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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby dpaul » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:53 pm

While waiting, I went ahead and purchased your plugin only to find out that you are right: it can't be done at the moment.
Disappointing......

However, what is encouraging is being able to punch in one of my windows into a wall I created with
Profile Builder 3 and when I shrink or expand the PB wall, I do temporarily lose my window, but once I press REFRESH it comes back. A relief.....!

In other words, this could be the combo I have been looking for that will fast track my building layouts: PB3 walls and Wall cutter for installing my own windows and doors.

Till then, though, perhaps we can clone you and your team in order to speed up what I need.......:)

Cheers.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:51 pm

dpaul wrote:While waiting, I went ahead and purchased your plugin only to find out that you are right: it can't be done at the moment.
Disappointing......

However, what is encouraging is being able to punch in one of my windows into a wall I created with
Profile Builder 3 and when I shrink or expand the PB wall, I do temporarily lose my window, but once I press REFRESH it comes back. A relief.....!

In other words, this could be the combo I have been looking for that will fast track my building layouts: PB3 walls and Wall cutter for installing my own windows and doors.

Till then, though, perhaps we can clone you and your team in order to speed up what I need.......:)

Cheers.
David


If we were cloned... one of us clones would have definitely answered your question a lot faster! :)

Great to hear it's working well with PB3 and with the Refresh button!

We have the feature you need already working in our 'development branch'. I believe you'll be able to use it pretty soon.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby dpaul » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:27 am

Yes, Flex and PB3 should work very well for me---and I am particularly encouraged by the last comment in your thread.
I look forward to hearing about the update soon.....!
With my thanks.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby pbacot » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:51 am

All sounds great. Hope to try it soon!
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:32 pm

dpaul wrote:I look forward to hearing about the update soon.....!
With my thanks.
David


Here it is! :D

WallCutter_exclude-include_600.gif


New update for WallCutter!

In this update we've introduced a much requested and significant enhancement for WallCutter - the ability to exclude sub-components from affecting the cutting algorithm. That means you'll now be able to have wall cutting windows (and doors) with Trim!

And yes, it will work with trim on both sides as asked by David here.

This update also includes a couple of bug fixes:
:knockout: One of the bugs found by Pixero (posted here) should now be fixed. Sketchup won't crash now when having 0 faces in a WallCutter component.

:knockout: The other bug fix addresses another similar crash that could happen if the faces in a cutting component had the thickness of 0. This could happen when a flat WallCutter component was created with the wrong axes orientation.


1. How to auto-update

2. Remember to restart Sketchup after the update!

Happy Flexing! :)
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby dpaul » Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:43 am

This is a crucial addition to a very powerful plugin.
Thanks.....!
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:44 am

dpaul wrote:This is a crucial addition to a very powerful plugin.
Thanks.....!


Great to hear! :D
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby somebodyelse » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:46 pm

This is great. I just have a quick question about pivot points. Say I want to create a pivot door, how does one go about creating the function of a pivot door?
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:35 pm

somebodyelse wrote:This is great. I just have a quick question about pivot points. Say I want to create a pivot door, how does one go about creating the function of a pivot door?


Hi Ivan,
If you mean to turn the FlexDoor into a pivot door, up till this very moment it was not possible...

But it is now!!! :D

flexdoor_pivot-hotfix_02-600e.gif


I made a few internal changes and added a setting called 'Axis - Move'.

move axes point setting_02.png


Consider this a hot-fix, not completely polished. You must turn the 'Arcs' off and set the 'Hinges' to 0 for things to look normal when changing the axis position.

You'll find the updated FlexDoor in the zip attached below. Drag and drop the skp into a model for it to work.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Ivan K » Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:15 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!!!

This is absolute perfection! *screams in excitement*

THANK YOU!!!!
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:37 am

Ivan K wrote:OH MY GOODNESS!!!

This is absolute perfection! *screams in excitement*

THANK YOU!!!!


Very glad it's helpful Ivan :D

We released this new FlexDoor feature yesterday as an auto-update to the plugin. I think it will be useful for everyone.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:58 am

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Flex Slider Window/Door - Coming soon in the next update!
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:21 am

Meet the new FlexSlider window/door!

Customize the sashes! Set the number of divisions, choose from 3 muntin distributions: 'equal divisions', 'prairie style', 'from side+equal spacing'.

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:04 am

One of the features in the new FlexSlider Window/Door is that you can hide parts of the frame in order to make various configurations.

In the following example is a 4-panel door made by combining two FlexSliders.

This can serve as a temporary solution for those who need a 4-panel door component Right Now!
We plan to make a dedicated 4-panel door component at a later time.

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:22 pm

It’s Black Friday time!

We’re glad to offer you €25 Off FlexPack Pro! - Speed up your modeling workflow with dynamic windows, doors, WallCutter, the most powerful wall cutting tool in the Sketchup world, and more.

This offer is good starting now, from Black Friday to Cyber Monday - Nov 23-26.

Spend less time modeling and have more time for actual designing with FlexTools!
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:20 pm

Glad to announce ComponentFinder was updated to version 0.8.0 :D

The highlights:

  • Folder scanning depth is now increased from 5 levels deep to infinity! (and beyond...)
  • The maximum number of components in an open folder tab is now up to 6000!
  • When opening a new folder tab, the scanning will be going on in the background so you can continue working while it's scanning. Components will be added as they are discovered.
  • You can now cancel the scan anytime.
  • Faster loading of open folder tabs during CF startup.
  • An additional larger zoom level was added.
  • You can click on the folder name and it then shows the full path instead.
  • When hovering over components, a tooltip appears with the full path.
  • The annoying bug where components' thumbnails would suddenly break? Squashed! :knockout:

To see the full list of release notes => https://flextools.cc/release-notes/

How to update => https://flextools.cc/learn/updates/
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:23 pm

You can now use FlexTools in Japanese 日本語 !

