[Plugin] Custom Toolbars Plugin

[Plugin] Custom Toolbars Plugin

Postby Jim » Mon May 26, 2008 6:49 pm

To create a custom toolbar, you create a plain text file in the jf_custom_toolbars folder.

The name of the text file becomes the name of the Toolbar.

The contents of the text file is a list of commands taken from the commands in the image.

Look for the "Edge Style Example.txt" file in your Plugins/jf_custom_toolbars folder for an example toolbars.

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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby ibon » Mon May 26, 2008 10:06 pm

This is Awesome! keep on with the project, please. Do you need help with the icons? i have changed a little my sketchup, so maybe i could help. Thanks again!

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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby watkins » Mon May 26, 2008 10:55 pm

Dear Jim,

I'm sure that it is obvious to everyone else, but how do you go about installing the scripts. A little explanation of what the plugin does and how one might use it effectively. I am loathe to change what I have without an understanding of the benefits. I know that you are very busy, but if you could write a simple 'how to install and use' document, with perhaps a few examples then, that would be most helpful.

Many thanks,
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Daniel S » Tue May 27, 2008 1:52 pm

ibon wrote:This is Awesome! keep on with the project, please. Do you need help with the icons? i have changed a little my sketchup, so maybe i could help. Thanks again!



Ibon.. can you share the icons of the bezier tool and the ones for the tools on surfaces (offset and line on surface)? They look really great!!!

Daniel S
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby rsw » Tue May 27, 2008 2:43 pm

Jim wrote:I've posted a beta release of custom toolbars on my blog (see my sig.)


thought I would find this quite useful as I tend to use icons rather than shortcuts most of the time, but I can't seem to download it from your blog, I just get to a page which says I don't have permission to view this page - could you post it here on scf instead?

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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Jim » Tue May 27, 2008 9:27 pm

I had some security settings set wrong, it should work now. Sorry.
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Dave R » Tue May 27, 2008 9:40 pm

Jim, thank you for this. I was able to download it yesterday and I think I installed it correctly--all into the Plugins folder and otherwise the paths shown in the Zip file were left alone. I haven't figured out how to activate the toolbars though. Any ideas of how to teach an idiot how to work this? ;)
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Jim » Tue May 27, 2008 9:42 pm

They should all be under View > Toolbars menu.

A toolbar file is just a text file in the Plugins/Toolbars folder. You can see some example in there already.
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Dave R » Tue May 27, 2008 10:38 pm

That's kind of what I thought. Maybe I need new glasses.
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Jim » Tue May 27, 2008 10:46 pm

Uh, this is a dumb question, but you did restart SketchUp, right?

There should be a toolbars.rb file in Plugins also.
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Dave R » Tue May 27, 2008 10:53 pm

Not such a dumb question but yes, I did restart SU several times since installing the files. The computer has even been restarted a couple of times since I installed the files.
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Jim » Tue May 27, 2008 11:26 pm

OK, did you check the Extensions tab of the Preferences dialog?

I thought I had done away with the extensions interface, which is why I didn't suggest it first. I can't keep track of my own plugins.
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby Dave R » Wed May 28, 2008 10:57 am

Holy buckets! That did it. I don't think I've had to go in and check a box under Extensions since I first loaded the V6 a long time ago. It didn't occur to me that there'd be a new box to check.

Thanks Jim. That was the fix.
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Re: View hidden geometry toggle icon

Postby rsw » Wed May 28, 2008 1:07 pm

Jim wrote:I had some security settings set wrong, it should work now. Sorry.


works fine now, thanks
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby dudekracked » Wed May 28, 2008 1:37 pm

hi jim thanks for this useful plugin :thumb:

im just wondering if it will be something like the one on your site after you finish it?

i copied the picture on your site, :oops: will it end up something like this? i kinda like this actually, is it possible to do this? thanks
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby HFM » Wed May 28, 2008 2:19 pm

dudekracked wrote:hi jim thanks for this useful plugin :thumb:

im just wondering if it will be something like the one on your site after you finish it?

i copied the picture on your site, :oops: will it end up something like this? i kinda like this actually, is it possible to do this? thanks


Eh seriously, it is exactly like that! Every button on that page you can use in a custom toolbar... or create new icons
RTFM or in this case RTFRBFILES that are included :D

and again Jim thanx for this one [it's keeping me up at night creating icons :shock: ]
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby dudekracked » Wed May 28, 2008 2:48 pm

@HFM

no, no, no, your not reading me clearly, :thumbd: i absolutely like the idea of a kind of floating toolbar that has all the tools inside it with the name beside it and if all possible can be customized, exactly like the picture that ive attached earlier.
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby ilay7k » Wed May 28, 2008 3:00 pm

also need shortcut(command) to hide/show all of them...like at most sculpting tool - for clear sketchup desktop(slide away)
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby HFM » Wed May 28, 2008 3:53 pm

dudekracked wrote:@HFM

no, no, no, your not reading me clearly, :thumbd: i absolutely like the idea of a kind of floating toolbar that has all the tools inside it with the name beside it and if all possible can be customized, exactly like the picture that ive attached earlier.


Ooooh,...


Why? If you hover over the icons you get the name too. Anyways, sorry for the misunderstanding.

Hugo
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby Dave R » Wed May 28, 2008 6:44 pm

Jim, this is pretty slick. I made a replacement for the Camera toolbar that includes centerSelection. So now there's eight tools in that bar instead of 7. I include the TXT file for anyone who might want to do the same thing.
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby urgen » Wed May 28, 2008 9:18 pm

...good idea Jim :thumb: thanks! :D
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby sky2779 » Wed May 28, 2008 10:31 pm

my sketchup is in D:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp 6
I did put the toolbars into the plugins folder but nothing happened
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby Dave R » Wed May 28, 2008 10:34 pm

Read through the thread.

Go to Preferences and check the appropriate box under Extensions.
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby Jim » Thu May 29, 2008 2:14 am

Just curious if anyone discovered the "double" meaning of some of the icons? :D

Nathan Cheever (alz) is the one who did all the work and deserves all the kudos for the custom icons. Thanks again, Nathan!
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby Dave R » Thu May 29, 2008 2:24 am

Jim wrote:Just curious if anyone discovered the "double" meaning of some of the icons? :D

Nathan Cheever (alz) is the one who did all the work and deserves all the kudos for the custom icons. Thanks again, Nathan!


Double meaning? As in the icons for togglePerspective and toggleAxes? ;)
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby scottpara » Thu May 29, 2008 12:00 pm

Now we just need someone to make buttons for the missing icons!

Great plugin!!!!


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If anyone has created buttons for the missing icons please post them for others who are not as creative
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby Nexus009 » Fri May 30, 2008 12:40 pm

Jim, thaaaaaaaanks!!!!!!!!!!! :thumb: :D :family: :family: :family: :family:
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby HFM » Fri May 30, 2008 12:59 pm

Well,... thats one way of saying thank you :D

But creating icons for it is hard since you have to scale it down to 24x24 [I'm not going near the 16x16 icons :shock: :D ]

But I'm getting there :lol:
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby Dave R » Fri May 30, 2008 3:33 pm

James, all you need to do to make a new icon is export a PNG, make the background transparent and resize it to 24x24 and 16x16 pixels. Replace the "No Icon" image for the icon you are making in the Toolbars\Images folder with the new icon.

This is a first try but it doesn't read so well in the toolbar.
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Re: Custom Toolbars beta 1

Postby HFM » Fri May 30, 2008 3:38 pm

You may want to exaggerate the contrast or draw extra lines around you icon Dave :D
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