Can someone name the most complex or complicated Sketchup Plugin to learn?

The plugin that takes the most of time to learn ?

This is a subjective topic, it depends on your background, knowledge or affinity to anything. For some person learning to model using Quads could be more difficult than learning how to estimate costs of a project or creating dynamic components.

What is the purpose of learning? Learning of use the plugin or to create a plugin using the Ruby API?

If it’s the latter, I’d rather start with a simple one, or I’d start to examine Examples and Tutorials mentioned the link above or ask a specific question(s) in Latest Developers/Ruby API topics - SketchUp Community.

I think this is going to be a really hard question to answer without more context. What is the goal of the question?

Time is subjective. Complex usually means powerful when it comes to extensions. Profile Builder, Skatter, FredoAnimator, etc are all very powerful extensions and have what could be considered complex settings that give you a lot of customizable parameters.

Here is what ChatGPT has to say about this topic:

The time it takes to learn a SketchUp plugin can vary depending on the complexity of the plugin and your familiarity with the SketchUp software itself. However, one plugin that is often considered more challenging to learn is V-Ray for SketchUp.

V-Ray is a popular rendering plugin that adds advanced rendering capabilities to SketchUp, allowing users to create photorealistic visualizations of their 3D models. It offers a wide range of features and settings for materials, lighting, and camera settings, which can require some time and effort to master.

To effectively learn V-Ray for SketchUp or any other plugin, it is recommended to start with basic tutorials and gradually progress to more advanced techniques. Practice and experimentation are key to gaining proficiency with any plugin. Additionally, exploring online resources, forums, and user communities dedicated to SketchUp and the specific plugin can provide valuable insights and assistance during the learning process.


Lol - ChatGPT does make a compelling argument :rofl:

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It’s always fun when someone asks a question but never comes back to confirm whether any of the answers work for them (or to clarify when the question is vaguely worded) :wink:

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It is subjective, if someone has been rendering with another software for years for example, learning vray would be easier than learning how to make a construction costs estimate. Maybe the question should be, what is the hardest plugin to learn for someone who knows nothing about 3D, 2D, architecture, engineering or construction? But even with that conditions it’s still hard to answer.

Out of curiosity decided to try PluSpec, I’m not gonna buy it I have plug-ins to do almost everything this plugin does, but I must say it could be very complex for someone new to 3D modeling using the BIM methodology, it makes easier the modeling of certain elements like walls, roofs columns and other architectural and structural elements but for organic shapes it’s necessary to use other tools not included with the plugin. Also I tried the enscape plugin, I’ve being using twinmotion for almost a year but I heard that enscape is also a great real time rendering engine and the best is that it works inside sketchup unlike twinmotion, lumion and D5, I liked it a lot and decided to get a license, since I’ve used twinmotion and blender for a long time for rendering, learning enscape isn’t much complicated, some things are similar to twinmotion like adding assets, editing materials is a bit different but not complicated, I guess that learning either of this plug-ins without previous knowledge of BIM or rendering the learning curve could be steep.

What are those? :slight_smile: