Hi, I recently purchased Sketchup/Layout 2020. I formerly used a 2018 version, but I’ve since uninstalled that version.
When I copy and paste a table from Excel to Layout, the table loses its formatting. Merged cells are no longer merged (it will shove all my text into a single cell, and leave the others that were once merged blank), I can’t scale or change the dimensions of the table once it’s in Layout. The font looks different.
This worked fine in Sketchup 2018. A simple control+C in Excel, and a control+V in Layout did the trick. I’ve also tried to use File --> Insert, and insert the Excel file, but it doesn’t seem to work properly either. When I try to insert the file, it “thinks” for a second, but then nothing happens. Inserting won’t work for my multiple sheet Excel files, but it does for my one sheet Excel files. So strange.
Is there something I don’t know about this new version? My business used this feature extensively. I have a client who needs work done but I can’t deliver the product until I figure out what’s going on here.
I can’t answer the why question. But what about printing to PDF and importing that? If you need to update the spreadsheet, print to PDF again in the same location and with same name and then update within Layout.
Hi DaveR, I like that idea because it creates a solid reference. However, I noticed something strange. With some Excel files, Layout “thinks” for a second when I try to insert them… but nothing happens. No prompt, no nothing.
However, when I try to insert another random Excel file, the appropriate prompt pops up and I’m able to insert the cells I want to. Any idea what’s going on? They’re all .XLSX files, so I don’t see anything ostensibly different about them. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to like the Excel file I’m trying to use.
And in case someone comes along and isn’t clear on this insert thing, using Insert to add the spreadsheet and maintaining the link with the original file means that changes to that file can be made and the LO project updated to reflect those changes.
Hi again DaveR, I had edited my reply, but I realized you were already “replying” while I did it. It doesn’t seem to be a multiple sheet problem. It just doesn’t like the Excel file I’m trying to import, I guess. I can’t really share it because it’s my proprietary tool
That “Excel Reference Options” prompt you show in the photo above… that doesn’t even pop-up when I try to insert it. Layout just “thinks” for a second and gives up. But it works with other random Excel files.
I would prefer to have a more direct way of importing a spreadsheet file as seems possible on a pc. I use Mac Numbers but can export to an Excel file. Would my Mac version of SU allow me to import that just like on a pc?
Simon, if you save the spreadsheet as .xlsx you should be able to insert it into LayOut with no problem. Have you tried that?
I don’t use Excel, either, but it’s easy enough to save out the .xlsx file and the spreadsheet app will open them just as well. It’s the same for text blocks, save out as .rtf or .txt from the word editor and import.
Just tried it and it works a treat! Amended a cell and then used Update option in LO to show the amendment.
Obviously, as a Mac user, you do have the extra step of having to remember to export as an Excel file, though I suppose if you have Excel for Mac you wouldn’t.
Not sure this works quite so well for word processed documents as you need high end software to create columns. It’s the text wrapping facility with columns that is often lacking (as in native LO text).