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Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

Postby Dan Rathbun » Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:56 am

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thomthom wrote:
Dan Rathbun wrote:YES. For maximum cross-platform compatibility ... with UNIX end of line chars.

Why UNIX EOL?
Well do you really want to have to distribute your plugins in two editions, one with Mac EOLs and one with DOS/Windows EOLs ?

Remember that Ruby was developed on Unix-like systems, and loves UNIX EOLs. MS Windows hates files with Mac EOLs. The Mac OSX descends from BSD Linux, so has no problem with UNIX EOLs, and I'm not sure about DOS/Windows EOLS.

It makes sense to set your code editor's default EOL to something that both platforms can read without problems.
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby thomthom » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:50 am

    I have written all my plugins with Windows EOL (CR+LF) and I've never had any problems using them on OSX due to EOL.
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:00 pm

    EOL and BOM seem as different things, other than they are probably both part of the used UTF format(microsoft or Unix).
    Is that correct?
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby thomthom » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:44 pm

    brewsky wrote:EOL and BOM seem as different things, other than they are probably both part of the used UTF format(microsoft or Unix).
    Is that correct?

    EOL is just End Of Line characters - used in any encoding. But there are different mutations.

    BOM is a Unicode feature indicating the endianness of the current Unicode encoding.
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby hygicell » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:17 am

    Hi Jan,

    somehow I must have forgotten to click on a "follow this post button",
    I thought this would go automatically
    so it is only now I see your prompt reactions, folks, sorry for that !!
    and thanks to all

    first I tried installing the new version using Thomthom's installer directly over the old one
    same error result

    next I first deleted the bim tools folder before reinstalling, again with Thomthom's installer
    errors eliminated as far as Bim tools is concerned

    thanks

    Frank

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    hygicell wrote:when starting sketchup after installing BIM tools I get an error

    Hi Frank!

    Can you give this version a try?
    I removed the offending file :), see if it helps...
    bim-tools-0.12.1.zip


    Cheers!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:46 pm

    hygicell wrote:errors eliminated as far as Bim tools is concerned

    Great! Thanks for testing it!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby ivreich » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:25 am

    brewsky wrote:Or place self-cutting components! http://support.google.com/sketchup/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=114533


    I've tried many times to create self-cutting components, but it never ever works. Have followed every single step to the letter in the instructions, but components refuse to cut through single surfaces.

    Anyone else having this problem? I'm running Sketchup Pro v8.0.14346...

    Joel
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:04 am

    ivreich wrote:I've tried many times to create self-cutting components, but it never ever works.

    The most simple example to see it work is to draw a big square face(this is the "wall") and inside draw a small square(the "window").
    Then select the window-face including it's edges, then right-click --> make component. Now all the options for a cutting component are set automatically(because the face is actually already "cutting").

    If you remove the window-face(keep the outer edges, they will cut the hole!), now if you close the component you should have a hole in the wall!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.0 - It's stable!(3 October 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:51 pm

    ludnid wrote:Removing the recent installations found bim tools to be the culprit :). Does anyone have the same problem?

    I have changed a few things in an attempt to prevent the crashes you experienced.
    I have added a new button that enables/disables all observers(which I believe to be the problem).

    I hope you can try this new version(0.12.2) to see if it's fixed, especially when you put it in "manual-mode"(top-left button=red).

    And thanks for reporting the problem!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby ikun » Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:55 pm

    Thanks for your work!! It's awesome!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby JQL » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:45 pm

    Brewaky,

    It's been a while since I test your plugin. It has improved a lot! The interface is looking good and uncluttered and seems practical. However the plugin does not seem to fit to real use yet.

    Are you still aiming at that or have you stopped developing it?

    The things I find difficult to handle are the following:

    - The plugin is great in defining thickness for any kind of geometry I throw at it. This for itself would be a great addition to Sketchup if only the remove BIM Properties button would do that. The problem is that, when I remove those properties, somethings still remain there and mess with the model later. Sometimes it creates a bugsplat, sometimes it shows new geometry. Would it be possible to remove everything and keep only the groups the plugin created?

