Medeek Wall Plugin

Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Jul 29, 2022 8:49 pm

Version 2.9.3 - 07.29.2022
- Enabled independent control of exterior and interior stud depths for staggered stud walls (rectangular only).



Previously staggered studs were auto-calculated and one could not independently control the stud depth for the exterior and interior studs. This latest update allows for granular control of the stud depths and makes the staggered stud feature more flexible and useful.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Aug 03, 2022 1:11 am

After some further thought to window and door casings (interior trim) I realized it would be useful to enable a system whereby the user could essentially create their own profiles and add them into the plugin (library folder) themselves.

I will probably include some pre-added profiles like the 365 and a few other common ones, but this way it will be much more flexible for the user and customizable.



I will start with the door casings first and then add this feature to the window module after.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:39 am

First look at custom casings:





Notice that when CUSTOM casing is specified for the Casing Style, the edit or draw menu will provide a preview of the profile as shown.

Now I need to work on enabling this for arched doors and also updating the global settings with this new option.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:52 am

Version 2.9.4 - 08.05.2022
- Enabled CUSTOM door casings for rectangular doors.
- Added a thumbnail preview into the edit and draw door menus showing the custom casing profiles.
- Added a thumbnail preview into the Door tab of the Global Settings and added the custom profile parameter.





Additional profiles can be added into the "casings" sub-folder of the "library" folder within the plugin folder. Placement of the profile is important, so best practice is to open one of the two examples within this sub-folder and duplicate its positioning and grouping.

I will still need to enable this feature for arched doors and all window types, so much more work is yet to be done in this regard. It seems there is never a lack of work when it comes to this plugin.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:34 am

Version 2.9.5 - 08.06.2022
- Enabled CUSTOM door casings for arched doors.
- Added CUSTOM D and CUSTOM F door casing options for rectangular doors.



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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Aug 07, 2022 9:17 pm

Version 2.9.6 - 08.07.2022
- Added STYLE G and CUSTOM G casing options for rectangular doors.



I had to add in these two styles since they are used in our own home. I think I have finally beaten this horse to death but if there are any other styles you feel should be added please feel free to contact me or post them here.

The profile for the upper molding is found in the "system" sub-folder of the "library" folder. It can be edited and customized by the user. The file name is: CM_HEADER.skp
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Aug 08, 2022 7:34 am

First look at Style G applied to a window:

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Aug 09, 2022 8:49 am

Version 2.9.7 - 08.09.2022
- Enabled the following CUSTOM casings for rectangular windows: CUSTOM, CUSTOM D, CUSTOM F, CUSTOM G.
- Added a thumbnail preview into the edit and draw window menus showing the custom casing profiles.
- Added a thumbnail preview into the Window tab of the Global Settings and added the custom profile parameter.
- Added a STYLE G casing option for rectangular windows.
- Fixed a compatibility bug with CUSTOM door casings.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Aug 14, 2022 12:54 am

Version 2.9.8 - 08.13.2022
- Added a "Label Rotation" parameter for all wall types (0 or 180 degrees).
- Added a default "Label Rotation" parameter into the General tab of the Global Settings.



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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Aug 14, 2022 10:41 pm

Tutorial 31 - Custom Window and Door Casings (15:42 min.)



It's crazy to think that about seven years ago I started these plugins (Oct. 2015) and really had no idea where this might go. With the SketchUp API I've managed to turn SketchUp into a program or environment where you can automatically generate architectural geometry that would normally take a program like Revit or Chief Architect. The API along with the full Ruby language essentially makes it possible to customize SketchUp in just about any way possible, which is what makes it so powerful and fun to tinker with.

Thank-you SketchUp and all the people along the way who created this amazing 3D drawing environment and for me a programmer's paradise.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Aug 22, 2022 3:23 am

Version 2.9.9 - 08.21.2022
- Enabled an option to specify the location of beam pocket king studs for in-wall columns: LEFT, RIGHT, BOTH.
- Fixed a number of minor bugs related to in-wall columns.

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Mon Aug 22, 2022 4:07 pm

one thought - setting o.c. for column space - e.g. columns on 8' o.c. for a 24' wall could accommodate 4 columns (each end + spaced 8'). as an example, my personal DC wall assemblies, i would make 3 separate sections.

example wall with columns.jpg
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Aug 23, 2022 3:38 am

Version 3.0.0 - 08.22.2022
- Fixed a bug created by the upgrades in Version 2.9.9.
- Updated some of the Global Settings tabs to display the status message at the top of the HTML page.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Aug 23, 2022 10:14 am

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Sep 03, 2022 3:47 pm

Version 3.0.1 - 09.03.2022
- Added a "Label Location" parameter for windows: AUTO, INT, EXT.
- Added a "Label Location" parameter for doors: AUTO, INT, EXT.





You can now manually configure the window and door labels to be on the interior or exterior of the wall on a per opening basis. The feature added per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Mon Sep 05, 2022 8:25 am

Version 3.0.2 - 09.05.2022
- Enabled custom materials for wall framing within the global settngs.
- Enabled custom materials within the "Wall Framing Material" parameter for all wall types.





With this update you are no longer constrained to set number of material/texture options for the wall framing. You can now use your own custom material for wall framing. The update was also per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Sep 06, 2022 10:12 am

Version 3.0.2b - 09.06.2022
- Fixed a bug with wall presets introduced with the addition of the Label Rotation parameter from Version 2.9.8.

