Zipped Plugins -- A Guide to Installing Them

Re: Zipped Plugins -- A Guide to Installing Them

Postby villena » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:14 am

Please help i try to download plugin store download but its tell me that there is no application available to open it
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Re: Zipped Plugins -- A Guide to Installing Them

Postby villena » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:38 am

thats what I'm planning to as i told it doesn't download to my computer because its say i don't have application to open it. Once i download it then i can copy it to my sketch up the problem is i can't download it.
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Re: Zipped Plugins -- A Guide to Installing Them

Postby TIG » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:03 am

When you download something from the SketchUcation PluginStore it is an RBZ file.
You do not want to 'open' it - you want to 'download' it onto your computer...
Ensure your browser's options are set to offer alternative processing and a folder location etc...

I think you are on a MAC, so are you using Safari ?
Here's some Safari help, there's lots about...
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/h ... ocati.html

When you have got the RBZ file downloaded onto your computer, you can then use SketchUp's Preferences > Extensions > Install... button, to automatically install its contents into your Plugins folder...
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Re: Zipped Plugins -- A Guide to Installing Them

Postby blackdogsketch » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:22 pm

The sketchucation warehouse is very easy.
Using Preferences/Extensions/Install Extension...is very easy.
Buying extensions from Smustard is a PITA! I know they were the first but this business of having a zip folder...extracting the files manually...and having to guess which of the four different locations Sketchup 2015 now expects extensions (oh- plugins? Because 2015 STILL calls them PLUGINS!)..
Is it App Data\Roaming\Sketchup2015\Sketchup\Plugins folder? Programs data\Sketchup\Sketchup 2015\Sketchup\Plugins? Why cant Trimble finally put an end to this insanity and why can't Smustard update their delivery system to standard rbz FILES?

I've spend hours on this stuff...probably my chief gripe about the whole sketchup platform. The whole CONCEPT of Sketchup is that you really need scripts/plugins/extensions...but installing them can be confusing. And I'm not a rank amateur either.
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Re: Zipped Plugins -- A Guide to Installing Them

Postby Dave R » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:26 pm

If you haven't got the SCF Plugin Store installed, why don't you just change the file extension from .zip to .rbz and use Install Extension from Preferences>Extensions. That's a hell of a lot easier.

This thread was started long before Install Extension, Extension Warehouse and the SCF Plugin Store came about.
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Re: Zipped Plugins -- A Guide to Installing Them

Postby TIG » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:10 pm

If you have the SketchUcation PluginsStore toolset installed it's even easier than renaming the .ZIP as .RBZ ! ...
The SketchUcation submenu item 'Archive Installer...' lets you install the contents of a chosen RBZ file OR a selected ZIP file...

'Add-ons' for SketchUp are ALL actually 'Plugins' - scripts written in Ruby.
Some of them are written in such a way that they are ALSO 'Extensions' - this kind of Plugin allows you to control their activation using the clunky Preferences > Extensions options...
In a moment of madness in v2015 Trimble renamed the 'Plugins' menu as 'Extensions'.
The folder containing them is still named 'Plugins'.
This broke all imported Shortcuts from earlier versions which were looking for Plugins/.. and offered users nothing more than confusion about naming...
I can only surmise that it was during a fit of pique, since SketchUcation's toolset offered better management of activated Extensions etc, and similar management of ALL Plugins too...
Their Extensions-Warehouse only hosts 'Plugins' which are written as 'Extensions' [which they also 'vet'].
SketchUcation's PluginStore also hosts many of these in parallel, and also hosts many simpler 'Plugins' too...
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