[Plugin] SUClock - v1.9b - 30 Jan 17 - Tracking time in SU

[Plugin] SUClock - v1.9b - 30 Jan 17 - Tracking time in SU

Postby fredo6 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:31 pm

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Please UPGRADE to this latest version 1.9b if you run SU 2017 or any version on Mac.


SUClock helps you to track the effective time spent in Sketchup. The concept of effective time is based on the activity recorded within a certain duration, called idle time, which is a kind of ‘time to think’ (or the time to have a coffee).

SUClock visual clock.jpg

Time is tracked in a Project, which can group several .skp models. A Project is simply materialized by a file with extension .suclock to which you attach your models.

SUClock optionally displays a small clock showing the effective time spent in the project which your models are attached to. It also includes some statistics about where the time was spent (by models, by tools, by dates) which can be printed or exported in CSV.

SUClock screens.jpg



  • Language: English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Menus: by default, it is installed in Tools > Fredo6 Collection > SUClock
  • Icon toolbar: by Default ‘Fredo6 Tools (only one icon)
  • The plugin is free, for private and commercial usage. There is a donation menu however.
SUCLock User Manual - English - v1.5 - 27 Nov 2013.pdf



If you run SU8 and above, the strongly recommended installation method is to Autoinstall with the SCF Plugin Store tool.

Otherwise, you can download the SUClock rbz file from the Plugin Store page for SUClock.

IMPORTANT: Requires to download LibFredo6 7.4c or higher if not already installed

There are now multiple ways to install scripts
- SCF Plugin Store (SU8 and SU13) - recommended method
- Unzip (all SU versions and for installations in an alternate Plugins directory)
- Extension Manager with RBZ files (SU8 and SU13)

Whatever way you install, you must end up with the following footprint:
SUClock - Footprint.png

The standard SU Plugins root directories are:
Windows SU8: C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp 8\Plugins
Windows SU13: C:\Program Files\SketchUp\SketchUp 2013/Plugins
Windows SU14: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2014\SketchUp\Plugins

Mac SU8: Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 8/SketchUp/Plugins
Mac SU13: ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2013/SketchUp/Plugins
Mac SU14: ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2014/SketchUp/Plugins

CAUTION: NEVER rename or move files from their folders. If you are unsure of your unzip operation, do it in a neutral folder and check that you reconstruct the right footprint. Then transfer the folders and files to the SU Plugin Directory.

Note for SU6 and SU7 users, download the rbz file from the plugin store page, and change its extension from .rbz to .zip
Then:
1) Open the zip archive
2) Select All (Ctrl A)
3) Extract into the Sketchup Plugin Directory
4) Answer YES to OVERWRITE all existing files if any
5) Make sure you get the correct footprint (one rb file and one folder)

CONFLICTING PLUGINS: some plugins conflicts with some of my scripts
  • Some versions of Podium
  • SunPosition
  • Matchbox





  • To Track time in a model, just click the small watch icon. A dialog box will appear where you can attach the model to a newly created project or to an existing project.
    • for a New tracking project, you indicate the name and location of a suclock file
    • for an Existing tracking project, you just select an existing suclock file or one of the recent projects
  • You can further access the parameters of the Tracking project by clicking on the small wrench icon of the visual clock, or on the SUClock toolbar icon. From the dialog box,
    • you can change the idle time value, in minutes
    • you can access the statistics
CAUTION: If you intend to track time in project grouping models created with different versions of Sketchup, please make sure you install the SUClock plugin for each version of the Sketchup application.
Likewise, if you intend to share projects across the network, read carefully the documentation on how to configure SUClock temporary files
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SUClock 1.9b – 30 Jan 17: Fixed bug on Mac

SUClock 1.9a – 16 Jan 17: Small refresh for cosmetic of dialog boxes

SUClock 1.8a – 13 Nov 15: Maintenance release

SUClock 1.7a – 20 Oct 14: Fix a major bug in display of clock introduced by LibFredo6 6.1.

SUClock 1.6a – 20 Oct 14: Release for non-ascii usernames

SUClock 1.5a – 27 Nov 13: Release for future Sketchup compatibility

SUClock 1.3a – 08 Oct 11: Technical release for compliance with OSX Lion and Safari 5.1

SUClock 1.2a – 03 Jun 11: several small functional enhancements
  • alarm to target
  • configuration of height of clock window (to avoid cropping)
  • possibility to configure for network sharing
  • Reset and import from other projects
  • More export format
See Release Notes for more details

SUClock 1.1b – 19 May 11: added an extra column with Excel formatted date for the CSV export of view by Day/Month.

SUClock 1.1a – 17 Apr 11: initial public release.
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1 - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in Sket

Postby Krisidious » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:33 pm

Fredo... as usual... You Rock! :berserk:
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1 - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in Sket

Postby EarthMover » Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:57 pm

Man, do I need this. Sweet work! This will definitely help with billing. :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1 - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in Sket

Postby SketchUpNoobie » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:01 pm

AWESOME!!! :D This looks like yet another very helpful tool Fredo. :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1 - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in Sket

Postby Daniel S » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:06 pm

Thank you Fredo!!! A great tool!!! :sketchstatic: :sketchstatic: :sketchstatic:

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby Didier Bur » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:55 pm

Super comme d'hab, intéressant pour savoir à quoi on passe le plus de temps dans SU...
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby JuanV.Soler » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:31 pm

The Time has arrived to become productive :)
you are a master
many thanks Fredo
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby thomthom » Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:41 am

Remember people to use the donation button. Fredo deserves it!
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby Krisidious » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:21 pm

this plugin is awesome... I'm loving it. actually tracks the real time you're modeling, not just how long the program is open. thanks Fredo you Rock!
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby Krisidious » Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:30 am

ok I found a problem with this plugin... it's not taking me long enough to model stuff. I'm never going to make any money this way. can you add a double billing option? thanks...
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby jeff hammond » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:16 am

Krisidious wrote:ok I found a problem with this plugin... it's not taking me long enough to model stuff. I'm never going to make any money this way. can you add a double billing option? thanks...



i'm a little bit scared to install it myself :D
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby EscapeArtist » Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:34 pm

Would it be possible to feature the system clock in the same window?
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby fredo6 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:46 pm

EscapeArtist wrote:Would it be possible to feature the system clock in the same window?

