Nope. I can't get this plug in to work at all on my Mac. (BTW, I'm back on SU 7.0, despite my avatar saying otherwise, because I was having many troubles with 7.1. I'm now waiting for the update, before going back to 7.1).
Bob James wrote:Curious fact however: this new version only works if I install it in my users/library/application/... folder rather than the HD/library/applications/... folder. Any particular reason for this?
Aha!! Yes! Indeed (need to try this yet too). This is also how Podium works, and it screws with OS X's directory. Podium is worse, because it uses an installer script, which also makes a SU6 folder, which confuses SU even more! Developers, why can't we just install this ourselves?
It seems to me that there really IS a problem with plug-in management with SU and Mac OS X, and where scripts should go. This depresses me, because I have to sit here messing with folder combinations, until it works, which means less money (not that I'm getting any money anyway!
), but worse still, prevents me from doing what I love most, designing things. It's almost as if there is someone in the Mac programming dept at Google who really couldn't give a dingo's kidneys, and has consequently failed to deliver guidelines to all those planning to write ruby scripts for Mac SketchUp. A shame if it were true.
The Podium installer, for starters, installs on the wrong part of the directory (not necessarily Google's fault, but typical behaviour of a developer who has misunderstood the workings of a Mac OS, like coming straight from a better understanding of a Linux one (or Windows in this case, but Mac OS X is NOT Linux, and directories behave very differently to Linux directories! Cappiche?). This basic error, fools the SketchUp directory navigation (viewtopic.php?p=146352#p146352
The best thing I've found is to remove the ruby script from the folder and put that in the plug-ins file, then any other ancillary files (such as png's etc) stay in a folder, within that folder. But in the case of Podium, this wouldn't work at all, as both files need to be taken out and placed in the main plug-in folder. I'm now worried that if I make a new folder, for a new plug-in for this Layers tool, in my Home directory, instead of the main directory, it's going to screw with SketchUp again, and I'll be back to square one again.
A well written Mac application mostly allows you to use from whatever
directory or file you choose. This behaviour from SketchUp again, is inconsistent, as some plug-ins work, and others don't. A real shame, because SU also appears to have been written in Apple Cocoa. Perhaps the developers need to get SketchUp to read plugins from both libraries?
Maybe all you folks who are suggesting how to get certain things to work on a Mac, should try giving the advice from a Mac rather than Windows? And those who use Windows, who make plugins, observe from Mac users how plug-in installation is managed? It would really help all of us Mac users!