Resources   
 
 
Here, you'll find links to other great SketchUp resources to help take your SketchUp knowledge and skills to the next level:
 
 
 

 Educational Resources


 

SketchUp User's Guide

SketchUp 2015

SketchUp User's Guide


Downloadable manuals

Download manuals  For the foreseeable future, only older manuals are available for SketchUp 7, StyleBuilder and LayOut 2.
 


Dynamic Components

 


Official SketchUp download sites


The MSI for the English version of SketchUp Pro 8 has been released.  There will not be any technical support on distributing the MSI. But if someone is interested in using the MSI, they should be savvy enough to know how to distribute it ;-)
  • Ensure that Windows Installer 3.1 or newer is present.
  • Ensure that the OS is Windows XP Service Pack 2 or newer.
  • Ensure that Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or newer is installed.
  • Note: The regular install file (EXE) is compressed and is therefore much smaller than the MSI.
 

Video Tutorials

 


HTML, PDF, and Other Printable Tutorials

(This section has just recently been added. Many of the resources that should be listed here can be found elsewhere here in scattered locations.)



Self-Paced Tutorials

    Self-paced tutorials are SketchUp files that are designed as interactive tutorials where you can read about a tool or technique and try it out right there, within the same SketchUp file.
    • Coming soon.  Meanwhile, search for "Self-paced tutorial" in the 3D Wharehouse.
    • There are numerous tutorial by forum contributors on the Tips & Tricks page which have been selected for the innovative techniques.
    • Several independent SketchUp sites listed below have tutorials on different subjects.



      Books

       


      Some Authorized Training Centers

       

      3D Basecamp

      2008

      2010

      2012
      2014


      Forums

         

      A Bunch of Other SketchUp Sites

       

      Non-English SketchUp Sites

       

      Linux


      Tip from forum member Jeff Davies: "I'm using Ubuntu with Sketchup also. To get around the non-linux problem I run Sketchup in a Sun VirtualBox. It works great. You just need to setup access to a linux folder from within your virtual machine and you can read-write directly onto a linux drive."

       


       

       Modeling Projects


       

      SU Job Groups

      The old Pro Group Job site has been spun off to new places...

      • SketchUp Jobs  The original group now managed by Jeff Lummis
      • SketchUp Pro Jobs  A new group also managed by Jeff Lummis to network with people offering/requiring professional SketchUp services.
      • SketchUp Job Board  by [Plugin] SketchUp Blog
       

      Contests and Group Projects

       


       

       SketchUp Scripts, Plugins & Add-ons



      Customize SketchUp with 3rd-party tools...


      The first place to be introduced to the world of plugins is on the SketchUp site itself, with an introduction to Ruby Scripts and a list of Plugins.  

      extension warehouse   SketchUp 2013 introduces a new online resource to find and manage plugins from inside SketchUp.  More information on manually installing plugins on the SketchUp Sage.

      • VirtualStore Check  thomthom - Checks if files in the Plugins folder has ended up in Windows' VirtualStore.


      Plugin Management

       
       

      Assorted Plugin Collections

       

      Specialty Plugin Sites

      • 3ds Max  3ds Max 2010 and 3ds Max Design 2010 subscribers have an importer for SketchUp models.
      • Andersen Windows  A stand-alone applications which generates dynamic 3D SKP models of Andersen Windows - Free - Windows
      • Artisan   Dale Martens - Subdivision modeling with additional sculpting and soft transformation tools. - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • ARTmineSKP  Agora Gallery - Find and add unique artwork to model.
      • BuildEdge Plan  Parametric building modeler.  Beta - Windows, Mac
      • CabinetCRUNCHER  Excel-based, cabinet cutlist plugin package - Fee
      • CabinetSense  Paul Verhelst - Readies cabinet models for production and processing with CNC, CutList Plus and SimLab.  Fee
      • ConDoc Tools  Create construction documents based on "The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture" by Michael Brightman.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • CNC
      • CutList  The latest incarnation of this popular woodworker's tool
      • DrawMetal  Plugin Suite for metal artists, but great for anyone lusting to make spirals, helices, tapered extrusions and more - Free
      • Driving Dimensions  Dimensioned models automatically updates when the model is edited - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Dulux Trade digital colour pallette   Adds every single colour in the Dulux Trade Colour palette 4 fan deck - Free  
      • Eagle'up  Jerome Lamy - Tools to make PCB design easier.
      • FloMoCo  Generates a raw Bill of Materials from model that works in the FloMoCo 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Instant Quote page.  This plugin has a companion component library.
      • GetCentroid  Area and centroid finding script.
      • Guitar List  SketchUp Loop Subdivision Smooth Plugin.  Free
      • GML Texturizer  Textures 3D models for Google Earth.  (One of many research projects from the Graphics and Media Lab at Lomonosov Moscow State University.  This is an active research site, so URLs to projects are always changing. You may have to dig around to find old plugins.)
      • GoSimulate  Enmesh's plugin to integrate their mechanical analysis program with SketchUp models - unreleased beta
      • Hibou Scientific Software  Scientific plugins for the building industry.
      • Individual Designs  For now, just a slicing plugin for prototyping - Fee
      • LightUp  Real-time SU lighting - lux measurements for lighting design and landscaping
      • Martin Rinehart, Java++ Consultant  SketchUp tutorials, plugins
      •    
      • Model Unfolding (Print to Scale tutorial by George Knowles)
        • Flatten Faces  Alex Schreyer - Unfolds model.
        • Flattery  Unfold model. SVG exporter.  Updated version compatible with SketchUp 2014. - Donationware - Windows, Mac
        • Pepakura  Not a plugin, but an unfolding program SketchUppers used before the unfolding plugins were developed - DXF, DAE, KML, KMZ among loadable file formats.  DXF import plugins for SketchUp Make listed below, in the Exporters/Importers section.
        • SketchUp-Glue-Tab-Plugin   Ryan Schenk -  Adds a glue tab onto any boundary edge, for paper crafts.
        • Unfold Tool  Jim Foltz - unfold plugin.
      • ModelFunction  Tools to assist model layout with components and later help make 3D CAD models.
      • OhYeah!CAD!   Cadalog, Inc - Assorted Free and Fee plugins.
      • Pachube   Share & discover real-time sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices & buildings around the world.  Tutorial
      • ParTO  Finite Element Analysis (FEA) from SciArt. Comes with VRML exporter. Free, Fee
      • Pipe-lovers
        • 3skeng  Engineering pipework in SketchUp.
        • CoolPipe   Engineering pipework in SketchUp.  Work-in-progress.
        • PipeDraft   Pipework and warehouse
        • SteelSketch  Old Bridge Software - Pipes and extruded steel profiles.
      • Pixdim  Digital measuring system - Fee - Windows
      • PhotoSketch  Build 3D urban structures directly from photographs. Fee
      • Photoshop Extended Plugin for Google 3D Warehouse  Available since Photoshop CS3 Extended. 
      • Point-Cab  Laserscanning plugin from Laserscanning Europe.
      • pointools  Work with large point cloud models.  Bentley discontinued SketchUp plugin in January 31, 2013, yet announced new alliance with Trimble.
      • PowerSuTool  PowerMedia, Chinese (English version soon)
      • Raylectron  Ray-tracing renderer and some plugins - Free, Fee
      • Sefaira Concept  Web-based sustainability analysis platform.  Fee
      • Shapes  A stand-alone application that generates parametric geometry. Import plugin for SketchUp. - Fee 
      • SimuTerra  Upcoming SU terrain plugin
      • Skelion  Insert solar panels on roofs quickly and find out tilt and azimuth.  Windows
      • sketchattributemanager  One of the attribute managers.
      • SketchStruct  Tom Bower - Structural analysis - Free
      • SketchUp Engineering Toolbox  Engineering/plumbing (flanges, elbows, bends) components - Angle & channel iron, etc. (See description at Google SketchUp Blog.)
      • sketchup-skel  mattscar - This module makes it possible to create and animate bones (essentially components) within a skeletal hierarchy.
      • SketchyPhysics  Code download page, Groups Discussion | SketchUcation forum | Unofficial Guide site | Book | Videos
      • SkpEngineering  AEC industry specific plugins - Section Properties Calculator locates the centroid, plastic neutral axis and calculates mechanical properties of any closed planar face.  Free, Fee
      • spirixcode  Jim Hamilton
      • Spread3D   Create interactive 3D experiences (viewers, virtual walkthrough) embedded in a webpage.  Free, Fee
      • SunTools  Guedi Capeluto - Shows sun's path over time
      • SUperPlan   Automated construction schedule simulation and sequence validation tool.  Works with Microsoft Project.
      • SuSolid  Solids check/analyse and weigh tool - Free, Fee - Windows, Mac soon
      • TECLA  Alessandro Barracco - Extensions for contruction, landscape and architecture.
      • Tensile Structure
      • Tgi3D  Free-form 3D modeling, 3D scanning from image file and smart texture wrapping - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Tomatoes  Helps create Swiss Industry Norm Kitchens
      • Vali Architects  Chuck Vali - Blog and architectural plugins - Free and Fee
      • Vertex Tools  ThomThom - Selection tools for organic modeling. - Fee
      • Wudworx  Woodworking plugins and tools for SketchUp
      • Zomadic  Rob Bell - Shopbot exporter and hidden plugins, like this polar zonohedron.
          

      Exporters/Importers 

      Ruby Library Depot  This first plugin repository for SketchUp plugins may contain exporters/importers not included in the list below.

      Extension Warehouse  The official extension repository for SketchUp also has a growing number of Exporters/importers on its site.