    - Sometimes when changing wall thickness Sketchup simply crashes;

    - When one applies different materials to the inner and outer faces, they disappear if you insert a window or redefine thickness;

    - When inserting a window it correctly creates the opening with thickness. However if one wants to define a different opening inside and outside, the best way to do that would be by inserting the opening in the inner wall in a process similar as the one shown in the next link:

    http://sketchucation.com/resources/tuto ... thick-wall

    The problem is, if you insert any kind of component on the inner wall, it will soon disappear in the workflow and lead to a bugsplat in the long run.

    If you want I can submit you some models for examples of what I am trying to tell you about.

    Keep up the good work!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:34 pm

    JQL wrote:Are you still aiming at that or have you stopped developing it?

    Yeah, I'm still working on it! :) Thanks for taking the time to point these things out.
    I got a bit sidetracked for the last... couple of months I guess. :? I have been working on a very cool new feature, but I can't get it to work the way I want yet.

    JQL wrote:The things I find difficult to handle are the following:

    - The plugin is great in defining thickness for any kind of geometry I throw at it. This for itself would be a great addition to Sketchup if only the remove BIM Properties button would do that. The problem is that, when I remove those properties, somethings still remain there and mess with the model later. Sometimes it creates a bugsplat, sometimes it shows new geometry.

    I will do some tests on the remove BIM properties button. I didn't notice it's leaving properties behind, and it should not be hard to fix this.
    JQL wrote:Would it be possible to remove everything and keep only the groups the plugin created?

    I have been thinking about this myself too, it would be a useful option to "just" generate geometry. If you(or someone else) have a good suggestion on how to add this to the interface without making it too cluttered or complicated I will add this. I could for example make a pop-up that makes you choose what properties to remove, but I am reluctant to add too many steps to the process.
    JQL wrote:- Sometimes when changing wall thickness Sketchup simply crashes;

    I'm aware of this and this is probably the biggest problem at this moment. It makes the plugin difficult to use. I added the option to disable automatic updating of geometry(mostly to prevent it from interfering with other plugins). When this is disabled I get no crashes, If you do, please let me know!
    The downside is then you have to update every object manually, and I think the most fun thing of the plugin is that it automatically updates the geometry after modifying the source-faces.
    The observers I have used for this still seem to cause bugsplats, although much less frequently as they did at first. I will have to work around these observers but that may make editing less "smooth".

    JQL wrote:- When one applies different materials to the inner and outer faces, they disappear if you insert a window or redefine thickness;

    I will have to test this, I will come back to you on this one.

    JQL wrote:- When inserting a window it correctly creates the opening with thickness. However if one wants to define a different opening inside and outside, the best way to do that would be by inserting the opening in the inner wall in a process similar as the one shown in the next link:
    http://sketchucation.com/resources/tuto ... thick-wall
    The problem is, if you insert any kind of component on the inner wall, it will soon disappear in the workflow and lead to a bugsplat in the long run.

    I think the new feature I have been working on would be great to solve this, but this will take some more time because I intend to pick up the problems you have pointed out first.

    JQL wrote:If you want I can submit you some models for examples of what I am trying to tell you about.

    I let you know if I have trouble re-creating the errors!

    Is there anyone out there using this plugin for creating IFC-files? That's what I have been mostly using it for lately, I can create shapes with it that are not easy in our CAD/BIM-software...
    I have also been working on a connection with THE BIM server :) (http://bimserver.org), I was wondering if anyone is interested in that...
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:39 pm

    JQL wrote:However if one wants to define a different opening inside and outside

    What about(for now) putting the profiled wall "caps" into the cutting window component? I know it does not(yet) hide the lines where the profile meets the wall, but that's something I could easily fix.
    Check out the attached image and demo file(I roughly borrowed the window shape from ThomThom, because it nicely illustrates a complex profile).
    window.png
    window.skp


    JQL wrote:When one applies different materials to the inner and outer faces, they disappear if you insert a window or redefine thickness;

    I'm unable to reproduce this one, and also have not yet been able to crash SketchUp, but I will try some more(and bigger) models.

    JQL wrote:If you want I can submit you some models for examples of what I am trying to tell you about.

    Yes, I do like to see these models! Might make reproducing the errors easier.

