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install sketchup extension on Mac

asked 2016-05-18 13:17:25 -0500

cadm0nkey's avatar

updated 2016-05-19 15:09:24 -0500

i just downloaded and installed OpenStudio 1.11.0 for Mac aaaaaaand... nothing. The installer placed a folder in the //Applications directory, but i have yet to find a sketchup plugin (.rb or .rbz file) The extensions are not listed under preferences and there's nothing in the tool pallets. I'm at a loss for the next step.

I can install the extension manually, but what's the file name?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Cheers!

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Was SketchUp already installed on your machine? If so, what version?

It should be in /Library/Application Suypport/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins. If you're running an older version of SketchUp, you may have to manually copy the Plugin to the correct subdirectory.

ljbrackney's avatar ljbrackney  ( 2016-05-18 14:38:05 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the quick reply! I was running SU2013, but then read the install instructions, which lead me to believe i needed SU2016 - So I installed SU2016 last night then reinstalled OpenStudio. A check of both '13 and '16 folders per your direction yielded only the standard su_* plugins (camera, sandbox, trimble connect, etc). I can't see any Open Studio plugins, I'm sorry to say. I could do a global search for the file if i knew the name. Thoughts? Thanks!

cadm0nkey's avatar cadm0nkey  ( 2016-05-18 15:09:56 -0500 )edit

The Plugin itself is OpenStudio.rb. It's possible it might have been put in ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2016/SketchUp/Plugins instead of the system directory. If you installed OS after SketchUp everything should work out of the box. David or Dan might have other ideas, but the SketchUp version thing was my first guess.

ljbrackney's avatar ljbrackney  ( 2016-05-18 16:17:47 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the reply. I'm a total noob when it comes to this software, so I'm not sure who David or Dan are. Any referral is appreciated. I've checked every location possible, including the Package Contents for SU '13 and '16 with no luck. The plugin is not on my computer. Dumb question - has it been verified that it's included in the install package? i opened the package contents of the installer and couldn't find it. Dumber question - could someone just send it to me? Thanks!

cadm0nkey's avatar cadm0nkey  ( 2016-05-19 06:36:26 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-05-19 10:02:30 -0500

updated 2016-05-19 11:22:53 -0500

@cadm0nkey make sure you are using the 64bit installer of SketchUp vs. the 32 bit installer. Also SketchUp 2016 is the preferred version, so you can un-install earlier versions. If you didn't already have the 64bit version installed, run the OpenStudio installer again after installing the 64bit version. Also can you let me know what version of mac OS you are on? It will help us to try and reproduce what you are seeing.

If that doesn't work this thread shows you how to manually copy the plugin files from the installer to SketchUp plugin's folder.

[Update - Mac Screenshots] image description This is where the Installer puts an extra copy of the plugin

image description This is where you need to copy the plugin to.

Then quit and restart SketchUp.

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Hi David, thanks for checking into this. My understanding is that Sketchup2016 for the Mac only comes in the 64-bit flavor. There's only one download file available from Trimble and I do not recall an option during install for 32/64 bit. I understand that this is an option only available for Windows users. My current version of OS X is 10.10.5. Thanks for the link to the alternate thread, but that resolves the issue on a Windows machine. Again, I can manually install OpenStudio.rb - if I had a file to install. Thanks!

cadm0nkey's avatar cadm0nkey  ( 2016-05-19 11:10:32 -0500 )edit

I just updated the answer with Mac screenshots of where to copy the plugin from and to. Also please go under the SketchUp "Preferences" menu and then "Extensions" and confirm if "OpenStudio" is listed and checked.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2016-05-19 11:26:06 -0500 )edit

OK, I figured it out. When I created an account at EnergyPlus, I must have stayed on their page and downloaded the latest version of EnergyPlus 8.5.0 - the folder that was installed in my Applications directory. In my defense, the pages look nearly identical. I got the correct install file and everything works like a charm! Like I said, I'm a total noob. Looking forward to diving in! I'm sure you'll hear from me again. Thanks, everyone, for your patience. Cheers!

cadm0nkey's avatar cadm0nkey  ( 2016-05-19 13:33:22 -0500 )edit

Glad you're up and running. Happy to help.

David Goldwasser's avatar David Goldwasser  ( 2016-05-19 14:01:14 -0500 )edit

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