Top 3 SU plugins

Top 3 SU plugins

Postby kate-art » Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:52 pm

As i'm relatively new to SketchUp i'm keen to find out which plugins you guys use to get the most out of SketchUp. There are no shortage to choose from but if you could only insall 3 what would they be and why?

my top 3 are:
Fur
Round corners
Shaderlight (of course!)
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby solo » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:00 pm

SDS (Subdivide and smooth)
Cleanup
round corner

(used most often)
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Rich O Brien » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:04 pm

Fredoscale

Bezier Tools

Thea Exporter
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby thomthom » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:05 pm

  • Selection Toys
  • Tools On Surface
  • Plan Tools
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby boofredlay » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:12 pm

Weld
Round Corners
Joint Push Pull

(Subdivide and Smooth) Honorable mention.
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby ely862me » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:14 pm

SDS
JPP
TOS
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby charly2008 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:21 pm

- Curviloft
- Extrusion Tools
- Kerkythea Exporter
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Daniel S » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:30 pm

* Round Corners
* Curviloft
* SketchyPhysics
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby JuanV.Soler » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:35 pm

2D Tools
Work Plane
Colour Edge
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Burkhard » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:47 pm

Round Corners
CleanUp
Delete Cons ( Seems I worked to much with Lines and points )
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby rv1974 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:53 pm

1.extrude line
2.extrude along path
3.mirror
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby thomthom » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:03 pm

Burkhard wrote:Delete Cons ( Seems I worked to much with Lines and points )

It deletes construction lines and points? That's a native function...
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Chris Fullmer » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:04 pm

ely862me wrote:SDS
JPP
TOS

To translate that - SubDivide and Smooth, Joint PushPull, and Tools On Surface.

Mine are:
Weld
Make Faces
Repeat Copy
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby TIG » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:06 pm

thomthom wrote:
Burkhard wrote:Delete Cons ( Seems I worked to much with Lines and points )

It deletes construction lines and points? That's a native function...

But the built-in one is brutal and removes all - some such as this erase all cpoints/clines in the current context only ?
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby TIG » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:08 pm

My three most commonly used tools:

Weld
Make Face
Mirror
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby mitcorb » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:09 pm

Fredo PushPull--Joint,Vector,Normal
Mirror Selection
FredoScale,Taper,Bend
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Krisidious » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:32 pm

Weld
Curviloft
Thom's Curve Select
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby tfdesign » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:04 pm

This is a good thread, as I was also about to ask the same question- but for ten plugins(!).

Three is a good number, but what still confuses me, and probably others too, who are new to SketchUp is why.

Why do you use these plugins, and what advantages to they give you over the current set of tools, and what is your main objective, taking into account, your chosen subject? For eg, are you an architect? A product designer or just a general modeller? Why are these three so important?

I've started to experiment with Fredo6's Bezierspline plugin, mainly because it is impossible to draw bezier curves by any other way in SketchUp, and bezier curves come in hand for many things, both architectural and product-wise.

I'll probably also add Fredo6's Curviloft plugin too, because the creation of organic surfaces that morph from one shape to another can also have its use, especially when modelling Victorian rendering- such as plaster.

One more only would be very hard to suggest, as many are so brilliant and useful!

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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Dave R » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:13 pm

Weld
CutList
BZ Spline
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby tfdesign » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:19 pm

Why?
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Dave R » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:31 pm

Weld: To weld line segments so they behave as single entities for selection purposes and to reduce the need to soften/smooth edges.
CutList: Nearly every project I draw these days is a plan for a piece of furniture or cabinets and my clients require cut lists so they can quote for materials. I could do it manually but Cut List takes only a couple of seconds.
BZ Spline: For drawing non-circular curves.
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby tfdesign » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:42 pm

Cheers Dave :)
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby Pixero » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:49 pm

I dont know if my most used plugins are my favorites but anyway:
Put on layer (I use it ALL the time to keep my file organised.)
Weld (I've edited it so I have it under the right click menu)
Joint pushpull (Could also be Extrude edge by vector)
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby gullfo » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:21 pm

my top 3:
House Builder (imperial and metric)
Extrusion Tools
Weld
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby pilou » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:33 pm

The 3 more fun :fro: (for me :roll:
Grow by Tig perfect for iteration volumes with multiple size, Move, rotate
Protrude by Jim Foltz funny automatic exotic generations
Random Painter by Chris Fullmer for some joyous variations of colors

3 in the same time :)
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby tfdesign » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:24 pm

Wow Pilou! That's beautiful!
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby EscapeArtist » Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:57 pm

Based on use:

Weld
Remove unused edges
BZ spline (all)

Based on coolest/usefulness (IMO)

SD&S
Curviloft
JPP

All of the above make SU easier and better to use.
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby blajnov » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:03 pm

kate-art, it's not all... :shock: :roll: :arrow: viewtopic.php?f=323&t=28782
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby mitcorb » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:53 pm

I already gave you three--for this week. I also like to see how well I can do some operations from scratch. However, I don't think Weld has a native substitute.
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Re: Top 3 SU plugins

Postby kate-art » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:24 am

Great feedback guys - thanks. I find it interesting how everyone likes something different. This short thread has generated a list of 30+ plugins!
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