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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #400 on: September 23, 2019, 04:14:21 PM »
Version 1.1.3 - 09.23.2019
- Fixed a bug with the placement of Simpson's DTT2Z holdown and replaced included component with a low poly version.
- Added the option for Titen HD holdown anchor bolts: THD50500H, THD50600H, THD50800H, THD501200H, THD501400H, THD501500H.

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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #401 on: September 28, 2019, 06:30:35 PM »
Version 1.1.4 - 09.28.2019
- Fixed a critical performance bug that affects all the modules within the extension.


*** CRITICAL PERFORMANCE UPDATE ***

If you are noticing a slowdown of the plugin performance after multiple edits to a wall assembly, this fix will resolve that issue.  This issue affects all previous versions of the plugin.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #402 on: October 07, 2019, 12:08:16 PM »
The question "Can I manually edit my wall assemblies?", seems to come up quite often. 

*** Important Information ***

The parametrics (editing) with regards to the plugin(s) require that when you edit any wall assembly, roof assembly, foundation assembly etc... it regenerates the geometry from the parameters stored for that assembly.

If you are going to manually edit an assembly just be sure not to regen it, by editing it or adding windows, doors etc...  after you have done any manual edits.  When you edit an assembly it essentially removes the existing geometry created by the plugin and redraws it.  If you have altered the geometry created by the plugin it will also remove any of those manual edits. 

You can effectively lock an assembly by removing the instance name (or replace it with something else).  When you remove the key words in the assembly instance name the plugin(s) no longer recognizes the assemblies as something they can edit and hence they become "locked" for editing.

You can also unlock a valid assembly (provided it still has its attribute library) by putting the keywords back into an instance name.  You will notice that each type of assembly has specific keywords utilized in its instance name.

The problem with manual editing is that, yes you can do it, but the plugins have no way of knowing what changes you have done to the assembly and when it goes to rebuild/regen the only information it has is the parameters stored in its attribute library (database) for that assembly.  If you explode the group that contains the assembly the attribute library for that group (assembly) is deleted and even if you were to group the assembly back together the attribute library will no longer be present and hence the assembly is no longer a parametric Medeek assembly.

If you want to include custom components or groups within your assemblies (wall, truss etc...) and you want those "additional" geometric objects retained after a rebuild then you can accomplish this by including the keyword "CUSTOM" or "custom" within the sub-group or components instance name.

Also note that any non-grouped geometry (ie. edges and faces) will also be retained within the assembly by default.

In fact, this is exactly how the electrical plugin works in concert with the Wall and Truss plugins.  All of the electrical groups within your wall panels, utilize a special key word in their instance names.  This allows them to be retained within the larger assemblies. 

There is a method to my madness.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #403 on: November 18, 2019, 07:03:09 PM »
Gable Wall Workaround:



A quick tutorial on how to manually edit a wall with the Trim tool to create a balloon framed gable wall.

Note, that the Trim tool is currently included with the Truss plugin.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #404 on: November 26, 2019, 10:44:10 PM »
Version 1.1.5 - 11.27.2019
- Added a rotation parameter for in-wall columns.



Previously I was listing two sizes in order to get the rotated version (ie. 2x6 and 6x2) of a column size, however this proved to be a clunky and a non-scalable solution.  This update rectifies this limitation.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #405 on: December 07, 2019, 11:20:35 PM »
Version 1.1.6 - 12.08.2019
- Improved the stability and execution speed of the wall edit menu and the window edit menu.

This improvement is courtesy of my recent work on the complex roof module of the truss plugin.  I've improved the speed and stability of my algorithms for transferring data between the ruby code and the javascript.  I will now need to update every other HTML menu found with the wall plugin and eventually within all of the plugins. 

The wall edit menu contains the most parameters and hence its stability will be improved significantly by this code change, that is why I addressed it first.  Other edit menus include: doors, garage doors, stairs, beams, etc...
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #406 on: December 21, 2019, 04:51:52 AM »
Version 1.1.7 - 12.21.2019
- Enabled the "Wall Split" tool within the Medeek Wall Tools toolbar.

