Plugins Quarantine

Plugins Quarantine

Postby Jim » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:05 pm

Here is a list of plugins that are known to be problematic in SketchUp. The purpose of the list is to provide a central resource to track buggy plugins. This will hopefully reduce some the many hours of frustration experienced by users, authors, and supporters of plugins. It goes without saying that if you install a quarantined plugin, you're going to have a bad time.

There may be several reasons that a plugin may end up in quarantine:

  1. It crashes SketchUp.
  2. It changes the behavior of SketchUp in a way that is indistinguishable from a bug.

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List of Quarantined Plugins

  •   Matchbox_r1.1
    Reason: Changes the behavior of Array.* and Array.+
    Action: Removed download.
    Recommendation: Do not install this plugin; remove if installed.
    Files: MatchboxPlugin.rb, MatchboxPlugin/

  •   SketchyPhysics
    Adds numerous methods to SketchUp's classes, most notoriously modifying Sketchup::Group#copy. Uses many global variables.
    Recommendation: Disable SketchyPhysics when not in use. To disable, "check" the Menu: Plugins > SketchyPhysics > Version > Disabled, then restart SketchUp

  • VirtualWind
    (Company closed.)
    Adds methods to SketchUp's classes; conlicts with progressbar.rb.
    Recommendation: Do not install. Remove or rename plugin files.
    Files: virtualwindPlugin.rb and VirtualWind/.

  • SketchUpBIM
    For invasive user interface - odd layer and camera behavior, conflict with the Lightup and other plugins. The SketchUpBIM topic is full of complaints.
    Recommendation: Do not install.

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[Candidate] Plugins Quarantine

Postby Dan Rathbun » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:18 am

    [Candidate] Plugins Quarantine

    Plugin: Cutlister
    Vers : 1.1, 1.2
    Author: Dana Woodman


    • (file: "utils.rb")
      Modifies Ruby Base Classes
      • Array
      • Class
      • Float
      • String

    • (file: ALL)
      Creates Many Toplevel Base Classes
      • needs Author namespace wrapping.

    • Load just before using
    • Do not use any other plugins after loading
    • Restart SketchUp when done using Cutlister


    Dana Woodman (ishboo) posted a notice on Tue Jan 03, 2012, viz:
    ishboo in Re: [Plugin] Cutlister wrote:I sadly don't have much time or energy to work on Cutlister at this point. If someone wants to work on it, it is on Github and can be forked and modified ...

    I may have a look at it, to see what I can do to help solve some of the issues with this plugin.
    Last edited by Dan Rathbun on Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
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      [Candidate] Quarantine: Ambient Occlusion by qpik

      Postby Dan Rathbun » Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:44 pm

        [Candidate] for Plugins Quarantine

        Plugin: Ambient Occlusion -> Simple Rays (sun, solar)

        File : "simple_rays.rb"

        Vers : NO VERSIONING (but there were at least 7 versions)

        Author: qpik


        • Modifies Ruby Base Classes
        • Modifies Trimble OEM API Classes

        • Not Author namespace wrapped.
        • Creates global methods for only it's own use

        Do not run as is!

        Causes BugSplat!

        Many Issues fixed ... TESTING NEEDED:

        [Plugin] Qpik::SimpleRays OVERHAUL v1.x

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          Re: Plugins Quarantine

          Postby ken » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:49 pm

          Did the Quarantine list become smaller? I remember a lot more plugins in this list. I had a question about a plugin that was quarantined, quarr_jsalign.rb and I was wondering just why this plugin was quarantined.

          I use this plugin all the time. To drop component/Group to a set elevation and just wanted to make sure just what it was doing to my Sketchup program.

          Now, I see the list is shorter and doesn't include this plugin. Am I looking in the right place or has the list been modified.

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          Re: Plugins Quarantine

          Postby thomthom » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:01 pm

          The logs list no edits for this thread. Just locks/unlocks, merge and bump.
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