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#1
Version 1.0.4 - 01.29.2023
- Added the Seismic tab to the Project Information tool.
- Added site parameters (Building Standard, Risk Category, Site Soil Class) to the General Data tab of the Project Information tool.
- Enabled the USGS lookup tool for the following standards: ASCE7-10, ASCE7-16, ASCE7-22.

This tab is not quite complete. I would like to add a button which allows one to automatically generate a PDF report with the seismic data.  Most of the code for that tool/feature is already in place but I need to still figure out the details between the integration of my website and the back end Ruby connection with SketchUp.

Once that piece of the puzzle is added then this tool actually becomes useful in the real world.
#2
Looks like I have it successfully connecting now:



Honestly, a little bit off the beaten path with this latest series of developments since I am not dealing with your typical SU geometry here, but this goes to show that with the full Ruby backend and a built-in HTML browser just about anything is possible with the SketchUp API.
#3
First look at the Seismic tab of the Project Info tool:



I wish my KML overlay was a little more transparent but it seems to work for now.

I just need to implement the code that connects to the USGS API which pulls all of this seismic data from their database.
#4
Tutorial 2 - Title Blocks (16:33 min.)

#5
Version 1.0.3 - 01.26.2023
- Added the EOR tab to the Project Information tool.
- Added the AOR tab to the Project Information tool.
- Added the Title Block Tool to the main toolbar.
- Added a parametric Title Block tool.

Let me know what you all think of this feature.  Again I don't believe this should replace a proper Title Block in Layout but it will offer a quick and dirty solution in SketchUp for those who don't need or want to go into Layout.

I should probably also put out a short tutorial video on this feature and now it integrates with the Project Information data.
#6
First look at the Title Block tool in action:





Note that these title blocks are being drawn in SketchUp not Layout so they may only have limited utility but I think they still may be useful for those wanting to quickly throw together something for presentation purpose.

The Customer, Architect/Designer and Engineers data is pulled as the default but all of this information can be customized completely.

I call this title block a "no frills" title block, just a functional element that is simply meant to convey the most basic information.
#7
First look at the AOR tab:

#8
Tutorial 34 - Modifying Openings (7:19 min.)

#9
First look at the EOR tab:


#10
Version 3.1.1 - 01.19.2023
- Fixed a bug with ICF Walls.
- Fixed a type in the HTML of the General tab of the Global Settings.

Tutorial 32 - Auto-Dimensioning (9:31 min.)


Tutorial 33 - ICF Walls (5:51 min.)
#11
Version 1.0.2d - 01.19.2023
- Optimized the Google Map API portion of the Project Info tool.
- Choice of map type made persistent across different sessions.

Tutorial 1: Introduction (20.01 min.)
#12
Version 1.0.2c - 01.17.2023
- Fixed a namespace bug with the Grid Tool.
#13
Version 1.0.2 - 01.16.2023
- Added the General Data tab to the Project Information tool.
- Enabled a dynamic map (with geolocation) within the General Data tab of the Project Information tool.



This new feature is quite experimental so I am hoping for some feedback on it.
#14
First look at the project info tool:



I still have some major changes for the General tab.  First and foremost I want to try to incorporate an interactive Google Maps window with a button to auto-geo locate based on the address that is input by the user.  Then also have the ability to zoom the map as necessary and refine the geo-location on the map.  Using the Google maps API I should be able to get the lat, long and elevation (which will be important for the determination of other site criteria).

I've already done a good bit of programming using the Google API's on my website (running on my server) but this is something a bit new so I'm still uncertain if it will work within SketchUp.  This should prove to be interesting.
#15
Version 1.0.1 - 01.14.2023
- Added the Grid Tool to the main toolbar.
- Enabled a parametric grid tool with major and minor grid lines.







I'm a huge fan of the free Grid Tool provided by SketchUp in the Extension Warehouse.  However my only one complaint is that with a grid like this it is hard to visually tell how many units over you are when trying to measure out a house or any other structure.  After giving it some thought, I concluded that major grid lines would go a long way in alleviating this one deficiency.

I also thought it would be nice to include a grid tool in the plugin since it would eliminate the user from having to go out and install yet another plugin (ie. the SU Grid Tool) from the warehouse. 

I've created an updated version of this classic plugin by adding in major grid lines (that default to 4 feet and minor grid lines that default to 1 foot).  Currently these settings are hard coded into the tool however one can easily edit a grid once created and modify both minor and major grid line parameters in both the x and y directions.  I will eventually add a global settings tab for this tool so one can set the global defaults.