      • 3D Object Converter  Program to convert 550 file formats - Free - Windows
      • 3DS
        • Babel3D  Online file translator to 3DS, OBJ.  Mobile apps for iPhone and Android and browser viewing.
        • MeshLab  Open source converter.  Imports/exports COLLADA and several other 3D formats, including 3DS. - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, exports DirectX and imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions. - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • ArchiWIZARD  Exporter
      • ASE  Exporter
      • Babel3D  Online file translator to 3DS, OBJ.  Mobile apps for iPhone and Android and browser viewing.
      • BIMXML  Translation from SketchUp to Onuma and interoperate with other BIM applications (i.e. Revit, ArchiCAD, etc).
      • CityGML
      •    
      • COLLADA
      • CSV  Import points from x, y, z coordinates in a spreadsheet.  
      • Deep Exploration  Among other things, a file format converter - $$$
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      • DirectX
        • 3D Rad Exporter  Many tools included in this plugin, including a DirectX exporter.  Free
        • xExporter
        • Blender  To import a DirectX file: open the file in Blender and export it as Collada file (.dae).  The collada file will import into SketchUp. 
        • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, exports DirectX and imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions. - Fee - Windows, Mac
        • ZbylsXExporter  ZbylDirectX .X, Ogre3d .mesh.xml and WaveFront .Obj File Exporter.
            
      • DWG/DXF
        • SketchUp Pro exports and imports this format.
        • Tip:  To get a clean, 3D export of true geometry (ie, true arcs), delete all faces before exporting.  Using 2D Tools also makes clean geometry exports.
        • DWG Viewer AutoCAD has a viewer for desktop, web and mobile which can change DWG files into PDF. Link on the homepage.
        • DXF_export  joergber
        • DXF_In  Importer (alpha) honoluludesktop
        • FreeDXF Importer  Jim Foltz
        • Inkscape  An Open Source vector graphics editor.  Use CutePDF to 'print' a PDF using parallel Camera (Camera > Parallel Projection) and check "Use high accuracy HLR" setting in SketchUp's Print menu.  Open the resulting vector PDF in Inscape. Then Inkscape can save a DXF or SVG.
        • LTPlus AI  SketchUp exporter to DXF/SLT from ArchitektenInitiative (German/English) - Free
        • MeshLab  Open source converter.  Imports/exports COLLADA and several other 3D formats, including DXF. - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • Okino's SketchUp conversion system  to be used with Okino software. 
        • Output DXF for laser cutting  Anssi covers what you can expect from SketchUp for a DXF export.
        • pstoedit  Some similarities to Inkscape above in that it translates PostScript and PDF graphics into other vector formats, like DXF. - (command-line utility) Free, donationware
        • Simlab 3D plugins  Simlab - imports DWG 2013 and prior.  Fee
        • skp_to_dxf  guitar-list - Export your Sketchup model as a DXF or STL triangular mesh or as DXF lines.
        • SYCODE has commercial exporters for both DWG and DXF.
        • T2H_2D_DXF  tak2hata - 2D DXF importer
      • EnjShape  Imports ESRI Shapefiles
      • FBX
        • SketchUp Pro can export FBX
        • FBX Converter  Autodesk's converter application located halfway down the page.  It will take SketchUp's COLLADA, DAE file.  So this is the 'Free' alternative.  Also takes OBJ, DXF, and 3DS.
        • LightUp  SketchUp rendering plugin which allows FBX exporting - Fee
        • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, DirectX, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions. - Fee - Windows, Mac
          
      • Games
      • GIS Importer  StrateGis
      • gModeller  Greenspace Research's building energy analysis plugin.  Formerly known as Demeter.  Imports and exports a gbXML file. - Windows, Mac
      • IFC2SKP  Interaction with IFC extension
      • IGES Export  rainer.ochs
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      • Integrated Circuits
      • Kicad - .brd Importer  giodi1973
      • KML Tools  Aerilius - Imports and exports KML files into SketchUp
      • Lego
      • Microsoft Robotic Developer Studio plugin  FunnyRobotics
      • MeshLab  Open source converter.  Imports/exports COLLADA and several other 3D formats. - Windows, Mac, Linux
      • MoleculeImporter  Aerilius - Imports chemical structures drawn in various Molecule Editors, supporting MDL Molfiles (*.mol) or Z-Matrices (*.mop, *.zmt, *.dat, *.mpc).
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      • OBJ
        • AdamB_obj_importer and objloader  Look in the Files - Converters - Misc section for these and other converters 
        • FluidImporter  FluidRay RT - OBJ importer.  Free
        • Import OBJ with Materials  TIG
        • MeshLab  Open source converter.  Imports/exports COLLADA and several other 3D formats, including OBJ. - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • OBJ Exporter OBJ Importer  Jim Foltz's effort for the SU Free crowd
        • OBJexporter  TIG
        • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, DirectX, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions. - Fee - Windows, Mac
        • Wavefront OBJ Exporter  Retains materials.  It's hosted on Jim Foltz's site.
        • ZbylsXExporter  Zbyl - DirectX .X, Ogre3d .mesh.xml and WaveFront .Obj File Exporter.
          
      • PDF
        • Macs export PDFs natively.
        • SketchUp Pro's LayOut program exports PDF.
        • SketchUp can export 2D PDFs natively in Windows.
        • Use CutePDF to 'print' a PDF using parallel Camera (Camera > Parallel Projection) and check "Use high accuracy HLR" setting in SketchUp's Print menu.  Open the resulting vector PDF in Inscape. Then Inkscape, an Open Source vector graphics editor, can save a DXF or SVG.
        • 3D PDF
          • Acrobat 
          • RPS 3D PDF  Render Plus - Turns SketchUp models into 3D PDFs. - Fee - Windows
          • Share3D PDF  QuadriSpace - Create 3D PDFs - Fee - Windows
          • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, DirectX, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions. - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • PLY Importer  Jim Foltz
      • PolyTrans/NuGraf  Okino Computer Graphics programs which can convert major 3D file formats into SKP. - Fee, Windows, Mac 
      • pstoedit  Translates PostScript and PDF graphics into other vector formats: Tgif OBJ, FIG, GNUPLOT, LWO, Java1 or Java 2 applet, Idraw, Tcl/Tk, HPGL, AI, WMF, EMF, OS/2 meta, PIC, MetaPost, LaTeX2e, Kontour, GNU Metafile, Skencil, Mathematica, SWF, g-code, VTK, and more... - (command-line utility) Free, donationware
      • SimLab Composer  Imports/Exports the following file formats through SketchUp: DWG 2013, FBX, OBJ, STEP, IGES, ACIS, 3DM, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, 3D PDF, 3D XML, U3D, and STL.  SKP importer to Maya. - Fee - Windows, Mac soon
      • SK2GEO  Exports SketchUp models to acoustic format GEO.
      • SketchUp to Vue  Exporter Plugin for SketchUp 7 and later which exports Sketchup models, sun direction, and cameras into Vue format.
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      • STL (Tip: explode the model before running the exporter.)
        • SketchUp-STL  SketchUp - Open source importer/exporter extension from the SketchUp developers - Woo-hoo!
        • su2stl  Didier Bur - Imports and exports - Free
        • stl4su  Revar Desmera - Supports both binary and ascii import and export. - Free
        • Blender  Import STL, convert to 3ds for import into SketchUp.  In Blender go to Preferences panel > Add-ons and activate all imports exports.
        • CADspan Plugin  Toolbar with several tools to make 3D-printable STL files. AEC 3DP tutorial
        • Cheetah 3D  This modeler/renderer converts to STL - Mac
        • LTPlus AI  SketchUp to DXF/SLT exporter plug-in from ArchitektenInitiative (German/English) - Free
        • MeshLab  Open source converter.  Imports/exports COLLADA and several other 3D formats, including STL. - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • Silo  Modeler/renderer converts to STL - imports OBJ, DXF, 3DS - Fee - Windows, Mac
        • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, DirectX, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions. - Fee - Windows, Mac
        • skp_to_dxf  guitar-list - Export your Sketchup model as a DXF or STL triangular mesh or as DXF lines.
        • STL Importer  Jim Foltz 
        • STL checker  Inspect and check the integrity of the SketchUp-exported STL file.
      • SU²CATT and SU²DDA  Exports SketchUp models to acoustic formats CATT and DDA
      • SU4AC  Exports and imports SketchUp models from/to Duran Audio DDA and L-Acoustics SoundVision - Free - Windows
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      • SVG
        • 2D export to SVG  On the SketchUcation forum, deerwood figures out how to export a PDF from SketchUp Pro or a PDF printer and open it in Inkscape to get a SVG file.
        • CutList  This woodworker's plugin has a SVG export option.  Webdialog interface.
        • Flattery  Unfold model. SVG exporter.  Donationware - Windows, Mac
        • Inkscape  An Open Source vector graphics editor.  Use CutePDF to 'print' a PDF using parallel Camera and check "Use high accuracy HLR" setting in SketchUp's Print menu. Then Inkscape can save a DXF or SVG.  Davereap goes into detail (beginning with post #893)  about getting a scaled PDF  file with CutePDF with SketchUp for radio-controlled planes.
        • Flights of Ideas  DIY laser cutter, SVG plug-in, and other neat stuff.  Instructables article.
        • svg.rb  Uli Tessel - Imports Inkscape images (stop a conflict with a secondary required script on the Smoove tool.)
        • sketchup-svg-outline   Exports SketchUp model to SVG file.
      • SYCODE  3DM, DWG, DXF, IGES, OBJ, STEP, STL, VTK importers and exporters for SketchUp.  SketchUp importers and exporters for Acrobat, Alibre Design, AutoCAD, IntelliCAD, Inventor, IRONCAD, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, SpaceClaim.  Fee
      • Ultimate Unwrap 3D  Added a SketchUp importer.  Fee - Windows
      • Total Station Point Importer  CMD - Places points in SketchUp from total stations and other precision measuring devices CSV and txt files.
      • Trnsys3D  TransSolar - Open/save Trnsys3d file to work with TRNSYS 17 simulations.
      • Voodoo Importer  Chris FullmerImport Voodoo camera tracking software files into SketchUp, recreating camera flightpaths.
       
          

       3D Printing and CNC

      Exporter/Importer  Plugins for SketchUp.

