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What is the difference between SketchUp and SketchUp plug-in?

asked 2018-07-31 11:26:53 -0500

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updated 2018-07-31 12:56:18 -0500

What is the difference between SketchUp and SketchUp plug-in? I mean, I really don’t understand these 2 sentences:

If you make changes and save them in the OpenStudio application, be sure to RELOAD the model in the SketchUp Plug-in before you make any changes in SketchUp.

How do I reload it? Does it mean that if I make some changes in OpenStudio I should save for example as test123.osm and same with sketchup plug-in test123.skp?

You should also RELOAD the model in the OpenStudio application if you have made additional changes in SketchUp.

How do I reload it here?

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answered 2018-07-31 12:53:46 -0500

There are a few questions in this post, but I'll start with defining the tools you ask about.

  • SketchUp is a drafting tool that allows you to draw surfaces. SketchUp files end in ".skp"
  • OpenStudio application is a building energy modeling interface. Openstudio files end in ".osm"

It's MUCH easier to use a drafting tool like SketchUp to create the geometry of a building energy model than entering surface X-Y-Z coordinates by hand. As a result, a SketchUp plug-in was created to use SketchUp's tools and features in order to create and modify OpenStudio files -- OpenStudio is "plugging in" to SketchUp, so to speak. Even though you're working within SketchUp, you usually don't care about saving the .skp SketchUp file for a building energy modeling project.

The two sentences that you refer to are mentioning that an OpenStudio file can be altered in either the SketchUp plug-in or in the OpenStudio application. If you have the same OpenStudio file open in both tools, and make a change to the file, you need to reload the OpenStudio file in the other tool. For example, you add a new construction assembly in the OpenStudio application. After saving the updated OpenStudio file, you need to open the updated OpenStudio file in the SketchUp plug-in in order to assign the new construction assembly to a surface you can click on. If the OpenStudio file is already open in the SketchUp plug-in, "reloading" means opening the same file again. This reloading (aka opening the same file again) is the same whether you're working in the SketchUp plug-in or the OpenStudio application.

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