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FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:48 pm

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FlexTools released! :D

Happy to announce the release of FlexTools

FlexTools is the next generation of the Sketchup Flex dynamic components you may already be familiar with. FlexWindow, FlexDoor, FlexSlat and now a new FlexTrapezoid (more components on the way).

This is the best place to write your questions, impressions, anything that's on your mind!
(this post will be updated with more info...)

Check it out:
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Re: FlexTools is released! (not beta anymore)

Postby juju » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:14 pm

I bought my licence for FlexPack moments after the e-mail notification, thank you. Now to start playing with it...
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Re: FlexTools is released! (not beta anymore)

Postby juju » Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:42 pm

Hi FlexTools team (and Yoni)!

I quickly tried out the new tools, but seem to be getting something wrong, cutter units are not cutting to the depth specified. See pics below.

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I double checked to set the cutting depth the same as the wall, but it only cuts the one face. Tried recalc as well, made no difference. I have Cutting DC's enabled. What gives?

Also, how do I set the door frame sizing? I looked at it very quickly, so may have missed it.

One other strange thing, inserting the windows and louvres the origin is set to the bottom? I've never placed units with this origin, any way we can get choices for top (middle / left / right)?
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Re: FlexTools is released! (not beta anymore)

Postby halroach » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:01 pm

Hi Juju :)

juju wrote:Hi FlexTools team (and Yoni)!
I quickly tried out the new tools, but seem to be getting something wrong, cutter units are not cutting to the depth specified. See pics below.
I double checked to set the cutting depth the same as the wall, but it only cuts the one face. Tried recalc as well, made no difference. I have Cutting DC's enabled. What gives?


The cutter components cut single faces only!
They do however work pretty well with the Double-Cut plugin by Dale Martens - though there are still some issues.

Also, how do I set the door frame sizing? I looked at it very quickly, so may have missed it.

Specifically with the door, you have to double-click to enter the inner component which has all the settings.

One other strange thing, inserting the windows and louvres the origin is set to the bottom? I've never placed units with this origin, any way we can get choices for top (middle / left / right)?


If I understand correctly, you mean when you first insert a component from the toolbar (or from the manager) that the cursor is placed at the bottom left corner? If that's what you mean, there's not much we can do about that. It's the default behavior of Sketchup when placing components.
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby rv1974 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:05 pm

My $0.02: you should add a corner L shaped aluminum panel. The example shown in video is not quite right.
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby halroach » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:10 pm

rv1974 wrote:My $0.02: you should add a corner L shaped aluminum panel. The example shown in video is not quite right.


Not exactly sure what you're referring to. Where should there be an L shaped panel?
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Re: FlexTools is released! (not beta anymore)

Postby juju » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:34 pm

halroach wrote:Hi Juju :)

juju wrote:Hi FlexTools team (and Yoni)!
I quickly tried out the new tools, but seem to be getting something wrong, cutter units are not cutting to the depth specified. See pics below.
I double checked to set the cutting depth the same as the wall, but it only cuts the one face. Tried recalc as well, made no difference. I have Cutting DC's enabled. What gives?


The cutter components cut single faces only!
They do however work pretty well with the Double-Cut plugin by Dale Martens - though there are still some issues.

Also, how do I set the door frame sizing? I looked at it very quickly, so may have missed it.

Specifically with the door, you have to double-click to enter the inner component which has all the settings.

One other strange thing, inserting the windows and louvres the origin is set to the bottom? I've never placed units with this origin, any way we can get choices for top (middle / left / right)?


If I understand correctly, you mean when you first insert a component from the toolbar (or from the manager) that the cursor is placed at the bottom left corner? If that's what you mean, there's not much we can do about that. It's the default behavior of Sketchup when placing components.

To my knowledge, the component position w.r.t. the origin determines how the component is placed, not sure if tbis is true for DC's as well.
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby rv1974 » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:43 pm

halroach wrote:
rv1974 wrote:My $0.02: you should add a corner L shaped aluminum panel. The example shown in video is not quite right.


Not exactly sure what you're referring to. Where should there be an L shaped panel?



bending, no grooves in the corners.
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby juju » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:31 am

The DC's work with Face Cutter ($3.99) as well.

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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby halroach » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:57 am

rv1974 wrote:My $0.02: you should add a corner L shaped aluminum panel. The example shown in video is not quite right.


