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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #425 on: January 25, 2020, 03:32:26 AM »
Version 1.2.2  - 01.25.2020

- Added (segmental and half round) arched half glass double doors to the door module.
- Added (segmental and half round) arched full glass double doors to the door module.







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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #426 on: January 29, 2020, 10:37:22 PM »
Version 1.2.3 - 01.30.2020
- Enabled up to four king and/or four trimmer studs for windows.
- Enabled up to four king and/or four trimmer studs for doors.
- Enabled up to four king and/or four trimmer studs for garage doors.







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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #427 on: February 07, 2020, 11:58:04 AM »
Version 1.2.4 - 02.07.2020
- Fixed a bug with the gypsum wrap for rectangular and arched door openings of interior walls.

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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #428 on: February 08, 2020, 09:45:46 PM »
Version 1.2.4b - 02.08.2020
- Added a T1-11 built-in material into the material library.
- Fixed the move wall tool so that it no longer requires a negative number for offsetting to the exterior side of the wall.
- Enabled the display of the offset dimension next to the blue movement arrow for the move wall tool.



The elimination of the negative offset should make the wall move tool a lot more intuitive to use.  Please feel free to give me further feedback in this regard.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #429 on: February 12, 2020, 04:30:32 PM »
In some cases you may frame up something like this:



Rather than a tee intersection you have two walls forming a corner and then a third wall tying in at the corner.  Currently I really don't have a good solution for this scenario since one would probably need to offset the sheathing or gypsum back where the tertiary wall ties in.

I will need to give this some further thought.  Any ideas or suggestions are always welcome.

I've identified a possible bug or issue where the top plate cutout algorithm tries to cut out a zero thickness slice from the adjacent top plate in this particular scenario, I will release a fix for that shortly.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #430 on: February 15, 2020, 10:07:37 PM »
Version 1.2.5 - 02.15.2020
- Enabled custom materials (Material Library) for all doors and windows: Trim, Casing, Door Frame, Door, Window Frame, Shutters.
- Addressed a minor bug with multiple walls coming together at a corner.




*** IMPORTANT WARNING ***

This latest update is a necessary and major rewrite of the window and door modules.  As such, this update will break compatibility with previous versions of the Wall plugin.  It is highly suggested not to upgrade to this latest version for existing projects that were created with previous versions of the plugin.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #431 on: February 17, 2020, 07:46:08 PM »
Version 1.2.5b - 02.17.2020
- Fixed a critical bug with the recently updated window and door edit menus.

*** IMPORTANT ***
This is a critical bug fix to Version 1.2.5.  When the source code was compiled for this version the updated HTML files (window and door edit menus) were somehow not updated as they should have been.  I strongly suggest that you update from version 1.2.5 to version 1.2.5b, otherwise you may not be able to edit your windows and doors.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #432 on: February 19, 2020, 07:07:42 AM »
Working on the Wall Stretch Tool this morning.

Essentially I've boiled this tool down to a **three** click process:

1.)  Select the Wall that you want to stretch or shrink.

2.)  Select the start or end of the wall panel:



3.)  Then select the new position of the wall start/end.  (A wire frame is provided along with a dimension).  The user can either select the position or key in the amount to stretch or shrink.

This feature is in many ways related to the move tool since stretching a wall will also move any attached walls at the affect corner.  Additionally when the start of the wall is moved the location of any features within the wall must be relocated so that they maintain their position, just a few things to think about.

I've also setup the tool so that when you select the wall start or end you don't have to actually select within the circles shown.  The tool will calculate how far your mouse click is away from each end and select the end which is closest to the mouse click. 
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #433 on: February 20, 2020, 05:00:13 PM »
Version 1.2.6 - 02.20.2020
- Added a "Style C" trim option for rectangular windows.
- Fixed a critical bug with the door module for metric templates.



This particular trim style probably is best suited for a brick veneer cladding as shown.
I may also create a Style D which looks similar but includes a keystone.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #434 on: February 21, 2020, 08:18:19 PM »
First look at a 2-stud tee intersection with the center stud replaced with blocking:



The other option would be just a 2-stud tee with the center stud or blocking omitted.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #435 on: February 21, 2020, 09:42:17 PM »
Version 1.2.7 - 02.21.2020
- Enabled tee intersection blocking/gypsum backers: 3-stud, 2-stud w/ blocking, 2-stud.
- Added a tee intersection parameter to the Walls tab of the Global Settings.



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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/9c4e656d-c1eb-44db-8dd8-0165a5672fe2/Tee-Intersections

This update/feature has been on the todo list for many months and I am very excited to finally have a few tee intersection framing options available.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #436 on: February 24, 2020, 12:15:01 AM »
Version 1.2.8 - 02.24.2020
- Added tee intersection ladder blocking as an additional option for tee intersection wall framing.
- Added a user entry error check for single and double quotes within Wall Preset names.



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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/c5d3a161-5693-43cf-a424-1f199b954d30/Tee-Intersections-with-Ladder-Blocking

We may need more parameters and additional options for this particular type of tee intersection framing treatment but for now it seems to be a fairly good start.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #437 on: February 24, 2020, 05:04:05 PM »
As I was sitting at the Dr. Office today while I waited for some imaging for a family member I had the opportunity to actually read through this entire thread from the beginning (about a two hour wait).

