A New Way To Install Plugins and a Tool for Creating Custom Toolbars

comments (3) May 5th, 2013 in blogs

DaveRichards David Richards, contributor
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Recently Sketchucation released the Plugin Store, the fastest and easiest way to get and manage plugins for SketchUp. Once you've installed the Plugin Store plugin, you'll have access to hundreds of plugins all of which can be automatically installed. There's also plugin management tools to allow you to deactivate plugins you might not need without uninstalling them.


Another cool tool is a Toolbar Editor which allows you to make customized toolbars containing only those tools from various plugins that you frequently use. This is a great help in clearing up your screen real estate so you can have more room to draw. It's a simple drag and drop thing and you can make as many toolbars as you need.

If you use plugins, check out both of these cool tools.


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Comments (3)

DaveRichards DaveRichards writes: Jim, close SketchUp. clear the IE or Safari cache (depending on your operating system), restart SketchUp and try logging in again. Does that work, then?

Posted: 6:52 pm on May 29th

PalmBay_Jim PalmBay_Jim writes: Help Please
I've installed this plugin and it worked for a while.
Now when I try to access the plugin store it gives me an error (connect error 1049 unknown database "plugins")
The other two work fine.

Posted: 2:10 pm on May 29th

cdub cdub writes: Hallelujah! Managing plugins used to be a chore. This is great news.
Thanks Dave.
Posted: 6:42 am on May 8th

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