send_to_layout or

send_to_layout or

Postby sjn001tvh » Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:32 am


I seemed to have hit another road block. This time in terms of trying to use the send_to_layout method within Sketchup.

My objective is as follows:
1. create a routine that creates a copy of any of the selected assembly to a single component
2. save that component to a file
3. open the file and separate each component so that it is viewed from a side view
4. space them apart within a Scene based on predefined margins
5. send each Scene to a Layout file, each Layout Page/Sketchup Scene
6. then manipulate the Layout tools to attach the dimensions to each object

But I can't seem to get past getting Sketchup to create a new Layout file.

Using the console here's what happens. I created the directory and made sure it existed.

x_layoutDir = x_dirPath + "/" + "LayoutSets"

Then used send_to_layout to create a new Layout file.

x_result = Sketchup.send_to_layout(x_layoutDir + "/MyTestLayoutFile.layout")

No luck. Found another command and tried it.

objLayout = + "/MyTestLayoutFile.layout")
Error: #<ArgumentError: File does not exist>
<main>:in `open'
<main>:in `<main>'
SketchUp:1:in `eval'

No Luck. Found another option by just using the send_action.


Again no luck. So, I tried this from another angle. I first created the file.

objLayout = + "/MyTestLayoutFile.layout")


However, it was somewhat short lived, because I couldn't view the file from Layout that I had just opened. And even though it appeared to be successful I couldn't get Layout to open so that I can view the results of using the methods.

Plus, it brought up another question. Is there a way to have Sketchup create and open the Layout file, without having to have a file already existing?

I tried...
objLayout = + "/MyNewLayoutFile.layout")
Error: #<ArgumentError: The template file could not be found>
<main>:in `initialize'
<main>:in `new'
<main>:in `<main>'
SketchUp:1:in `eval'

I couldn't find where I could implement Layout template file and when I created a Layout template file, there wasn't any type of method that would allow me to create new file using it.

So, I would like to have 2 questions answered.
1. How do I get Sketchup to create a new Layout file?

2. Is there a method to open the Layout application and view the document that was just opened using the method?



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