      3-D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution  Interesting article on the 3D printing revolution in the New York Times on September 13, 2010.
       
       
      3D printing


      CNC
      • 2bot  Alternative to 3D printing.  The device reads SketchUp KMZ files. 
      • 2.5D CAM  jgro11 - CNC router gcode export.
      • 2D export to SVG  On the SketchUcation forum, deerwood figures out how to export a PDF from SketchUp Pro or a PDF printer and open it in Inkscape to get a SVG file. 
      • blueChick  DIY, 12" x 36" x 3" CNC kit from buildyourCNC.  Fee
      • CamBam  Export to CamBam format for CNC.
      • Flights of Ideas  DIY laser cutter, SVG plugin, and other neat stuff.  Instructables article.
      • Inkscape  An Open Source vector graphics editor.  Use CutePDF to 'print' a PDF using parallel Camera and check "Use high accuracy HLR" setting in SketchUp's Print menu. Then Inkscape can save a DXF or SVG.  Davereap goes into detail (beginning with post #893)  about getting a scaled PDF  file with CutePDF with SketchUp for radio-controlled planes.
      • Laseraur  Open source laser cutter device that can take SVG files.
      • Model2GCode  niccah - create CNC code of a model in Sketchup for surface milling and cutout.
      • Output DXF for laser cutting  Anssi covers DXF export from SketchUp Pro.
      • Phlatboyz.com  DIY Foam-cutting CNC machine from SU models via PhlatscripT plugin (g-code) - utilizes Mach3
      • Ponoko  Outsource 3D print and CNC service.  Supported formats: STL, VRML 97, COLLADA (dae) 
      • pstoedit  Translates PostScript and PDF graphics into other vector formats, like g-code. - (command-line utility) Free, donationware
      • SketchUp to G-code
      • SVG  Assorted importers/exporters for SketchUp.
      • Uli Tessel has several plugins for G-code ouput, CAM and SVG importer.
      • WikiHouse  Open source construction set - print your own house (link may not work in IE8.)
      • Zomadicam  Rob Bell, SketchUp to Shopbot CNC router Pro forum thread  |  Demo on this YouTube video
       

      Solid Checking / Cleanup Plugins
      • SketchUp 8 introduced solid detection of groups and components.  Select the group/component and view the Entity Info dialog from the Window menu (SketchUp menu on a Mac.)  Along with SketchUp Pro's Solid Tools (the Outer Shell tool is available in Sketchup Free) - or BoolTools for the free crowd - SketchUp is becoming more CNC and 3D print friendly, 
      • CADspan  Suite of tools, including solid checking, to make a model ready for 3D printing and a cloud processing.
      • CleanUp³  thomthom - Cleans out stray geometry which can prevent a model being recognized as a solid.
      • Edge Tools²  thomthom - edge cleanup.
      • fixSolid  GWD - Closes holes
      • Manifold  TIG -  A plugin which helps prepare a SketchUp model for 3-D printing.  (Solid detection introduced in SketchUp 8 mostly replaces this plugin now.)
      • Solid Inspector  thomthom - The plugin checks if Groups or Components are solids or not, highlighting holes or areas or errors.
      • SolidSolver  TIG - Works with thomthom's Solid Inspector to diagnose model problems.
      • SuSolid  Solids check/analyse and weight tool - Free, Fee - Windows, Mac

      Tip:  If any SketchUp modeling operation results with unexpected, missing faces, try temporarily scaling up the model 10-1000x.  Small models, with any edges, visible or hidden, less than 1/16" can experience difficulties forming new faces.

       
      Relevant Model Refinement Plugins
      • Subdivide  With a subdivide plugin, one can get a smooth, high-poly model with a bunch of itty-bitty faces from a low-poly, organic model in SketchUp.  This is quite useful as low-poly models are often easier to work with in SketchUp, reserving the high-poly stuff for the 3D print so you do not go nuts sanding the printed product.  After previewing (and finally sending the file to the printer,) press Undo to return to low-poly model for low-poly tweaking/saving, if desired.  Note: SketchUp can have a problem using tools that create edges less than 1/16".  To overcome this problem, temporarily scale up the model 10-1000x to model, then scale down when done.
        • Artisan   Dale Martens - For 3D printing, subdivision modeling with additional sculpting and soft transformation tools.  Fee - Windows, Mac
        • MeshLab  Open source program with many options to deal with 3D meshes including subdivision.
        • SketchUp Loop Subdivide Smooth Plugin  Guitar List.  Free
        • Subdivide  SmustardApply a Catmull-Clark subdivision to selected surfaces.  Free
        • SubdivideAndSmooth  Dale Martens - Toolset before Artisan.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Honeycomber  TIG - Adds interior honeycomb support to a hollow model for 3D printing.  Requires SketchUp Pro as the plugin the Solid tools only available in the Pro version..
      • Tools On Surface  Fredo6 - Toolset to draw shapes on proxy models to help influence how Artisan will subdivide. 
      • Milling Tools  thomthom - Plugin that adds a dog-bone fillet corner modification to compensate for the CNC router bit.
      • ReverseFaces  Smustard - After activating the plugin tool, a left click will reverse any face.  This is important for printing as the outer solid surface has to be the default front face (the whiteish color).  Assign the tool to a keyboard shortcut to make the process even faster.  Free - Windows, Mac
      • RoundCorner  Fredo6 - Rounds off corners.
      • Scale2Volume  TIG - Scale a Group/Component to a specific volume.
      • Shell (Check if your 3D printer has this option to create a uniform wall thickness.)
        • Joint Push Pull  Fredo6 - Performs multiple face Push/Pull operations.  For 3D printing, this can create a shell - a uniform wall thickness from non-planar surfaces.
        • Shell  thomthom - Add wall thickness to selected groups or components.
        • Simple Shell  Jim Foltz - Creates an inner or outer shell by copying and scaling a Group or Surface around its center of geometry. It works best with symmetrical objects.
      • Slicer5  TIG - Makes model slices for CNC.
      • SliceModeler  asteronoimo - Model slicer based on TIG's Slicer.
      • TIG Hole Punching Hole  TIG - Punches linked 3D holes.


        

       Architectural

      The 2008 3DBascamp session  SketchUp and Green Design  presents several energy analysis plugins listed below.  A great tutorial on setting up Real World Shadows will also help adjusting the SketchUp sun to best match a location.
      • 1001bit tools  Large collection of specialty architectural elements and shadow analysis - academic Free, retail Fee
      • 3D Doors Windows Frames  RubySoft - Adds doors, windows and frames.  Fee
      • Archelios Pro  Cythelia - An all in one solution for photovoltaic simulations.
      • ARTmineSKP  Agora Gallery - Find and add unique artwork to model.
      • BIM
        • 4D Virtual Builder  Add planning and scheduling information to the model - Fee - Windows, Mac
        • BIMServer  Open source Building Information Model server.  Exports Collada and KML.  Requires IFC2SKP
        • BIMUp 5D  BIMUp Ltd - Cost-modeling by auto-generated quantity take offs. - Fee
        • BIMXML  Translation from SketchUp to Onuma and interoperate with other BIM applications (i.e. Revit, ArchiCAD, etc).
        • Sketchpack  ArtVSP - Online collaboration tool for AEC project teams.  Integrates Sketchfab.  
        • SketchUp2BIM   Site dedicated to the overview of using SketchUp as a BIM tool.
        • SketchUpBIM  Pixel Tech - A BIM plugin - Free and Fee 
        • Space Design  This add-on by Render Plus, for adding attributes to components, may be enough for some modelers.
        • SpecifiCAD  A CAD/BIM plug-in to dynamically match building component data to manufacturer data.
        • Synchro Project Constructor  4D construction visualization - a standalone program - Fee
        • SketchUp and OPS
      • BuildEdge Plan  Parametric building modeler.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • BuildingStructureTools  tak2hata - Draws and modify structures.
      • Center of Gravity  TIG - Plugin to work out a 3D Shape's Center of Gravity and other properties.
      • Concrete Frame Tool  tomot - Plugin to add cast-in-place structural concrete building components. Fee.
      • ConDoc Tools  Create construction documents based on "The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture" by Michael Brightman.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Cut Surface Organizer  Eneroth - Places section cuts on own layer for better control.  
      • Draw Slope Normals  tak2hata - Plugin tool to manage site slopes.
      • Energy analysis
        • ArchiWIZARD  Exporter
        • ecoScorecard  SmartBIM - Free web-based tool to help evaluate and document products against the major environmental rating systems.
        • GreenspaceLive  Greenspace Research's building energy analysis plugin.  Formerly known as Demeter.  Imports and exports a gbXML file. - Windows, Mac
        • IES  Plugin to do building energy analysis inside SketchUp.
        • LightUp  Integrated renderer which can perform realtime solar analysis. City Solar Analysis video.
        • LightUp Analytics  Daylight, sunlight and skylight modeling tool for building development.
        • OpenStudio  EnergyPlus building energy analysis plugin | YouTube Channel - Free - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • Pachube   Share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices & buildings around the world.  Tutorial
        • ROCKWOOL Energy Designer  Plugin tool to quickly get a first indication of the energy consumption of a building.
        • Sefaira Concept  Web-based sustainability analysis platform.  Fee
        • Skelion  Insert solar panels on roofs quickly and find out tilt and azimuth.  Windows
        • TRNSYS   Energy simulation  Trnsys3D TransSolar - SketchUp plugin to export 3D model to TRNSYS, open/save Trnsys3d file to work with TRNSYS 17 simulations and more.
        • Shadow Studies  SketchUp Sage's collection of links to shadow study stuff.
      • Eneroth Cut Surface Organizer  Eneroth - Section cut management.
      • GetCentroid  Alex Schreyer - Area and centroid finding script.
      • Google Earth Connections  ArchiCAD plugin to import GE and 3DWarehouse models into ArchiCAD
      • Khamsin  Hibou Scientific Software - Plugin for CFD modeling, allowing for the definition of all parameters of computational fluid dynamics simulation directly within SketchUp.
      • Land F/X  An AutoCAD application for landscape architects that's integrated with SketchUp.  SketchUp extension
      • Microstation and Bentley Architecture
      • Modelur  Parametric urban design tool  - SketchUp plug-in - currently in alpha testing - Windows, Mac
      • PhotoSketch  Build 3D urban structures directly from photographs. Fee
      • Pixdim  Digital measuring system - Fee - Windows
      • Point-Cab  Laserscanning plug-in from Laserscanning Europe
      • pointools  Work with large point cloud models.  Bentley discontinued SketchUp plugin in January 31, 2013, yet announced new alliance with Trimble.
      • SK2GEO  Exports SketchUp models to GEO acoustic format.
      • Skalp  Sections and patterns.  Fee
      • SITEOPS  Exporter to view SITEOPS conceptual land development plan in SketchUp
      • SPIRIT  Users can import SKP models into their BUILDING INFORMATION NETWORK.
      • SU²CATT and SU²DDA  Exports SketchUp models to acoustic formats CATT and DDA.
      • SU4AC  Exports and imports SketchUp models from/to Duran Audio DDA and L-Acoustics SoundVision - Free - Windows
      • su2rad  Radiance exporter
      • SUperPlan   Automated construction schedule simulation and sequence validation tool.  Works with Microsoft Project.
      • TacForge GeoSketch  Imagery, video, assisted modeling, and OpenFlight plug-in.
      • Tomot  Windowtools, doortools, bookshelf and bifold door plugins - Free and Fee
      • Tomatoes  Helps create Swiss Industry Norm Kitchens
      • Trelligence Affinity  Schematic, shoebox design software with a SketchUp plugin
      • Urban Developer  StrateGis - Automatic assessments of urban development plans.
      • Vali Architects  Chuck Vali - Blog and architectural plugins - Free and Fee
      • WikiHouse  Open source construction set - print your own house (link may not work in IE8.)

