[PLUGIN] Flowify v1.1.0 (updated 150327)

[PLUGIN] Flowify v1.1.0 (updated 150327)

Postby CAUL » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:42 pm

Flowify is a Sketchup equivalent to Rhino's command FlowAlongSrf. The extension bends geometry along quad surfaces.

Inputs to the extension are groups or components of source geometry and a group called the support group which has the following layout:

Support group
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| - Group with projection plane
| - Group with target surface
| - Group with connection edges

  • The projection plane is either an empty rectangular face or a flat custom made quad grid with the same topology as the target surface.
  • The target surface is a rectangular quad grid - rectangular means that the grid needs to have four distinct corners.
  • Connection edges (or construction lines in case the lines intersect each other) connect two adjacent corners on the projection plane with two adjacent corners on the target surface.

Flowify maps raw faces within groups or components of source geometry, thus, groups further down the hierarchy will be ignored. Front and Back materials are transferred to the target geometry.

Compatibility: Tested on Sketchup 2015 only.

Introduction:

Tutorials




Versions
v1.1.0 Formats edges in the target geometry according to:
A) Edges in the source geometry have their formatting transferred to the target
B) Edges introduced in intersect becomes unsoftened in the target
C) Triangulation diagonals in the target are formatted according to the conventional quad definition

Thus, "Flowify without cut" will preserve quad formatting.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby Khai » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:24 pm

what sorcery is this??

thank you. I look forward to using it :D
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby Matheron » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:33 pm

Thank you very much, Caul.

Flowify for Sketchup is a fine idea.

Your plugin has the potential to make several budding modeling ideas bear fruit.

Now looking forward to trying it.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby cmd » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:49 pm

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Looks like a fantastic plugin.

Thank you for taking the time to provide such a thorough tutorial video. It is really well done.

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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby Rich O Brien » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:53 pm

Hi Caul,

We added Flowify to the PluginStore.

Since you are a Plugin Author you are able to track stats, update docs or use our API at...

plugins.sketchucation.com

Thanks for sharing here. We appreciate it.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby cotty » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:07 pm

Nice videos. Thank you for this interesting plugin!
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby dtrarch » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:35 pm

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What a fine and professional tutorial set and beyond what Sketchup was ever thought to do. :thumb: :thumb:
Just amazing and a real gift.
Thank you so very much. :enlight:

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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby pilou » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:15 pm

Excellent! :fro:
Frank Gehry will love it! ;)

PS
You have also a "Flow" function inside Moi3D :geek:
(Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V between Rhino <--> Moi on the 2 ways)
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby alpro » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:51 pm

This looks very cool, thanks for sharing and also for the good tutorial.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby tt_su » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:18 am

Loving the haunted house example! :D
It's been a while since I used Rhino - is the operation of setting up the meshes the same as FlowAlongSrf?

(Btw, nice example of Bezier Surface there - it's seem to be more versatile than I expected. :) )
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby silvershadow » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:48 am

this is amazing!! Thank you so much for this,something i could definitely use with my current project and save some long boring hours.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby duanekemp » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:28 am

This looks amazingly useful!

tt_su's question about meshes is good.

How does this wrap textures? Are they projected in the same way as meshes?
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby faust07 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:12 am

The demonstrations and examples are impressive and inspiring. This offers completely new possibilities to deform objects specifically and flowing. "Fredo6_FredoScale Radial Bending" on the next level. :thumb:
Will test it under SU8.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby duanekemp » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:14 am

Is v1.2 addressing texture mapping? :-)
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby rv1974 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 3:48 pm

CAUL, this is awesome thing! Thank you for sharing.
I tried some primitive case of 'panelization'. Everything went smooth except point A got split into A1 and A2. Is it possible to tweak the algorithm so it'd keep the same number of vertices?
Edit: I found 'flowify without cut' mode that solves this issue :enlight:
BTW What exactly 'Aux' tools do?
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby CAUL » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:22 pm

rv1974 wrote:Edit: I found 'flowify without cut' mode that solves this issue :enlight:

I was just going to suggest this :)

rv1974 wrote:BTW What exactly 'Aux' tools do?

The first Aux tool "Edge -> CLine" converts an edge to a construction line. If two connection edges intersect each other (if you pair your corners crosswise), then they split into four edges and that is not handled by the extension. The extension let you convert an edge to a construction line to handle this.

