Working with SketchUp

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Working with SketchUp

This section provides supplementary information & guidance regarding the installation and configuration of SketchUp as this relates to interworking with the SYNCHRO Client application

SYNCHRO can import the .skp SketchUp version 7, 8, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 native file formats (SketchUp v6 files must be saved in SketchUp v7 format before importing into SYNCHRO).

To enable the synchronisation of Sketchup files prior to Sketchup 2014, SYNCHRO provides a dedicated plugin for SketchUp 7, 8 and 2013 to support the use of UIDs (Unique Identifiers) for elements. For synchronisation of Sketchup 2014 and 2015 files, SYNCHRO can use the Sketchup generated object GUIDs.

This optional function is delivered by the SYNCHRO installer program which installs, by default, into C:\Program Files\Google\Google SketchUp n\plugins for SketchUp versions 7 and 8, or C:\Users\<Your Windows User Name>\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2013\SketchUp\Plugins for SketchUp 2013 and higher

·Installation creates a Plugins->SYNCHRO Tools menu with three options: Update Unique IDs (which will add or update the UIDs) , Verify Unique IDs (which will confirm the existence of the UIDs) and Remove Unique IDs (which have been previously stored)

·SketchUp inherently uses UIDs on all elements, but these exist only during the session and are not stored in the *.skp file.   Update Unique IDs stores these UIDs as an attribute of each element.   If an element has previously had a UID added (perhaps in a previous session) this function will not overwrite previously stored attributes. The function will also update any element that does not have a unique ID.
NOTE:Successfully synchronising the file within SYNCHRO will require Unique Identifiers added prior to the first import, revised *.skp files must have their UIDs updated, and the file must be saved before synchronisation.

Sketchup Model Optimisation

·To avoid the creation of series of edges and faces (which would be difficult to work with), it is highly recommended to use components when creating elements in SketchUp.   For  example, a simple box would otherwise exist as 12 edges and 6 faces.
·In common with other CAD modelling systems, SketchUp provides the ability to create an element, convert it into a library element (a SketchUp component) and then reuse this library item many times in a model. The library element geometry is defined once and each instance of it in the model simply requires the storage of a transform rather than the geometry itself.
·By not having to recreate the same element, there is an additional benefit of reducing the size of the model file (for example, the use of 10 to 20 repetitions of a component, rather than 10 to 20 recreations, could save 20 to 30%) and, moreover, SYNCHRO is able to recognise this data structure and take similar advantage.


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