Version 1.0.4 – 29.01.2023

  • Added the Seismic tab to the Project Information tool.
  • Added site parameters (construction standard, risk category, site soil class) to the General Data tab of the Project Information tool.
  • Enabled the USGS search tool for the following standards: ASCE7-10, ASCE7-16, ASCE7-22.

This tab is not completely complete. I would like to add a button that allows to automatically generate a PDF report with the seismic data. Most of the code for that tool/feature is already in place, but I still need to figure out the details between integrating my website and connecting Ruby to SketchUp.

Once that puzzle piece is added, this tool becomes really useful in the real world.

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Ok, backend connection seems to be resolved, now on to bigger and better things.

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Once you have entered enough information in the Seismic tab, the “Download PDF Report” button will appear:

The PDF report will look something like this (this is actually a snow load report):


Version 1.0.5 – 02.04.2023

  • Enabled a PDF seismic report generator within the Seismic tab of the Project Information tool.

project_su22_800.pdf (514.4 KB)


Walkthrough 3 – Seismic Reports (9:28 min.)

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Version 1.0.6 – 02.06.2023

  • Fixed a bug with the title block tool.

The issue was that the title block module did not automatically load the default logos for the architect and engineer unless they were previously loaded in the Project Info tool.

Another issue you may or may not have noticed is that I initially set “Century Gothic” as the default font for the title block text. If this font is not installed on your system (Mac or PC), it will cause an error. I have since changed the default font to Trebuchet MS as it seems to be more readily available and installed on most computers.

I’m currently trying to find a way to make the plugin list and then display all TrueType fonts installed on a user’s system so they don’t just select a few fonts. However, at the moment, the available fonts are hardcoded into the plugin. If you want to use Century Gothic, first make sure it is installed on your PC or Mac.


Version 1.0.7 – 02.08.2023

  • Added optional labels (x-axis and/or y-axis) for major grid lines inside the Grid tool.

This additional feature by customer request.

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I really like having my own grid tool that I can update and modify as needed. I’m not sure why I never thought of doing this before, I guess I was satisfied enough with the SU Grid tool.

There are many other cool things that can be done with this tool.

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I think the labels feature for the grid would be especially helpful to the designer and client in communicating areas of concern.

Perhaps user customization could include a combination of alphabetic and numeric characters for each axis? … just speculating


Column lines are one thing, but they don’t always fall on a regular grid. Often they also get decimal numbers. I usually just draw them.

Fun fact: Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art is a fairly regular grid building with 10 bays across and then a space before the neighboring building. That space ended up being a sunken courtyard with a restaurant. For years, that restaurant was called “West of Eleven” because it occupied the area Kahn referred to as “west of column line eleven” as he struggled to design what to do there.


For this to be really useful it probably needs to be more customizable, I get it.

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Version 1.0.8 – 02.12.2023

  • Added floor layers to the layer control tool.

Please note that the Floor plugin has not been released yet, this update is in preparation for when it is released.


Version 1.0.8b – 02.13.2023

  • Fixed a bug in the Window and Door Kingpin Quantities Estimation (Metric) module.

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How do you do this?

What if I want to set the grid in meters?

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Right click on the grid and then click on the edit option.

I guess I need to make a metric change within the tool, right now it’s just imperial units.


Version 1.0.9 – 03.10.2023

  • Fixed a bug with the Trim 3 tool.

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When I changed the Truss Plug-in trim tools, I had to make a crucial edit to each tool to get it to correctly recognize the “Project Plug-in” serial number, instead of the “Truss Plug-in” serial number. I thought I had updated the code for each tool, but somehow managed to bypass this one in the shuffle. All fixed now.


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