[Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.8a - 31 Oct 18 (Loft & Skinning)

Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby fredo6 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:37 am

alangood wrote:Do you have any suggestions? Next I'll try trashing SU and reinstalling it.

I don't think you need to reinstall SU.
Rather, check the footprint (2 files, 2 subfolders) which is indicated in the main post where you downloaded from (http://forums.sketchucation.com/viewtopic.php?f=323&t=28586#p248195).

If needed, unzip in a neutral directory and then move the two files and folders to the SU Plugins folder, which on Mac should normally be:
Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 7/SketchUp/plugins

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby fredo6 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:55 pm

Although Sweep is not supported (i.e. loft along two rails), you can in some situations simulate it via the Skinning function.
Here the model posted previously by Diego, where you can generate the sweep shape by half.
Sweep by Half skinning.gif


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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby xrok1 » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:32 pm

AWSOME! :shock:
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby ely862me » Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:37 pm

I don't know what is going on in ur head...but what comes out is MAGIC. :shock:


Only if Waat would insert your editing method to his Subdivide and smooth tool. I think mixing SDS with this plugin will produce the most powerful plugin of sketchup .


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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby ken28875 » Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:44 pm

Wow!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

I have been busy and did not go to the forums lately, but what a surprise when I logged in today and saw that plugin.

Genial! Merci beaucoup, Fredo.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby rachmatrf » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:31 am

Fredo, I am a real newbie, as you can see, this is my first post.... I know you've produce many plugins. And those plugins are really helpful I believe. I just started to check this plugin section of the forum, and found that you're a master here. Thank you very much for bringing sketchup to a further stage as a modelling software... :)
I just downloaded your curviloft plugin and already installed it on my sketchup7 pro (windows7 platform). But, I got some real problem related to selection. I tried to follow the tutorial step by step. I tried the pre-selection mode. I selected the paths (two curves, I put one above the other), then click the "face icon" button. As we know, the curve is constructed by several connected lines (segment). And as I click the "face icon", just one segment can be selected, and I've no idea how to select the whole segment of the curve (or both curves).. I got the same problem also to apply the loft between two surfaces.. I just can select one segment.. :cry:

I can't even select the whole segment of the curve using manual selection mode... Forgive me if my problem is very basic thing... FYI, I Already tried the whole selection options... but nothing could worked it out. Do you know how to solve it? Please..., your help will be greatly appreciated..

Thanks a lot.....
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby fredo6 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:30 am

Rachmatrf,

Can you post your model so that I get a better view of your situation.

Also watch the videos to get some inspiration on how to select contours. Documentation is in my plan, but you can at least get some visual hints.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby Oxer » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:57 am

Fredo wrote,
Where can I find this plugin svg and set.rb? I'd like to see where the conflict comes from.



Hi Fredo6, this is the plugin "svg.rb" for import svg files into sketchup, the plugin need other files included in the folder, the "set.rb" is the conflict file with Curviloft.


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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby rachmatrf » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:19 pm

Thank you very much for your quick reply, and forgive me for this late reply. I've just busy with the office and didn't notice if your reply was very quick.

Well, I think it's not about the model. the problem is that I can't make the model using curviloft, because I can only select one segment of a curve. I can't select the whole curve/spline...
I already watch the tutorial video on youtube. I just follow the given instructions. But, still I can't select the whole curve or the whole spline.

Here I attach the situation of my "all curves selection disability"... I hope this will give you a better view of my problem.
http://forums.sketchucation.com/download/file.php?id=50224

Thanks before. And I do apologize if I just missed a basic setting to solve this...
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby fredo6 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:03 pm

rachmatrf wrote:Well, I think it's not about the model. the problem is that I can't make the model using curviloft, because I can only select one segment of a curve. I can't select the whole curve/spline...

Could you open the Ruby console and check if there are some errors reported there.
The situation is rather strange however.
I would suggest you try with the other tools to see if you have something similar. All tools share a large part of the selection processing code, and this would help me to better figure out where this could come from.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby fredo6 » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:24 am

TIP: COLOR OF THE PREVIEW MESH (SU7 only)

In SU7, the color of the preview mesh may appear in pale gray, so that you do not see well the grid lines. If so,
- just turn on and off the Shadows.
- This should make the mesh surface black
- Normally, you only need to do it once per SU session

Fredo

Note: there is a bug or missing feature in the SU API concerning the drawing of surface in 3D space. There is no control of the color. In SU6, it is always black. In SU7, the color is influenced by the shadow settings and sun shading. This bug / limitation has already signaled to the SU team a while ago. It is ennoying, because it limits teh capacity to develop more interactive plugins (in particular surface nurbs, if ever I engage in this path).
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby chango70 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:42 am

:shock:

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby gophatecture » Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:50 pm

Awesome work on this plugin!