Not all panel configurations use an L shaped corner - Like the red paneling in this Alucobond example:

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Though I do agree that L shaped corners would be a nice addition to FlexPanel! ;)

FlexPanel can be used for all sorts of other repetitive paneling situations like: floors, interior walls, even basic cabinetry situations where you don't want to start messing with a real cabinet components.

Still working on it... :fro:
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Re: FlexTools is released! (not beta anymore)

Postby halroach » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:12 am

juju wrote:To my knowledge, the component position w.r.t. the origin determines how the component is placed, not sure if this is true for DC's as well.


I understand now what you mean. There are two situations to consider:
1. When a component is placed into a model
2. A copy paste situation.

In the first situation, yes, components are placed according to their main Axis, which in the Flex DCs is the bottom left corner. I could theoretically design them to change the main axis, but it would probably add a lot of calculations that would give them a slower refresh time. We don't want that!
Also, thanks to SketchUp's super duper inferencing, selecting, moving, re-positioning one or a bunch of windows is really quite quick. I wouldn't want to mess up the code for something that is really easy to do in Sketchup.

2. In copy paste situations, in most cases the placement is from the bottom left corner, no matter where the component axis is located. So we're keeping the experience quite consistent this way.
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby halroach » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:13 am

juju wrote:The DC's work with [url=http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/face-cutter]Face Cutter[/url] ($3.99) as well.


Good to know! :) :thumb:

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Hmmmm, :?

Just tried it out - seems a bit buggy when copying and pasting components around.
If you pull in new components straight from the toolbar it's fine.
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby juju » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:50 am

halroach wrote:
juju wrote:The DC's work with [url=http://extensions.sketchup.com/en/content/face-cutter]Face Cutter[/url] ($3.99) as well.


Good to know! :) :thumb:

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Hmmmm, :?

Just tried it out - seems a bit buggy when copying and pasting components around.
If you pull in new components straight from the toolbar it's fine.


I didn't try that initially, but have now. When doing a CTRL+C & CTRL+V it seems to work fine with the louvres (which have no cills), the windows work depends on where the insert point / position is (cills are a problem) and the door seems to go completely awry.

When doing a shift + move (which equates to copy and move with the native tools) it works on my end.
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby halroach » Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:03 am

Components Update!

Thanks to your input, we found an issue with the face-cutter versions of all 4 Flex components. The components in this update fix the issue. After updating, you will be able to set the wall thickness independently. (It is not affected by the frame depth, or by the inset settings anymore).

Important Note
In the favorites manager - Only the 'Original' components are updated. Previously saved favorites remain untouched in their current versions.

How to get the update
An automatic update is available from within the plugin!
1. Open the FlexTools manager (cog icon)
2. Click on the red Update button at the top of the window.
3. A restart of Sketchup may be required.

The updated Flex Component versions:
FlexDoor 1.3.25
FlexWindow 2.5.36
FlexTrapez 1.1.53
FlexSlat 1.2.06

Want to make sure you have the latest versions?
Click on each component's settings icon in the components manager
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby halroach » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:23 am

Existing customers! One day left to get 30% Off all FlexTools products.
(Details will arrive by email).
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Re: FlexTools is released!

Postby halroach » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:04 pm

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FlexPanel is finally here!

You can now create all sorts of orthogonal panels, cladding, tiles, walls, floors, ceilings… in just a few clicks!
And as usual with Flex components with Responsive Scaling, the panels fit exactly where you need them.

  • Full control over panel thickness, spacing and distributions.
  • Set the number of panels to be equally distributed, or set a fixed size, and let FlexPanel complete the remainders.
  • Choose between 6 edge extensions, for when you want to align a few panel systems - side by side, or around a corner.
  • Cutter version, for when you want to embed panels to be flush with the face they are placed on.

Click to see animation
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Click to see animation
flexpanel_animation_06_01e.gif



How to get FlexPanel?
Check out FlexTools

If you already have FlexPack 2017 installed, you can start using it now! All you need to do, is to open the FlexTools Manager and click on the red update button.

