Migrating to a New Version of SketchUp

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Migrating to a New Version of SketchUp

Postby Dave R » Thu Jan 30, 2020 1:24 am

This seems to come around every year or so and for a lot of people it seems to be a big problem but it doesn't need to be. This is how I do it.

1. Open the previous version and make a screen shot to show the toolbar layout.
2. Install the new version of SketchUp. If you are installing on Windows, make sure you log in to Windows with your normal user login. Then right click on the downloaded installed and choose Run as administrator.
3. Deal with your local collections of components, materials, styles and if you use them, classifications. I keep them in the directory SketchUp creates and by default looks for. On the PC that's User/AppData/Roaming/SketchUp... There is a similar folder on Mac under User/Library/Application Support. In both cases these directories are normally hidden but they can be made visible. I copy the folders from the previous version to the new one. Leave the Plugins folder alone. Don't copy it unless you enjoy chasing load errors.
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Alternatively you can leave the components, materials, and styles where they are and change the file paths in Preferences>Files.

4. Download the Sketchucation Extension Store and install it using Install Extension in the Extension manager.
5. Open the tool, sign in to Sketchucation and click on the gear icon at the top.
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6. Click on Bundles.
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7. The extensions you've installed in the previous version of SketchUp using the tool will be listed. You can install the en masse by clicking on the Install Bundle button.
8. Install extensions from the Extension Warehouse by going to the EW from the Window menu. There used to be a method for batch installing extensions you installed with the EW previously. It's currently absent after a recent platform change for the Extension Warehouse but hopefully it will return soon. Install fresh copies of other extensions you might have from other sources.
9. With extensions installed, quit SketchUp and restart to make sure they all load.
10. Import the screen shot you made in step one as an image and zoom in on it. Use it as a guide to place the toolbars in the same relative locations.

As for keyboard shortcuts, they should take care of themselves. The new version looks for the shortcuts in the previous version and installs them automatically.

I know there are some things that seem like they could be easier. If people were AR about keep their extensions up to date and extensions didn't require updates due to changes in Ruby versions, most of them could be copied from the old version. Evidence has shown that most people aren't good about keeping their extensions up to date and from time to time, Ruby changes requiring updates to some extensions so it's best just to install fresh copies instead.

It would also be nice if there was a way to get toolbars set up automatically but alas, there isn't yet. No point agonizing over it. Just get it done.
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Re: Migrating to a New Version of SketchUp

Postby juju » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:04 am

someone please sticky this
21 Sept. 2020. Please support this thread on the SketchUp forum to resolve Extension Warehouse problems. Faults being ignored is not an option.
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