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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #870 on: June 28, 2021, 02:29:07 pm »
Version 2.2.1 - 06.28.2021
- Fixed a bug with right handed shed walls and blocking.
- Mid-span blocking is now notched out for "California Corner" studs.

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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #871 on: July 04, 2021, 09:26:00 am »
New Pricing and Licensing Model

After reviewing the number of recent plugin license renewals and the number of active licenses I've decided I will need to change up my licensing system to ensure enough revenue for further development of the plugins.

What this means is that I will offer a dual option licensing system.  You can continue with the current permanent license and renewals if you prefer or you can go with a subscription license.  My proposed pricing (USD) for each licensing option is:

1. Subscription License:

Medeek Wall        $75.00/year
Medeek Truss       $75.00/year
Medeek Foundation  $50.00/year
Medeek Electrical  $40.00/year

mdkBIM             $150.00/year  (Wall, Truss, Foundation)


2a. Permanent License: (NEW with free renewals for one year)

Medeek Wall        $190.00
Medeek Truss       $190.00
Medeek Foundation  $130.00
Medeek Electrical  $110.00

mdkBIM             $340.00  (Wall, Truss, Foundation)

2b. Permanent License: (RENEW for one year)

Medeek Wall        $95.00
Medeek Truss       $95.00
Medeek Foundation  $65.00
Medeek Electrical  $55.00

Obviously this pricing is trying to encourage people to migrate to the subscription licensing system, but the upside to the permanent license is that it will never stop working in the future if an active license is not maintained.

This is only a proposed license and price change, nothing is in stone yet.  Please feel free to email me with your thoughts and/or any suggestions. 

The thinking with this change is that I will have more licenses being renewed/subscribed and then have the ability and resources to bring on extra personnel and further accelerate the development.

**P.S.**
All of these numbers may be a bit confusing, even I admit it is a lot of numbers to throw out there at once.  The main thing to grasp from all of this is that there will be two types of licenses "Permanent" and "Subscription".  With subscription you just pay as you go and an active subscription gives you access to the latest releases of the plugins.

With the permanent license you always have the option to renew the license for another year which adds another year to the exp. update date.  However what people sometimes don't understand is the situation in which you let the license lapse for a number of years.  If this happens and then you decide to renew the license you still can and the additional year is not added to the date the license lapsed but to the date when you renew the license.  So basically once you purchase a permanent license it holds its value significantly even if you let it lapse and don't renew it immediately.

**P.P.S.**
All licenses issued to date are permanent licenses.  The downside for the permanent  (current) license holders is not that the new pricing is increasing by double but that the renewal pricing is also increasing.  I understand that this is not exciting news for existing users, but my plans to expand my operation and the plugin development will require additional employees and hence my pricing structure needs to be able to support that additional overhead.  Existing users have four options:

1.)  Don't upgrade their plugins and continue to use the most up-to-date versions that their license allows (this is determined by their license expiration update date).  This option will work for many but as I continue to upgrade and release new versions with new features the newest versions of the plugin will become increasingly more attractive.

2.)  Upgrade when their license expires as they deem necessary at the updated pricing level for permanent licenses.

3.)  Switch to a subscription license when their exp. update date has passed and their permanent license is no longer active.

4.)  Future proof themselves by renewing their licenses now and adding a number of years to their exp. update date at the current lower pricing (at a significant savings, approx. 50% discount from the new pricing).

** P.P.P.S. **
The subscription pricing is also lower than the current NEW pricing so it lowers the entry bar slightly for non-professional and casual users who many only need to use the plugins for a few weeks or months.

The cost for the permanent or professional users is going up, but in my mind that is where the burden should be shouldered. If you are a professional and actually making money with these plugins is a yearly cost of $150.00 too much to ask? is it still good value for the money? That is the question I really need to answer, and any feedback in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2021, 07:00:01 am by Medeek »
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #872 on: July 06, 2021, 05:07:00 am »
After some discussion with various stakeholders (ie. super users) and considering the competition (ie. Revit LT) here is a more competitively priced version 2 of the new pricing schedule:


1.) Subscription License:

Medeek Wall $50.00/year
Medeek Truss $50.00/year
Medeek Foundation $40.00/year
Medeek Electrical $30.00/year

mdkBIM $120.00/year (Wall, Truss, Foundation)

2a.) Permanent License: (NEW with free renewals for one year)

Medeek Wall $150.00
Medeek Truss $150.00
Medeek Foundation $120.00
Medeek Electrical $90.00

mdkBIM $320.00 (Wall, Truss, Foundation)

2b.) Permanent License: (RENEW for one year)

Medeek Wall $75.00
Medeek Truss $75.00
Medeek Foundation $60.00
Medeek Electrical $45.00
« Last Edit: July 10, 2021, 05:28:33 pm by Medeek »
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #873 on: July 10, 2021, 05:30:06 pm »
The new licensing and pricing structure is now live.

