[Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby Phil Rader, AIA » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:28 am

I have disabled this plugin as it is too invasive of the user interface. It forced a zoom extents and isometric view and all layers on when a file is opened instead of opening the file to the last saved view.

I'll try it out again though as it definitely has potential to be very useful.
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Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby Ricalbur » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:06 pm

Thank you, I will try it
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Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby Edson » Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:40 pm

I am not sure the points I am about to make have not been made before. in that case, I apologize for the repetition. here they go.

1. one of the first lessons one learns about good modeling practices is: keep layer 0 the active layer ALWAYS. SketchupBIM puts not only all entities modeled on a given elevation on a specific named layer – which is good – but also puts all the geometry (edges and faces) in that layer.
2. all the elements created are solid groups – again initially a good thing – but if one needs to create 20 columns SketchupBIM creates 20 groups whereas any good modeling practice would indicate those columns were components, for obvious reasons.
3. the tool forces one to model everything from a center line alignment. I, for one, would welcome the possibility of choosing the alignment that suits me best.
4. wall segments always overlap. an autoclean feature would be very nice.
5. why can't a new segment wall start from a corner or from the surface of a wall? they tend to all grab the center line of the wall.
6. pardon me, but the standard way to view the model is awful. one of the great things about designing in 3D is to be able to simulate what the object will be like when viewed in real life. what is the point in viewing the model in a distorted way in which what is far away looks bigger than what is close to you? I really do not care for the fact that it replicates some engineering apps. who is this tool meant for? the developers should be clear about that.

all in all, a promising tool but still needs to have more built-in flexibility. as it is it tends to force one to work in a specific way and not a better one.
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Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby d_e_x » Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:16 am

Phil Rader, AIA wrote:IF I activate layer 0 in the layers dialog all layers are turned on, The camera view is changed to Isometric, and The camera is zoomed to extents: see this video: http://www.nvizeon.com/su/ZOOM_ISSUE.mp4
Is this a know bug or is this a "feature" built-into the plugin?



Phil Rader, AIA wrote:It forced a zoom extents and isometric view and all layers on when a file is opened instead of opening the file to the last saved view. I'll try it out again though as it definitely has potential to be very useful.


Hi Phil,

Thank you for your feedback. We will make the following changes to the upcoming version of SketchUpBIM:

1. Prevent "Zoom Extents" when a file is re-opened. The new version will retain the original camera position.
2. When "Layer0" is clicked, the automatic display shall apply to only those layers with SketchUpBIM elements. The other layers shall retain their default display toggle.

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Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby Phil Rader, AIA » Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:51 am

d_e_x wrote:
Phil Rader, AIA wrote:IF I activate layer 0 in the layers dialog all layers are turned on, The camera view is changed to Isometric, and The camera is zoomed to extents: see this video: http://www.nvizeon.com/su/ZOOM_ISSUE.mp4
Is this a know bug or is this a "feature" built-into the plugin?



Phil Rader, AIA wrote:It forced a zoom extents and isometric view and all layers on when a file is opened instead of opening the file to the last saved view. I'll try it out again though as it definitely has potential to be very useful.


Hi Phil,

Thank you for your feedback. We will make the following changes to the upcoming version of SketchUpBIM:

1. Prevent "Zoom Extents" when a file is re-opened. The new version will retain the original camera position.
2. When "Layer0" is clicked, the automatic display shall apply to only those layers with SketchUpBIM elements. The other layers shall retain their default display toggle.

Dex


1.Good Plan...I don't like "plugins" or other software that "makes" decisions for me without my permission.
2.Why would you alter the behavior of the standard SketchUp layers dialog...IE: if your plugin is installed or NOT when I click on layer 0 in the standard SketchUP dialog window the behavior should be the same. If you want a user to implement your tools create your own layer dialog or create a new layer called SUBIM that when clicked gives you the desired effects from your plugin. I do not expect anything to change when I activate layer 0...nada...nothing except that layer 0 becomes the active layer, unless layer 0 is turned off in which case all objects on layer 0 will now be visible...if clicking the activate radio button on layer 0 in your new version will change the "standard" out of the box SU behavior than I would still consider that invasive and not a desired result. Just my opinion.
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Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby thomthom » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:21 am

I agree with Phil. I don't like it when a plugin takes over and changes the SketchUp environment.
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Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby Pixero » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:04 pm

I agree. Thats why I've uninstalled it.
There should at least be settings so that the user can choose IF he wants the plugin to do such things.
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Re: [Plugin] SketchUpBIM: Building Modeling made easy!

Postby AdamB » Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:27 am

You're correct Phil. I looked at this plugin and if Layer 0 is changed it throws away your current camera view and forces a hard wired direction using a parallel projection view! :roll:

I know this is an old thread but just for the record, they never contacted LightUp about their plugin problems.

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