Hello Sketchups Users!
I’ve been using SketchUp Pro for proffesional use the last 2 years and I gotta say I’m impressed by this affordable program.
But enough about me, let’s get back to the case! This new Autotext function in Layout is a great succes in my eyes. A succes I would like put into Sketchup aswell. I use the Autotext function on all my drawings in Layout and as I was drawing in Sketchup it suddenly struck me “Couldn’t Autotext work in Sketchup as a Component Definition-Text?” and I think it can.
Here’s a case about how it could help me:
I draw steel pipes for Solar Energy. Most of my pipes are a standard component; 6000mm long and in the component definition you find the pipe thinkness, lenght, diameter, etc.
But when I come across a point where I have to make my pipe shorter, I take my 6000mm standard pipe component, make it unique, make it shorter and (here’s my point) edit the Component Definition with a new lenght.
I would save ALOT of time if I could make an Autotext write my pipes centerline length, so I wouldn’t have to edit the text all the time.
When inside of a component, select your centerline, right-click, add a function “Costume Autotext”, let the user name the Costume Autotext and give it a function (this case lenght), add Your autotext directly into the Component Definition and wolla.
For function I guess alot of us could use options like lenght, diameter, radius, thinkness, volume, etc.
I’ve searched, but not found anything near what I’ve just explained, so that’s why I brought this topic here.
What are your thought Sketchup Users? Could this help your workflow? How does my idea sound?