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Site-wide reformate/update

posted Aug 29, 2015, 5:10 PM by Joy Menze   [ updated Aug 29, 2015, 5:16 PM ]

A few months ago, a major, site-wide update was started.  

An eye on updating and adding new links has always occurred on a daily/weekly basis.  But with the growth of this site content and with the end of Google redirect links this summer of 2015, 3 years after the sale of SketchUp to Trimble, it signaled a good time to update a number of things on this site.  

The Tips & Tricks page has been broken down to subpages and the content of formerly linked forum threads have been migrated to this site and links within those dated forum posts have been updated.  Also a comment feature has been added to the old forum posts to give the public an opportunity to keep those old posts updated and relevant.  

More content has been to sub-pages of How do I make SketchUp run faster? and all other pages have been checked and reorganized and updated too.  If something has been missed, alert the site administrator. 

FAQ site to support the SketchUp help forum

posted Apr 17, 2011, 3:35 PM by Joy Menze   [ updated Apr 17, 2011, 4:03 PM ]

A while back, a new FAQ site, S'more stuff,  was launched to support the Google SketchUp help forum.  

The site's custom search engine many be useful to many SketchUp fanatics as it is directed to only search notable SketchUp sites.

New pages added by our Sages

posted Nov 8, 2010, 8:18 PM by Joy Menze   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 10:48 AM ]

Recently two new Sages were inducted to the Google SketchUp forum, Aerilius and Colin Holgate.  Aerilius has begun his tenure by moving his SUWiki article, Running SketchUp on Linux over to the SketchUp Sage site and will begin to keep it updated over here.
 
Also noteworthy is George Knowles' Print to Scale article.  He included lots of pictures to help people speed up the learning curve on this somewhat finicky process.

Revamped 'Faster' page

posted Jul 12, 2010, 12:03 AM by Joy Menze

Viewing the page How to make SketchUp run faster has become easier.  The content was split up into 10 subpages for faster navigation/page loading speeds.  Also the content on many of those pages has been expanded.  One of the new features is a new computer performance speed test by forum member mac1.

Site translation

posted Dec 19, 2009, 11:02 AM by Joy Menze   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 12:29 AM ]

On December 17, 2009, Google integrated a site translation feature into Google Sites.  Now anyone viewing this site using a non-English browser will see a translate button in the lower, right corner.  At the moment the translation element features 51 languages.

Building Maker

posted Nov 14, 2009, 10:58 AM by Joy Menze   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 12:30 AM ]

A new Building Maker page has been added to the Sage.  It mainly features tips from NuclearMoose.

New SUWiki location

posted Sep 18, 2009, 1:58 AM by Joy Menze   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 12:30 AM ]

Site developers have added some new management tools which enable cross-site searches.  So the SUWiki pages were moved to new location and given a face lift.
 
Along with the new search feature, the sidebar links to the SUWiki will remain.  The two sites will be connected like a string of pearls.
 
Many links have yet to be updated.  So people may be zig-zagging between the two locations for a few days.

Notable updates

posted Aug 7, 2009, 11:23 PM by Joy Menze   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 12:31 AM ]

A new update features is on the homepage.  All contributors can add significant updates and additions now in one place.
 
The site always had a feature to list recent changes.  Unfortunately, it lists ALL changes, most of which are rather boring as they involve formating tweaks.  It would be a shame to bury a new section, like the one on 'Other' programs that play nice with SketchUp.  
 
Initially, the 'Other' section began on the 3D Warehouse page as several programs liked to mention they could import SKP files from the 3D Warehouse.  But as more and more programs accept SKPs, that section deserved to live on the Resources page.
 
If anyone wanted to keep updated to the content updates through this list via an RSS service, try using the list address.

SUWiki reincarnation

posted Jul 4, 2009, 10:35 PM by Joy Menze   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 12:32 AM ]

While nothing particularly news-worthy has been done to this site, much has been happening behind the scenes.  First there is a bunch of site maintenance.  Namely all the pages have been updated with new bits of information and visual changes caused by Google Sites updates necessitate coding tweaks to many pages on several occasions.
 
And now a new sidebar addition has been released - the SUWiki.  The SUWiki itself is not new.  Back in 2006, Chris Fullmer launched the original SUWiki.  Over the years it has encountered some problems with spammers and being inaccessible.  Someone suggested moving over this valuable resource to the Sage.  Being that seemed to be a very good idea, all the articles and major bits of information have finally been moved over here.
 
The format is not a typical Wiki.  The number of site pages have been minimized to efficiently contain the SUWiki articles (and help reduce site maintenance.)  And most all the articles have become individual files housed by Google Docs.  Google Docs is an online document, spreadsheet, presentation suite.  It's features are very similar to document programs most people use on their computers.  Anyone who want to contribute, only needs to ask through the collaboration form.  Those people will be added as article collaborators.
 
Over time, more site administration functionality should be added to SUWiki as Google developers add extra features to their online suite of programs.

A little disrupted service for Internet Explorer users

posted Apr 20, 2009, 1:30 AM by Joy Menze   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 12:33 AM ]

For a few hours Sunday afternoon, April 19th, IE users could not see Sage content that is hosted on Google Docs files.  The affected items were the animated GIFs and the two wiki documents.  The viewing problems seemed to be fixed.

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