[Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby vojo » Mon May 06, 2013 10:11 pm

Export 2D works great!!! Only issue is having to do it multiple times to make sure it fits in window

Any thought to either a preview panel to let use check it fits....or....zoom to fit and, once exported, return to original zoom level (maybe key off selection of shapes to be exported)

just a thought
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby thomthom » Mon May 06, 2013 11:04 pm

I recommend that people use V-Ray Tools instead. You don't need V-Ray to use it, but it has a better interface for setting the safe frame and exporting.

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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby Frederik » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:16 pm

Why is this plugin not in the SketchUcation plugin store...?
Is there another plugin, which is better for making a png with alpha/transparency background...?
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby vojo » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:22 pm

supposedly the VRAY plugin is suppose to be better. However, my experience is that VRAY doesnt do a single thing....just sits there. So I use this plugin extensively (even modified it to get defaults the way I want them).

Like I said earlier....this pluging works well....would recommend it....VRAY not on my recommended list (there are other plugins from various authors that I would not recommend at all).
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby Frederik » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:20 am

I can highly recommend the [SU]Ch v1.0.1 plugin by renderiza, which also enables the user to make a png-file with alpha/transparency... :ecstatic:
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby Rich O Brien » Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:50 am

Frederik wrote:Why is this plugin not in the SketchUcation plugin store...?
Is there another plugin, which is better for making a png with alpha/transparency background...?


It is
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby thomthom » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:29 am

Frederik wrote:Why is this plugin not in the SketchUcation plugin store...?
Is there another plugin, which is better for making a png with alpha/transparency background...?

It has been superseded by V-Ray Tools. I know it's a bit confusing that it says V-*Ray, but there's an export 2d function there that works better than this plugin.
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby vojo » Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:45 am

oh you guys are going to love this one

export 2d stopped working....it would post menus...but no image written
(VRAY just never worked for me at all in any way on any day)
Tried to reload sketchup couple of times....no avail..still got menus but no actual image write
Went into the plugin and changed 1 text string by 1 character
(added a space in save file panel title)
Reloaded sketchup...works again
I suspect its the whole plugin mgmt infrastructure....not so much the actual plugin

Just got to love all this "free" stuff
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby Dave R » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:13 pm

It works just fine for me as it comes "out of the box". I would have to conclude that it is a problem on your end and not the plugin.

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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby Rich O Brien » Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:07 pm

@Vojo

You're contribution here is pretty much negative and unhelpful in every way.

Don't be surprised if the Mods react and you find yourself unable to access the forums/site with your account. It is pretty much inevitable at this stage.

Try sketchuppluginreviews.com if you want to spread your message


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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby thomthom » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:37 pm

"post menus"? What you mean by that?
Did you get any error messages in the Ruby Console?

Changing the title of the save dialog should have no difference.

Only thing I can think of that might break with that fairly simple plugin is the usages of non-english characters - as Ruby 1.8 will then fail. Another thing is that one needs to explicitly type the file type.

I cannot reproduce this, so without any error messages I'm unable to do much.
SketchUp version and OS would also be useful. (Can be added to your forum profile.)
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby crafty1980 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:01 pm

Does this work in SU2013? I can't seem to find out where the plugin is installed to! No errors appear when I install it...
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha (1.0.1) — 13 September 201

Postby tt_su » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:11 pm

It works in SU2013. Did you install the RB file from this thread, or the RBZ from the PluginStore?
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby onidarbe » Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:15 am

If you ever could upgrade this plugin then maybe you could add these things ;-) Thank you!
1) Keep settings as last used.
2) AutoCrop (with a amount of pixels as a border)
3) If anything is selected then only that will be exported.
4) Multiple exports, using layers or scenes or even for every selected group/component.