       

      Engineering

      • Acoustics
        • SK2GEO  Exports SketchUp models to GEO acoustic format.
        • SU²CATT and SU²DDA  Exports SketchUp models to acoustic formats CATT and DDA.
        • SU4AC  Exports and imports SketchUp models from/to Duran Audio DDA and L-Acoustics SoundVision - Free - Windows
      • Analysis
        • Analyze this! Creating geometry for structural analysis in SketchUp  Alex Schreyer - Tutorials for creating geometry for analysis programs.
        • Finite Elemental Analysis  qpik - Spring mass model.
        • GoSimulate  Enmesh's plugin to integrate their mechanical analysis program with SketchUp models - unreleased beta
        • LightUp  Realtime lux/Insolation Analysis.  City Solar Analysis video.
        • ParTO  Finite Element Analysis (FEA) from SciArt. Comes with VRML exporter for a SketchUp Pro import. Free, Fee
        • SAMSON  Static Analysis Meshing And Solving ONline courtesy of the University of Oklahoma and their supped up computer to solve 3D finite element method (FEM) problems.  Paper. Free 
        • SimFonIA  Animation, numerical simulation plugin for virtual prototyping, etc., include transformation processor, keyframe editor, exportation options, and bullet (physics engine.)  Windows, Mac - Fee
        • SketchStruct  Tom Bower - Structural analysis - Free
      • Center of Gravity  TIG - Plugin to work out a 3D Shape's Center of Gravity and other properties.
      • Ferrari Sketch  Serge Ferrari Architecture - Tensile structure forming - more options than Soap, Skin & Bubble.
      • FloMoCo  Generates a raw Bill of Materials from model that works in the FloMoCo 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Instant Quote page.  This plugin has a companion component library.
      • FredoTools::ContructFaceNormal  Fredo6 - Draws a normal guideline at faces' barycenter.
      • Gearheads
        • GearGenerator  Free online generator makes vector PDFs (Inkscape can convert vector PDFs to DXF, which can be imported into SketchUp Pro, and imported into SketchUp Make with a DXF import plugin.)  Program exports SKP files.
        • HypocycloidCam  Dan Rathbun - Generates Hypocycloid Cams for Cycloid Reduction Drives. 
        • Involute Gears  Cadalog, Inc. - Good for basic layout and study. - Free
        • SPGears  jgrundman - SketchUp plugin to create spur, helical, bevel, and beveled helical gears with involute tooth profiles.
      • GetCentroid  Alex Schreyer - Area and centroid finding script.
      • Integrated Circuits
      • k tools  Draws mathematical Graphs in 2D and 3D and some geometrical constructions. Draws curves and curved areas. - Free
      • Khamsin  Hibou Scientific Software - Plugin for CFD modeling, allowing for the definition of all parameters of computational fluid dynamics simulation directly within SketchUp.
      • Pipe-lovers
        • 3skeng  Engineering pipework in SketchUp.
        • BeamTools  Cadalog - Parametric, industry standard C, I, H, L Angles, T sections.  Free - Windows
        • CoolPipe   Engineering pipework in SketchUp.  Work-in-progress.
        • Lines to tubes  Didier Bur - Extrudes arcs, curves along selected lines.  Free
        • PipeAlongPath  TIG - Extrudes walled pipe along a selected path.  Can set a parameter to 0 to extrude single-walled tube.
        • PipeDraft  
        • SteelSketch  Old Bridge Software - Pipes and extruded steel profiles.
        • TubeAlongPath  TIG - Extrudes tubes and cylinders along selected path.
      • ProfileBuilder  Dale Martens - Like the Follow Me tool 'on steroids'.  Free, Fee
      • Ruby Library Depot  Selection of geometry plugins.
      • SketchStruct  Tom Bower - analysis of 2D pin jointed frames and 2D rigid frames with mid-span loads.  Forum post
      • SketchUp Engineering Toolbox  Engineering/plumbing (flanges, elbows, bends) components - Angle & channel iron, etc. (See description at Google SketchUp Blog.)
      • SkpEngineering   AEC industry specific plugins - Section Properties Calculator locates the centroid, plastic neutral axis and calculates mechanical properties of any closed planar face. Free, Fee
      • Soap, Skin & Bubble  Josef Leibinger - Tensile structure membrane.  
      • Surface Plotter  jzer7 - 2D/3D equation plotter.
      • SuSolid  Solids check/analyse and weigh tool - Free, Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Tgi3D  Free-form 3D modeling, 3D scanning from image file and smart texture wrapping - Fee - Windows, Mac


        

