have a color buffer lower than 24 bits. Upgrading of which solves the problem.
  5. Warning: ‘Your graphics card does not support stencil bits. Shadows may display incorrectly on your current configuration.’
    Graphic cards with stencil bits are best to get a proper shadow in your SketchUp designs. If you find incorrect shadow that means you need to add stencil bits for designing purpose.
  6. Warning: ‘SketchUp has detected you are using () when your system is capable of using an AMD or NVIDIA graphics card () .SketchUp will likely perform better if you change your system to use the AMD/NVIDIA card.’
    A multiple GPU system needs AMD/NVIDIA card to run SketchUp application.
  7. Warning: ‘System Ram or Graphics Card Memory or Depth buffer or Color buffer or Stencil buffer information is missing.’
    This message is being shown when the above-mentioned conditions (missing of Depth buffer, Color buffer and Stencil buffer) happen. Take the necessary steps to solve the problem.

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How to install Plugins in SketchUp

This is guidance for everyone who has just begun to explore to vast world of plugins and new to SketchUp. You all can find every possible method for installing plugins in SketchUP. It is trouble free and easy. It is also familiar for the BEGGINER users who use various apps and dig about their computer innards.

There are some of our much known communities driven, like Plugin Index, Didier Bur’s Ruby Depot or Smustard; you can choose one from them. But installing these for the first time it can be little tricky for new users and sometimes it can be frustrating when the things are not clear from the outset.

  1. Installing RBZ files in SketchUp: After the release of SketchUp 8 M2 the clever folks at SketchUp introduce a new file format (.rbz) which made installing plugins a one click operation so that you can install plugins from within SketchUp itself.

Click the Window menu and select Preferences to display a dialog box. Then select Extensionsfrom the sidebar lists to active and inactive plugins currently installed. Then click Install Extension to navigate to the .rbz downloaded file. A warning dialog will ask to confirm to install this plugin and make changes your file system. Click Yes and the installation will be successful.

  1. Installing RB files in SketchUp:The.rbformat is a simple text file written in the ruby language that is saved as a ruby file. These can come in varying complexity. Some are in simple single file that will add a menu item. While others contain folders with multiple files in zipped format that may add toolbar and all sort of goodies. Whether it is about PC or Mac users first they have to select the location of SketchUp Plugins folder.

Mac users need to know that it is a common misconception that the plugins folder is located with the SketchUp package.

With our plugins folder installing any plugin is a simple drag and drop procedure from your default browser download folder location to the SketchUp Plugins folder. If SketchUp is already running just restart it to appear of plugin.

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Yulio launches SketchUp plugin

It is a brief description about the Yuilo Technologies’ newly launched SketchUp plugin that will change the view of the designers and develop their designs.

Yulio Technologies has announced the launch of its new Sketchup plugin, a tool developed to enable SketchUp users the ability to instantly create detailed and immersive virtual reality experiences (VREs) from their designs. These can then be shared with clients or remote collaborators.

According to Yuilo’s managing director, Robert Kendal Yulio’s goal has always been fully democratize the use of VR within A&D and put tools to create VR experienced in every designer’s hand. While developing the SketchUp plugin, they worked incredibly hard to develop a tool that’s 100% accessible to every user s and designer’s transition their work from 2D renders in CAD to VR ready files seamlessly and lightening fast.

It is also said that designers are utilizing the communication ability with clients via virtual reality mediums that begun to grow steadily in popularity as they could give clients a better experienced design than before.

According to Yulio, there are a few tools that can create VREs from SketchUp renders, but it is also said that the entry level costs for these plugins can be up to $600-$2000 for enterprise licenses.

But there is a news also that the downloading of it is free of cost for all Yulio users. The company also said that it was designed to be fast and it will provide greater realism than the previous VR realism while viewing the designs.

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Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins by E-on Software

E-on Software is one of the leading development companies renowned globally. Lauded with many successful ventures in the field of creation, animation, rendering, integration of natural 3D environments, VFX, architecture, and gaming industry, it made a strong foothold in the minds of designers and artists with their sheer creations and sharp edges of designs. Surprising everyone’s with their offering, E-on Software announced that it pre-releases Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory plugins for its members.

The company also announced that it will discontinue the developments of Carbon Scatter and Cloud Factory in 2018 for introducing a better user interface and customer experience on flagship solutions – VUE and PlantFactory.

The new releases, like before, come up with new changes that provide users with an improvement in 3D designing. The company also announced that those who have a valid maintenance plan for Carbon Scatter or CloudFactory Ozone will get the pre-releases for free in coming days.

