Plugins – An Updated List
Every once in awhile I get an e-mail from a reader asking me about the plugins I use. The plugins I use seems to change and evolve from time to time. There are some new ones in my Plugins folder so I thought I’d go over some of them. These are in no particular order. I’ve included links to where you can download them if you want. Some of the links will require that you sign in and not all of the plugins are free.
It may seem like a good idea to download every plugin you can get your hands on. I don’t think that’s a good idea, though. The more plugins you have in the Plugins directory, the longer it takes SketchUp to start up. There are a number of plugins that simplify procedures in SketchUp but it’s a good idea to learn how to do those things manually as well.
On with the list.
Skin fills in faces between edges. This is nice for creating curved surfaces.
PurgeAll purges unused components, materials, layers and styles. Of all the plugins I have, this one is the most used. I run it before I quit working on a model to get rid of stuff I don’t need and to reduce file size.
ToolsonSurface makes it easy to draw and do other operations on non flat surfaces. This plugin includes a toolbar.
Weld does what it says. It welds line segments together so that they behave as a single entity. One use of this plugin is to weld the line segments used to create molding profiles that will be used with Follow Me. Welding the segments prior to running Follow Me will eliminate the need to do a bunch of edge softening afterward.
CutList and Layout is an indispensible tool if you’re trying to create shop drawings. The layout part of it is still in development but it is still useful.
TubeAlongPath draws a tube following a path made of line segments.
Dashed Lines does what it says.
PathCopy copies a component and places the copies along a path.
Time Track is a handy tool if you need to keep track of the time you spend drawing in SketchUp.
Projection Tools make it easy to project lines on to a face or to extrude lines to create faces.
There are more but these are some of the ones I’ve been using more often as I draw. If you’re interested in my previous post on plugins, here’s the link to it.