Help Me Create a Custom Sketchup Plugin to Auto-Populate My

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Help Me Create a Custom Sketchup Plugin to Auto-Populate My

Postby aardvarkarchitecture » Tue Jul 25, 2023 9:03 pm

I am looking to create a sketchup plugin that will allow me to automatically populate my Layout template with all the scenes that I’ve created in my relevant 3D model.
Link to video walkthru of what I’d like to accomplish with my plugin: Layout AutoScene Plugin Request -

If you can help me write the Ruby code for this function, please respond back to me. It may take me a couple of days to check back, I’m new to this forum, but I’m very committed to making this work for myself as a big timesaver.
Thank you!


Re: Help Me Create a Custom Sketchup Plugin to Auto-Populate

Postby Dave R » Thu Jul 27, 2023 1:49 pm

You don't need an extension to do this. Set up your SketchUp template with the scenes already named. Make a simple model in that template to use as a proxy SketchUp model you insert into your LayOut template with the viewports arranged on the sheets as you want. When you start a new project in SketchUp use the template with the scenes you created. You can change the camera position and other scene properties to suit the new model but leave the scene names as they are in your template. Then when you're ready for LayOut, open the LO template and in Document Setup>References, relink the SketchUp reference to your project file. The viewports will all update to show the scenes from your project model.

FWIW, an extension won't make the viewports display the model any faster. LayOut will still have to render them. Likely there are things you can do in your SketchUp file to optiize it so the rendering time is reduced. I'm going to also guess you could manage with fewer scenes in the model if you wanted to.
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