      Presentation and Viewing

      • 3DBrowser  mootools - 3D file format browser, including support for SKP files with OpenGL viewer.  Polygon cruncher too.  Fee 
      • 3D PDF
        • Acrobat 
        • RPS 3D PDF  Render Plus - Turns SketchUp models into 3D PDFs. - Fee - Windows
        • Share3D PDF  QuadriSpace - Create 3D PDFs - Fee - Windows
        • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, DirectX, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions. - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • 3DPaintBrush  Imports SKP and other formats to enhance and/or animate then export in 2D or 3D XAML, 3DS, SWF, AVI, SVG, OBJ and images.
      • 3DXplorer  Create 3D virtural world online.
      • 3DVIA.com  Model-sharing community.  Blog post on making a virtural world with uploaded SketchUp model. - Free
      • Android
        • Apps by Afanche  Several different 3D viewers, including: STL View 3D, DAE View 3D, DXF View 3D, 3DS View 3D, 3D View, and Power View 3D.
        • Cloud Rendering Mobile Viewer - ArtVPS - Mobile app for Shaderlight rendered models.
        • Glovius  Interactive 3D Viewer for SketchUp/3DS/OBJ/STEP/IGES/JT/STL files. - Free, Fee
        • Revizto  3D visualization and comunication.  Fee, Free viewer - Windows, Mac, Browsers, Android tablets
        • SightSpace 3D  Limitless Computing - Mobile viewing of SketchUp designs with intuitive controls and Augmented Reality* capabilities. 
        • SimLab CAD Viewer  SimLab - Supports viewing geometries, colors, textures, scene states and animations.
        • TeamViewer  Access remote computers from everywhere - i.e. run SketchUp on your desktop and use Android device as a portal.
        • TurboView  TurboCAD - 2D/3D DWG, DXF viewer.  SketchUp Free users would need to use a DWG exporter plugins listed above.  Free, Fee
      • Animation
      • Antics  Animation package that imports SKP models - Fee Antics SketchUp Blog  (New sales have ended)
      • Archvision  Viewer to place SU models in PowerPoint, IE and Word | Homepage
      • AR-media Exporter  Visualize SU models in real space.  SketchUp plugin for their Augmented Reality platform, ARmedia (Student and Educator licenses available), AR-media Player is Free - Windows, Mac  |  YouTube channel
      • Babel3D  File translation (SKP, 3DS, OBJ), Android and iOS mobile visualization, web visualization. 
      • CL3VER  CL3VER - Web-based platform to create interactive 3D presentations for the browser.
      • CloudUp  Rich O'BrianSync SketchUp models to DropBox, GoogleDrive or any custom location you want.
      • eDrawings  Publish SketchUp models to eDrawings files which can pack into a self-executable (.exe) with a viewer.
      • Embed KML gadget  Place a Google Earth Project on a website.
      • GermaniumWeb  Web building presentations.  Modeling guide - Windows
      • Google SketchUp Web Exporter | hack technique  The Web Exporter is missing from the new Extension Warehouse, but the hack technique video could be useful.
      • GOSU  Renderiza - Toolset that lets you trigger different actions when you click a component - URLs, sound, files, folders, Scenes, etc.
      • Holoxica  Make a hologram from a 3D model.
      • Hypercosm Teleporter for SketchUp  Web publishing SketchUp models - Windows and Mac beta (new)
      • iClone  Stereoscopic animation package that imports GE and SU models.
      • ICEvision  Web-based, rendered model exploration. - Fee
      • i.materialize  A company that produces 3D printed models via their plugin - Fee
      • iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
        • 3DeeWarehouse  Download and view 3D Warehouse models in 3D and in stereoscopic view for 3D glasses.
        • 3DOn ARchitecture  An augmented reality app which allows viewing SketchUp models overlaid onto a site photograph.
        • 3DVIA.com  View SketchUp and other 3D models uploaded to the 3DVIA.com 3D model-sharing community.
        • CadRemote  Maide - iPhone / iPad app which will act as a navigator for SketchUp on Mac and Windows.
        • Cloud Rendering Mobile Viewer - ArtVPS - Mobile app for Shaderlight rendered models.  (Sorry about the android link, iPhone app coming soon.)
        • Cubits  Download, view, and save 3D models from Google 3D Warehouse, or load your own KMZ files exported from SketchUp
        • Glovius   Interactive 3D Viewer for SketchUp/3DS/OBJ/STEP/IGES/JT/STL files. - Free, Fee
        • ICEvision  Present a walk-through your 3D model.
        • iPhone and iPod Touch  Keypad for Google SketchUp | application link
        • KeyPad+  Map virtual keyboard on iPhone/iPad/iPod.  KeyPad for SketchUp, Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • LightUp Player  Realtime navigation of LightUp rendered models.  Fee - iPad
        • MagicPlan  Create 2D floor plans via camera with JPG, PDF and DXF export options.  Website
        • Maide Control  3D control input device on an iPad for SketchUp installed on either Windows or Mac.
        • NaviCAD  3D Warehouse viewer app - iPad too
        • Remotix  VNC remote access tool for iPhone and iPad to touch/control your SketchUp model on Mac, Windows and Linux.
        • Revizto  3D visualization and comunication.  Fee, Free viewer - Windows, Mac, Browsers, iPad tablets
        • SketchUp Mobile Viewer  Developed by the SketchUp team.  Fee -  iPad (only for now)
        • SimLab CAD Viewer  An IPad /IPhone application for viewing 3D CAD and architectural models - and SketchUp models exported from SimLab Composer.
        • SightSpace 3D  Limitless Computing - Mobile viewing of Google SketchUp designs with intuitive controls and Augmented Reality* capabilities.  
        • TeamViewer  Access remote computers from everywhere - i.e. run SketchUp on your desktop and use iPad as a portal.
        • TurboViewer  TurboCAD - 2D/3D DWG, DXF viewer.  Free has wireframe view only.  Pro has other visibility styles.
        • visio3d  SketchUp to iPad exporter and viewer.
      • Kubity  Online, interactive 3D presentation tool for browser, smartphone or tablet.  Beta
      • LightUp Web Viewer  View LightUp rendered models on the web.
      • JavaScriptObject  Display SketchUp models as a 3D object on the internet - non-commercial, Free - commercial, Fee
      • OGS Composer  Simlab Soft - Build 3D scenes from different sources - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • RENDERLights  3D Render Ltd - Virtural reality software supporting rendering effects. Windows
      • Revizto  3D visualization and comunication.  Fee, Free viewer - Windows, Mac, Browsers, tablets
      • SimLab 3D PDF  Besides creating 3D PDFs, imports/exports the following file formats through SketchUp: 3D PDF, 3DM, 3DS,  3D XML, ACIS, DirectX, FBX, IGES, iPad, OBJ, OSG, STEP, SolidWorks, Inventor, SolidEdge, STL, and U3D.  Also has integrated rendering and animation editions.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Simmetry 3d  Create fully interactive, three-dimensional “virtual reality” simulations.- Windows
      • Sketchers Studio  Animate SketchUp models - 3D Warehouse integration.  Fee - Mac
      • Sketchfab - Publish 3D model content online
      • SketchUp Showcase  Trimble SketchUp's online gallery
      • Spread3D   Create interactive 3D experiences (viewers, virtual walkthrough) embedded in a webpage.  Free, Fee
      • Stereo  TBD - Create left/right for anaglyph images.
      • Sunglass  Immediately share your work on the browser and exchange feedback. - beta - Mac
      • Voodoo Importer  Chris Fullmer - Import Voodoo camera tracking software files into SketchUp, recreating camera flightpaths.
      • WalkAbout3d   Real-time walkthrough application.
      • WireFusion  Uses a 3DX format to make a web presentation - Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris
       

       
       

       Renderers



      Rendering Terms  SUWiki glossary of rendering terminology as it applies to SketchUp.

      Integrated add-ons within SketchUp

      • ArielVision  Fee
      • Carravaggio  Fee 
      • Bloom Unit  Cloud-computing rendering, allowing live views and collaborative changes.  Fee - Windows, Mac soon
      • Brighter3D  Free beta - Windows
      • FluidRay  Fee - Windows
      • IDX Renditioner  Free and Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Indigo  SKIndgo, SKP exporter.  Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux
      • IRender nXt & nXtRender  Render Plus - Fully integrated rendering packages.  Cloud rendering available.  Able to render  proxy substitutes placed in main SketchUp model.  Renders outside of the SketchUp environment, taking advantage of full computaional abilities of your computer.  Fee - Windows
      • LightUp  Enhances SU rendering by control lighting effects. - lux measurements for lighting design and landscaping, Web viewer too.  Able to render  proxy substitutes placed in main SketchUp model.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • LumenRT  e-on - Renderer which can create a fully interactive, photo-realistic animation and 3D executable viewer to share design.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Maxwell for SketchUp  An extension rendering inside of the SketchUp environment.  Free, fee - Windows, Mac
      • Podium  Fee - Windows, Mac - manual The Essentials: Rendering With Podium V2
      • Render[IN] - Real-time radiosity engine.  beta - Windows, Mac
      • Shaderlight  ArtVPS - Interactive, photorealistic rendering, cloud rendering ability and Cloud Rendering Mobile Viewer.  Able to render  proxy substitutes placed in main SketchUp model.  An extension working outside of the SketchUp environment, taking advantage of full computational abilities of your computer. - Free, Fee -  Windows, Mac
      • SimLab Composer  Imports/Exports many formats and has integrated rendering and animation editions.
      • SketchAir  Render with SiTex Graphics Air.  Windows, Linux
      • Thea for SketchUp  Thea Render - Integrated plugin.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Twilight Render  Fee - Windows
      • Visualizer  Imagination Technologies Group -  Low-cost, minimal renderer that only uses the SketchUp sun as a light source.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • V-Ray  Fee 
       

      External Programs

      Other presentation options

      • 3DPaintBrush   Geometric Ltd - Near photo-realistic images and animation.  Imports SKPs, GE integration. - Fee - Windows 
      • Artlantis  Fee  
        • TIP:  To get a good ATL file, it is often best to explode all the components and groups in your SKP model and then check for reversed faces, prior to exporting to ATL or saving the model for ATL to import. Not doing so often results into missing geometry or messed up materials in the ATL scene.
      • AutoDesk
      • Cheetah 3D  Modeler/renderer.  Fee - Mac
      • fryrender  SU plugin.  Fee - Windows 32 and 64-bit
      • Bunkerspeed Shot  SU plugin.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • FluidRay RT  Real-time, global illumination renderer.  Free beta - Windows, Mac
      • Kerkythea  Free - SU2KT exporter - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • camera2K  T. Marek - Exports SketchUp camera positions to Kerkythea.
      • LightWave 3D  Fee - SketchUp to LightWave book, Ready...Set...Render!
      • Lumion  Free, Fee - Windows
      • LuxRender  Open source
        • SmallLuxGPU Testbed for the renderer LuxRender. Free
        • su2slg  exvion - Plugin for SmallLuxGPU
      • MachStudio Pro  Fee - exporter - Windows
      • Maxwell Render  Fee - forum - Windows, Mac, Linux
        • The stand-alone program works outside of the SketchUp environment, taking advantage of full computation resources - unlike the SketchUp extension version.
        • MXM Reporter  A plugin to help with material assignment.
      • nDo2  Photoshop rendering plugin.  Import 2D SketchUp scene into Photoshop and render there.  Fee - Windows
      • NuGraf  Photo-real renderer of all major 3D file formats.  Includes PolyTrans, which converts 3D files to other formats. Fee - Windows
      • Piranesi  Non-photorealistic - Fee  
      • PovRay  Free - Windows, Mac su2pov exporter
      • RENDERLights  3D Render Ltd - Virtual reality software supporting rendering effects. Windows
      • Raylectron  Offers stereo vision renderings and rendering farm management - among other things.  Free (watermarked), Fee - Windows
      • Silo  Modeler/renderer.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Sunflow Exporter  Didier Bur - Sunflow is a free renderer.
      • SUWalk  Walk-, fly-thru rendered animation.  Fee - Windows
      • Thea Render  Also has an integrated plugin. Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux
      • Twinmotion  Under development
      • Vue  Specializes in natural, 3D scenery - Windows, Mac
        • Camera2Vue  Alex Jenyon - Export SketchUp camera views to E-on's Vue.
        • SketchUp to Vue  Exporter Plugin for SketchUp 7 and later which exports Sketchup models, sun direction, and cameras into Vue format.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Yafaray  Free |  su2yafray  exvion - Plugin for Yafaray
       

      Educational and other stuff

       

      Relevant Plugins

      • Align Camera Light  Al Hart - Snap a light component to the camera to help align a camera light for rendering.
      • ColladaMaya, ColladaMax translator  Import COLLADA format models into Maya and 3dsMax. 
      • GlobalMaterialChange  TIG - globally changes materials in model or a selection. 
      • Goldilocks v.2  AdamB - Helps to determine texture density and geometry analysis to help determine adequate detail for rendered scenes. 
      • Grey Scale  Jim Foltz - SketchUp render style 
      • GroupByTexture RickW - Groups faces by texture for export to other 3D software.
      • layerbymaterial  T. Bertschinger - located in the Selection - Layer section - Moves faces to layers based on the assigned material. 
      • Material Tools  thomthom - Collection of material control tools to manage material usage.
      • MXM Reporter  vodkamartini - Reads material attributes assigned by the Maxwell renderer plugin. 
      • Originate Component Axes  TIG - Moves the component origin of any component in the model to the world origin. 
      • podium_texture+bumpmap  TIG 
      • Podium to LightUp convertor  AdamB - Converts the Podium material and light source settings to a LightUp format. 
      • Raylectron_Texture_Exporter  Raylectron - Exports model textures to a directory.  Free - Windows 
      • Remove_CG_material.rb  Matt666 - V-Ray specific material plugin, but others may need it too. 
      • SketchUV  Dale Martens - Multi-function UV tool which can export and import UVs using third-party UV mapping software. Fee - Windows, Mac
      • SU2KT  Tomasz Marek - SketchUp Exporter to Kerkythea. Exports materials to a folder. 
      • UV Mapping
        • Probes  thomthom - Tools for inspecting normals and UV mapping.
        • SketchUV  Dale Martens (Whaat) - The Pro version of UVTools - Fee

        • UV Toolkit²  thomthom - Suite of UV mapping tools.
        • UVTools  Dale Martens (Whaat) - A SketchUp plugin for simple image mapping.  Free
      • Very fast texture writer  Didier Bur and others - Exports all of the model's materials (including any unused ones) as individual image files (jpg, etc.) into the model's folder. 
       