I will release a tutorial video explaining the use of this new tool and what circumstances would typically require its use.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #407 on: December 21, 2019, 09:35:31 PM »
Tutorial 9 - Split Wall Tool (6:36 min.)

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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #408 on: December 22, 2019, 02:07:37 PM »
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #409 on: December 25, 2019, 07:21:29 PM »
Version 1.1.7b - 12.25.2019
- Enabled temporary (construction) dimensions for the wall split tool.
- Added a vertical offset to the holdown symbol(s) to eliminate Z-fighting with the wall panel top plate.

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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #410 on: January 03, 2020, 02:41:53 AM »
Something that I have had on the to-do list for quite a while but have avoided it due to the many permutations and pitfalls: Stacked Windows



I have some additional testing to do, but so long as the windows line up (same x-position along wall) and they are the same width (as shown) then the algorithm seems to be successful.

The real problems arise when the windows partially overlap, or even if they are aligned but the windows widths are different. Those type of scenarios create all kinds of framing permutations which then becomes a real can of worms for the logic. I may eventually tackle it but for now I’m going to make some simple assumptions, so that I don’t become too bogged down with this problem.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #411 on: January 05, 2020, 02:27:46 PM »
My original algorithm was too simplistic, it did not account for multiple window stacks within a wall panel, now I have that resolved:



The final step is to make sure that the blocking and insulation modules are compatible with stacked windows.  As can be seen in this screen capture there is still an issue with stacked windows and blocking (right side).
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #412 on: January 05, 2020, 11:23:08 PM »
Version 1.1.8 - 01.06.2019
- Added a "Stud Spacing Offset" parameter which allows for custom stud spacing/placement.
- Enabled stacked windows within a wall panel.





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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/403dcf25-54b8-4795-8bbf-45f8e8fe6fcc/Stacked-Windows

Both of these items have been on the to-do list for quite some time and together constitute a fairly substantial upgrade to the functionality of the plugin.  The offset parameter has been requested numerous times over the last few weeks.

This update does not yet allow for stacking of windows/doors or doors/doors.  However, now that the logic path has been established I should be able to enable these additional possibilities much more quickly.  I will see if I can knock this one out this coming week.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #413 on: January 07, 2020, 06:24:30 PM »
The same stacked windows as below but with the insulation included:



I haven’t finished the window/door stacking algorithm yet but it occurred to me that window over door is the most common configuration and not the other way around. In fact, I really see no reason to have a door over door algorithm either. Correct me if I’m wrong.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #414 on: January 09, 2020, 02:17:38 AM »
Version 1.1.9 - 01.09.2019
- Enabled stacked windows over doors within a wall panel.



Note that for this to work correctly the king studs of the window(s) and door must align and the windows and doors must be centered on the same location within the wall.

The framing, blocking and insulation modules are now updated for stacked windows and stacked windows over doors.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #415 on: January 10, 2020, 12:36:42 AM »
As I was comparing the window and door modules this evening a number of things jumped out at me.  I've made some updates over the last few months to the window module that did not get propagated to the door module.  Here is a short list of items I will work on in the next couple of days to bring the door module up to par:

1.)  Arched, gothic arch and half round door openings and doors.
2.)  Variable king stud width for doors
3.)   Variable trimmer stud width for doors
4.)  Built up headers for doors
5.)  Trimmer extend option for doors (for built up headers that have a bottom plate, common construction method in Alberta CANADA).

Note that these updates are specifically for man doors and do not apply to garage doors or garage door openings.  That will be work for another day.

*** IMPORTANT***
I'm also considering making the wall plugin able to insert windows, doors and garage doors into generic walls (non-Medeek Walls), similar to what one is able to do with the electrical plugin.  I actually don't think this will be too difficult and will make the Window/Door tools more universal and flexible for the user who may or may not always use Medeek walls in a given project.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #416 on: January 12, 2020, 10:01:33 PM »
1 thru 5 of the items list previously are complete and now functional (not released yet).

