BoolTool 2 Has Been Launched for SketchUp Make and Pro

BoolTool plugin of SketchUp allows designers to add nuanced detail to the design as accurately as they expect. Performing some Boolean operations are tough for SketchUp even with the Solid Tools. This is why SketchUp releases this new BoolTool extension to design precision models.

Since Boolean operations need high-precision 3D details, internal SketchUp Geometry engine struggles to define the function as exactly as required. This leads SolidTool users to opt for the Copy and scaled-up workflow to make their solid Tool operation error free. The limitations of SolidTool have also been eliminated by the use BoolTool for SketchUp.

For accessing complete benefits of BoolTool, you need to purchase the plugin. Otherwise, you can witness the Boolean operation but cannot make any object with it.

Features of BoolTool2 are as follows:

  • This application is for SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro.
    • It works on small, complex object in your 3D modeling.
    • It does not create a new object; rather it modifies the existing one.
    • Maintains the layers and names of the first object it works on.
  • It performs functions like union, difference, intersection, trim and split.
    • It comes up with a new single object creation tool.
    • It delivers solid 3D printable object in every case.

This first and user-friendly extension of SketchUp makes the 3D design even more interesting and simplified. It offers an understandable environment where you can enjoy your design the way you want. Along with some essential features, this application will prove beneficial to work on more complex objects that even the internal SketchUp geometry found hard to solve.

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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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10 Awesome SketchUp Plugins to improve Modeling Game

It is another simple description about the SketchUp plugins, where we find 10 different SketchUp plugins, its designing process in GIFs that are in the following link:

The following SketchUp plugins are used in various processes and created by experts to make the SketchUp tool more attractive and helpful for architects and designers. They can now use Google locations also to create an appropriate design, the view, basic points and finishing would be easier.

After the successful 6th edition in 2007, SketchUp has become one of the world’s most widely used 3D modeling software products. This success was possible for its intuitive toolbar, interdisciplinary use within the creative industry and for a free version that doesn’t use watermarks. Its open source library helped the software provide a wide range of 3D objects, while hundred of users developed their own plugins not only to solve the problems of each version but also to exploit the potential of their tools.

This article is about the 10 new and really useful SketchUp plugins that will make any design much better than before. Follow the link for the GIFs:

  1. Multiple Offsets v4: This plugin creates multiple offsets of selected surfaces in a model. And it is created by Sam D Mitch.
    2. Angular Dimension: It seems very basic and simple and this wasn’t included with SketchUp, but this was actually done by someone who took the time to program a plugin to fix it. It allows drawing angles and calculating on the surface of a volume. It is developed by SLBaumgartner.
  2. Chain alongPath: It is created by 3dalbertsoft, helps to create a helical turbine by selecting a curve and a predefined shape in SketchUp. From a dialog window numerous parameters can be chosen to create the final shape. It is quite useful to define seams, seals, springs, tensioners and cables.
    4. LSS Matrix: It is created by Kirill B and it is used to create a sequence of chained components by simply updating the parent block.
    5. Quad Face Tool: It is created by ThomThom, and it solves one of SketchUp’s major shortcomings that are its trouble working with non-flat surfaces. With this tool it is easy to create figures with continuous edges as topographies, or give a much more real surface to a helmet that was originally reticulated.
  1. Location: This useful tool helps to choose the satellite image of the place where the project is going to end up by entering an exact address in Google Maps. Then, with a click, it is easy to replicate the actual topography of that location.
    7. Sketchy FFD: It is created by CPhillips and it helps to create an invisible control cage around an object. Actually it is a mesh defined by a series of points in its vertices and edges that helps to manipulate the dimensions of a selected object.
    8. Components: It is created by Chris Fullmer, and it allows replicating a component onto a surface. It is highly recommended for designing parameterized facades.
    9. Camer Tools: It is also created by ThomThom, and it offers a series of new cameras for projects’ animations.
    10. Curviloft: It is created by Fred06, and generates parameterized volumes when a series of curves on a 3D model is selected. After creating, it offers nine different possibilities, including the possibility to redefine its final thickness. It is very useful for designing furniture.

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SketchUp Plugins for Ultimate 3D modeling

It is an overview about the using of SketchUp plugins for the 3D modeling. Its variations, installation process, various plugins are described here. There are two types of installation that is mentioned. It is an easy way to design your 3D models, make variations, choose different textures and also get advice from different authors to improve the modeling. It is the best software for new users to plan their designs in a better way.

SketchUp – Best 3D Modeling: SketchUp is a perfect combination of ease and usefulness. SketchUp can be used to stretch, rotate, copy and paint these structures according to need.

SketchUp Extensions and Plugins: SketchUp Plugins is best in the 3D sketching software. The added plugins allow SketchUp to be used in a plethora of industries like education, architecture, engineering, gaming, interior designing, fashion and films, wood working, urban planning and landscaping as well. It can access separate plugins for individual purposes like simple drawing, rendering, animation, text and labeling, energy analysis, 3D printing, scheduling and import/export. These all plugins are available in the current versions and can be downloaded. There is opportunity to explore and know new and well reputed plugins from over 15 authors. It is a complete a devolving software for 3D designs and much more.