Is there a way to apply a material with a pattern, so the patterns align. ie the metal panelled exterior of Gehry's Experience Music Project in Seattle.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby rachmatrf » Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:11 am

Could you open the Ruby console and check if there are some errors reported there.
The situation is rather strange however.
I would suggest you try with the other tools to see if you have something similar. All tools share a large part of the selection processing code, and this would help me to better figure out where this could come from.


Hi Fredo,

At the first, I was thinking that there's something wrong with the copy I got, so I downloaded a fresh new copy and replaced the old one in the plugins directory. But the problem still remains.

As you suggest, I just checked the ruby console and found no error there. I already tried other tools as well, and the selection's just fine. Here I attach the selection using RoundCorner tool (which is another awesome work of yours). I found no problem using this tool. Is it because I am using SU7?

Thank you so much.

Best Regards...
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby charly2008 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:13 pm

A SCF crown for all the excellent Ruby programmers. Curviloft opens up new design possibilities.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby fredo6 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:59 pm

charly2008 wrote:A SCF crown for all the excellent Ruby programmers. Curviloft opens up new design possibilities.

Charly,

You are rather a magician. I had no idea that the plugin could generate all this marvelous shapes. So I guess that on top of the technical capability of curviloft you have added a lot of artistic sense. :thumb:

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby charly2008 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:17 pm

Hi Fredo,

Your words make me a little bit proud. That motivates me very much to continue. I am only the craftsmen who tries to find some practical applications for this tool. But i'm Sure also other members will present their ideas in the forum. Below another Example.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby TIG » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:33 pm

Karl Hauser

You are a "genius"*** - quite wonderful work - you MUST make a tutorial immediately !!!
***Compared to Fredo that's better than good!

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby EscapeArtist » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:42 pm

+ 1 for the tutorial request.

Wow. That is some delicate looking work. I never would've thought to use this curviloft for something like that.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby thomthom » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:45 pm

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby mitcorb » Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:31 am

To Fredo6 and testers:
Excellent!
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby d12dozr » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:37 am

Master programmer + master artisan = :o :ecstatic: :sketchstatic:


Wow, fantastic work Fredo and Charly...tutorial please, Charly?
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby charly2008 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:05 pm

Hi,

thanks for your nice comments. I'm going next week to prepare a small tutorial. The workflow is very simple.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby Pherim » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:11 pm

Absolutely great plugin! But it only worked for me after I deleted this plugin: http://www.cerebralmeltdown.com/projects/sunplugin/

This is not very bad as I never used it but I was still surprised about this. Maybe you can find out why this happened. At first, whenever I wanted to use your plugin, Sketchup immediately crashed without any error message whatsoever. Now it works fine, thoug.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby fredo6 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:33 pm

Pherim wrote:Absolutely great plugin! But it only worked for me after I deleted this plugin: http://www.cerebralmeltdown.com/projects/sunplugin/

This is not very bad as I never used it but I was still surprised about this. Maybe you can find out why this happened. At first, whenever I wanted to use your plugin, Sketchup immediately crashed without any error message whatsoever. Now it works fine, thoug.

This plugin is an example of what should never be done. It replaces methods or add methods to basic Ruby classes String, Float (replaces the Round method) and Numeric. Whatever is the intention, it may end up with conflicts with other plugins, because every script shares the same Ruby environment.
This said, I have no clue why it does make Curviloft crash, because apart from the above, the script is well encapsulated in its own module.

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby thomthom » Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:14 am

hm... that is a concern. we should contact the developers.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby charly2008 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 3:18 pm

Hi,

here some variations of rings
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby d12dozr » Sat Jul 03, 2010 4:17 am

Excellent Charly, these works really deserve a thread all of their own in the Gallery.
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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby grim » Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:12 am

fredo and charly

this tool is fantastic, however after reviewing the examples posted by charly i was eager to try them out for myself but when it came time to try step 3 if found that the curviloft menue did not display the same information nor did the black backround profile menu appear i have sinced removed all rubies and reloaded only the latest from you posting to see if i had installed it incorrectly however i get the same responce

can you enlighten me as to the problem or is there somthing i am over looking

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Re: [Plugin Beta] Curviloft 1.0a (Loft by Spline)

Postby Jim » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:12 am

I have moved the Curviloft tutorial to the Tutorials Forum - it will hopefully keep both topics more readable.

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=29374
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