      HDRi files and Skyboxes

      High definition backgrounds for ray trace renderings

       

      IES light profiles

      IES files are light parameters that can be used in many renderers.  The files can come from manufacturers or you can make them up.
      • GE Light*Beams  App for GE directional reflector lamps with a complete database of IES files.  Other IES files.
      • IES Generator  Create your own IES light profile.  IES file previewer available for download too. tutorial  Free - Windows
      • IES files  Derek Jenson  - A 3D artist shares his favorite files.

       

       'Other' Modelers


      • AC3D  3DS, OBJ and Collada formats, and more.  Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux
      • 3ds Max  Fee - Windows
      • Archipelis Designer  Create 3D models from 2D images.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Anim8or  Subdivision modeler - Free
      • Blender  Open-Source - Model, shade, animate, render, Macromedia exporter 
      • Boats
      • DAZ 3D  Modeling/rendering
      • DIALux  Accepts 3DS file from SketchUp for lighting design - Free - Windows
      • gSculpt  open source, procedural subdivision modeler
      • hamaPatch  Free nurbs modeler.  Website disappeared, but a program copoy lives here. - Windows
      • Home Designer  Three programs offered by Chief Architect import SKP - Fee - Windows
      • MakeHuman  Open source.  Windows, Mac, Linux
      • MarbleCLAY  3D polygon modeler.  Japanese, English.  Free - Windows
      • Membranes24  Online tensile structure program which makes DXF files.
      • Metasequoia  Polygon modeler for 3DCG and game development.  Japanese, English.  Free, Fee - Windows
      • MoI  N-Gon polygon meshes.  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Quidam  3D character creator - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Rhino  Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Rheingold3D  3D modeling saved to many formats, multilingual. - small Fee - Windows
      • ShapeShop  3D meshes, exports in OBJ, STL and Collada. - Free - Windows, TabletPCs
      • SmoothTeddy  Simple 3D modeler.  Free - Windows
      • Wings 3D  Subdivision modeler.  Free - Mac, Windows, Linux 
      • Vue  Create, animate and render natural 3D environments.  Fee - Windows, Mac
       

      CAD

      2D Tools  TIG - SketchUp plugin

      • Alibre Design  2D/3D parametric - old add-on for SketchUp  that still works in version 12.  Fee - Windows
      • AllyCAD  Free and Fee
      • Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture  German, English - Fee - Windows
      • ArchiCAD  Google Earth, SketchUp and 3D Warehouse integration (install the latest maintenance patch.)
      • AutoCAD  OK, most everyone know about this program, but they have a free viewer for desktop, web and mobile that can convert DWG files into other format versions to improve importation options into other programs.  Look for "DWG, The Original" link on the homepage.
      • Bricscad  2D/3D via IntelliCAD engine.  Fee - Windows, Linux
      • Cadsoft Envisioneer
      • CadStd  2D CAD - Free and Fee - v3.7.3 Pro and Lite indroduced DAE export (imports directly into SketchUp)
      • Creation Engine  Sells student software packages
      • DataCAD  Exports SketchUp 7 and 8, insert SKP as a symbol or as XRef in subscription version.  Free, Fee - Windows
      • DoubleCAD  Imports SKP and integrated 3D Warehouse access.  Free - Fee - Windows
      • DraftSight  2D CAD - Free - Windows , Mac, Linux
      • HighDesign  2D CAD - Fee - Mac
      • LandF/X  Landscape in SketchUp from AutoCAD plans.  SketchUp extension 
      • LinuxCAD  2D/3D - Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux
      • MicroGDS  2D and 3D CAD, imports SKP.  From Informatix, the makers of Piranesi - Fee - Windows
      • ProgeCAD  2D/3D via IntelliCAD engine
      • PunchCAD   2D/3D modeling products - Modest Fee - Exports to common CAD formats IGES, STEP, SAT, and STL:
      • QCad  2D - Multilingual - Windows, Mac, Linux, Unix
      • Rhino 4.0  Imports and Exports SketchUp Files and uses KZL to anchor Rhino files in Google Earth.  It has a Google 3D Warehouse plugin - Windows, Intel Mac
      • SoftPlan  2D/3D  - renders - imports/exports SKP - Windows
      • Solid Edge  2D/3D - Fee and Free 2D version - Windows
      • SpaceClaim  Import/export SKP
      • SPIRIT CAD  Imports SKP models into their BUILDING INFORMATION NETWORK and export SPIRIT models into SketchUp
      • Tinkercad  Online 3D CAD editor working on any browser supporting HTML5/WebGL.
      • TouchCAD  3D modeling and unfolding - Windows, Mac
      • TurboCAD  2D/3D drafting, Import/export SKPs, Pro and Pro Platinum is compatible with SketchUp plugins - Windows, Mac
      • VectorWorks  Native SketchUp import and export functions - Windows, Mac
       
       

      'Other' programs that play nice with SketchUp

      • 3DBrowser  mootools - 3D file format browser, including support for SKP files with OpenGL viewer.  Polygon cruncher too.  Fee
      • 3DPaintBrush  Integrated 3D Warehouse access
      • Autodesk Navisworks  Reads SKP and many other formats
      • Cabinet Vision  Version 5 will import SKP - Fee - Windows
      • DataCAD  Exports SketchUp 7 and 8, insert SKP as a symbol or as XRef in subscription version. - Free, Fee - Windows
      • Duran Audio DDA  Requires importer/exporter SU4AC - Windows
      • Gear Template Generator  Gear program for printing out patterns.  Export DXF, HPGL, CSV, SKP, PDF and bitmaps - Fee (online version is free) - Windows
      • GoSimulate  Enmesh's plugin to integrate their mechanical analysis program with SketchUp models - unreleased beta
      • L-Acoustics SoundVision  Requires importer/exporter SU4AC - Windows
      • Live Interior 3D  Version 2.6 added the ability to import SketchUp 8 models. - Fee - Mac
      • Microstation  SKP Integration - Windows
      • Modo  Polygonal and subdivision surface 3D modeler - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Mozaik Software  Cabinetry design, material list, cutlist and CNC applications and sends rendering data to SketchUp.  Fee 
      • SpaceClaim  Industrial strength solid modeling kernel for mechanical modeling, imports/exports SKP files - Fee - Windows
      • Sketchers Studio  Animate SketchUp models - Fee - Mac - Integrated 3D Warehouse access
      • Synchro Project Constructor  Project scheduling and management for SketchUp models 
      • Trelligence Affinity  Schematic, shoebox design software with a SketchUp plugin
      • TurboCAD  2D/3D drafting, Import/export SKPs, Pro and Pro Platinum is compatible with SketchUp plugins - Windows, Mac
      • Ultimate Unwrap 3D  Unwraps 3D Models - SKP importer - Fee - Windows 
       

       
       

       Component Sites



      SketchUp Components  In the 3D Warehouse, a collection of generic objects to help you populate your 3D models.  These models used to be downloadable, in mass, as a bonus pack(s) from the SketchUp website.  Instructions on downloading 12 at a time via the Component browser within SketchUp.

      2D

       


       2D, 3D and Styles

       


      3D

       


        

       Materials and Textures


       
      Material Bonus Packs from SketchUp 6 which used to be offered as downloads from the SketchUp site.  And more Material bonus packs on the 3D Warehouse from other contributors.   Instructions on downloading 12 at a time via the Component browser within SketchUp.   Colors and Materials tutorial and instructions on using your treasure trove of textures inside SketchUp.

      Take care when adding materials from 3rd-party sites.  The file size may need to be optimized - down-sampled - as image files can be very large.  Many image editor can do that through the menu option File > Save for Web (for example, a solid color material could be down-sized to a 1-by-1 pixel.)  Also some SketchUp plugins can also shrink material file size too, scroll down this section for links.

      The following texture links go to sites with downloadable texture images.  Save the images in folders somewhere on your hard drive.  Then used the SketchUp  plugin, massmaterialimporter, to create SKM material collections for SketchUp. Tutorial by Digital Thumb | Português tuto

      SketchUp also allows you to drag-and-drop supported image types into an active SketchUp workspace from an open folder or browser window.  Select the image, right-click to open the context menu and select Explode to convert the image into a material that can be painted on models or added to a material collection.  NOTE: If you drag-and-drop several images into SketchUp and the images overlap, those images may be 'glued' together.  Unglue the affected images by selecting the image > right-click and choose Unglue from the context menu.

      Turn your into new materials into favorite collection you can access from the Material browser inside SketchUp.  Instructions.


