Re-evaluate your Computer
- All SketchUp versions are separate installations. They will co-exist fine on the same computer.
- If someone starts with free version, the Pro version can be installed over the Free version at a later date. Nothing has to be uninstalled. So all preferences, plugins and libraries that where set up in Free will not be affected.
- Some systems may need their graphics driver updated.
NOTE: If upgrading to SketchUp 8 on the same machine, your preferences will be fetched from the older version and added to SketchUp 8.
Earlier versions and in cases of adding preferences to another machine running SketchUp
- In SU6, 7 and 8, go to Window > Preferences > Shortcuts and press Export to export your custom preferences.
- In SU7, 8 and 2013, navigate to the same menu and Import your preferences.
- The vast majority of preferences should imported fine. Even many keyboard shortcuts that over-rid the default shortcuts remained intact. But some people may not have the same experience.
Transfer Collections / Libraries
Existing Materials, Component, and Styles collections can be transferred.
Move old libraries/collections to the appropriate program folder.
Alternatively, add new collections by directing the Materials, Components or Styles browser to a directory site anywhere on your hard drive. There are two notable benefits of locating collections outside of the program directory. Nothing has to be moved. And the same collections can be used by all versions of SketchUp installed on your system.
For library collections stored anywhere on the hard drive, open the Material, Components or Styles Brewer, go to the details menu (), and add collections to populate the new SketchUp installation.
- Mac, i.e., ~/ library/application support/google/sketchUp 7/materials
- By default in SketchUp 2013, the Materials and Components folders have moved into the SketchUp App bundle (if you don't know what that is, don't worry about it). What you can do, however, is create a set of new folders called "Materials" and "Components" in Finder > Go > Option key > Library > Application Support > SketchUp 2013. SketchUp 2013 will know to check for Materials and Components folders at that location as well. You can then copy and paste Materials and Components from previous versions into the new folders that you create.
NOTE: You can't have custom material folders that have the same name as the default material folders. SketchUp 2013 will load the default materials over a custom folder with the same name. To work around this issue, modify the folder name for any duplicate folder in your local Materials folder. For example, rename your "Blinds" folder to "Blinds2" or similar.
Here's an image of the default folder names so that you know what not to name your folders under ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2013/SketchUp/Materials
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Review Your Collection of Plugins / Add-ons
Most plugins can be successfully moved into the latest version and function well. The SketchUp 6 plugins can be copied and pasted into SketchUp 7. And the same thing applies about moving plugins from SketchUp 7 to SketchUp 8. But don't over-write any of the folders or files that come with the program. For example, do not mess with plugins in the Tools directory, extensions.rb, sketchup.rb or LangHandler.rb. Those come with SketchUp and most likely they were updated along with the rest of the software.
If you are updating to SketchUp 2013, there have been some notable changes to SketchUp's Plugins and Tools folders. The plugins that used to install with SketchUp, and lived in SketchUp's Plugins and Tools folder (Dynamic Components, Examples, Ocean, Sandbox, Utilities , are now optional and something that will need to be installed by the user from the Extension Warehouse. The optional plugins the used to be in the Tools folder will now be installed in the Plugins folder.
The default content of the SketchUp 2013 Plugins and Tools directories
The default content of the SketchUp 8 Plugins and Tools directories
As with any upgrade, this is a good time to reacquaint yourself with your plugin collection - especially if upgrading to SketchUp 2013 and beyond.
- Remove plugins you do not use.
Some people like to copy over plugins in small batches. If that is done, do not forget that some plugins are composed of several files/folders. So if you get an error message, maybe some plug-in parts were not transferred yet.
- A few of the plugins may need to be updated. A new version of Ruby is being used in version 8 and the coding syntax is a bit pickier to work in that new version. And there have been changes in version 2013 too
- The 3Dconnexion navigator driver needs to be updated.
- Several products from Render Plus need to be updated.
- Soap Skin & Bubble will not load in a multi-digit version until the plugin is updated.
Some Windows computers are missing msvcr71.dll. This issue popped up when Windows 7 beta was being tested by someone who wanted to use the SketchyPhysics with the new operating system, but that plugin would not work. That DLL used to be included in SketchUp 6, but it is missing in SketchUp 7 and SketchUp 8. Scripts that require win32api.so require msvcr71.dll either to be added to the SketchUp program directory or to the windows/system/win 32 directory.
Plugin developers may or may not have adjusted their work to account for this little problem.
Do not un-install your old copy of SketchUp until you know all your critical plugins and add-ons work OK. Check with the plugin developer(s) if their tool is not working.
SketchUp 2013 introduces the Extension Warehouse
Plugins can still be manually installed, just as before. And many plugins may always have to be manually installed if the plugin developers choose not to migrate their plugins to the Extension Warehouse or some other plugin repository. But there are now new ways to manage one's plugin collection.
The Extension Warehouse
is the official online plugin repository integrated into SketchUp. The new Warehouse has brought some changes to how users can manage their plugin collection - and brings up another good reason to reacquaint yourself with your plugin collection.
Plugins offered on the Warehouse are now extensions - plugins users can load through SketchUp preferences - if they were not coded that way before. The files/folders from an old favorite may be different if obtained through the warehouse. For example:
when re-written as an extension has become:
Both 'flavors' of the plugin function the same - but you only need one.
There are two ways to get plugins from the Warehouse. Navigate to the site through your favorite browser, download the RBZ file and install through Window (SketchUp on Mac) > Preferences > Extensions:
Or install the plugins from inside SketchUp. In SketchUp, access the Extension Warehouse through the Window menu. A browser window will open. Log in with a Gmail account and install and manage plugins online.
Search for "hidden" plugins.
People using Vista and above may find some plugins hidden in the compatibility folder.
Some Mac-users may have plugins in two locations. As Fredo6 indicates at the post end, it may be time to try locating plugins in one location again for less confusion.
Finally, some plugins need to have extensions enabled. Go to Window > Preferences > Extensions and enable all the plugins you want to install.