Materials in Folder not available


#1

After finally upgrading to SU Pro 2014 on my Mac, I’ve transferred numerous materials within their sub-folders to ~Library / Application Support / SketchUp 2014 / SketchUp / Materials folder. Now in SketchUp’s Material window, the various sub-folders show as expected in the pop-up menu of the Textures palette, but only a few of the .skm materials show up in each category. Why are not all the materials showing? Also in that same pop-up menu there are a number of categories shown that are not in my Materials folder (like Geometric Tiles and Tonal Patterns. Where do those come from and reside on my hard drive?


#2

those are inside sketchup.app

(SketchUp.app/ Contents/ Resources/ Content/ Materials)
and while nothing is going to explode if you wander in there, it’s really not meant as a place for users to be poking around in…

but inside contents are all the other default materials too… (brick&cladding, groundcover, wood, etc.)…

the problem is if your materials you’ve placed in ~/library share the same folder names as the ones in .app/contents then sketchup won’t read them…

there are some workarounds to this but i don’t think it’s super wise to be publishing them on the internet as a ‘fix’… it’s more of an ‘if you know how to do it then do it’ situation :wink:

anyway, probably the best way to deal with it for now would be to rename your folders in your ~/library to something like my_Brick&Cladding, my_Wood*, etc…

*ha!


#3

Thank you…
Renaming folders works fine.
I don’t see how to get further into SketchUp.app - it doesn’t appear to be a folder.


#4

right click on it then ‘show package contents’


just be aware that any materials/styles/components/etc you may add to the folders in there will be overwritten upon updating the application… for instance, you could add your .skms to the app/contents itself but if you do a reinstall or update of sketchup, they will be wiped out and replaced with the content in the new install.