      Seamless Textures

       


      Textures

       

        

      Seamless Skies




      Solid Color Materials

      use web screen color pickers listed below when downloadable palettes are not available
       


      Web Resources



       

      Digital Image Tutorials and Editors

       

      Color Pickers

      • Color Cop  Color picker - Free, Donationware - Windows
      • ColorLab  Color picker, lots of features - Free - Windows
      • ColorPic  Picks color from monitor - Free - Windows
      • ColorPix  Color picker - Free - Same developer has some other, Pro color pickers
      • Color Selector - Color picker - Free
      • CPick  Color picker - Free
      • eyeDropper  Color picker - Free
      • Pixie  Color picker - Free - Windows
      • Pixel Pick  Color picker - Free
      • pkColorPicker  Free
      • CBN Selector   Multi-function - colors digital images, create real material color specs, access manufacturers' standard colors - Fee - Win
       

      SketchUp Plugins

      • Add Texture from MaterialColor  rami_lpm - Plugin checks for any material without a texture.
      • Artlandia SymmetryMill for SketchUp  Artlandia - Interactive texture editor: create, apply, and refine seamless repeating patterns on SketchUp models.  Free and Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux
      • Bitmap map to Mesh  thomthom - Generates a mesh from a given BMP image.
      • Goldilocks  AdamB - SketchUp plugin to help analysis texture and model content density.
      • massmaterialimporter  Create SKM material collections for SketchUp from folders of JPG texture images.
      • Material Maintenance  Myhand - SketchUp plugin to manage material use in a model.
      • Material Tools  thomthom - Plugin to remove and manage materials in SketchUp.
      • RpImageFilters  Render Plus - Image filter SketchUp plugin - Free - Windows
      • Texture Resizer  Aerilius - SketchUp plugin which can mass downsample textures used in a model.
      • UVTools  Whaat - A plugin for simple image mapping, like you need for a skydome. 
      • UVTools Pro  Whaat - Public beta which includes UV Import/Export bridge to external UV mapping software.
      • UV Toolkit  thomthom - A selection of tools to assist in UV mapping textures.


      Image Editing Plugins/Programs

      • AmphiSoft  Photoshop-compatible plugins - Free and Fee - Windows
      • Auto FX  Photoshop-compatible plugins - Free and Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Autostitch  Automatic 2D image stitcher licensed by 3 commercial products - Fee - Windows, Mac, Linux
      • Bricks'n'Tiles  Brick and tile material generator - German - Free
      • CrazyBump  Bump map creator for photoreal renderers
      • GIMP  Image manipulation program - Windows - free
      • GML Image Undistorter  Corrects lens distortion. - Free (One of many research projects from the Graphics and Media Lab at Lomonosov Moscow State University.  This is an active research site, so URLs to projects are always changing. You may have to dig around to find old plugins.)
      • Grafnet: Photoshop Filters  large, comprehensive, PS filter listing
      • GrowCut  Makes image cutouts - Fee
      • Inkscape  Open source vector graphics editor - Free - Windows
      • Irfanview  Great freeware multimedia viewer/editor/manager/converter.  Install plugin package to get the Save for Web option under File menu.  Useful for downsampling images.  Batch downsizing is possible. - Windows
      • Jay Arraich's Photoshop Elements Tips  Photoshop Elements education
      • Lightbox and Sagelight  Image editors.  LIghtbox is free - Windows
      • Little Ink Pot  Photoshop-compatible plugins - Free and Fee - Windows
      • NVIDIA normal map filter  Photoshop plugin to creates normal maps from grayscale height maps.
      • Optix XR  Color calibrate the screen
      • Paint.NET  Image and photo editing program. - Free - Windows
      • Paint Shop Pro  Corel's image and photo editing program. - Fee - Windows
      • PhotoFiltre  Image and photo editing program - Free - Windows
      • PhotoSculpt  Creates OBJ and STL 3D photoreal models from image files and texture maps - Fee - Windows
      • Power Retouche  Photoshop-compatible plugins and tutorials - especially nice is the transparency editor IMHO
      • ProjecTile   Preview images as a tiled image - Free - Windows
      • PTLens Program that corrects lens pincushion/barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, and perspective.  Good to correct images for SketchUp Photo Matching. - Windows, Mac 
      • SmillaEnlarger  A small graphical tool ( based on Qt ) to resize, especially magnify bitmaps in high quality. - Windows, Mac
      • Squiggle  Converts DWGs to squiggly linework.
      • The Plugin Site  Photoshop-compatible - Free and Fee
      • Trimoon  Photoshop black/white eliminator/transparency plugin. - Free
      • Turbo-boost Photoshop Elements by restoring enough Photoshop features that one almost does not miss having the full program.
        • Elements XXL  The Plugin Site - Power tools for Photoshop Elements.  Fee
        • Hidden Elements  Richard Lynch - Power tools for Photoshop Elements up to version 7 -  (comes with a very useful, informative book on mastering digital image manipulation).  Do not know if plugin works in later versions.  Fee
      • Ultimate Unwrap 3D  Image mapping program - Fee - Windows
      • Xero  Photoshop-compatible plugins - Free and Fee - Windows

       


        

       Fonts



      In SketchUp, fonts can be used as "clipart" in addition to 3D text characters thanks to the 3D Text Tool - which converts installed fonts into SketchUp geometry.  

      Identify an unknown font from an image through What the Font?

      Font Programs

      • AllChars  Quickly creates accents and special characters - Free - Windows
      • Elefont and Spiralizer  Elefont converts system fonts to 3D DWF.  Spiralizer spirals fonts - Free
      • High-Logic  Font creators and font manger programs - Windows
      • FontForge  Font-creator program - Mac, Linux
      • Fontlab  Font creator programs - Windows, Mac
      • Font properties extension  Adds additional r-click TTF and OTF property tabs - XP
      • Cleartype Tuner  XP PowerToy which adjusts font clarity on LCD screens.
       


      Download Fonts

      (If you collect many fonts, consider getting a font manager.  They allow easy font viewing and can temporarily load fonts so the system font directory doesn't get cluttered.  Go to Download.com for program reviews.  Comprehensive font utility list at MyFonts.  And here are useful articles on Font Management in OS X and Snow Leopard & fonts.)
      • 3DTextTool  Smustard plugin - This plugin was created before the Text Tool was added to SketchUp.  Unlike the native tool, this tool allows text editing and includes more options.  Fee
      • ABC Webworx  Over 3,800 fonts - All free
      • dafont  Free and shareware
      • High Fonts  Free and Fee
      • Larabie Fonts  Free and Fee
      • Simply the Best Fonts  Free
      • Font Freak  Free and shareware
      • Abstract Fonts  Free and shareware
      • 1001 Free Fonts  Free and shareware
      • Dingbats-UK  Lots o' dingbats which can become SU 3D Text Tool clipart shapes - Free, shareware and Fee
      • Font identification
        • Identifont  Web resource which identifies font from a series of questions.
        • WhatTheFont  Web resource which identifies font from an uploaded image.

       


      Relevant Plugins

      • 3D Text Editor  thomthom
      • 3DTextTool  Smustard - Plugin created before SketchUp added 3D text tool.  Still useful as text is editable.  Fee 
      • RpTools  Render Plus Systems - Rich text document wizard in RpToos which adds an editable image component.  Fee - Windows
         



       Ruby Code Stuff


      Online, General Ruby Education

       

      Online, SketchUp-Specific Ruby Education and Examples



      SketchUp Developer Tools

      • SketchUp Developer Tools  SketchUp - Open source developer tools to make plugin development easier - improved Ruby console, unit test runner and more.
      • 000RedirectPlugins  Fredo6 - Plugin which will load plugins located outside SketchUp's Plugins directory.
      • Clear Ruby Console  Al Hart - Clears the Ruby Console window.
      • EventRelay  Developer functionality tool Windows
      • FindWindow  Function that retrieves a handle to the top-level window.
      • Observer Tests  A script to text SU observer function.
      • Ruby Toolbar  Jim Foltz - Plugin that gives more control to the SketchUp Ruby console - Windows
      • Ruby Code Editor  Alexander Schreyer adds additionsl features to Jim Foltz's Ruby Toolbar.
      • SCrud  SketchUp Crude Ruby Debugger - A plugin to debug within SketchUp.
      • SketchUp Bridge  Allows external Ruby code to be executed inside SketchUp and more at SUWiki.
      • SketchUp File Downloader  Dana Woodman - Download files which are not stored locally.  Forum thread
      • Smustard  Several developer scripts, like a Progress Bar.
      • SuDCL  Dialog interface language from Render Plus.
      • Trace Ruby messages  Al Hart - A ruby script which overrides the Ruby Console, and writes its messages to a file, and flushes each message as it is written.
      • wxSU  Use wxRuby for GUI dialogs SU API Blog.
       

      HTML and JavaScript

       

      Ruby

      • RubyInstaller  Win - version 1.8.6-26 - includes the SciTE text editor and the full text of Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide as a help file.  
      • RubyInstaller.org  version 1.9.2-p0
      • Ruby
      • (Other Ruby downloads are also available.)
      • Rdoc  A way to document a Ruby file.


      Python

      • SuPy  And now there's a plugin for Python lovers
       

      Books

       

      Text Editors 

       

      2D and 3D Math

       


       

       Research & Web Services


      Browser Stuff

      • Firefox extension  Aerilius - Firefox extension that automatically executes custom 3D Warehouse search queries.
      • Microsoft Fix it 50098  Increase the number of downloadable files in IE8 from 6 to 10.
      • Javascript Tester  Online javascript testing diagnostic tool from RCRT.
      • What Browser?   Google's diagnostic browser testing site.  Go to the Under the Hood section to run various online tests on your browsers to compare several benchmark tests.
       

      Stuff

       

      Troubleshooting

      when bad things happen to good computers
      • Advanced Registry Repair.com  Video preview of 3 popular registry cleaners
      • Annoyances.org  Windows problems
      • aumha.net  Windows Support Center.  The troubleshooting forum is closed, but the articles are great.
      • CCleaner  Nice utility to clean out accumulated file clutter.  Go to Options > Cookies, to keep good cookies - Free, Donationware - Windows
      • Speccy  Useful, consolidated system info app from the makers of CCleaner.  Windows
      • Malwarebytes  Forums, malware education/troubleshooting
      • Tack Tech  Forums, malware education/troubleshooting
      • MajorGeeks  Forums, malware education/troubleshooting
      • I am not a Geek  Many articles, etc., and for HijackThis users, a useful, online HJT log interpreter.
       