Thanks again.
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby billiam » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:14 pm

I'm having a problem with this plugin, recently when try to export nothing actually happens. No file is ever created. It was working perfectly then all of a sudden stopped. I have already tried deleting the plugins from sketchup plugin folder and re-installing. Still no image is ever created
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby Dave R » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:58 pm

I answered this in your other post. You must edit the permissions for the Plugins folder so you have FULL administrative privileges.
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby tt_su » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:02 pm

billiam wrote:I'm having a problem with this plugin, recently when try to export nothing actually happens. No file is ever created. It was working perfectly then all of a sudden stopped. I have already tried deleting the plugins from sketchup plugin folder and re-installing. Still no image is ever created

If you open the Ruby Console before using the plugin, does any error messages appear in the console?
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby ntxdave » Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:58 pm

I am getting very inconsistent results. Sometimes it does not generate and image at all, sometimes it chops of portions of the component, and sometimes the background is not transparent (I get the white background).

If I have multiple components in a model and want to produce separate images of each component, I must hide the components so that only one of them is showing at a time to produce the image (maybe that is the way it is supposed to work).

I have built about 100 components/models and want to build a catalog of them (perhaps in Layout or with some other software) and want to make sure I have transparent images of all of the equipment and this tool is a critical step in achieving that result. I hope there is something I am doing wrong or maybe there is a bug in the plugin.

I am using SU 2014 & LO 2014 on Windows 8.1.

I am attaching 2 SKP files that I consistently have problems with (do not get any image at all).
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby Dave R » Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:06 pm

The brush exported just fine for me. Are you remembering to append .png to the file name?

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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby ntxdave » Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:35 pm

Dave R wrote:The brush exported just fine for me. Are you remembering to append .png to the file name?

brush.png

I just tried that with both of the files I had attached and yes, it worked. :thumb:

Interesting that some times it worked without entering the .png and some times it did not. I will start over and see if I now get all of the images :berserk:

BTW: Can you address these two settings:
Compression setting - What does it accomplish? What is recommendation?
Antialias setting - Default is No and I have to set it to Yes each time. Any recommendation?
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby tt_su » Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:47 pm

ntxdave wrote:Compression setting - What does it accomplish? What is recommendation?

That applies only to JPEG. Higher value is less compression if I remember correctly.

ntxdave wrote:Antialias setting - Default is No and I have to set it to Yes each time. Any recommendation?

Hmm.. that might be a bug. I actually never use it as I think the AA is too poor. I prefer exporting without AA in a larger size, like double, and resize down in PhotoShop. It's even faster as AA is so slow.
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby ntxdave » Fri Apr 18, 2014 3:21 pm

tt_su wrote:
ntxdave wrote:Compression setting - What does it accomplish? What is recommendation?

That applies only to JPEG. Higher value is less compression if I remember correctly.

That is good to know. Thanks. I will ignore that setting since I generate PNG files.

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ntxdave wrote:Antialias setting - Default is No and I have to set it to Yes each time. Any recommendation?

Hmm.. that might be a bug. I actually never use it as I think the AA is too poor. I prefer exporting without AA in a larger size, like double, and resize down in PhotoShop. It's even faster as AA is so slow.

I have had a problem a few times when I had to create the image multiple times because of sizing issues. Sometimes I had to increase the width setting. I use AA almost every time (just a habit in creating graphics). I will have to try a couple without the AA and then compare them. I am using the tool to build a catalog/brochure/guide of the components I have built for the company I am doing the work for. I really like the capability this tool adds.
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby TheViper2009HD » Sat Oct 25, 2014 2:21 pm

Big Thx, after month of search I did it :) It works fine for me with Make 2013.
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby Einstein » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:39 pm

In SU17 it exports entire model instead of just active entities :(
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby vidy » Tue May 28, 2019 3:28 am

Einstein wrote:In SU17 it exports entire model instead of just active entities :(


You can have it work with SU 2015, that's it, so far no update for latest sketchup from thom2.


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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby jenujacob » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:37 am

hi! since this has not been updated to work with the latest version of sketchup 2019, is there any other plugin that does a similar job?
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby jman0war » Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:45 pm

Old thread that i just came across.
I have a need to export PNG with Transparent background.
Found this goodie, but i get an error at load now (SU 2014).
Any ideas?
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby Dave R » Sun Nov 28, 2021 6:59 pm

Ancient version of SketchUp. You probably need an ancient version of TT_Lib2.
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Re: [Plugin] Export 2d with Alpha

Postby rv1974 » Mon Nov 29, 2021 7:31 am

Wow 32bit! when 64bit was introduced?
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