*Note: Licenses or serial numbers are independent and cannot be converted from permanent to subscription or vice versa.

Only permanent licenses can be renewed.  Subscription licenses simply expire at the end of their term and a new (1 year) subscription can be purchased.

A subscription does not mean you are auto-enrolled into purchasing a new subscription at the end of your subscription term, it is up to the user to purchase a new license at the end of the subscription term or simply discontinue the use of the plugin and not purchase a new subscription.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2021, 05:33:41 pm by Medeek »
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #874 on: July 10, 2021, 08:50:21 pm »
Version 2.2.3 - 07.11.2021
- Added the ability to create custom "Metal" wall cladding materials within the Material Library.
- Enabled "3D" Metal wall cladding for all wall types: Rectangular, Gable, Shed and Hip.







The "metal" 3D cladding requires four numeric parameters:

metal_9.0_1.0_0.75_45

The first number is the rib spacing, the second number is the rib width, the third number is the rib depth and the fourth number is the angle of the rib bend.  45 and 60 degrees are probably the most typical here.

You can also now append further descriptive text on the end of the string, for example:

metal_9.0_1.0_0.75_45_ascblue

This also applies for all other 3D cladding names/types.

The base thickness of the metal cladding is controlled by the cladding thickness parameter for the wall.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #875 on: July 11, 2021, 08:21:19 am »
The tutorial video for 3D claddings does not include this latest cladding type but the principles are the same.  The "metal" cladding type is very similar to the board and batten with one extra parameter (rib angle).

Just a reminder that these claddings are described in more detail here:



The only feature that is missing is the ability to offset the vertical cladding types in the lateral (horizontal) direction.  For people that are trying to align their board or rib placement to specific dimensions within a wall panel, this could be an important feature.  Specifically if you have stacked walls and you want the cladding to align and the wall start positions don't align due to the layout of the design.  I will give it some further thought.

I've been also considering how to apply this same technique to roof claddings, in particular the commonly used metal roofs with seams.  At first glance it would see to be more complicated since the roof planes are at various angles from the horizontal but in principle is a very similar problem and the code is already 90% there, it just needs some minor tweaks.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #876 on: July 11, 2021, 06:54:34 pm »
Version 2.2.4 - 07.12.2021
- Added a horizontal offset parameter for cladding material for rectangular walls.
- Added a horizontal offset parameter for "Board and Batten" and "Metal" 3D cladding materials for rectangular walls.

This parameter will allow the custom horizontal positioning of the cladding material/texture so that multi-story structures can be properly rendered.

!!! CAUTION  !!!
This update adds one new parameter to the rectangular walls and will require the user to delete and recreate any rectangular wall presets. This upgrade does not affect gable wall or any other presets (ie. windows, door, garage, gable wall, shed wall, hip wall).



Note that you can use both vertical and horizontal offsets at the same time or separately, giving you full control over the cladding placement/alignment.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #877 on: July 15, 2021, 05:28:49 pm »
Version 2.2.5 - 07.16.2021
- Added an additional (advanced framing) layer for window sills into the Layers tab of the Global Settings.

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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #878 on: July 19, 2021, 05:34:48 am »
So, pardon my confusion...

I just recently bought a permanent WALL license. If I want to upgrade to the full BIM, what would be the pricing?

Thanks.

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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #879 on: July 19, 2021, 05:44:29 am »
Send me an email and I will figure it out for you.

Please use this thread specifically for development and feature requests.
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #880 on: July 21, 2021, 12:42:48 am »
As a follow up a specific user requested I show the utility shed model with an actual shed roof installed.  Notice that the higher wall is adjusted slightly to accommodate the birds mouth cut in the rafters:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/24227272-6596-4434-b585-f74294327a74/Small-Shed-2
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #881 on: July 21, 2021, 02:22:17 pm »
Now that I've found a natural break in the Truss plugin development I want to address the wall preset issue that has been dogging me for way too long.