First look at an arched doorway:



I now need to complete the door trim, casing and install modules for an arched door. Eventually I will provide the option for all of the various door types (eg. six panel, half glass etc…) however to start with I will just enable the solid arched door.

There will also be the permutation involving sidelites and double sidelites with arched doors, but again this will be work for another day.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #417 on: January 13, 2020, 04:44:29 PM »
You can set the framing mode of the plugin to 2D or “no framing” 3D mode on a wall panel basis or even set the default behavior in the global settings.

Once you are comfortable with your design you can switch the wall panels to the full framing mode. The no framing mode generates the wall framing as a single solid. Perhaps I need another tutorial that explains this in further detail. Switching between modes is completely automated, just one mouse click after you right click on the wall assembly(s).



The idea behind the 2D and 3D No Framing modes is to keep the model as lightweight as possible during the early design phases (ie. don’t over complicate things with framing) while at the same time providing enough information to fully understand the design and its dimensional constraints/properties.

The 2D mode is great for the initial layout but eventually one of the 3D modes will be required to fully grasp the various wall heights and possibly stacked window layouts etc…
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #418 on: January 15, 2020, 08:03:39 AM »
First look at an arched door frame and (solid) door:



I think the only thing still pending is to make sure that wainscoting module can handle arched doors and then I will make this upgrade live.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #419 on: January 15, 2020, 07:29:20 PM »
Version 1.2.0 - 01.15.2019
- Added (segmental and half round) arched doors to the door module.
- Enabled variable king stud and trimmer stud widths for doors.
- Enabled built-up headers for doors.
- Enabled the trimmer extend option for doors.
- Added casing "Style C" for rectangle and arched doors (gypsum wrap for interior wall openings).







I've also addressed a few minor bugs and issues with both the door and window modules. 

Currently the only arched door style is a "solid" door however I can add additional styles upon request (ie. half glass, double, full glass, six panel etc...)
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #420 on: January 16, 2020, 04:43:25 PM »
Version 1.2.0b - 01.16.2020
- Fixed a bug with wall presets introduced with the addition of the stud spacing offset parameter.

*** CRITICAL BUG FIX ***
If you have previously installed Version 1.1.8 thru Version 1.2.0 then you will want to update your installation to this latest version.  The bug was introduced into the wall presets module on 01/06/2020 when the stud spacing offset parameter was added.  This bug fix should resolve that bug and allow the creation of wall presets with this latest parameter added to the list of wall parameters.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #421 on: January 16, 2020, 10:17:45 PM »
Version 1.2.1 - 01.17.2020
- Added FLUSH:MITER and MITER:FLUSH option to the Wall Cladding Corners parameter.
- Fixed a second bug with wall presets introduced with the addition of the stud spacing offset parameter.



The additional options for the Wall Cladding Corners parameter is specifically for situations where you encounter a wall cladding material/thickness change at an inside corner as shown.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #422 on: January 17, 2020, 03:33:13 AM »
Version 1.2.1b - 01.17.2020
- Added (segmental and half round) arched double doors to the door module.



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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/f1bbde95-c609-40eb-b2ce-67204d8bf0ad/Double-Arched-Solid-Door
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #423 on: January 17, 2020, 09:14:47 PM »
Version 1.2.1c - 01.17.2020
- Fixed a number of bugs related to stacked doors, door sidelites and backward compatibility with previous versions.
- Added (segmental and half round) arched half glass doors to the door module.



Half glass option per customer request.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #424 on: January 18, 2020, 03:01:03 PM »
Version 1.2.1d - 01.18.2020
- Fixed the praire and perimeter grille style for arched half glass and full glass doors.
- Added (segmental and half round) arched full glass doors to the door module.



It seems like there is always more with doors.  The items still needing attention with the door module are:

- Option for transom window above rectangular and arched doors.
- Sidelites for arched doors.
- Additional door types for arched doors (ie. six panel, double half glass, double full glass etc...)
- Sliding doors
- Pocket doors
- Closet bi-fold doors
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