How to install SketchUp Plugins and Extensions: To make a designers work even easier there are 2 ways to install SketchUp Extensions.

1) Automatic installation:

  • It is a valid option for SketchUp 2013 or 2014. Go to Window>Extension Warehouse.
  • Then sign into the account to download any extensions of choice, then by clicking on Download option (red button) in the upper right corner of the page.
  • By clicking through the coming up successive pop-ups, the extension will be installed and activated automatically for MAC or PC.

2) Manual Installation:

  • This is applicable for the extensions found in the web; it should be saved the .rbz file in the SketchUp/Tools folder.
  • Then go to Windows>Preferences and select the desired extension.
  • By clicking on the “Install Extension” button at the left bottom of the pop-up window it will be installed.
  • By clicking through the pop-ups the extension will be installed.

3) Tips for Secure installation of Plugins:

  • While installing the SketchUp plug-in the file must be in .rb format. Locate the file in SketchUp tools folder. That will be easy and recommended.
  • Reopen SketchUp to initialize plug-in; check the Menu or new Plug-in at the top of the program to view new plug-in.
  • Correct plugins and extensions will be found in SketchUp Warehouse. As it is powered by SketchUp itself and is the safest place to find the moist compatible and useful plugins. The official marketplace has a huge list of free, premium SketchUp plugins which can radically expand the working horizons of SketchUp software. There are many more advanced and complicated plugins and extensions also those are useful and best.
  • SketchUp 3D Plugins: By using the 3D printing and plugins it is easy to create 3D sketches and models within just a few minutes and few simple steps. The SketchUp plugins are mostly free and also compatible with all versions of software. Minecraft characters, Hellboy Samaritan guns, countless skyscraper and door models are also available for 3D printing.
  • SketchUp Rendering Plugins: Multimensional figures, blending renderings, night lighting renderings, sunlight renderings and much more can be found in this repository. There are several ready to render 3D models, 3D figures, derived models and plugins that can make a SketchUp users day without any added effort.
  • SketchUp Productivity Plugins: There are hundreds of free SU productivity plugins which readily convert SketchUp models to formats which can be viewed by using iPad or iphone. They convert the geometry and textures to .xcs formats. There are other extensions that can help to import models andthen publish it to a Project and share it with Team members.
  • SketchUp Reporting Plugins: These can be used by individuals as well as SketchUp service providers to enhance and include new features. It is also useful for component and model makers.

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Ruby Code Editor – The newest sketchup plugin

Alex Schreyer, Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, has developed Ruby Code Editor. This is an exclusive sketchup plugin that can be used to write and rectify Ruby scripts directly inside SketchUp with user-friendly and visually fascinating.

The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

These scripts can then be utilized to generate geometry, include functionality as well as data inside the SketchUp 3D modeling environment. A huge set of functions in the SketchUp Ruby API can automate SketchUp in various ways or generate scripted, computational geometry.

To edit and run SketchUp Ruby code within sketchup, most of the time an external editor is utilized. But this internal editor facilitates for both scripting and modeling simultaneously on the basis of your requirements.

To get access Ruby coding environment and function more like a real code editor, a bit of jQuery (and jQuery UI) magic is included with the plugin. Besides, there is CodeMirror syntax highlighting engine to offer multi-language code highlighting, exact TAB control, find/replace, bracket matching, code folding etc.

To run this plugin, select Window > Ruby Code Editor or open from the Ruby Code Editor toolbar.

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Demonstration of round corner sketchup plugin

This sketchup video tutorial shows the tricks on how to apply Fredo6’s Round Corner sketchup extension for making round off corners in sketchup. This sketchup video will help you to smooth out any object to make the corner soft.

It is essential to download and install Fredo’s library alias LibFredo to use RoundCorner.

This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

RoundCorner can be used for rounding of the edges and corners of 3D shapes across a 2D profile, in 3 modes: Round corners, Sharp corners and Bevel.

RoundCorner is also well matched with concave corners (always rendered as Round) and non-orthogonal edge faces. Corners can include 2, 3, or more edges.

This sketchup plugin is very user-friendly. Just choose the lines or edges to be rounded off and apply the three modes.

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10 Unmissable Sketchup Tutorials inShare

We all know how to use SketchUp but never tried as we think it was too difficult. And we also wanted to learn SketchUp’s deep secrets and become a master in it. So this article is the answer of all queries and it will help you to discover 10 unmissable tutorials that will tech you step by step to use it and will improve the knowledge to become a SketchUp master.