The purpose of the second Aux tool cannot really be explained in less than 2500 words. There will eventually be a tutorial with this tool playing a small part.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby cmd » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:29 pm

Caul

I tried to mimic your example and I am have a few problems.

1) The IMPOSE GRID function does not modify my "Projection Surface".
- I am not getting any errors in the Ruby Console when initiating the IMPOSE GRID feature.

2) I am receiving an error dialog message concerning the " Target grid".

INPUT ERROR: Error while parsing the Target grid
The grid must conform to:
- A cell consists of exactly four edges. Beware of collinear edge segments
- Connection edges must attatch to two adjecent corners
- The grid must have four corners
- Every row in the grid must have the same number of cells
- No holes


- I checked the Target Grid and it all seems to comply with the rules.
- I am not getting any errors in the Ruby Console

Attached is the skp.

Can anyone figure out why it's not working?
Although I believe I am following the instructions step by step... user error?
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby CAUL » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:36 pm

tt_su wrote:It's been a while since I used Rhino - is the operation of setting up the meshes the same as FlowAlongSrf?

It is very similar, in Rhino there are no explicit connection edges though.

pilou wrote:You have also a "Flow" function inside Moi3D :geek:

That was a nice summary, the projective version of Flow is actually coded and may end up in a later version of Flowify.

duanekemp wrote:Is v1.2 addressing texture mapping? :-)

I will look into this, it would certainly be a nice feature.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby pilou » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:37 pm

@Cmd
You must draw the 2 lines' Extremities Start to extremities' Target! :mrgreen:

Flowify_works.jpg
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby cmd » Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:59 pm

Just as I thought..... USER ERROR Doh!!

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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby Pixero » Thu Mar 19, 2015 7:12 pm

Very very cool. Great job! :thumb:
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby pep75 » Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:42 am

These are the plugins that make SU more valuable! Great scripting Caul!
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby Martin i Uixan » Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:18 pm

Thamk you very much, you are magician Caul. It's awesome. First test now
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby panixia » Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:50 pm

CAUL wrote:
rv1974 wrote:Edit: I found 'flowify without cut' mode that solves this issue :enlight:

I was just going to suggest this :)

Great and useful plugin sir! thank you so much! :thumb:
i played a bit with it and it's really enjoiable, but i have a request if possible/not toohard to accomplish..
it looks like the "flow without" cut doesn't add triangles but unsfoften every edges.. can we have an option to preserve edge properties so that this tool could be more esily integrated in an organic/quadfacetools-friendly workflow?

edit - attached example
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby thomthom » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:27 pm

panixia wrote:it looks like the "flow without" cut doesn't add triangles but unsfoften every edges.. can we have an option to preserve edge properties so that this tool could be more esily integrated in an organic/quadfacetools-friendly workflow?

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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.0.0 (150318)

Postby CAUL » Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:15 am

it looks like the "flow without" cut doesn't add triangles but unsfoften every edges.. can we have an option to preserve edge properties so that this tool could be more esily integrated in an organic/quadfacetools-friendly workflow?

Good suggestion! This feature is now introduced in v1.1.0.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.1.0 (updated 150327)

Postby panixia » Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:22 pm

wow! thank you so much! it works fine! :sketchstatic:
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.1.0 (updated 150327)

Postby CadFather » Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:14 am

Thank you Caul. fantastic extension.

on my pc the impose grid has no effect on the plane.

hence flowify shows errors (but at least it fires), got the 3 groups in place etc.
tried with a default plugins set up (flowify the only extension). no success.

attach the sample, in case someone can see any blindspots...


the tutorials were some of the best i've seen. :thumb: :thumb:



EDIT: :oops: i think i made a mistake. i thought i could place the lines a bit inside the group, not always on the extremities. sorry the false alarm! :)


EDIT 2: OUT OF THIS WORLD! :lol:



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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.1.0 (updated 150327)

Postby duanekemp » Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:44 pm

This is the most amazing thing I've seen in a while. Brilliant! I've been following a little... but, just took the time to really look at this. I can't believe what this does for workflow! I'm sharing this with friends... people have GOT to know about this.

Unless... of course... I'm the last one of my friends to start paying attention... either way. I'm really excited to use this. Thank you for sharing with us.
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Re: [PLUGIN] Flowify v1.1.0 (updated 150327)

Postby Taner Batu » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:29 pm

Hello Caul! I like it. I watched videos again many times, but I could not use it.
Please, share SketchUp files of examples with us. So everyone will know better. Thank you.
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