Do you mean the regular time? The one you have displayed in the Windows task bar.

Although there are plenty of clock utilities, I understand that your problem would be to have it visible within the Sketchup main window.

It is of course a possibility

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby EscapeArtist » Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:41 am

Fredo6 wrote:
EscapeArtist wrote:Would it be possible to feature the system clock in the same window?

Do you mean the regular time? The one you have displayed in the Windows task bar.



Yes, the one and the same. I use auto-hide for my taskbar so that I have a little more real estate to view SU on, it would be very convenient to have current time and the time used in the same window rather than having to mouse down to the taskbar. Just a thought. If I'm the only one requesting this, don't bother, a truly minor issue.
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby halroach » Mon May 02, 2011 2:22 pm

Great Plugin!
For some reason the clock window comes out cropped on my computer. Can't resize it though maximize works.
Thanks!!

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby pilou » Mon May 02, 2011 3:33 pm

Maybe the inverse will be fun !
Say you have just 10 minutes for make something in Su! :roll:
A ring bells when 10 minutes inside SU effective are elapsed! :mrgreen:
Surfing internet is of course out of the count! :enlight:
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby fredo6 » Mon May 02, 2011 4:31 pm

I know there is a problem, which I need to fix.
Are you on Vista or Windows 7, and which IE browser do you have?

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby Ben Ritter » Mon May 02, 2011 6:11 pm

Thank you, again, Fredo.
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby halroach » Tue May 03, 2011 12:26 pm

Fredo6 wrote:I know there is a problem, which I need to fix.
Are you on Vista or Windows 7, and which IE browser do you have?

Fred


I'm on windows XP 8-)
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby JClements » Fri May 06, 2011 2:52 pm

I do kind of like the idea of an alarm the user can set for the overall project (or maybe even a model file) when X hours has been attained.

It would help to stay within a project's budgeted hours or within a budget hours for phase/task for a project.

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby fredo6 » Sun May 08, 2011 9:00 pm

JClements wrote:I do kind of like the idea of an alarm the user can set for the overall project (or maybe even a model file) when X hours has been attained.

It would help to stay within a project's budgeted hours or within a budget hours for phase/task for a project.

John

John,

Would it be OK if I change the background of the clock (say to Red) to indicate that the time is over the limit (the limit will be set in the dialog box)?

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock 1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in SU

Postby JClements » Sun May 08, 2011 10:46 pm

A nice idea. What ever is the easiest to implement.

Alternative idea. One cirle. Green for well within budgeted hours, Yellow (or blinking yellow) for close maximum budget (ie., 2 hours), Red for over limit.

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in

Postby halroach » Thu May 19, 2011 7:00 am

When exporting to CSV for opening with Excel, Excel doesn't recognize the day dates in their current format which is:
"Tue 03 May"
I think it recognizes dd.mm.yy or dd.mm.yyyy or dd.mmm.yyyy etc. or with a / - dd/mm/yy or even the backward American way which is mm.dd.yy.
Anyone of those formats, preferable the first and second would be great!


On the other hand the month column is recognized OK.

great great plugin!
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in

Postby halroach » Thu May 19, 2011 7:43 am

If I'm working on several sketchup models at the same time which are all linked to the same project, might there be any time syncing problems?
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in

Postby marne » Thu May 19, 2011 8:10 am

too bad I've bought "time track" long ago. Thanks for this great script!!!
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1a - 17 Apr 11 - Tracking time in

Postby fredo6 » Thu May 19, 2011 8:26 am

Halroach wrote:If I'm working on several sketchup models at the same time which are all linked to the same project, might there be any time syncing problems?

In principle, this should work.
I am interested in your feedback however if you find issues. Just remember that activity is tracked on events, not on focus, i.e. when you use interactive SU Tools or scripts.

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1b - 19 May 11 - Tracking time in

Postby fredo6 » Thu May 19, 2011 8:31 am

NEW RELEASE: SUCLOCK 1.1b - 19 May 11

This small update just adds an extra column with the date formatted in Excel compliant format (dd-mm-yyyyy) for the CSV export of the view by Day/Month. This fixes a problem mentioned by Halroach.

Update is published in main post.

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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1b - 19 May 11 - Tracking time in

Postby halroach » Thu May 19, 2011 9:01 am

Fredo6 wrote:NEW RELEASE: SUCLOCK 1.1b - 19 May 11

This small update just adds an extra column with the date formatted in Excel compliant format (dd-mm-yyyyy) for the CSV export of the view by Day/Month. This fixes a problem mentioned by Halroach.

Update is published in main post.

Fredo


boy, you're quick!!
nice!
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1b - 19 May 11 - Tracking time in

Postby Krisidious » Thu May 19, 2011 1:04 pm

Fredo

I was wondering what the capabilities were for employees. could this be installed on an employee's computer to track his time? and I know it could. but could it be a protected file? how would you know that no one had edited the file for time tracked? if someone sends me their file will it show the clock on it and how much time has been used?

just thinking outloud... and as I have said before, fantastic plugin Fredo...
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Re: [Plugin] SUClock - v1.1b - 19 May 11 - Tracking time in

Postby Ben Ritter » Thu May 19, 2011 4:46 pm

Fredo, thank you. Ben
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