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syncing extensions in SketchUp

In this tutorial for SketchUp you will learn how to use Bundles in SketchUcation Tools 2.6.1 to sync your plugins and extensions to multiple devices. Your office and home desktops and laptops will thank you for it...trust me!

Not only that you can also sync different versions of SketchUp! Yep!

Want your fresh SketchUp 2014 install to have everthing that you had in SketchUp 2013? Easy...just use SketchUcation Tools.

How to use Bundles to sync your Extensions and Plugins in SketchUp

In version 2.5 of the SketchUcation Tools extension for SketchUp we introduced Bundles. With the sheer volume of features that SketchUcation Tools 2.5 brought it was lost in the excitement! That is why we decided to remind SketchUp users how easy it is to sync multiple devices and versions to run the same plugins and extensions.

Note: At this point we have to make a presumption. Firstly, you need to be running SketchUcation Tools on each device and that you logged into your account. That is important! We don't have the ability to poke around if you don't let us.

Note: Secondly, if you run multiple versions of SketchUp then it is important that each of these are running SketchUcation Tools. This gives us the best chance to build a complete picture of your setup.

If you happen to be in the 'No SketchUcation Tools Installed' club then go here and install it....

Launching My Setup in the PluginStore

Launch the PluginStore on the device that is most up to date with your extension and plugin installs and you will be greeted with the following...

launching My Setup in the PluginStore for SketchUp

If you hover your cursor over the cogs you will see it says 'Go to My Setup'.

The My Setup area allows you to track lots of information about your activity in the PluginStore. From Updates, Installs, Downloads and Profile. But what we are interested in here is the Bundles tab. Go ahead and click Bundles to see your list.

Overview of Bundles in the PluginStore

In this example you can see four entries in the Bundles list. This may differ on your machine but for demo purposes we will take a look at this setup.

Bundles listed in the PluginStore extension for Sketchup

The PluginStore identifies two things on launch. How many installs of SketchUp you have and how many devices you use. So here it sees that on my Asus machine I have SketchUp 8, 2013 and 2014 installed with SketchUcation Tools installed in each of them. It also lists another machine in which I just have SketchUp 2014 installed. How cool is that?

To make life easy we snapshot each device and SketchUp version and store the list of installed plugins and extensions for you to retrieve when you need to. These snapshots (or Bundles) are your definitive Bundle. You cannot delete them, remove them or hide them. If we allowed that then you would be in a bit of a mess. But we do allow you to duplicate any Bundle and mess with that.

Viewing, Duplicating and Editing your Bundles in the PluginStore

You can toggle the Bundle list to see the installed plugins and extensions for each device and SketchUp version. You can duplicate the Bundle (more on that later). Or you can Autoinstall the Bundle.

viewing Bundles in SketchUp using the PluginStore

Autoinstall All Plugins is a bit special. It not only installs everything you have in that Bundle but it also makes sure that it installs the latest version. So you can be 100% guarnteed that you are running the latest setup. Why would you need to install everything that you already installed? You never know when a hardware failure or accident may occur so we left this in as a 'get outta jail free' card.

Since you can't mess with the definitive Bundle of each device and version you will need to Duplicate your SketchUp plugins and extensions first. It is as easy as clicking and typing a name for your duplicate.

duplicating your Bundle in SketchUp

With our Bundle now duplicated we are free to edit it. You can remove what ever you no longer want to make sure this Bundle is optimsed to your needs and workflow. With the duplicate now done you can use this to update any other device or SketchUp version to be as current as your master setup. When you are done fist pumping and hollering you might like to give it a try?

editing your Bundle in SketchUp

Now if you load another version of SketchUp on the same machine you will see this duplicated Bundle ready to be installed. If you move to another device it will be there too! So no more excuses are needed when you upgrade your SketchUp version or hardware...we got your back ;)

Why doesn't the PluginStore use the cloud to do this automagically?

Sadly, SketchUcation Tools 2.6.1 doesn't have any means of storing your installs in the cloud. There are workarounds for that if you use Fredo's Additional Folder extension. But, did you know that in version 2.6.1 we added cloud functionality? Yep! In the next release you will no longer need to use Bundles!

We already built the framework and added this ability in the current version of SketchUcation Tools. But before we roll it out fully we wanted to finalize the icing on the cake. But, as of today, there are 100s of users currently enjoying the benefits of clicking install on one device and it being synced to all devices and versions of SketchUp.

As always, we love to part of the development of SketchUcation Tools. We are only a very small part in the larger machine of developers, testers and users. To evolve and maintain the PluginStore and SketchUcation Tools is only possible thanks to our Premium Members. You guys and gals are the best!

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#1 DaveS 2015-01-22 15:22
Does the Plugin Store only manage plugins installed by itself? Or, can it manage plugins installed from other sources (Extension Warehouse or manual)?
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