Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby thomthom » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:51 am

Is there no plugin to evenly space objects?
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby pilou » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:54 am

An exemple?
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby TIG » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:55 am

My old 'Matrix' tool allows you to matrix copy components in 3d with set spacings in XYZ, and also individual rotation/scaling/handing, randomness etc... look for 'MatrixProximity' [craie?]
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby Dave R » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:57 am

Copy along path?

(pathcopy.rb)
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby thomthom » Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:59 am

I don't want to copy anything - just space out existing objects along a vector.
Really thought something like this would have existed already...
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby Dave R » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:02 am

If it does, I don't know. If it really doesn't, it might soon. :)
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby TIG » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:06 am

Like an 'align tool' that aligns ['spaces'] existing objects onto a set 'grid' or along a linear spacing ?
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby thomthom » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:19 am

TIG wrote:Like an 'align tool' that aligns ['spaces'] existing objects onto a set 'grid' or along a linear spacing ?

Yes - like any align and distribute function in graphic applications like Indesign, Inkspace etc...



http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/InDesig ... -6ef3.html
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby Dave R » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:27 am

That would be interesting for when you have a bunch of different, unrelated components to deal with.
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby thomthom » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:31 am

Dave R wrote:That would be interesting for when you have a bunch of different, unrelated components to deal with.

Exactly - like I have now.
Since it's such a common feature in other application I thought it would have existed by now. There is an align plugin (only by X,Y,Z axis AFAIK) and no distribute.

I imagine a tool, where you clicked in the model to set the align direction would be good. Object would be sorted along that vector and spaced out evenly.
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby Dave R » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:42 am

So the line would define the line of alignment and distance over which the components would be spaced? Components placed by their origins? How would alignment be determined? Aligned to global axes? In Pathcopy the alignment can be tricky so sometimes for my use it is a bit of trial and error.
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby Didier Bur » Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:22 pm

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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby Dave R » Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:45 pm

Didier rides to the rescue wearing a white hat! :thumb:

How hard would it be to add an option to space the components evenly along the line?
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby pilou » Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:16 am

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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby CadFather » Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:22 pm

no such thing exists (yet) - 'js align' is the closest i've seen to play with the position of objects but of course does not space them. the fact that master Thom himself is asking, is unreasonably worrying... it really is needed.

with all the trickery, surely this can't be too difficult..?
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby thomthom » Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:32 pm

CadFather wrote:the fact that master Thom himself is asking, is unreasonably worrying

Not really - it's not hard - just didn't want to reinvent the wheel. But alas, I never got around to make anything myself... :oops:
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby CadFather » Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:52 pm

ok, i feel better now... (at least there's no intellectual property on the wheel!)
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby JClements » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:19 pm

I think it would be useful, but tricky to do in 3D.

For instance, equal spacing between objects/groups/components that have a depth, height, and width. Do you use the model axes or the axes of the group/component to determine the spacing in between them (assuming the measurements are taken orthogonally to the axes)?
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby thomthom » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:35 pm

JClements wrote:For instance, equal spacing between objects/groups/components that have a depth, height, and width. Do you use the model axes or the axes of the group/component to determine the spacing in between them (assuming the measurements are taken orthogonally to the axes)?

If I had made it I would have had toggles for setting the axis it would work in: World, Local, Custom (Tool defining a custom working axis)
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby pilou » Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:53 pm

Why do you want not use my little "undrop" plug above? :mrgreen:
Very rustic but works very well :)

First "Align" (or not), "Drop" your objects selected with any plugs existing
Then "undrop" them with my little plug with any measures :enlight:
And then rotate if wanted a special orientation "line" of them as you want !
All takes only seconds ;)

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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby sexypox69 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:03 pm

Im kind of late to this topic but has anyone come up with a solution to this.....I come acroos this senerio almost every day with what i do. It would be wonderful to have a plugin which aligns selected objects along a path plus the option of along the axis, be able to specify the distance and have it spaced equally or at a given distant.....like in layout you can align, space and center selected objects......
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby function » Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:59 am

sam da mitch makes exactly this.
http://sdmitch.blogspot.com
Align&Distribute - Align and space selected objects along an axis.

Haven't spent much time with it, but it wasnt the most intuitive interface, looks great if you follow the console
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby joshuabrew » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:23 am

hey!
any leads on a plugin for this?? looking for the same... basically the sketchup equivalent of the distribute and align tools common in adobe indesign and illustrator, but for 3D objects in sketchup.

thx!
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Re: Any plugin to evenly space objects?

Postby Dave R » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:03 pm

joshuabrew wrote:hey!
any leads on a plugin for this?? looking for the same... basically the sketchup equivalent of the distribute and align tools common in adobe indesign and illustrator, but for 3D objects in sketchup.

thx!
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Hey! Did you try the link in the post immediately above yours from 2014?
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