NOTE: If upgrading from 1.5 to 1.6.0 pleae delete the Pen Tool+.rb file and rob_hsltool folder from your plugins folder.
Overview: To help when manually stitching softened meshes To quickly creates curves with lines To sketch guide lines, points To create lines with or without faces
Description: Similar to native Line Tool in use but has 7 primary features :-
 Soft Draw allows the sketching of softened/smoothened lines (Hidden Geometry On)
 Hide Drawallows the sketching of hidden lines (Hidden Geometry On)
 Guide Draw allows the sketching of guide lines
 Weld Draw allows the sketching of curves
 Edge Draw allows the sketching of edges [lines] without making faces
 Line Draw allows the sketching of edges with faces
 Point Draw allows the sketching of construction points
Run via 'Draw' menu or via the 'Pen Tool +' toolbar
Requirements: Tested on SU8+ only (PC) Installation: Use PluginStore in AutoInstall or grab the .rbz file from the online store. NOTE: If upgrading from 1.5 to 1.6.0 pleae delete the Pen Tool+.rb file and rob_hsltool folder from your plugins folder. Version 1.1 - VCB Fix - Edge Draw added
Version 1.2 - Group/Component bug fixed - Midpoint 'jumping' on intersection' fixed
Version 1.3 - Weld bug addressed (don't click too fast when using Weld Draw mode)
Version 1.4 - Line Draw and Point Draw added
Version 1.5 - Clash addressed
- Added Extension compatibility and custom folder goodness
Many thanks goes to TIG for helping me out with this tool.
Funky already I am getting artifacts with the Weld Line. See image. Also when you close a loop with the weld line then push/pull the face the edges created by the operation are not all soften/smoothed. I am running a PC with Windows 7.
Great start however. I will be out the rest of the day so I won't be able to respond for a while.
Well well well - Rich is becoming a scripting monkey.
I'll congratulate you by making a feature request: Tool that draws normal Edge. The difference from the native Edge Tool: Doesn't auto generate faces. It can be bloody annoying at time that SketchUp keeps trying to generate faces for each edge created.
Good start Rich. You'll need to get some shades like ThomThom has.
So now the requests begin. If you enter a length for the line in the VCB, the line is drawn but the tool continues from the start point rather than the end. Is it possible to fix that so it behaves like the native Line tool? And you only get one shot at entering the length of the line so if you change your mind or make an error when typing the length, you have to Undo and start over. Can that be fixed to operate like the native Line tool? Maybe both things go hand in hand?
Inspecting mirrors is a job I could easily see myself doing.
I use rollers, wheels and axles that I wish to add a guidelines though the center for alignment that will be part of the group. It would be nice, if I could draw a guideline between two points, maybe only 12" apart, and have the guide line that is drawn be the size as indicated in the measurement tool bar. So if I wanted to add a guideline to a wheel that is only 12" wide, however, I wish to have the alignment guideline to be 10' long, I could enter the 10' into the measurement tool bar, draw the line between the two center points that are only 12" apart, and have the guideline be drawn 10' long.
So thank you for you plugin.
OOPS. Didn't see that I could add the length to the guidelines in the VCB. My bad. So disregard the above.
Last edited by Ken on Wed May 18, 2011 4:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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