My idea has always been to make the storage system for the presets manually editable by the user (if required) so I have simply stored the data as long strings of text in a simple text file (.txt)

Here is an example of a bunch of wall presets:


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Medeek Wall Preset File
2|Stucco Rockwool|20210510115553|Int-Ext|Front|97.125|80.0|5.5|1.5|16.0|Left|0.0|2|1.5|1|1.5|NO|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|YES|0.4375|FLUSH|YES|0.25|0.0|MITER|YES|5.0|NO|YES|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|ZIP_12|STUCCO_LIGHT_TAN|WALLGYPSUM|RKW|YES|NO|NO|NO|NO|0.5|WALLGYPSUM|NO|0.4375|FLUSH|ZIP_12|Center|YES|1|48.0|ON SHEATHING|0.75|YES|3.5|YES|3.5|YES|#ffffff|YES|3.5|0.75|NO|48.0|YES|5.5|0.75|NO|YES|7.25|0.75|YES|YES|0.75|1.25|36.0|4.0|1.0|MITER|BRICK_RED|YES|4.0|1.0|YES|0.0|0.0|MODE1|BRICK_RED|A|16.0|12.0|12.0|2.0|1.0|QUOIN
3|Stucco Pink|20210510124401|Int-Ext|Front|97.125|80.0|5.5|1.5|16.0|Left|0.0|2|1.5|1|1.5|NO|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|YES|0.4375|FLUSH|YES|0.25|0.0|MITER|YES|0.5|YES|NO|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|OSB_FELT|STUCCO_LIGHT_TAN|WALLGYPSUM|PFG|NO|NO|NO|NO|NO|0.5|WALLGYPSUM|NO|0.4375|FLUSH|OSB_FELT|HDU8|0.0|SB78-24|24.0|BOTH|FRAMING|Center|YES|1|48.0|ON SHEATHING|0.75|YES|3.5|YES|3.5|YES|#ffffff|YES|3.5|0.75|NO|48.0|YES|5.5|0.75|NO|YES|7.25|0.75|YES|YES|0.75|1.25|36.0|4.0|1.0|MITER|BRICK_RED|YES|4.0|1.0|YES|0.0|0.0|MODE1|BRICK_RED|A|16.0|12.0|12.0|2.0|1.0|QUOIN
4|test2|20210510145752|Int-Ext|Front|97.125|80.0|5.5|1.5|16.0|Left|0.0|2|1.5|1|1.5|NO|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|YES|0.4375|FLUSH|YES|0.25|0.0|MITER|YES|0.5|NO|NO|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|OSB|HARDI_CM_HM|WALLGYPSUM|PFG|NO|NO|NO|NO|NO|0.5|WALLGYPSUM|NO|0.4375|FLUSH|OSB|HDU8|0.0|SB78-24|24.0|BOTH|FRAMING|Center|YES|1|48.0|ON SHEATHING|0.75|YES|3.5|YES|3.5|YES|#ffffff|YES|3.5|0.75|NO|48.0|YES|5.5|0.75|NO|YES|7.25|0.75|YES|YES|0.75|1.25|36.0|4.0|1.0|MITER|BRICK_RED|YES|4.0|1.0|YES|0.0|0.0|MODE1|BRICK_RED|A|16.0|12.0|12.0|2.0|1.0|QUOIN
5|4/2 Wall|20210510145837|Int-Ext|Front|97.125|80.0|5.5|1.5|16.0|Left|0.0|2|1.5|1|1.5|NO|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|YES|0.4375|FLUSH|YES|0.25|0.0|MITER|YES|0.5|NO|NO|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|OSB|HARDI_CM_HM|WALLGYPSUM|PFG|NO|NO|NO|NO|NO|0.5|WALLGYPSUM|NO|0.4375|FLUSH|OSB|HDU8|0.0|SB78-24|24.0|BOTH|FRAMING|Center|YES|1|48.0|ON SHEATHING|0.75|YES|3.5|YES|3.5|YES|#ffffff|YES|3.5|0.75|NO|48.0|YES|5.5|0.75|NO|YES|7.25|0.75|YES|YES|0.75|1.25|36.0|4.0|1.0|MITER|BRICK_RED|YES|4.0|1.0|YES|0.0|0.0|MODE1|BRICK_RED|A|16.0|12.0|12.0|2.0|1.0|QUOIN
6|120wall|20210606121902|Int-Ext|Front|120.0|80.0|5.5|1.5|16.0|Left|0.0|2|1.5|1|1.5|NO|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|YES|0.4375|FLUSH|YES|0.25|0.0|MITER|YES|0.5|NO|NO|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|OSB|HARDI_CM_HM|WALLGYPSUM|PFG|NO|NO|NO|NO|NO|0.5|WALLGYPSUM|NO|0.4375|FLUSH|OSB|HDU8|0.0|SB78-24|24.0|BOTH|FRAMING|Center|YES|1|48.0|ON SHEATHING|0.75|YES|3.5|YES|3.5|YES|#ffffff|YES|3.5|0.75|NO|48.0|YES|5.5|0.75|NO|YES|7.25|0.75|YES|YES|0.75|1.25|36.0|4.0|1.0|MITER|BRICK_RED|YES|4.0|1.0|YES|0.0|0.0|MODE1|BRICK_RED|A|16.0|12.0|12.0|2.0|1.0|QUOIN
7|150HD|20210606122002|Int-Ext|Front|150.0|80.0|5.5|1.5|16.0|Left|0.0|2|1.5|1|1.5|NO|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|YES|0.4375|FLUSH|YES|0.25|0.0|MITER|YES|0.5|NO|YES|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|OSB|HARDI_CM_HM|WALLGYPSUM|PFG|NO|NO|NO|NO|NO|0.5|WALLGYPSUM|NO|0.4375|FLUSH|OSB|HDU8|0.0|SB78-24|24.0|BOTH|FRAMING|Center|YES|1|48.0|ON SHEATHING|0.75|YES|3.5|YES|3.5|YES|#ffffff|YES|3.5|0.75|NO|48.0|YES|5.5|0.75|NO|YES|7.25|0.75|YES|YES|0.75|1.25|36.0|4.0|1.0|MITER|BRICK_RED|YES|4.0|1.0|YES|0.0|0.0|MODE1|BRICK_RED|A|16.0|12.0|12.0|2.0|1.0|QUOIN
8|150BLKHD|20210606122102|Int-Ext|Front|150.0|80.0|5.5|1.5|16.0|Left|0.0|2|1.5|1|1.5|NO|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|Outside Corner|90.0|1.5|1|California|Stud Depth|YES|YES|0.4375|FLUSH|YES|0.25|0.0|MITER|YES|0.5|NO|YES|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|0.0|OSB|HARDI_CM_HM|WALLGYPSUM|PFG|YES|NO|NO|NO|NO|0.5|WALLGYPSUM|NO|0.4375|FLUSH|OSB|HDU8|0.0|SB78-24|24.0|BOTH|FRAMING|Center|YES|1|48.0|ON SHEATHING|0.75|YES|3.5|YES|3.5|YES|#ffffff|YES|3.5|0.75|NO|48.0|YES|5.5|0.75|NO|YES|7.25|0.75|YES|YES|0.75|1.25|36.0|4.0|1.0|MITER|BRICK_RED|YES|4.0|1.0|YES|0.0|0.0|MODE1|BRICK_RED|A|16.0|12.0|12.0|2.0|1.0|QUOIN