Translations usually come in with a bit of a delay after each release. In this update we've added some translations for the FlexSlider component. Japanese is available for FlexPack Pro and FlexPack 2017 too.



Many thanks go to our devoted translators who keep contributing their precious time and expertise:

Takahiro Terasawa for the new Japanese translation
Pilou - French translation
Rafael Teresa - Spanish translation
Rebeca Rabia - Portuguese translation
Charles Tom from Geographic Information LTD 幾何資訊 - Traditional Chinese translation
Shaun 肖万涛 - Simplified Chinese translation

If you can help to translate FlexTools into your language - Please let us know!
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:33 pm

The new Flex Double-Hung Window is released!

Check out the video to see how it works:

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Epix3D » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:51 pm

How can I make a swing glassdoor with glass sidepanels?

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:44 pm

Epix3d wrote:How can I make a swing glassdoor with glass sidepanels?


Hi Epix,

Take a look at the video in the link - It's currently the closest to a glass door that you can get with FlexDoor:
https://youtu.be/LvJJq04AWV0

The settings that were changed in the video:
Doorstop - Height => 0
Sill - Height => 0
Clearance Bottom => 0
# Hinges => 0
Door Panel - Thickness => 1cm
Axis - Move => 10cm

The door handle was also changed (with some parts deleted).
You can make your own custom door handles following the tutorials here:
http://frandzel3d.com/flexdoor/flexdoor-hardware/

Hope that helps.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Epix3D » Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:20 pm

Looks good halroach but I will need frames around glass like a panel door. Do I have to make it manually? I hope this will come in an upcoming version.

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:54 pm

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I think I have what you need - Please take a look at the (Experimental :ugeek: ) FlexLabs section:
https://flextools.cc/flexlabs/

I just added now a 'FlexDoor with glass divisions + Side panels'.


* Make sure to install and activate the FlexBetaPack.

* Since it is rather experimental, turning off any of the side panels might screw things up.
If you want to remove a side panel (by clicking on the sides of the frame) without sub-components flying around, double click into it until you reach a component called 'Panel Right' or 'Panel Left'. Delete the component that is within either of those. After that click (With the interact tool) on the frame sides to turn off or on the panels.

* To edit each of the panels and the mullions you have to double click into the components a few times till you reach the right settings.

Let me know how it works out.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:39 pm

A new update is out!

You can now browse and search through your In-Model Components and Groups with ComponentFinder!

Read more details on the FlexBlog.

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Epix3D » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:40 pm

When I mirror Flex doors and windows with copy the cutholes on original disappears..?
Same happens if I modify a wall with flexcomponents.
Is there a way of updating so the cutholes comes back?
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:44 pm

Epix3d wrote:When I mirror Flex doors and windows with copy the cutholes on original disappears..?
Same happens if I modify a wall with flexcomponents.
Is there a way of updating so the cutholes comes back?


Can you upload a jpg or an skp example or send either to yoni@flextools.cc so I can better understand where the issue is.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Epix3D » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:55 pm

Flexwindows are mirrored from one side to the other cutting new holes but removing the original holes from the side copied from..

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Epix3D » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:03 pm

..Strange thing happened, -when I closed and reopened the file the holes were back..?
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby juju » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:04 pm

Epix3d wrote:Flexwindows are mirrored from one side to the other cutting new holes but removing the original holes from the side copied from..

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Epix3d wrote:..Strange thing happened, -when I closed and reopened the file the holes were back..?

I've had success in the past when selecting the various DC's and hitting the Refresh on the FlexTools toolbar.
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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby Epix3D » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:18 pm

Thank you Juju,. I will try that next time.

I have suggestion.

I often use CleanUp3 plugin to clean my files for unecessary geometry.
The door arc in FleTools Doors should be locked to avoid disappearing when cleaning for stray lines.

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Re: FlexTools Updates

Postby halroach » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:00 am

Epix3d wrote:Flexwindows are mirrored from one side to the other cutting new holes but removing the original holes from the side copied from..

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Hi Epix3d,

Like Juju mentioned, this a good example where the refresh button/s come in handy :fro:

A quick explanation:
When you first place a wall cutting window, it is automatically glued to a surface and it generates an opening. When you mirror and copy it, one or both of the components (The original or the mirrored) can become unglued, and the WallCutter algorithm doesn't know that the mirroring/copying happened, so it doesn't try to cut through anything. Moving the problematic window a little left and right OR doing a refresh, OR re-opening the model will jolt the window back to behaving as expected. Note though, that one of the windows will still be unglued.

I think it also depends which mirroring plugin you are using. I just tried to re-create this, and the original component's opening closed up, where as the copied component worked correctly and generated an opening... This seems to be the opposite of what is happening in the image you posted.

There are a few more 'advanced' situations where the refresh function is very useful. There are some good examples with animations at the learn pages:
https://flextools.cc/learn/wall-cutter/ ... Operations

I just added a few mentions about the Mirroring situation.

Thanks for finding this!
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