This SketchUp plugin was created out of a need for having plugins available in a “locked down” computer lab setting (similar to my solution for AutoCAD). It also provides an easy way to browse some of the web plugin repositories and then to load any plugin into SketchUp – from any location.
After installation, this is how the plugin appears under the “Plugins” menu:
These are the menu items:
- The top two items allow for loading either a single plugin (RB file) or several plugins at once that are all contained in a folder. For the second option, simply select any file within the folder and all will be loaded.
- The next set of links point to the main web repositories for SketchUp plugins. After clicking the menu item, a web browser window opens within SketchUp. You can then browse to a plugin and download it. After closing the browser window, an option is presented to install the plugin right away (not on Macs, though). You can save these plugins anywhere. In a locked-down computer lab, it may be a good idea to save them to your USB memory stick.
- If you get stuck, maybe the About option has some information. Otherwise leave a comment on the bottom of this page.
1.0 (3/9/2009) – First version
1.1 (3/18/2009) – Changes:
- Added more plugin links and fixed some spelling
- Added browser “buttons” and better explanation
- Added help menu item and updated help file
- Changed menu order a bit
1.2 (11/3/2010) – Changes:
- Renamed some menu items
- Added Google custom search
- Added link to extension manager
- Reformatted code and added module
- Removed developer links (those are now in my Ruby Code Editor)
- Changed layout of browser a bit
- Fixed mac issues: dlg can’t show modal, browser buttons dont work well