Notice how I've used the vertical bar to separate the values/parameters, any deliminator could be used but the vertical bar is not something one would use typically in any of the fields as values so it makes for a convenient choice.

This system works well enough for storing and retrieving the data however the huge downside is that it is an ordered array of values and if I add in a new parameter (somewhere in the middle) then it throws off previous versions of preset files (ie. no backward compatibility).

I need a better way or method of storing this data.  It can't be binary since it needs to be visible to the user but it needs to be either some sort of structure, hash or XML so that I can easily add additional parameters to the system when required.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #882 on: July 27, 2021, 11:34:56 pm »
Stacked windows and doors have been a topic a few times on this thread and I have incrementally improved the algorithms so that the plugin can deal with them.

However there still exists the situation where you have openings stacked that are not aligned or possibly the same size:



My feeling is one should avoid this type of situation in ones design but apparently it comes up often enough that I find myself fielding questions on how best to deal with this type of configuration.  Currently the easiest way to deal with it is to use the Trim and Split tool available in Truss plugin so that you end up with something like this:



The problem with this is that we are now back to manual edits and we lose the parametrics of the plugin, so the solution is not really acceptable for many, myself included.

1.) My first question is how common is this sort of thing and is it something I should worry about?  No point in spending a lot of time on a specific framing situation that is only the concern of less that 5% of the user base.

2.) The next question assuming that question #1 is the affirmative is how best to frame out this sort of situation.  Is what I have in the second screenshot the correct way to handle this?
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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #883 on: July 31, 2021, 12:40:33 am »
Tutorial 22 - Wall Copy Tool (6:21 min.)

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Re: Development and Updates for the Medeek Wall Plugin
« Reply #884 on: August 01, 2021, 03:13:24 am »
Version 2.2.6 - 08.01.2021
- Fixed a minor bug with tee intersections for all wall types.
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