The amount of work I was able to accomplish on the Wall plugin during 2018 (Mar. thru Dec.) is mind blowing even to me.  I think my pace recently has slowed a little especially as I have diverted my focus to the other plugins and created new ones (Electrical plugin). 

Recently I've been mostly occupied with a number of small fires and feature requests since the start of the new year.  However, as I close those remaining items out I want to refocus on some larger items specifically with the wall plugin that I feel need to be addressed (in no particular order):

1.)  Gable and Shed Walls
2.)  Move the Estimating module to the new **Medeek Project** extension, and further develop this module as it relates to the wall plugin.
3.)  Complete the Wall Join tool.
4.)  Convert the Window, Door and Garage Door Draw menus to HTML.
5.)  Move the Fixtures module to a the new **Medeek Interior** extension.
6.)  Compete the standalone columns/post tool.
7.)  Start work on the integrated **Medeek Engineering** extension, start with window and door headers for vertical loads.
8.)  A generic Blocking module is still a good idea in my opinion, I will need further feedback on this one.
9.) Transom windows above doors with and without sidelites.
10.)  Shear Wall module which will ultimately integrate with the engineering plugin.
11.)  Complete the Wall Stretch tool (75% complete as of 02/24/2020)
12.)  Additional door and window types as requested (eg. bi-fold, sliding glass, double and triple single hung windows).
13.)  Spend some time on the new tabs in the global settings, currently showing an Under Construction sign.
14.) Presets for Windows and Doors
15.)  Making the Window and Door modules work with generic walls, not just Medeek walls.  (*This one has my full attention at the very moment*).

There are a number of smaller items on the todo lists and a few items that have dropped off of the lists.  One of these is multi-layer gypsum, I am still debating if or how I want to implement this. 

I've also given some thought to the stair module and what more I can do to increase its feature set and flexibility.  I almost could hire another programmer just to work on this module alone given the potential complexity and permutations that exist with this feature.

I spend a lot of time lately dealing with technical support which takes away from valuable programming time.  I really need to spend some time making the plugin as "non-breakable" as possible which would then cut down on my hours spent dealing with often mundane and tedious questions and errors.  An example would be checking for zero values in the HTML/javascript where they should not be allowed.

I've thought about wall justification but I just haven't had the time to give it enough thought.

Originally I was going to work on interior trim (crown molding, baseboard, chair rails, wainscoting) and painting of gypsum within the plugin.  However, it now makes more sense to move this into the Medeek Interior extension.

I'm sure I am missing some very important features or fixes among the items I have listed.  Feel free to expand or expound on this list.

Note that this list does not deal at all with any of the hot items with the other three plugins:  Complex Roofs etc...
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #438 on: February 24, 2020, 11:03:45 PM »
First look at a Twin Single Hung window:



Note that the center mullion is a function of the window frame width and in this case is simply the same dimension.  Please let me know if this should be anything otherwise, there currently is not a parameter to differentiate the mullion width from the frame width, but if necessary I suppose I could add one.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #439 on: February 25, 2020, 05:01:41 PM »
Version 1.2.8b - 02.25.2020
- Added double slider (XOX) windows to the window module.
- Added twin single hung windows to the window module.



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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #440 on: February 28, 2020, 12:03:20 AM »
Version 1.2.9 - 02.28.2020
- Addressed the issue where upgrading the plugin would delete custom materials, custom headers and wall presets. These items are now stored outside of the plugin sub-folder.

The good news with this update, is that unlike some of the other recent updates, it will not affect compatibility.  The somewhat bad news is that I have not yet tested it with MacOS, but in theory it should work perfectly, I am waiting with bated breath.

This is one those under-the-hood updates that does not appear to be very exciting however that fact that updating the plugin will no longer erase your custom materials, headers and wall presets is actually a pretty big deal.  I am hoping this update will ultimately decrease a lot of my tech support calls and emails, I think it will make a difference.

Now I just need to apply this same fix to the Truss, Foundation and Electrical plugins...
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #441 on: February 28, 2020, 05:51:21 AM »
Just to offer a few more details on this latest update. 

When you first install the plugin or upgrade it any existing plugin folder is removed during the uninstall and recreated during the install.  The following sub-folders are created with the new .rbz file:

- library_headers
- library_mats
- presets

These contain the default headers, materials and presets (none) that come with the plugin as it ships.

The first time you run the plugin it then creates a sub-folder here (on windows, Mac is similar but slightly different path):

C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Roaming\Medeek\2017\medeek_wall_ext

Notice the year in the full path, this will of course depend on which version of SU you are installing the plugin into.  The plugin then looks into this folder for the three sub-folders listed above, if it can't find them it copies the default folders and their contents from the plugin folder to the "AppData" folder.  This is where the working folders actually exist for these settings, and when you add new materials etc... this is where the modifications and additions are made.

When you upgrade the plugin the plugin folder is removed and recreated however the sub-folder in AppData is retained.  If the new installation then finds these sub-folder already existing it does not attempt to recreate them and hence your settings are retained.

