On February 28th Trimble released the new versions of SketchUp: SketchUp Make 2014 (the free version) and SketchUp Pro 2014. There is not too much change visible from the outside, but a significant performance improvement under the hood. A good deal of that performance comes by upgrading the Ruby API from Ruby Version 1.8.7 to Ruby Version 2.0.0. This is a welcomed change, especially for people who write Ruby Plugin scripts such as me. However, that change caused many Ruby Plugin scripts to be incompatible with SketchUp 2014.

I spent the last few days coding changes to my tools to make them 2014 compatible. Today I am releasing new versions which work in SketchUp versions 7, 8, 2013 and 2014. I am releasing all of them as .rbz files which make loading them into SketchUp versions 2013 and 2014 a snap by following the instructions below. For SketchUp 7 and 8 users you can change the file extension from .rbz to .zip, open the .zip file with WinZip, 7-Zip or some other appropriate decompression software. Then extract the files and folders to the Plugins folder. You will need to restart SketchUp.

Locating Your Plugins Folder:

You will need to know the location of your Plugins folder to verify you installed CutList Bridge correctly and to import a materials.csv file from CutList Plus fx. SketchUp version 2014, both Make and Pro, has changed the location of the Plugins folder, so you should follow this procedure to be sure you know where it is. You can locate the Plugins folder using the Ruby Console. To open the Ruby Console go to the Window menu and click on Ruby Console. The Ruby Console will appear. In the white area at the bottom copy and paste or type the following line exactly as shown in the picture below left followed by Enter:

Sketchup.find_support_file(‘Plugins/’)

The location of the Plugins folder appears on the second line.Ruby statement to locate the Plugins folder.The location of the Plugins folder appears on the second line. You will see the results shown at right. If you get an error message re-type the quotation marks in the Ruby Console in the previous step. Note that I had to drag the right side of the window to enlarge it so the folder location would appear all on one line. Copy and paste the folder location and save it for future reference. You might also want to create a shortcut on your desktop pointing to the Plugins folder.

To install a SketchUp Ruby plugin script with the .rbz format:

  1. We recommend logging into your computer as an admin before installing any Ruby scripts. This will make the installation go more smoothly and ensure that files get installed in the proper places.
  2. Select Window > Preferences (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > Preferences (Mac OS X). The Preferences dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click on Extensions. The Extensions panel is displayed.
  4. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open dialog box is displayed.
  5. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  6. Click on the Open button. The Ruby plugin appears in the list of extensions.
  7. You may see a message asking if you trust the author of this Ruby script. If you do click the Yes button. (Hint: I am trustable.)
  8. You may get a message announcing successful installation. Click OK.

Very Important – Please Report All Problems To: jpz@srww.com

Layers Management Tool:

  1. Download the Layers Management Version 2.2.pdf file to a location you will remember e.g. your desktop. This file is a short User’s Guide.
  2. Download the layers_2.2.rbz file to a location you will remember e.g. your desktop. Follow the installation instructions above.

Construction Plus Tools:

  1. Download the construction_plus.rbz file to a location you will remember e.g. your desktop. Follow the installation instructions above.

CutList Bridge:

  1. Download the CutList Bridge User’s Guide.pdf file to a location you will remember e.g. your desktop. This file is a User’s Guide.
  2. Download the cutlist_bridge_revision_2.8.rbz file to a location you will remember e.g. your desktop. Follow the installation instructions above.

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12 Responses to “SketchUp 2014–Tools Updated For SketchUp 2014 Compatibility”


  1. Wayne says:

    Hi Joe,

    A quick note to thank you for the new plugins and let you know the layers plug-in is working well with Sketchup 2015, haven’t tried the cutlist plug-in yet.


  2. Joe says:

    Hi Wayne,

    You are welcome and thanks for the note. I think you will find that CutList Bridge and Construction Plus both work well in 2015 too. Let me know if you have any problems.

    Joe….


  3. Tim says:

    Unable to load cutlist plus fx materials list into cutlist_bridge 2.8. I’ve exported the list as a csv file and used the ruby console to locate the plugins folder in SU 2015 but when select create list, old list still there. Any suggestions?


  4. Joe says:

    Hi Tim,

    On my Windows 8 machine running SketchUp 2015 this is the folder I have to put the materials.csv file into.

    C:\Users\Joe\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2015\SketchUp\Plugins\cutlist_bridge\cutlist_bridge\text_files

    If you still have problems write me at jpz@srww.com and I will try to help.

    Joe….


  5. Steve says:

    I just installed CutList Bridge 2.8, and am running it with SketchUp 2015 on a Windows 7 machine. I have some components in my SketchUp model that I designated as Sheet Goods/Poplar Plywood in the Extended Attributes portion of SketchUp. However, whenever I export it to Cutlist fx, it repeatedly exports as Dimensioned Lumber / Material Name “Not assigned.”

    What am I doing wrong?


  6. Joe says:

    Hi Steve,
    Would you mind sending me your .skp file so I can look at it? Then I can probably tell you what is going on. Send it as an attachment to an emailed addressed to jpz@srww.com .

    Thanks, Joe….


  7. Oscar says:

    dear Sirs,
    I’m trying to install the plug in in sketchup 2015, no success, can you guys help me you have anew tutorial cause there is not plugin directory on skecthup 2015

    thank you for your answer

    Oscar Comas


  8. Joe says:

    Hi Oscar,

    There is a Plugins directory on SketchUp 2015. Here is mine:

    C:\Users\Joe\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2015\SketchUp\Plugins

    Yours will be the same except replace Joe with your user name.

    What Plugin are you trying to install, and is it on a Windows or OS X machine?

    Joe….


  9. Ollie says:

    Hi Joe, I wanted to thank you for all the horsepower you help bring to the Sketchup table. Your efforts are both delightfully productive and appreciated. Thanks.


  10. Joe says:

    Hi Ollie,

    I am glad you find my SketchUp work helpful. Thank you for taking the time to drop a note of appreciation.

    Joe….


  11. Scott Menard says:

    Joe,

    I installed Construction Plus into Pro 2014. The Install Extension appeared to work but I don’t see it the extension list or on any of the Sketchup 2014 Dropdown menues. Can you help?

    Thanks,


  12. Joe says:

    Hi Scott,

    Not all extensions appear on the Window/Preferences/Extensions list. Older extensions, as Construction Plus is, were not “registered” extensions and do not appear there. Instead go to View/Toolbars and choose the Toolbars tab. In that list check Construction Plus. That will bring up the Construction Plus toolbar on your desktop (look carefully, it may not appear in your SketchUp window but it will be on your desktop somewhere). Let me know if you have problems.

    Joe….