!!!! CRITICAL BUG FIX !!!!
This bug affects wall presets within the "Draw" menu only. The issue was already correct in the "Edit" menu. I strongly encourage everyone to upgrade to this version of the plugin if you have Version 1.9.8 or later currently installed.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Tue Sep 13, 2022 3:37 am

Version 3.0.3 - 09.12.2022
- Reorganized the door draw and edit menus to include an annotations section.
- Added a "door swing angle" parameter for single and double doors.
- Added the door swing angle parameter to the Door tab of the global settings.





The preset angles are: 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 135. The door swing angle for the door symbol can be set on a per door basis and can also be set to a default value within the global settings. This update per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Sep 16, 2022 3:40 am

Version 3.0.4 - 09.15.2022
- Added XPS foam insulation as a built-in cavity insulation option.
- Added XPS foam insulation as a built-in sheathing option.







In the material folder I've also included a zero-border version that can be utilized as a custom material.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Nov 24, 2022 1:16 am

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This will reduce the bundle price from $280.00 USD to $182.00 USD. This promo code does not apply to any of the extensions purchased separately or for the electrical plugin. The offer ends on Dec. 1 and no rain checks will issued thereafter.

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I will also be running a separate renewal promotion for existing customers, the details will be sent out in a bulk email.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Dec 02, 2022 10:16 pm

Due to popular demand I have decided to extend the renewal and mdkBIM promotion until Dec. 5, 2022.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Dec 16, 2022 2:13 am

Version 3.0.5 - 12.15.2022
- Enabled auto-dimensioning for plan views of all wall panels.
- Added the "Dimension Offset 2" and "Plan Dimensions" parameters to the General tab of the global settings.
- Updated the Add Material and Edit Material HTML menus so that commas cannot be used in Custom Material names.





Note that framing dimensions (elevations) and plan dimensions (plan view) can be turned on and off independent of each other in the global settings. Also the additional offset parameters allows one to adjust both offsets independently as well. However both dimensions are placed on the same layer (at least for now).

Currently the plan view dimension option will assign an overall dimension for the wall length and then separate dimensions for windows, doors and garage doors. I do not have it inserting dimensions for more custom features like Simpson Strong Walls or in-wall columns.

This new feature is per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Wed Dec 28, 2022 12:42 pm

Version 3.0.6 - 12.28.2022
- Added a "Jamb Interior" parameter into the Draw and Edit menus for doors.
- Enabled this parameter for both rectangular and arched doors.
- Added this parameter to the Doors tab of the Global Settings.





This update was per my previous notes and per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Thu Dec 29, 2022 12:57 pm

Just cleaning up some loose ends before the start of the New Year.

One issue that is sometimes encountered is when a custom material is defined in the Material Library and then after using it in a Wall Preset it is subsequently deleted.

When this happens and that particular Wall Preset is loaded the plugin tries to assign that custom material in the Draw or Edit wall menu. If you try this you will quickly notice the drop down box for the material is blank and no valid material is selected. This inevitably leads to an error either being thrown within the plugin code itself or within the javascript of the HTML menu pages (not sure which at this point).

I need to devise some error checking in the HTML/Javascript to detect this problem if it pops up and gracefully resolve it rather than locking up the plugin. If I can fix this it will not only save the end user from annoying headaches but also eliminate unnecessary support calls and emails for myself.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Thu Dec 29, 2022 7:29 pm

some thoughts -- unless the custom material is saved as an SKM, it has the potential to be purged from the memory space and thus not readily available again (unless some other means of caching it - e.g. a persisted JSON of custom materials containing the RGB values - presumably if images are involved, then saving it as an SKM would seem the better option + may be more compatible in terms of management compared to the built-in materials).

(as a note -- i stopped using materials in my own DC because of the purging etc -- so i just got better at organizing the SKM content. some DC have basic color "materials" applied and then i replace them later, most are default material so i can paint them all quickly)
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Fri Dec 30, 2022 9:40 am

Version 3.0.7 - 12.30.2022
- Added error checking code into various HTML menus to detect non-existent custom materials used within wall, door and window presets.
- Updated the Wall Stretch tool with an improved wireframe preview.
- Changed the default value for the header extension parameter to zero for doors, windows and garage doors.





The third item in this list was per customer request.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sat Dec 31, 2022 7:42 am

I've had quite a few requests for ICF walls in the past few months. Apparently this method of construction has some popularity even though it may not be as common as traditional framing. I may consider adding this as an additional option for the Wall plugin.

From a programming standpoint it really isn't too different from the CMU option, the only real complication may arise when dealing with t-intersections with other ICF walls, but I'm sure I can program my way around that one.



The corner configurations are a bit more complicated than CMU or NO FRAMING however it is essentially the same from a coding and geometric standpoint.

Doors and windows involve cutting through three solids (insul - conc - insul) instead of one.

My only concern is whether or not to make the concrete and insulation thickness configurable at a global level or at a wall level. I supposed there could be situations where different ICF sizes could be used on a single project? Thoughts?
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Sat Dec 31, 2022 7:43 pm

make it configurable at a wall level but based off a global set as a default. some CMU also have metalized surfaces as part of insulation or protection.so might be worthwhile to consider several levels in a given unit - again wall configurable but defaults to a global setting. then if there are specific products to be applied / supplied, modeling those should/would become simpler later on.
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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby medeek » Sun Jan 01, 2023 2:42 am

I think you are right, I will set it up in the global settings so the global defaults can be set but also allow the user to change these values on a per wall basis.

Here is a preview of the global settings (Insulation tab) with the new parameters:

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Re: Medeek Wall Plugin

Postby gullfo » Sun Jan 01, 2023 9:07 pm

bearing in mind that most ICF use rigid insulation :-)
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