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Dan Turner
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So here I am.....
SoftPlan Version:
2014

....so here I am, just bopping along....happy as a clam with a draw job that had a couple of points of interest that all worked out in site visit and SP2014.

 

Clients patiently awaiting some stalling whilst I wrap up a couple other crew-type jobs and start one....sit back to pull together & draw a nice feature for the lady of the house for the draw job in SketchUp.  And rather than go through the old process, I simply saved the .skp to SketchUp Warehouse.  Followed the Wizard to import the file to a symbols location....and then....you guys 2016 and thereabouts already know the tag:

[[Softplan14 Can't Read the .skp.  Please be sure the .skp is version 8 or before.]].....or something to effect.

 

I'd never paid attention to the little SP heading while importing warehouse files that were already in place at the time of SP 2014.  

Just damn.

 

I'm sure SP has a quick fix for the issue...it's called "BUY THE NEW VERSION YA CHEAP BASTID!!"

 

Dan Turner

Conyers, Ga

 

Dan Turner
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who'd a thunk it....

.....a nice long lunch later, save the same file again but this time.....look at the Save As menu.

 

What a maroon.<GG

 

I withdraw and retract the tawdry and or sordid comments that I had in mind for SoftPlan it this works.

Bill Wimberley
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Cheap Bastid

Yepper. Cheap Bastids just have to "save as" back to an earlier version of Sketchup. For SoftPlan + subscribers you get the ability to export your SoftPlan models directly to Sketchup format, complete with all textures. And you no longer have the triangulation and reversing of faces that were so frustrating when trying to get SoftPlan models into Sketchup. Plus SoftPlan 2016 sports the ability to recognize hidden geometry lines so no more triangulation and having to explode and clean up imported Sketchup symbols.

For example, in the images below, the front detail was created in Sketchup. Notice that when the elevation was generated the symbol was completely clean with no triangulation or stray lines that had to be cleaned up. This was impossible in earlier versions.

 

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

Dan Turner
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Hey...watch who ya calling a

Hey...watch who ya calling a Cheap Bastid!

 

Actually the "frugal" Turner did upgrade Sketch-Up and held onto the prior versions...which is what it took to accomplish the task.  I tried the "Save As" to a Version 8 or lower pulled and deleted the same drawing a number of times to make sure some ghost feature wasn't ticking off SoftPlan.  Did the usual "wake up at 0400 with a....ya big dumb cheap bastid...open up SU-8" which crankily came to life (like the Spaceship Oddyssey) but pulled the drawing; saved to itself as the producer and then went through the olllllld SU Warehouse way to a) access the models since 8 wanted a ID/PW....didn't care about being online with the program; b) stuck a foot out at every corner to tell me..."Hey...you need to UpGrade!!" which got annoying; c) had old bad habits that I had forgotten for Save To locations that were still intact in program.....it was much too early in the morning for minor details.

 

Anyhow...I just did get the 3D model & symbol accomplished after a few more trial and errors with v15.

 

I wonder if ArchiCad owners have to duke it out with the program.  It's not that I've not looked at SP+....but for the price of ArchiCad per month, I'm weighing the options.

Bill Wimberley
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Confusion abounds

So here is my confusion regarding this whole ordeal. Why are you putting the Sketchup model into 3D Warehouse? If I am understanding your methodology you are creating a model in Sketchup 2015, saving it back to SU8, fighting with 3D warehouse to upload it, then downloading it from 3D warehouse to make it into a symbol for SoftPlan 2014. My question is why is 3D Warehouse even involved if you already have the SU model? Am I missing something?

Dan Turner
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elderly enlightment

I'm old and set in my ways....whippersnapper.

 

For the most part, I purchased SU to get it under my belt...which I kinda, sorta did...but with such long intermissions where the clients weren't interested in spending the moolah on 3D representation, I found myself under the gun and on the clock that I had to shut off when I hit the brick wall.  

 

I was following the tutorial for SU Models to SP in the best and finest of Wimberley-ese and I said to myself...."self" I said, "there must be an easier way."  I was already accustomed to the occasion use of SU Warehouse to plug in some 3D cabinetry vs. appliance views when the client takes more than the alloted 45 minutes to make a decision.  So, I decided that would be the path of least resistance.

 

So...I screwed up.  Wasted a day.  But....I did finally come up with that routing to take so I could do it again if necessary.  It was well thought out...there were just other routes to take.

 

you're NOT going to humiliate me as you did many years ago that guy....whatever his name was....that drew the 3D SP photo real image of the nice swimsuit change room/shack that was located out in the middle of the cement pond are ya?  That was semi-cruel and unusual and we could have sold tickets....but peace through superior firepower is my nature.

 

I wish I had kept that image....an early abuse of SoftPlans photo realism prowess.

Bill Wimberley
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Those were the days

Ah, yes, the changing room in the ocean that you had to swim out to in order to change into your bathing suit. I remember it well. Only in California! By the way, nice redirection smiley

Dan Turner
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and now...Girls On Trampoline!!

Crisis Management is part art....part science and a bit of bovine effluvia.  The next option was to submit jpg files to show what I was doing...with the accidental "how did THAT get in there?" naturists on trampoline photos.

 

by the by.....I've been searching around for a "switch" that turns on an email to inbox if activity happens in a thread on the forums.  I saw a notification for private messaging....anything for the general forums?

Bill Wimberley
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