    I did notice another bug.
    Sometimes when I create a new model without closing SketchUp first, newly created walls are not seen by the plugin(and so cannot be modified from the plugin).
    I will figure out where this comes from...
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby JQL » Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:48 pm

    Sorry Brewsky, I haven't had time to test your plugin further, as I promised, but I'm going to do that ASAP.
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby leolouie » Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:14 pm

    Hi,

    Any plans on releasing a version for Sketchup 2014? I miss not be able to use this tool.
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby unclex » Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:14 am

    Push for 2014~~~~~~~~~~~~
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:44 pm

    leolouie wrote:Any plans on releasing a version for Sketchup 2014? I miss not be able to use this tool.

    Great to hear that you like using it! :D

    I fixed a few basic errors a few months ago but didn't get around to figure out why it's so much slower than on previous versions. All functionality seems to be working though.

    I've been working on some side-projects "lately", but if people like using it, than it needs a higher place on my list of priorities ;)
    Maybe you can give it a try and let me know your experiences? any feature requests? bugs?

    Check out the attachment!
    [removed in favor of new version]
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby unclex » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:51 am

    a little bug
    make COMP in the any face,then copy the COMP, sometimes crashed the SU2014
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:20 pm

    unclex wrote:a little bug
    make COMP in the any face,then copy the COMP, sometimes crashed the SU2014

    Thanks for reporting this.
    Do you mean that it crashes(sometimes) when you:
    • create a "thick face"(wall) with my plugin
    • then draw a square(for example) on the face.
    • select the square and it's edges
    • make component, select "glue to any" and "cut opening" and "replace selection"
    • copy the new component within the same face
    I have not yet been able to reproduce the error, can you send me an example file that crashes?
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby unclex » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:16 pm

    a “thin” Face,not even Thicken it
    Others just like you said

    And not crash everytime,just sometime, so no example file.....
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby tt_su » Wed Jul 23, 2014 12:22 pm

    unclex wrote:And not crash everytime,just sometime, so no example file.....

    When you experience a crash, do you submit the BugSplat?
    Please do so, and fill in some information and let us know so we can look it up.
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:41 pm

    New version :D
    Should be a bit faster!
    still a bit experimental, needs some more testing but seems to work OK
    I also took the time to update the source on google-code...
    https://code.google.com/p/bim-tools/source/browse/

    Please let me know if you find any issues(or ideas for improvement)!

    Cheers!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby markitekt » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:37 pm

    Great plugin. Lots of potential. How about imperial units?
    Thanks!
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:22 pm

    markitekt wrote:Great plugin. Lots of potential. How about imperial units?
    Thanks!

    Thank you! :)
    I have been thinking about adding imperial units, but until now has not been very high on my list of priorities. I will look into it.

    Any more votes for this?
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby jemagnussen » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:21 am

    Hi,

    Any chance this will work in 2015 Pro...?

    Best regards
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby unclex » Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:44 pm

    We Need U, Jesper
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.12.2(5 December 2012)

    Postby brewsky » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:23 pm

    Sorry for the late reply :oops:
    The latest version for 2014 seems to work fine on SU2015, but I didn't get around to make it an "official" version yet so it got a bit lost within the thread(posted on 4 aug. 2014).

    I will try to update the main-post with the latest version tomorrow.
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    Re: Plugin: Create walls from edges

    Postby gudio83 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:56 pm

    Didier Bur wrote:Hi,
    Just a side note: to install, create a folder "bimtools" in the Plugins folder, and put the html file in it.


    where is the html file?
    the plugin create bim-tools, so i have to add bimtools, right?
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    Re: Plugin: Create walls from edges

    Postby brewsky » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:48 pm

    gudio83 wrote:where is the html file?
    the plugin create bim-tools, so i have to add bimtools, right?

    Do you have trouble installing? I think this tip is rather outdated by now.
    The easiest way to install is through the Sketchucation Plugin Store (Search on author: "Jan Brouwer"):
    http://sketchucation.com/plugin-store-free-download

    You can also rename the download from bim-tools-0.12.4.zip to bim-tools-0.12.4.rbz.
    Then it can be installed thtough: Window --> Preferences --> Extensions
    I will use that filetype as the default for the next version...
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    Re: [Plugin] bim-tools 0.13.0(may 21, 2015)

    Postby brewsky » Thu May 21, 2015 9:14 pm

    New version online! Finally support for imperial units :-D
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