[Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby kwistenbiebel » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:24 am

I do have 'D.B.tools' in the Tools menu. Is that the one? (it has a skin option) and that seems to work.. sort of.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby massimo » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:33 am

Just checked and yes, i think that you're right. And it works also via icons.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby kwistenbiebel » Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:22 am

Thanks for the help.
I think either skin22.rb or blend.rb will do for now.
Hopefully the Loft.rb will be further developed so it can loft between closed polylines as that seems impossible for now (only open curves seem to work).
I might try it in Rhino to get it right later on.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Chris Fullmer » Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:24 pm

Hi Kwist, yeah, loft only works on open splines (non-closed) for now. Plus, it currently forces a curve surface, even if its just on 2 splines like your example is. It would not directly connect, but it would squeeze the walls in a little I think.

Eventually loft will work on closed loops and also with loops with different amount of vertices. But for now, its only sort of half a plugin. missing those very important functions.

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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Foun10Head-X » Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:37 pm

I like the concept to this. I'll be checking back for updates
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby jeff hammond » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:02 am

Archibum wrote:This tool is amazing. Definitely helped on some of my school projects. I do have one problem and dont know if its the tool or the system.
So I am on a mac. Leopard updated and all that.
I noticed that on starting sketchup, the red dot in the corner would indicate that the file had not yet been saved. Usually, this only happens when you actually start drawing. So, i removed all my plugins, downloaded sketchup fresh, and went back and added the plugins again one at a time. Found out that it was this tool that was causing sketchup to think that the file needed to be saved, even if nothing had been drawn. This wouldnt be a problem as i could just click "dont save," but doing that caused sketchup to crash every time.

So thats my dilemma. Does it make sense? Am i the only one with this problem?



Chris Fullmer wrote:That is very interesting Kyle. I'll have to look into it. Does anyone else see this?

Chris


yes, i'm getting the same thing.. i didn't notice it until it was too late for me to pinpoint which ruby was doing it so i just lived with it because i didn't want to troubleshoot my entire plugin folder :D..
luckily, i came across the post and found that it is in fact simple loft causing the problem.. your other scripts are fine (at least -- perpendicular face, arc cpoint finder, and shapebender)
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Chris Fullmer » Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:51 am

Ahh, I am remembering that Macs have a thing where they initialize their model at a different point than PC's do, and this can cause problems. Perhaps I am attempting to access the model in an unstable state in this plugin.

In fact, I just checked the file, and I think I see the problem. Will someone download this script update and replace the file in the clf_simple_loft folder please? It is only replacing a single file for the script, and I think it will fix the problem.

And please make sure to put it in the clf_cimple_loft folder. It should overwrite an existing file. If it does not, you probably put it in the wrong spot.

Once we test it and see if this fixes anything, I'll update the script on the main page, and remove it from this post.

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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby jeff hammond » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:44 am

yep, that fixed it.
thank you!
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Chris Fullmer » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:52 am

Great, thanks Jeff! I'll try to update the script tomorrow.

And go to bed! Its almost 02:00 in the morning!

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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby ohmohm » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:03 am

How to Activate the loft tool?
I clicked on it and it opens the notepad.???
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Chris Fullmer » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:17 am

You have to install it by unzipping it into your SketchUp plugins folder. The loader file goes into the plugins folder and all other files go into the sub folder, exactly how it is in the zip file.

Then it should install a SketchUp toolbar that you can use to activate the tool inside of SU.

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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby ivreich » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:18 pm

Hi Chris

I tried out your loft tool on my office computer and built a form with a series of b-splines. It worked fine, but when I took the model home and tried to replicate the same loft on my home computers, the face orientation became all screwy and the model folded in on itself.

I've attached my model for you to take a look at. The form coloured red is the problematic one that I built at home; the b-splines used in both forms are identical.

Thanks!