      Tools

       

      Maps

       

      Architectural

      • ARCAT  Information on building materials for architects, spec writers, engineers and contractors
      • CGarchitect  Online magazine for computer graphics related stuff for architecture
      • BIMServer  Open source Building Information Model server.  Requires IFC2SKP
      • MPI  Master Painter's Institute resource list Igloo Studios  Homebase for the Go-2-School franchise with additional architectural-related stuff, like re:Sources Network 
      • Insitebuilders  List of homebuilder's resources
      • Membranes24  Online tensile structure program which makes DXF files.
      • Planetizen  News and information site for urban planners, designers and developers - some SketchUp, Earth and Maps webinars for  CM credit
      • SPIRIT  users can import SKP models into their BUILDING INFORMATION NETWORK
      • Square One  Reference material on environmental design and building performance analysis SketchUp to EcoTect tutorial
      • Sweets Network  Construction network with 3DWarehouse building product models
      • Techonic Studio  Designer products resource
       


       

       More Useful Programs


      • 3DWin  3D file format converter
      • Deep Exploration  Among other things, a file format converter - $$
      • Delftship  Hull program - Free and Fee
      • Elefont and Spiralizer  Elefont converts system fonts to 3D DWF.  Spiralizer spirals fonts - Free
      • eyePilot  Helps color-blind people distinguish colors on the monitor - Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Fences  Organize the desktop icons - Free - Windows
      • GraphicConverter  Multimedia viewer/editor/converter - Fee - Mac
      • PhotoZoom Pro 2  Enhance/sharpen screen captures and other images
      • ImageMagick  Open source image viewer/editor/converter from an API or command line - Free - Windows, Unix, Mac
      • Irfanview  Great freeware multimedia viewer/editor/manager/converter - Windows
      • Karpo   3D Object Converter - Windows
      • Mach3  Converts a PC to a 6-axis CNC controller - Imports DXF - For the Do-It-Yourself crowd
      • MojoPac  Portable PC settings on a USB memory stick.
      • Morilla Firefox, Portable Edition  Portable browser version - custom settings and extension on a USB memory stick.  
      • Sqirlz Reflections  Adds animated water effect to images or AVI files
      • Vitrite  Transparent screen overlay for Photomatch technique one Pro forum thread  and another Pro thread - Win
      • Pepakura  Before SU unfolding plugins, this program was widely used instead
      • sflender  Blender exported for Macromedia
      • ShapeCapture  Accurate 3D measurement and modeling from stereo matching.
      • WinTopo  Raster to vector imaging - Free and Fee
      • Xara  Image editing
      • XnView  Multimedia viewer/editor/converter - Free - Windows, Mac, Linus, Irix, Solaris, HP-UX, AJX
       

      Collections

       

      Utilities

      • 7-zip  Open source zip program - Windows
      • Advanced Uninstaller  - Windows
      • BareGrep  In depth file search tool - like when wanting to find a particular misbehaving text string in one of your installed SketchUp plugins.
      • Convert  Unit converter - Windows
      • f.lux  Adjust screen brightness based on time of day.
      • Eraser  Before disposing of old hard drives, this utility will make the drive unreadable - Free - Windows
      • Launchy  An easy way to locate an launch installed programs - Donationware - Windows
      • Dexpot  Virtual Desktops for people without multiple monitors - Windows
      • Dual Display Mouse Manager  Free - Windows
      • MB-Ruler  Transparent screen ruler and screen loupe - Windows
      • VMN Toolbox  Web tool (screen capture, ruler, sticky notes, color picker, magnifier)
      • A suggestion:  Periodically, clone (exact copy) your harddrive onto an external harddrive and store it physically separate from your main computer.  Store that harddrive in a small fire-proof safe for good measure.  So in case of fire, theft, major crash, etc., there is a ready backup.  Casper and True Image are two harddrive cloning software.  Other scheduled, backup options include programs like APBackup and Genie
      • AutoHotkey  Hotkey / Macro Recorder Utility - Free - Windows
      • KeyText3  Auto-phrase completer - Windows
      • Mystic Thumbs  Windows Explorer thumbnail generator added support for SKP, SKB and SKM files - Fee - Windows
      • PS Hot Launch  Hotkey / Macro Recorder Utility - Free - Windows
      • QlIner  Hotkey / Macro Recorder Utility - Supports international keyboards - Free - Windows
      • Texter  Customize abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images, stuff like post signatures. - Free - Windows
      • Textexpander  Customize abbreviations for frequently-used text strings and images. - Fee -  Mac
      • Vitrite  Adjusts window transparency.  In SketchUp it is used to position a model against an image for post-processing image export.  
      • Universal Viewer - Views file content without necessary importing program - runs on flash - portable no installation - Free - Windows 
      • WinDirStat  Analyzes what is consuming your hard drive space - Video (applies to Mac and Windows) - Free - Windows  
      • WizMouse  Activates the scroll wheel in whatever window is under the cursor - Windows
      • Clipboards
        • ArcClip  Large clipboard, permanent clips (i.e.., thread post signatures) - Free
        • Climomatic  Small clipboard, permanent clips - Free 
        • ClipX  Small clipboard, permanent clips - Free 
        • PhraseExpress  Clipboard utility - access to common phrases, stuff - Free - Windows
      • Spell Checkers
        • IE7Pro  Internet Explorer spell checker similar to Firefox's, with many other features, a bit hyperactive - Free, Fee - Windows
        • tinySpell  Form spell checker - Free, Fee - Windows
        • ieSpell  Spell checker for Internet Explorer - Free, Fee - Windows
       

      Architectural

       


      Landscape

       

      PDF

       

      Screen & Video Capture and Editing

      • BB FlashBack Express  Blueberry software - Screen recorder - video, audio, image.  Fee, Free 
      • CamStudio  Open Source, free screen recording software.  TaffGoch method to make an animated GIF  YouTube tutorial
      • Fraps  Free, Fee
      • Gadwin PrintScreen  Screen capture - captures SU tool cursors - Free - Windows
      • Jing  Instant screenshots and screencasts, save to HD or upload to a TechSmith server to share the URL with others. - Free, Fee - Windows, Mac
      • Riva FLV Encoder  Transcode AVI, MPEG, Quicktime and WMV files to flash - Free
      • ScreenHunter  Screen capture - 3 products, Fee to Free - Windows
      • SnapZ  Video capture - Mac - Fee
      • Pinnacle  Video editing - Fee
      • TechSmith  Camtasia (video capture/editing) - Windows, Mac - SnagIt (screen capture/recorder/editing) - Windows - Fee
      • TipCam  Screen recording - Free, Fee - Windows
      • VirtualDub  Video capture/processing - Windows - Free
        • VirtualDub filters  Free filters - Reportedly, an installation step for "PCVideo Image Processor" is missing.  Delete this filter once the package is installed.
       

      Web Video Downloaders/Converters

      Over time, browsers change how well they support these add-ons.  Many of the programs listed below work well in IE.  Other browsers may require special downloaders.
      • Free Video to Flash Converter  Convert video files to flash video format (SWF and FLV)
      • Free YouTube Download  Makes AVI files.  Colors seem muddier than RealPlayer downloads
      • RealPlayer  Download web videos - like SU YouTube videos - Saves in FLV format unless you pay for the software.  But the free player does have a nice library organization system.  You can edit file information and add notes.
      • SavingYoutube  Downloads internet YouTube and Megacafe videos to a FLV file format online.
      • YouTube Downloader  It can convert to AVI, MP3, WMV, and Xvid formats and comes with a small video editor - Free - Win
      • Video DownloadHelper  A Firefox add-on
      • FLV Players
        • RealPlayer listed above records and plays FLV files
        • VLC Media Player  Plays FLV files - Windows, Mac OS X , BeOS, Syllable
        • IrfanView  Great freeware multimedia viewer/editor/manager/converter  - plays FLV - Windows
      • Other YouTube downloaders  A download.com search list
       

      Cool Math Stuff


      Cool Math Plugins

      • DrawMetal  Plugin Suite for metal artists, but great for anyone lusting to make spirals, helices, tapered extrusions and more - Free 
      • Draw Slope Normals  tak2hata
      • FredoTools::ContructFaceNormal  Fredo6  - Draws a normal guideline at faces' barycenter.
      • GraphIt  Rich Wilson - Graphs equations in SketchUp.  Free
      • Helical plugins listed on SketchUp Sage's Tips & Tricks page.
      • k tools  Draws mathematical Graphs in 2D and 3D and some geometrical constructions. Draws curves and curved areas. - Free
      • MoleculeImporter  Aerilius - Imports chemical structures drawn in various Molecule Editors, supporting MDL Molfiles (*.mol) or Z-Matrices (*.mop, *.zmt, *.dat, *.mpc).
      • Regular Polygon  Ruby plugins for SketchUp.  Several make specific geometric shapes.
      • Ruby Library Depot  Current selection of geometry plugins.
      • Sine Wave  Jim Foltz
      • SketchUp Graphing Plugin  Jim Foltz
      • Sphere Tool  Jim Foltz
      • Surface Plotter  jzer7 - 2D/3D equation plotter based on Jim Foltz's equation editor.
      • Three Line Tools  Chris Fullmer - Lines by height creates vertical lines with the user input length. Vertical lines by elevation creates vertical lines by the desired elevation. Normal Lines creates lines that follow the normals of the face, edge, or vertex that is selected.
      • Voronoi, Convex Hull  a4chiture - Companion to Qhull (listed above)
      • Zomadic  Rob Bell - Hidden plugins, like this polar zonohedron.