I’m an occasional - but enthusiastic - user of @Medeek’s extensions.
But as I prepare to upgrade to SU Pro 2022, I’m wondering - what’s the BEST way of managing this set of extensions.
Before I actually LOOKED a few minutes ago, I wasn’t aware that his extensions (except the BIM bundle) are available through Sketchucation - I’ve just been reacting to all the update announcements when I open SketchUp and Meedek Foundation, Truss, Wall, and Electrical load. My reaction:
- Go to his website
- Download to my “SketchUp Extensions RBZ” Folder - while renaming the download .rbz file to something unique (I keep the older .RBZ files - just in case!) - Actually, since I’ve never had a reason to go back to an older version, I may STOP renaming!)
- Using the SketchUp Extension Manager, Uninstall the installed version
- Using the SketchUp Extension Manager, Install the updated version
If more than 1 of his extensions alerts me to an update, repeat steps 3-5 above.
Now that the only extension with a configuration preset library (Medeek Wall) has been fully converted to a data structure (hash) that will no longer require deleting, then recreating saved configurations, I’m ready to look into better ways to manage his extensions. Previously, I didn’t want them updated with any automation.
So this morning, I was about to write a post suggesting that @Medeek consider SketchUCation as the primary repository for his extensions. But I decided to look around a bit first - and I’m glad I did because they’re ALL on SketchUCation (except BIM - which is really a licensing bundle of Foundation, Wall, and Truss - and presumably Floor once he releases it)!
Great! I LOVE how, if you install the Sketchucation Store extension, you can easily bring ALL your Sketchucation hosted extensions up to date. AND - if you move to a new computer, just install Sketchucation Store - then use it to install ALL your Sketchucation extensions!
So now, my plans are to:
Uninstall all my Medeek Extensions
Download them through Sketchucation
(Perhaps - if necessary) Re-authorizing my licenses through @Medeek’s website.
And I should only need to do the above ONCE!
Which should result in:
- My having the current versions
- Quick update - while still inside SketchUp - when one of them alerts to a new version
Additionally, installation of ALL my Medeek Extensions when I move to a new computer - or do a SketchUp update (New Major Version) – will be fast and easy!
Before I proceed, I’d like if:
- I missed a step. … And/Or
- There are steps I’ve listed that I DON’T need to do! And/Or
- If anyone can suggest a better way to manage Medeek’s extensions.
Finally, my “pie in the sky” dream is that @Medeek can partner with @Fredo6 - to make @Medeek’s extensions part of @Fredo6’s “Check Fredo6 Plugins for update …” tool! Or perhaps even better, if @Fredo6 might consider simply (in concept) extending his tool so that it become “Check Sketchucation Plugins for update …”!