More plugins out of the box

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More plugins out of the box

Postby Edson » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:10 pm

i wonder why Google Sketchup does not include more plugins in the standard version. some of them, as can be found in this board, are really crucial to a professional workflow.

does it have to do with copyrights? i really would like to understand the reasoning behind it.
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Re: More plugins out of the box

Postby stuartb » Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:27 pm

I doubt it's copyright. It certainly never bothered AutoCAD! As I recall, each new release incorporated lisp routines written for free by enthusiasts . . who were then charged for the 'upgrade'!
Sketchup is fast and lean. Maybe having too many plugins running by default would slow it down. Maybe its meant to be like firefox . . basic . . but add what you need. I like that philosophy. I think Skecthup could do with better plugin management though. A bit like the overhaul of Styles in the last release. An onboard 'plugin management' system would allow configuration of plugins to ensure that the fewest necessary were running, but others were just a click away when needed.

I agree with you Edson . . TIG's text plugin for one is a definate . . until they fix the propoer Sketchup text. Also, rotated rectangle . . I cant work without it.
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Re: More plugins out of the box

Postby Edson » Mon Dec 10, 2007 2:32 pm

stuart,

may i suggest you have a look at two recent creations by didier bur: layer manager and projection toolbar.
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