Carbon Scatter: This software has made design easier with adding nuanced details to your design that makes it even more interesting to explore. This proves to be very handy for those who love to add original detailing to their application. With a wide variety of options, you can create wind-swept forests and animated crowd in no time. Above all, you can render them directly in 3D Max, Maya and Cinema 4D.

Features offered by Carbon Scatter:

  • Get millions of instances instantly.
    • Render with any rendering option you have.
    • Use huge plantFactory models and change them with Plant Editor.
    • Animate instances such as adding wind in plants.
    • Customize placement, height and size with bitmaps or procedural gaps

Besides the above-mentioned features, the software comes up with an array of benefits that not only make your drawing attractive but also real for viewers.

The new release of Carbon Scatter has come up with more advanced looks of existing features. The advancement in the areas like:

  • Global EcoSystem layers work as EcoPainter Brushes.
    • PlantFactory and VUE vegetation models are now directly available in Carbon Scatter EcoSystem populations.
    • Higher performance with up to 4xlighter data footprint with quicker loading/saving of scenes.

CloudFactory Ozone: This plugin for 2017 help you design and render realistic skies and atmosphere with high accuracy. This tool is infused with cutting-edge technologies designed by ace developers of E-on software. These plugins add accuracy in your detailing and make your design more realistic than before. It mimics the natural environment and acts as per nature’s rule.

With this, you earn as many as 100 preset atmosphere and cloud shapes that allow you to carve your design as per your dreams. With five atmospheric models (photometric, spectral, volumetric, standard and environmental mapping), it is successful in offering realistic environment to your designs What you get in CloudFactory Ozone 2017:

As revealed by E-on software in their official press release, you get benefits like:

  • Auto-scale clouds with altitude
    • Easily load/add cloud layers using a single button
    • Optional automatic sun softness computation, based on atmosphere parameters
    • “Improve Low Quality Consistency” parameter to better preview your atmosphere looks while rendering at a lower resolution

The above-mentioned information is written as per the news released by E-on software itself. For more details about pricing and availability of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone, visit

E-on software is a leading digital company and has been creatively associated with many famous feature films like Strange,” “Kubo and the 2 Strings,” “Jupiter Ascending,” “Minions,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Croods,” “Dragons 1&2,” “Hunger Games and more.

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Place Shapes Toolbar is the newest sketchup extension

Alex Schreyer has developed Place Shapes Toolbar. It is the newest sketchup plugin that supports SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The extension includes a toolbar (and some menu items) that can be used to simply set various common 3D shapes (geometric primitives). With this toolbar, the sketchup users can accomplish fast “solids-based” modeling to deal with added and subtracted primitives that can produce a precisely watertight object ideal for 3D printing.

Prior to arrange the shapes, one can opt for a base unit: foot, inch, mm, cm, m.

To start with, just display the “Place Shapes” toolbar and click on the shape that should be placed. Otherwise apply the Draw menu’s items. Most shapes will adjust themselves on the basis of the elementary geometry. It is also possible to arrange numerous shapes by opting for the select tool (or press the space bar or the Esc key) when you have finished.

As soon as a shape is placed, apply the move and scale tools to function on the shape. If a shape fails to work as per your requirement, right-click on it and choose “Unglue”. It is found that while placing any of the shapes, they all adhere to the elementary geometry. It is also possible to always break out a shape (by applying the right-click menu) to function with its raw geometry.

While choosing a base unit from the dialog, all following placements will get that unit. The items which are already arranged, don’t scale. This feature will be useful for creating model of the small stuff (e.g. for 3D printing) or large stuff (e.g. buildings).

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Some useful tips to produce organic canopy with sandbox tools in sketchup

This exclusive sketchup tutorial is presented by Justin Geis, the founder of sketchup essential. The tutorial provides detailed guidelines for creating the model of an organic canopy by applying sandbox tools in sketchup.

The sandbox tools are useful for generating terrain models out of contours involving elevations and drape objects (roads, parks, buildings, water bodies, etc.) over the terrain model. The Sandbox tools originates from a Ruby script language extension that dispatches with SketchUp. It contains different types of tools like sandbox from contours, sandbox from scratch, smoove, stamp, drape, add detail, flip edge etc. can be applied for all types of geometry exclusive of topological terrain.

The entire design is created with sketchup make 2017. Besides, to improve the design process, some exclusive sketchup plugin like selection toys and Lines2Tubes are used.

Thomas Thomassen has developed selection toys. This sketchup plugin contains set of commands to control selection.

Click on the following link to download the plugin

 Didier Bur has developed Lines2Tubes. This sketchup plugin can be used to transform lines, arcs, circles, curves into cylinders. It is very useful to deliver wireframe-like model.

Click on the following link to download the plugin

 Watch the online demonstration.

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