1. Just the Basics: It is not possible to learn SketchUp without knowing its basic principles. Whether one is beginner or an advanced user, it is should be known how to place and scale reference image in the SketchUp model to save the working time. That will help to become faster in future. Follow the link for video:

2. Simplify design with componenets: Every time while starting new software without knowing to do the tasks in a simple way is a wasting of time. Everyone should know the right way to make life easier without having modified the same object for many times. Just by using these components it will be easier to transform all the identical objects at the same time.

3. How to impact a Google Map into SketchUp: It is now possible and really useful to import Google Maps into Sketchup. With a simple click one can discover the topography of one’s site. But it is not as accurate as a land survey, but it’s just a start. The tutorial will lead to choose the location, import it into SketchUp and reveal its topography. It can be very useful while working on big properties, in the hills where no land survey is. It will be helpful.

4. Sandbox Tools- Building Terrain from Contours: In Tutorial 3 SketchUp gives the possibility to create own site topography while design, just need to work with contours (that can either be imported from AutoCad or drawn in SketchUp from a map), follow some easy and simple steps and voila.

5. Modeling Topography w/DWG Contour Map and Sandbox Tools: It is about creating own topography lines from AutoCad for SketchUp models by using contour lines. It can be very useful for those who don’t know how to deal with contours in SketchUp. Landscape architecture works with land and territory and for that it is needed to understand the site perfectly to design it correctly. Reproducing site in the most accurate way helps to save time while drawing in SketchUp.

6. Textures in SketchUp: SketchUp offers another possibility to add textures to the objects inside the model. Textures can be of help of course, but if not treated correctly then they can become terrible and a waste of all work. So practicing in right way is must.

7. How to Deal with Trees and Bushes: In this tutorial it shows different kinds of 3D vegetation materials and teaches how to deal with different kinds of elements in model. It is notable that as landscape architects the vegetation material is everything, so it is needed to make it look as nice and real as possible. It means to use some special effects in the model to make it look real.

8. Photo Match & Compositing in the 3D model: To make model as real as possible, one can add a little bit of the outside world in the 3D model, like context or a photograph. But then to match the perspective view of the image and SketchUp model the problem appears. So it is important to know to insert perfectly model into photos while keeping the correct perspective.

9. Designing with the Follow Me Tool: Landscape architecture and architecture need to be free from PC limits. Software need to deeply understood and give the flexibility while in the hand drawing.

10. How to create difficult shape in a few steps: Pc graphics are really useful and can help to save a lot of time but can’t control the creativity. By finding the perfect tool one can illustrate the designs.

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Section map with Vray 3.4 for Sketchup | Mesh clipper

This sketchup video tutorial is based on the new features of v-ray 3.4 for sketchup 2017. One of the most exciting features is the rendering cuts with the use of the default sections of sketchup. It signifies that it identifies the plans of section traditions.

The mesh clipper or VRayClipper belongs to a geometric primitive that is applied to clip away parts of the scene by a simple plane. It is a render-time effect and the actual scene geometry is not revised in any way.

The Mesh Clipper can only be used to group or component objects in SketchUp (sometimes also called as closed geometry). Once a Mesh Clipper object is formed, a bounding box with a Mesh Clipper icon will be visible in the viewport around the group or component that has been selected. The bounding box and icon symbolize the newly employed Clipper object properties.

The Clipper object is replicated among groups or components by arranging them within a new group or component. The object will then obtain all related object properties.

With use of a material to the group or component, the Clipper object will engross the material that has been used and employ it and UV Mapping for the clipped faces.

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Learn the application of 1001 bit Plugin in SketchUp

This sketchup video will introduce the functionalities of 1001bit Tools (Freeware). It is an exclusive sketchup plugin that contains different types of tools to produce architectural components in quickest possible time. GOH CH has developed this sketchup extension. It is compatible with SketchUp 6, SketchUp 7, SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015.

The architectural components range from Staircases, spiral staircase, windows, doors, walls, customized openings on walls as well as automatic creation of hip roofs, rafters and purlins etc.

Inside 1001bit tools, there are some effective drawing and editing tools such as fillet edges, extend, chamfer etc.

The users can also save the parameters, which are normally utilized, for easy selection in future.

To download a 30-days trial version, click on the following link

Watch the online demonstration of the plugin

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Max Coppoletta has developed JHS SUPER DELETE, an exclusive skethup plugin. This newest sketchup plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

This plugin is useful for different types of industries like Architecture, Construction, Education, Engineering, Film & Stage, Gaming, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Woodworking, Other. The plugin is available only in English language.

Given below, detailed lists of keyboard short to operate this plugin :-

Float mouse to choose entities.
Click with let mouse button or press ‘DOWN ARROW’ to Magic Delete.
Press ‘SHIFT’ to expand selection. or include connected edges
Press ‘CTRL+SHIFT’ to remove single faces on curves shapes
Press ‘CTRL’ to eliminate faces ordinarily (leaving edges).
Press ‘UP ARROW’ to remove on mouse hover

The sketchup users can avail this plugin from extension warehouse.


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