Indigo Renderer 2.0 Stable Released

The Indigo 2.0 series has been in Beta for the last 3 months, and has recently reached a point of sufficient stability to be released as a 'stable' version. Indigo 2.0 is the first commercial version of Indigo, and represents the latest results from over 5 years of development.

Indigo Renderer 2.0 stable

Design It: Shelter Competition

There are still 23 says to enter the Design It: Shelter Competition

SU Animate 3.0 for Google SketchUp released fom Cadalog, Inc.

Dave of Cadalog, Inc, wanted to get the word out about the latest update to SU Animate:
Cadalog, Inc. has released SU Animate 3.0 for Google SketchUp 6 and 7. This is a Ruby based plug-in that automatically creates SketchUp scenes from camera and object paths. SU Animate simplifies the process of creating SketchUp animations.

New to SU Animate 3.0 is a polyline edit tool which allows the user to create animation paths using a unique polyline tool instead of joining several lines and arcs together. 3.0 also allows the user to preview an animation before committing to scene creation. In version 3.0, the UI has been updated allowing the user to apply any number of frames to a path, uniformly.

Upgrade to SU Animate 3.0 for existing SU Animate customers is free. SU Animate works in Google SketchUp, Free or Pro, Windows or Mac. Cost is $79.00 (USD). For more detailed information including download of a free evaluation version, please go to

SketchUp NPR Render

Oil painting style done in SketchUp and

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SketchUp NPR Render Experiment

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Quadstone Paramics - Traffic and Pedestrian Simulation

Quadstone Paramics announced integrated support for Google SketchUp.

Quadstone Paramics now provides integrated support for Google’s popular 3D modelling tool, SketchUp, bridging the gap between transport engineer and 3D modeller. Google’s 3D Warehouse contains thousands of both in house and third party developed SketchUp models which transport engineers can now utilise to create detailed visualisations of a given road network.

Quadstone Paramics - News

ReBurbia Design Competition

I like to post competitions.

Calling all future-forward architects, urban designers, renegade planners and imaginative engineers:
Show us how you would re-invent the suburbs! What would a McMansion become if it weren’t a single-family dwelling? How could a vacant big box store be retrofitted for agriculture? What sort of design solutions can you come up with to facilitate car-free mobility, ‘burb-grown food, and local, renewable energy generation? We want to see how you’d design future-proof spaces and systems using the suburban structures of the present, from small-scale retrofits to large-scale restoration—the wilder the better!

Official Rules (entries due by July 31!)


3DFilter: Model and Texture Search continues its excellent design-related services by offering a free 3d model and texture search.

We have just launched a new search engine to help designers like you find 3d models and textures quickly and easily. searches the best model and texture warehouses from Google, FormFonts, The 3D Studio, 3D02, 3D Export and many more...


SketchUp Exporter for MachStudio Released

via sketchucation forums.

An exporter for models from SketchUp Pro has been one of the most frequently requested tools for MachStudio Pro. The free exporter is now avaialble making it easy to export 3D assets from SketchUp Pro 7 into MachStudio native GXB formats. These models can then be imported into MachStudio Pro where an artist can create and manipulate lights, materials, and HDR cameras in a real-time, non-linear workflow environment to achieve film quality results.


I signed up for a account recently to see what it was all about. I'm not quite sure I totally "get" it, but I have a couple ideas for its use.

First, I will be trying out twitter for smaller posts that may not justify a full blog post. Second, it could be useful for support - so if you have any SketchUp or plugin related questions or comments, send a reply to @pluginsblog.

Learning SketchUp - Take the Survey - SketchUp Help

Learning SketchUp - Take our Survey - SketchUp Help

Survey opened Jul 2.

2009 Kids’ Digital Design Contest | Architect Mason Kirby Inc.

2009 Kids’ Digital Design Contest | Architect Mason Kirby Inc.

The First Annual Kids’ Digital Design Contest is a digital design competition for ages 0-15. With the help of parents, our goal is to provide a venue for kids to demonstrate, develop and reveal their capacity for creative three dimensional thinking using the digital modeling tool SketchUp (free to download, simple to learn, and amazingly difficult to put down). Our inaugural theme is: “under/over/within” and features an intertidal aquatic site. Age based judging ensures fair competition and lots of cool prizes.

The UnicodeEx project

Thomas Thomassen has started a new project to assist in handling problems in UTF-8 strings in SketchUp.

I have started the UnicodeEx project as an effort to assist in the dealings of UTF-8 string, on obth platforms, and File methods on the Windows platform.

It's still early on - many thing can and will change. So please do not rely on this 100% yet. I make it available now in the hope that more people can assist to this project that's quickly growing in scope.

[ Repository | Download | Documentation ]

Plugin: Parking

Rick Wislon of has released a new, free plugin to:
Create parking lot lines with two clicks

Smustard(TM) - the Companion to Sketchup(TM) - Parking

SketchLife - SketchUp to Second Life

Sketchlife is a system which allows you to model for Second Life using SketchUp.

Check it out.

Updated Construction Line Tool

Thanks to Henry Schorradt, who modified my Construction Line Tool so that it no longer creates multiple CPoints at the same location.

[ Construction Line Tool | Blog of Henry Schorradt ]

Plugin: BTM Sculpt Tools

Sketchucation member BTM created a powerful new toolset for sculting meshes directly in SketchUp. This plugin fills an often-requested feature set and is very much appreciated by the SU community. The toolset includes vertex pushing, pulling bulging, and smoothing.

Download and discuss the plugin here.

Plugin: RoundCorner by Fredo6

The most recent plugin from Fredo6. Performs 3D operations called by various names such as: bevel, round-over, bullnose, fillet, chamfer, radius.

RoundCorner performs the rounding of the edges and corners of 3D shapes along a 2D profile, in 3 modes: Round corners, Sharp corners and Bevel.

Download and Discussion on Sketchucation Forums.

Pachube SketchUp Plugin

Pachube (pronounced "patch bay") is a web service that enables you to connect, tag and share real time sensor data from objects, devices, buildings and environments around the world. [read more]

Pachube has a plugin for SketchUp which allows access to Pachube data (i.e. sensor and environment data) in Google SketchUp.

[ tutorial (download) and video ]

Plugins by TIG

TIG's super extrudeEdgedByEdges plugin allows you to create surfaces from 2 curves.

[via sketchucation forums]

This plugin is only the most recent for the prolific author. Be sure to look for more outstanding plugins from TIG.

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