SketchUp 2014 Plugins

As mentioned previously, SketchUp 2014 has a new scheme for installing plugins.  Trimble SketchUp now hosts a repository for SketchUp plugins that one can access and install directly from SketchUp Make or Pro.  There is an Extension Warehouse that can be called by clicking on the button (below) located on the toolbar. Toolbar of SketchUp Pro 2014 highlighting Extension Warehouse feature Here are some recommended extensions as an update to those previously assembled here.

PLEASE NOTE: As of publishing, the Extension Warehouse seems to require an account (free) to download extensions, both inside SketchUp and from a web browser.  The unfortunate part is that there do not seem to be any error messages notifying you when trying to download a file when not logged in or if your session times out – it simply doesn’t download.

Installing UR CTLT-selected Plugins

In order to make the process easier for installing plugins for those in the University of Richmond community who will be using SketchUp through engagement with the CTLT and/or TLC, you may wish to follow the steps below.

  1. Install SketchUp 2014 Make or Pro if you do not have either one.
  2. Open SketchUp.
  3. Go to the Extension Warehouse using the icon on the tool bar shown below.Toolbar of SketchUp Pro 2014 highlighting Extension Warehouse feature
  4. Login or create an account with the Extension Warehouse (as mentioned above, the site doesn’t let you download extensions unless you are logged into an account and they do not warn you).
  5. Search for the Plugin Loader plugin (see for more information about the tool including installation and use).
  6. Install the plugin into your SketchUp.  You should now see a Plugins menu item between “Window” and “Help.”
  7. Download the SketchUpPlugins_URCTLTselected zip file that we created to be an archive of all the aforementioned plugins. 
  8. Once downloaded to your computer, you will need to unzip (expand) it into a folder on your computer (the instructions depend whether you have a Windows PC, Mac, or other operating system – Google is your friend).
  9. Within SketchUp, click the Plugins menu item, then go to Plugin Loader, and finally click on “Load all plugins from a folder (RB)”.Plugin Loader screen
  10. An instructional message will appear, just click OK.OK button
  11. Browse to the folder that you created when expanding the zip file on your computer (from steps 7 and 8 above).Selecting a file
  12. Select one of the .RB files (such as SPGears.rb) and then click the Open or OK button (depending on your OS and web browser).  You should get a message that the plugins were successfully loaded.Success
  13. Use the aforementioned plugins as much as you want!  Please note that by following these steps exactly, you will need to follow them again each time you open SketchUp.  If you are working from your own computer, you may want to use the install all the plugins so you do not need to load them every time you use SketchUp; however, you would need to download and install each one from the links above.

Installing in a Multi-User Environment

There are most probably additional steps related to setting plugins folders permissions for multi-user access and possibly editing plist files for Macs, but there seems to be a new wrinkle in SketchUp 2014 plugins that may cause issues.  It seems that all plugins are installed as user plugins (installed in user’s home folder) rather than system-wide plugins.  On a Mac, this means the plugins get installed in /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2014/SketchUp/Plugins rather than /Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2014/SketchUp/Plugins  .  In fact, there is no /Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2014/ folder even created.  However, in the case above where we want to install the Plugin Loader plugin, I was able to get it to work for at least myself by creating the /Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2014/SketchUp/Plugins folder structure and then depositing the as_pluginloader.rb file and as_pluginloader folder (that are included in the as_pluginloader.rbz compressed file) into the /Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2014/SketchUp/Plugins folder.

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