Saving multiple workspaces

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Saving multiple workspaces

Postby danbig » Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:44 pm

Has anyone come up with a good way to save a few different workspaces for sketchup?

I do most of my work on two screens, where I use almost all of the windows available for SU. Sometimes, I use a laptop screen only, and then I use almost none of the supplementary sketchup windows. It's been cumbersome to close all the windows on my laptop, and then reopen and orient them when I get back to my desk.

I'm on Windows XP with SU Pro 7.1


Re: Saving multiple workspaces

Postby Jim » Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:44 pm

Registry hack is the only way I know. Although I wrote those .bat files, I haven't used them to know if they are stable.

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(Answer) Saving multiple SU workspaces

Postby Dan Rathbun » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:12 pm

danbig wrote:Has anyone come up with a good way to save a few different workspaces for sketchup?

I'm on Windows XP with SU Pro 7.1

Well.. on Windows, Sketchup saves all the data in the User hive of the Registry, so...

the only (easy) way now, to run SU differently OR run diferent minor releases of the same major Sketchup version, is to create separate User accounts on Windows.

In your case.. the NORMAL user for mutli-screen, and a SECONDARY account for single-screen.

There are filesharing issues however. You'd need to save your models in the 'All Users' folder tree (displays as 'Shared Documents') so you could access them from both accounts. (..or just "Share" the secondary user's Documents folder and subfolders.)

After making the secondary account, you log off it, and onto the normal account.

Then when you need to run Sketchup in single-screen mode, you do a "Run As..." (right-click your Sketchup icon, and choose 'Run As..',) and run Sketchup as the secondary user, but still you can run anything else as the primary user (most importantly your email client,) etc. because your still logged on as the primary user.

You'd never really ever need to log onto the secondary user, if the primary user is an administrator; because admin's can see all user hives in regedt32.exe in case you need to look at the secondary's SU settings in the Registry.

So your just using the secondary user account, to create a separate User Hive to save Sketchup settings for a Single-Screen mode. (You could even name the user SingleScreen.)
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