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Real World Google SketchUp 7, First Edition by Mike Tadros

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Chapter Three. SketchUp Extensions

As with Photoshop, AutoCAD, and many other programs, third parties (and Google) have extended SketchUp’s capabilities with add-ons. These extensions do a multitude of things, but this chapter focuses on a selection of additional tools for integrating SketchUp more fully within a professional workflow and expediting your work. In addition to profiling my top picks among extensions, I’ll discuss how to install and enable them.

Extensions are typically lumped into one of two main categories: Ruby scripts and plug-ins.

Ruby Scripts

Ruby scripts are custom tools or functions that, in SketchUp, are programmed to execute commands. The Ruby programming language originated in 1995 and in addition to being used to create ...

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