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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby tald311 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:16 pm

This Ruby is brilliant.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby hsjzyangbin » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:16 am

Hi Chris
I found a problem. LOFT is to implement an order to choose the non-closed line, the feasibility of improving the closed line, I want to click on five closed lines, pop-up dialog box, creating the effect shown in Figure
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby EscapeArtist » Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:58 pm

Issue trying to loft 3 curves:

Code: Select all
onSelectionBulkChange46
onSelectionBulkChange96
onSelectionBulkChange142
onSelectionCleared
Error: #<ArgumentError: Cannot convert argument to Sketchup::Point3d>
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:142:in `vector_to'
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:142:in `middle_handles'
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:137:in `each_index'
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:137:in `middle_handles'
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:87:in `onReturn'
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:86:in `times'
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:86:in `onReturn'
L:/Modeling/Sketchup Google/Plugins/clf_simple_loft/clf_simple_loft.rb:86


In a nutshell, I select 3 unattached curves and apply loft - nothing happens.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby mspisz » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:07 pm

Hey Chris!

Great plugin!, does exactly what I need it for in school!

Your the man!

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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Chris Fullmer » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:30 am

Great, glad it helped. It is admitedly outdated now though. Check out TIG's extrude scripts. Those are considerably more powerful!

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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby ovandenbroek » Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:50 pm

Hi Chris and all others,


I like the concept of loft very much. In fact, it is one of the tools IMO that are making sketchup becoming a 'really' professional tool...

see the attachment of a particular shape (based on a design made earlier in 3DMAX, it's a counter).

I think you can make this only with 'loft' and not with TIG extrude tools. (?)


Okke


(PS For this kind of work I would love to have some more control over the 'bending' spline. In planview it's supposed to be a round counter, but as you can see the bending is not totaly 'circular')
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby TIG » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:08 pm

EEbyRails requires some 'rails' to follow - CF's Loft doesn't - it always joins the two profiles by a bezier [?] curve [and you must have equal numbers of segments in each profile and no 'loops' allowed].

To use the profiles you have shown with EEbyRails simply add some curves between them to be used as rails... then do a pair of profiles in turn with their 'rails[s]', using the second profile as the first profile in the next pair etc...

This means the railed path can be any form you like...
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby arch.sani » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:00 am

just found it out, installed and tried: Chris, this is simply fantastico!
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby anient » Fri May 21, 2010 3:11 am

Had to join the forum simply to get a hold of this pluggin thanks sooo much :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby guillermorage » Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:37 pm

how do i install it
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:57 pm

The first post in this thread has the instructions. It's the same for most plugins here. Some are zipped so they need extracting. Others are just .rb files which need to go in your plugins folder. And some are .rb with folders containing files.

All plugins go in your plugin folder.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby guillermorage » Tue Jul 27, 2010 9:40 pm

Sorry, i am new in this forum, im using mac, i downloaded and its a ziped file, so i extracted and it appears a folder wich contains an rb file called:clf_simple_loft_loader.rb and another folder which contains; clf_simple_loft_small.png, clf_simple_loft.png, clf_simple_loft.rb.
I tried to move them to the plugins and then open sketchup, but nothing.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Jul 27, 2010 10:22 pm

Hi,

When you extract you get this...
Simple Loft.jpg

Place both the .rb and the folder in your plugins folder. Do not take the files out of the folder as this will prevent it working.

I'm not familiar with Mac so where your plugin folder is located is a mytery :shock:
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby TIG » Wed Jul 28, 2010 10:11 am

If you are unclear about where your ‘Plugins’ folder might be then type [or copy+paste] this line into the
Window > Ruby Console:

Sketchup.find_support_file("Plugins")
+ press <enter>

Typically the PC path that is returned is:

C:/Program Files/Google/Google SketchUp 7/Plugins

Whilst typically the Mac path that is returned is:

Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Google Sketchup 7/SketchUp/Plugins

Test to see where yours is... :geek:
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby microracer9 » Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:51 am

I installed it.... 1st time it worked perfectly....now...dont work.


Any idea why?
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby thomthom » Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:58 pm

microracer9 wrote:I installed it.... 1st time it worked perfectly....now...dont work.

When reporting software problems please be more specific to what doesn't work. Is it a particular operation that fails? Or does it appear to not be loading at all? (No menus/toolbars) Any error messages (open the Ruby Console as see if any messages appear when you try to use the plugin) ?

That's the only way for the developer, or any other, to have an idea of what "doesn't work" and why.
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby nektares » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:11 pm

This is amazing! you are a very creative coder, thanks for this!
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Re: [Plugin] Simple Loft alpha 0.1b -- UPDATED May-15-09

Postby Chris Fullmer » Sat Nov 27, 2010 11:31 pm

Thanks!
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