I didn’t realise you guys had done one.
Basically, I create a Model, all components and groups etc. All layers sorted, (I use the layers for Skalp to define the patterns).
The I want to be able to allocate costs to components and groups, but also to materials.
So, for example, a Concrete Slab is on its own layer. I want to be able to Assign a description/Cost Code, and a predefined Cost per unit/ton, but also have the Plugin automatically add in a predefined waste. Also to perform a calculation to tell me how many tons are required.
The good thing about the Estimator Plugin was that it did all of the above, as you could edit the databases to define cost codes, descriptions, costs, units, as well as then add in associated items.
So, for example, for a steel posts set into a steel socket, a cost could be allocated to the steel post along with an associated cost for the steel socket.
I also need to be able to allocate costs to items that may be included in a Contractor’s package. For example, the supply and installation of new windows or doors. I can select the entire group and allocate a ‘Quotation’ to it, received from the Contractor.
Finally, once all this is done, I then need it to export as a csv so that I can edit it in Excel for presentation and further work. Ideally exporting directly into Excel would be great. But, even with the likes of Quantifier Pro, for some reason they do not support Excel on a Mac, (but charge the same price as the Windows version which does support Excel - this adds to the feeling that Macs are treated as second best).
The really annoying thing is that The Estimator for Sketchup did everything I needed. It just keeps crashing when trying to Export to CSV.