Generate Report not working in 2020

I’m attempting for the first time to use generate Report. I’m using 2020 and the spinning icon does only that: spin.
Just what does GR report on. I’m looking to get a report on the components and groups in my wood framing model. Nothing comes up.
Any direction and or references would be greatly appreciated.

Can’t find anything in help.


The report generator along with the other web-based services like the 3D Warehouse, Extension Warehouse, and Geo-Location haven’t been supported for Sketchup 2020 since, if I recall, the end of December 2022. It’s part of the long-standing Current Minus Two policy in which only the current and two previous versions are supported by those services.

The end of support of these services for 2020 was announced about 5 months before the end.

Man, that really sucks. Now that I need it, it’s gone. Does it exist in any form and was it worth anything?
Does the Cut List extension still exist?

It’s one of the consequences of opting to stick with an old version of the software. The Current Minus Two policy has been around for nearly a decade at least.

It still exists for users of the three latest versions. It’s a good thing for those who need its capabilities.

Yeah. There are several Cut List extensions out there. You can get one of them from the Extension Warehouse. Of course you’ll need to access the Extension Warehouse via your internet browser, download the extension and then install it using Preferences>Extensions>Install Extension.

Thanks, got it.

I found an open source app that is designed for woodworkers, thru Matt Donelly of Master Sketchup. It’s called OPEN CUT LIST and is quite remarkable and has a great UI and organization, especially for the price.
I’ve put it to use to do an inventory of parts for an entire house. That wasn’t the original intention of the app, but with a little tweaking of the rules, it outputs a really detailed and organized parts list including width, depth and length of every component in the model. So it requires components to count; it will total up like components. They can be in groups (nested).
It further organizes parts by color to break down the cut list (list of parts) into categories that you set up yourself.
I’m still messing with it; this is fabulous.

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@boris.beaulant may be able to say something about the original topic, and about your experience.

not sure what that means

I’m glad to see that you are modifying the initial use of OpenCutList to meet your needs.


Would it be possible to discuss stuff with you as l continue to experiment?
Via email?


If it’s common question about OpenCutList use. I’d prefer you ask question in this forum because in this case the answer can be used by other users :wink:

Is it possible to contact you, Boris, regarding any questions I may have using your Open Cut List?

My first question is how does Open create the categories? Some create automatically and others seem to require my input, but I m not clear on how to do so. The categories are extremely helpful when creating an estimate.

Oh, can Open do that as well?


I’d like to do a YouTube video on Open Cut List as a way to do a material takeoff for a home (or any building I guess). Do you have any objections or thoughts in this regard?
I just finished my 1st project using Cut List in this manner a find it works pretty well.

My first question is:
Is it purely the color (material) that determines where in the Parts List items are grouped together? Somehow I have a few stragglers that show up all on their own in a separate category and I’m not certain how to straighten that out. Any suggestions?

I’m doing the project categories to be aligned with the tags as best I can. I’ve attached the pdf output if it helps explain my issue. I think if I do another project, I’ll have a better feel for how to organize things, but your insight would help me if you can.


OpenCutList.pdf (735 KB)


OpenCutList “groups” parts by 2 “attributes” :

  1. Material
  2. Standard dimension. Section (Width x Thickness) for Dimensional and Thickness for all other

If one of those 2 attributes are different a new group is created.

Standard dimensions are computed with the default 0.000 precision. Even if the SketchUp model precision is lower.

In the PDF the 2 first lines are splited because standard dimension are not exactly the same under 0.000 precision. Hover the :warning: in the parts list with your mouse and OCL will show you the real mesured value.

So is it best to always be consistent with the choice of wood; i.e. always dimensional or sawn for planing purposes for all members. Thus assuring that the parts will be consistent in OCL?

I prefer to draw my own profiles, even if it’s dimensional lumber. As you have predetermined sizes under dimensional, it seems that sawn lumber would be best for my purposes. Correct me if I’m wrong.

If I keep everything rough lumber and the materials consistent with the intended groups, everything should be organized properly. Am I correct? It then is just materials that determine the grouping?

Thanks for your help.


Hi Chris,

The 3 types of material represented in OpenCutList correspond to 3 different strategies to analyze parts.

  • Solid Wood is rough lumber, usually available in selected thicknesses, but not in standardized lengths or widths. Because it may have defects (knots, cracks, discoloration, …), the woodworker must carefully select the placement of parts inside of the raw material. Part thickness should be less or equal than configured standard thickness.
  • Sheet Good is lumber sold in sheets (MDF, Plywood, OSB, …) that is not meant to be planed, just cut. It is a fairly homogeneous material where grain direction may (Plywood, OSB) or may not be important (MDF). Part thickness should be equal to configured standard thickness.
  • Dimensional is lumber sold in standardized cross sections and standardized lengths that will be cut to length only and that is not meant to be planed. Think of this as carpentry/construction lumber. If we were to use this wood for planing purposes. Part section (width and thickness) should be equal to configured standard section.
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I think my issue comes from selecting Solid Wood for some parts and Dimensional for others. I was experimenting. I really just need solid wood to allow my colors to o determine the grouping? Correct or not?

I think picking two different types is messing up the cut list organization? I’d like to have all similar painted parts end up in the same group, like my Trellis group does. Here I think I figured it out the way I want the output to come

Can a color be edited after it’s been placed without messing up the results?

This is working quite well; just need to iron out the model building process so output is consistent.

Would you have an interest in checking out the model? FYI: this project is a small house. The owner is using the OCL to sawn logs into parts for the framing and trim. He’s adding for planing down to final dimensions after drying.

BTW, I intend to donate if this can work and I believe it will.