Each different version of SketchUp (ie. 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020) will all have their own separate sub-folder and parameters assuming you've installed the plugins into these separate SU installations.  One can easily duplicate parameters by copying and pasting the "medeek_wall_ext" sub-folder between the SU version folders if required.  I may include a tool for automating that (migration wizard) if there is enough demand for it.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #442 on: February 28, 2020, 02:23:33 PM »
The Beams/Columns toolbar will now include two additional icons:



- Draw Post
- Edit Post

In order to differentiate between in-wall columns and free standing columns I will be using the term "post" to refer to the latter and simply "column" to refer to the former.

The new post or free standing column module is actually relatively simple so I thought I would knock it out  this weekend since there has been some demand for it recently.  The basic concepts and configurations will be as shown before in a previous thread:



Each color denotes a unique material that can be specified by the user.  Hopefully this should give enough flexibility when it comes to wrapping free standing columns.

Even though it requires more upfront work on my end I think I would like to setup the post selection similar to the custom header library so that the user can preconfigure various post sizes and materials.  This feature will be made available within the global settings.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #443 on: March 01, 2020, 07:58:10 PM »
Here are the parameters for the Post Module:

BASIC OPTIONS:
Post Type:
Post Size:
Lumber Species:
Grade:
Post Ply Qty.:
Pressure Treated: Yes/No
Post Rotation:
Adv. Post Options: Yes/No

ADVANCED OPTIONS:
Wrap: Yes/No
Wainscot: Yes/No
Cap: Yes/No
Base: Yes/No
Astragal: Yes/No

WRAP OPTIONS:
Wrap Thickness:
Wrap Air Gap:
Wrap Material:

WAINSCOT OPTIONS:
Wainscot Thickness:
Wainscot Air Gap:
Wainscot Height:
Wainscot Material:

Wainscot Ledge: Yes/No
Ledge Depth:
Ledge Overhang:
Ledge Material:

CAP OPTIONS:
Cap Thickness:
Cap Depth:
Cap Material:

BASE OPTIONS:
Base Thickness:
Base Depth:
Base Material:

ASTRAGAL OPTIONS:
Astragal Thickness:
Astragal Depth:
Astragal Height:
Astragal Material:

The basic options will be very similar to the beam module with the option for steel columns as well as wood (eg. lumber, timber, SCL, glulam).
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #444 on: March 07, 2020, 01:09:10 AM »
Version 1.3.0 - 03.07.2020
- Fixed a critical bug with custom materials that was caused by the change in the location of the plugin's data sub-folder.

*** CRITICAL BUG FIX ***
If you recently downloaded version 1.2.9 of the plugin then you will want to upgrade to this version to resolve an issue with custom materials in the Material Library.  I highly suggest that everyone upgrade to this latest release at your earliest convenience.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #445 on: March 07, 2020, 11:02:31 PM »
I've been thinking about how to best handle levels or floors of a structure lately.  I'm thinking about assigning an additional parameter (that can be user edited) which assigns a given wall assembly to a particular user defined level or floor.  Another way of handling this is in conjunction with layer assignment.  Everyone's workflow is a little different so I think it is important that if I provide certain options I make them truly optional.  In other words the layer assignment tool could optionally assign the assemblies to a particular layer/tag.

As a side note SU 2020 now calls layers -> tags.  I'm not really happy with that change, I don't see why the word layer or layers was a bad or incorrect term within the context of SketchUp.  Honestly, tags is even more confusing in my opinion.  For now I will not be changing my terminology within the plugin, I will still be calling them layers, everyone knows what I'm talking about.  If the term "tags" actually sticks then in a year or so  I may consider updating my terminology, but I'm going to let this one percolate for a while.
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #446 on: March 15, 2020, 02:27:28 AM »
Version 1.3.1 - 03.15.2020
- Added a "Style4" door hardware option (Lever & Deadbolt) to the door module.
- Fixed a bug with the door opening tool for man doors.

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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #447 on: March 31, 2020, 05:27:17 AM »
First look at some posts created with the Post module:



The basic module is up and running I just need to spend a few more hours on the advanced options (ie. wrap, wainscot, base, cap and astragal) and then this module will be a welcome addition to the plugin.

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https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/e4f8e345-f16f-4d01-985e-3e03fa7be6cc/Free-Standing-Posts
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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #448 on: March 31, 2020, 11:12:03 AM »
Version 1.3.2 - 03.31.2020
- Added the ability to draw and edit free standing columns with the Beams/Column Toolset.



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Re: Wall Plugin for SketchUp
« Reply #449 on: April 02, 2020, 08:05:16 AM »
Version 1.3.2b - 04.02.2020
- Added an indexing parameter for posts to the General tab of the global settings.
- Added the built-in materials (red brick) for post wrap and wainscot and (concrete) for post ledges.
- Added labels and callouts for all post types.



I've also switched to the new .rbe encryption method for the plugin which effectively prevents it from running on SketchUp 2015 or earlier.  I was more than content to stick with the .rbs encryption method but the SketchUp extension signing page has removed this encryption method and only the .rbe method is currently offered.
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