Happy Flexing! ;)
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Daria C137 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:50 pm


Open / Close multiple FlexDoors at once


1. Make a selection.

2. Run the Open/Close tool - any FlexDoors included in the selection will either open or close.


If there are more 'open doors' than 'closed doors' in the selection, all the doors will be closed.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Daria C137 » Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:43 pm

The entire UI of the plugin and all the components and tools, can be displayed in different languages.

Currently FlexTools for SketchUp can be used in:
⭐️English ⭐️Spanish ⭐️French ⭐️Portuguese ⭐️Traditional Chinese and ⭐️Simplified Chinese!

We are very proud of our translation system, since it also works retroactively!
All Flex components previously used, and saved in the Favorites Library will also be automatically translated.




Special thanks to those who contributed their precious time and expertise:


If you wish to contribute a translation in your own language, please contact us: https://flextools.cc/contact/#WriteUs
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Tue May 15, 2018 9:52 am

We just launched a beta version of ComponentFinder. Hooray!

Looking for people to help us test and improve it.

Be part of it! --> https://flextools.cc/componentfinder-beta/


And yes, it’s FREE!
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby juju » Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:20 pm

Yoni, any chance we can get an option with the doors to have the door swing also show when the doors are closed? I keep on configuring the door and explode the component, rotate the door to the closed position and draw a missing line (door leaf in open position).
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:33 pm

juju wrote:Yoni, any chance we can get an option with the doors to have the door swing also show when the doors are closed? I keep on configuring the door and explode the component, rotate the door to the closed position and draw a missing line (door leaf in open position).


Hi Juju,
I imagine you need this for presenting plans? Can you post an image or a model of what the end product should look like? I think I understand, but just to make sure.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby juju » Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:22 pm

halroach wrote:I imagine you need this for presenting plans? Can you post an image or a model of what the end product should look like? I think I understand, but just to make sure.

That would be correct, needed when creating construction documentation. When using parallel projection with section cut (I use Skalp) the doors appear correct on plan, and the elevations as well with my work-around.

The doors would normally appear correct on plan in the current open setting, however on parallel projection elevation one would want these closed, but when you close the doors to get the elevations looking correct you lose the door swing representation in plan again.

Also the current method I'm using isn't ideal because I need to spend a little extra time per door to do this, plus I lose the dynamic component / interactive part thereof since I'm exploding it and manually rotating to the closed position. I suppose I could just copy / paste the swing and draw the extra line representing the door in the open position, but if it could be done automatically it would be a great help.

I can imagine there may be times when you would not want the door swing representations, thus if it could be an optional on/off for this it'd be great. Of course if one could customize / name the layer where you would this 2D swing / open door representation to be placed (as well as the glazing & framing) it would be the ultimate, but this will probably remain a pipe dream for now. But hey, it never hurts to ask / put it out there.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:50 pm

Hey Juju,

Please see the attached FlexDoor. It has an extra option under the 'Arc:' attribute called "Always ON". When you want to turn it off, you may need to open and close the door once to see the changes. It's not perfect, but it's way better than exploding! :D

flex_door_ft_1.6-arc always on option - Juju.skp


Regarding layers: The arcs are on a separate layer called FlexDoor_Arc. You can always change it's name to what ever you want and then save the component to a folder in ComponentFinder (now officially released as part of FlexTools!).

Hope this helps,
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby juju » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:21 pm

halroach wrote:Hey Juju,

Please see the attached FlexDoor. It has an extra option under the 'Arc:' attribute called "Always ON". When you want to turn it off, you may need to open and close the door once to see the changes. It's not perfect, but it's way better than exploding! :D

flex_door_ft_1.6-arc always on option - Juju.skp


Regarding layers: The arcs are on a separate layer called FlexDoor_Arc. You can always change it's name to what ever you want and then save the component to a folder in ComponentFinder (now officially released as part of FlexTools!).

Hope this helps,

Hi Yoni, thanks for this. Will you be making this part of the sets that comes with your extension by default?
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:55 pm

Hey Juju,
Sure, we'll do our best to add this feature in the next update, or the next after that...
In the mean time you can add this component to any folder on your hard disk, and have quick access to it through ComponentFinder.

If you want to change the default component that loads from the toolbar, you can replace the default door with this one. Make sure the new component has the same name => "flex_door_ft_1.skp". (Make a backup of the old one, just in case...)

C:\%ProgramData%\F3d_FlexTools\packages\components\flex_door_ft_1\component
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