[Plugin] Guide Tools (1.3.0) — 21 October 2010

[Plugin] Guide Tools (1.3.0) — 21 October 2010

Postby thomthom » Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:24 pm

Overview
A small collection of snippets I made while modelling. Compiled them into one plugin.

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Plugins > Guide Tools

Features
CPoint at Arc Center
Adds a construction point at the centre of every selected arc.

CPoint at Circle Center
Adds a construction point at the centre of every selected circle.

CPoint at Exploded Arc Center
Adds a construction point at the centre of every selected exploded arc (When SketchUp thinks it's just edges).

CPoint at Bounds Center
Adds a construction point at the centre of every group/component's bounding box.

CPoint at Bounds Bottom Center
Adds a construction point at the bottom centre of every group/component's bounding box.

CPoint at Edge-Face Intersection (v1.2.0)
Adds a construction point where the selected edges intersect the selected faces.

CPoint at Edge-Edge Intersection (v1.2.0)
Adds a construction point where the selected edges connects. Note: only "loose" edges - edges that is not part of a face.

CPoint at Insertion Point (v1.1.0)
Adds a construction point inside every component's insertion point. If nothing is selected it processes all the components in the model.

CPoint at Camera Eye (v1.3.0)
Adds a construction point at the Camera eye.

Insert Components at CPoints
Insert an instance pf the selected group/component at every selected construction point.

Requirements
  • SketchUp 7 or newer - ( Other versions untested )
  • TT_Lib2 (v2.4.0)

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tt_guide_tools.rb

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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby Ben Ritter » Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:30 pm

Nice, thank you very much.
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby EarthMover » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:11 pm

Thanks again! :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby CadFather » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:14 pm

Wow, Mr Thom, is it christmas where you live? some of these tools are amazing! superthanks! :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby pilou » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:17 pm

You can't stop the production before 2012? :D
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby thomthom » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:20 pm

A year or so of small snippets finally organized. My way of celebrating SU 10 years and the release of v8. :D
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby pilou » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:43 pm

We can't follow a such flood avalanche! :D
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby majid » Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:45 am

another great gift befor 2012 ;) hope to be (after 2012) at the paradise for your generosity :D :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby snowflake » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:33 am

Xmas, more like the back to school offers that are around, but with greater added value.
Thank you once again for your amazing work and dedication.
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.0.0) — 01 September 2010

Postby MALAISE » Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:54 am

Still great as ever :berserk: :berserk:

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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby thomthom » Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:23 pm

Version 1.1.0
  • CPoint at Insertion Point.
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby watkins » Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:57 am

Dear Thomas,

With AutoCAD one can change the guide point style, and then set the size to relative or absolute. Is this something that can be done with your plugin?

Further, when working with assemblies, I would sometimes like to select all the cpoints and then hide them. Again, is that possible with your plugin? Options like hide_all and hide_selection would be useful.

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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby watkins » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:34 pm

Dear Thomas,

The attached images show the effect of 'cpoint relative'. It would be nice to set the cpoint to an absolute size, say 1 mm, so that the cpoints are only visible when one zooms in to the model.

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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby pilou » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:47 pm

And CPoint at intersection of Guides lines?
CPoint at intersection of selected?
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby thomthom » Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:35 pm

watkins wrote:With AutoCAD one can change the guide point style, and then set the size to relative or absolute. Is this something that can be done with your plugin?

No - the appearance of CPoints can not be changed in SU.

watkins wrote:Further, when working with assemblies, I would sometimes like to select all the cpoints and then hide them. Again, is that possible with your plugin? Options like hide_all and hide_selection would be useful.

There is a Hide/Show Guides under the View menu if I remember correctly.


Pilou wrote:And CPoint at intersection of Guides lines?
CPoint at intersection of selected?

Isn't there plugins that do this?
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby pilou » Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:15 pm

Maybe but all in one package is more practical ;)
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby Caleidos4D » Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:20 pm

THANKS!! :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby EarthMover » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:58 pm

Would there be a way to add an array copy to guides or cpoints?
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby pilou » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:01 pm

Does it possible to have circular Guides line?
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby jeff hammond » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:26 pm

hey adam.. didier's projections:
viewtopic.php?t=20140
.. has some neat stuff in there regarding guide arrays and whatnot..

i like guides by division a lot & guides by interval is handy too..
maybe check that plugin out? (again?)
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby TIG » Sun Oct 10, 2010 6:57 pm

Pilou wrote:Does it possible to have circular Guides line?

WorkPlane Disk!
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby Krisidious » Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:52 pm

you ROCK Thom!!! :sketchstatic:
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby pilou » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:10 am

WorkPlane Disk!

:oops: :oops: :oops: :roll: :thumb:

But I have seen this plug who transform a line in "guide lines"
Xline by Rick WilsonConvert edges to construction lines at Smustard
Seems that works for any curves (arc, circle) :enlight:
apply with other plugs who need lines construction that work :enlight:
but when I convert circle that works not :(

The plug is this one, for the moment works with lines guide and with more difficulties with my circle line guides
(even with the working plan circular explosed)
Surely something in the plug itself!
Drilling Milling by Menfin (French and English version) :enlight:

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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby thomthom » Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:23 am

EarthMover wrote:Would there be a way to add an array copy to guides or cpoints?

Other than the native Move+Copy array?
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby EarthMover » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:04 am

:lol: For some reason, the whole time I've used Sketchup, I thought array copy with the move tool didn't work with guides. Apparently it does! :oops: Learn something everyday. I think I tried it using the #/ to equally space copies between points which doesn't work and assumed forward array didn't work either. Dieders tools are great too and hence all my requests are instantly met. :D

(On a side note, can you implement a multiple copy array feature to your divide face tool? That would be very handy! :P)
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby jeff hammond » Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:56 am

EarthMover wrote: I think I tried it using the #/ to equally space copies between points which doesn't work


hmm.. that works with C_lines (and cpoints as well)..
maybe you didn't copy/move it to begin with and only moved it?


[edit] i was gonna say that you're supposed to type it like /# instead of #/ but i just tried it and they both work..
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby EarthMover » Mon Oct 11, 2010 2:41 am

Jeff, you're right. I've always tried to make arrays with the tape measure tool by itself after pulling a cline off of an edge. Using the move tool works as expected. A truly "duh" moment for me! :shock: :lol:
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby jeff hammond » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:27 am

That'd be sweet though. Something that google could/should add to standard SU as it wouldn't compromise simplicity for a bit more complexity. There are a few native tools that could acquire added functions while staying true to the vision. (multiface pushpull is another example)
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby thomthom » Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:25 am

EarthMover wrote:(On a side note, can you implement a multiple copy array feature to your divide face tool? That would be very handy! :P)

It already has. After placing a line you can type * or / to add more lines. Even adjust the amounts.
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Re: [Plugin] Guide Tools (1.1.0) — 06 September 2010

Postby Panga » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:10 am

Just wanted to add a big thanks for this plugin which saved me today !! :ecstatic:
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