It is that time of year again and with a few more updates added to the Wall, Truss and Foundation plugins it makes sense to encourage everyone to upgrade to the latest versions of the plugins.
In an effort to get as many customers up-to-date and using these new feature I will be offering a renewal promotion on all the plugins during the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 23 - Dec. 5).
The regular license (renewal) prices are given below:
Medeek Truss - $75.00 USD
Medeek Wall - $75.00 USD
Medeek Foundation - $60.00 USD
Medeek Electrical - $45.00 USD
The promotional (renewal) prices are given below:
Medeek Truss - $50.00 USD
Medeek Wall - $50.00 USD
Medeek Foundation - $40.00 USD
Medeek Electrical - $30.00 USD
These promotional prices will take affect Nov. 23, 2022 and end Dec. 5, 2022. All renewals, prior and after this time frame, will be at the regular price, unless superseded by a previous or future promotion. No rain checks will be given, and this promotion only applies to permanent licenses and not to subscription licenses.
Please note that if you have recently purchased a permanent license for one of the plugin(s), you can still take advantage of this renewal offer. Renewing your license while it is still active simply adds an additional year to the license expiration date and future proofs you for upcoming updates and releases.
This is a fairly substantial discount in hopes of getting as many users to upgrade to the latest versions of the plugins as possible. In the last year, the updates to all the plugins have been fairly significant. I would very much like to see everyone taking advantage of these updates and utilize the new and improved feature that have been added to the plugins.
Thank-you for your continued support and for your continued interest and enthusiasm in the development of these plugins.
Happy Thanksgiving 2022.
Nathaniel P. Wilkerson
Due to popular demand I have decided to extend the renewal and mdkBIM promotion until Dec. 5, 2022.
Curious about something I noticed in the estimating tool. Is the tool calculating both layers of drywall? From what I’m seeing, it’s just running the square footage for a single layer. I was wondering if there’s a setting I didn’t turn on, or some other “gotcha” I may have missed. Thanks again for such a great product.
I will take a look at that.
The mdkBIM promotion has ended (Black Friday) however a lot of existing customers seemed to have missed the renewal promotion during the Thanksgiving holiday so I will be extending it until Christmas.
My bad: I used a comma in a material name, which made a bad material, and now it can’t be deleted. I keep hitting the delete button, but it won’t go away.
Also, why can’t I select my material for stair stringers? The choice is limited, and my custom color isn’t among the choices.
Sounds more like a software bug.
I guess we now know a comma is another one of those reserved characters we can’t use in the material name.
This is easy enough to fix.
Navigate to this folder on Windows:
Open the file MATERIAL_LIBRARY.txt with any text editor (ie. Notepad).
Find the material with the name in question and replace the comma or reserved character (two places), then save the file and you should be good to go.
I will do some further testing and then add in logic to prevent the use of commas in material names.
I’m on a Mac, which, of course, is why I take it for granted I can use all kinds of characters in names. (I’m also still using 2020, BTW)
Finding the right location was interesting:
This turned out to be a red herring:
/Users/username/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2020/SketchUp/Plugins/medeek_wall_ext/library_mats
This was the correct location:
Did you switch at some point recently where it’s stored?
Version 3.0.5 - 12.15.2022
- Enabled auto-dimensioning for plan views of all wall panels.
- Added the “Dimension Offset 2” and “Plan Dimensions” parameters to the General tab of the global settings.
- Updated the Add Material and Edit Material HTML menus so that commas cannot be used in Custom Material names.
Note that framing dimensions (elevations) and plan dimensions (plan view) can be turned on and off independent of each other in the global settings. Also the additional offset parameters allows one to adjust both offsets independently as well. However both dimensions are placed on the same layer (at least for now).
Currently the plan view dimension option will assign an overall dimension for the wall length and then separate dimensions for windows, doors and garage doors. I do not have it inserting dimensions for more custom features like Simpson Strong Walls or in-wall columns.
This new feature is per customer request.
Digging through my notes and todo list this afternoon. I noticed that when you do not install a door and you choose an option other than Option C (Gypsum Only) for the casing then their is no internal casing installed as shown below
My reasoning behind this is that in this particular case you would probably choose not to install the door because you have provided your own custom door for the opening, so no interior casing is needed or wanted.
However, where the wall is an interior wall there is a possible additional case where you simply want to have a framed opening between rooms without a door. In this situation you do want the interior casing provided.
This casing would only be instantiated if the install door option was turned off.
However it makes sense to have this option available on a door-by-door basis:
Jamb Interior: YES/NO
In order to not overly complicate the matter I will assume the same shim gap as the typical pre-hung installed door and the interior jamb thickness will be the same as the jamb thickness (typically 0.75 inches).
Seems sound reasoning IMHO.
Yes, cased openings are a common thing. If there’s no door, there’s no door stop however, just flat pieces.
Version 3.0.6 - 12.28.2022
- Added a “Jamb Interior” parameter into the Draw and Edit menus for doors.
- Enabled this parameter for both rectangular and arched doors.
- Added this parameter to the Doors tab of the Global Settings.
This update was per my previous notes and per customer request.
Just cleaning up some loose ends before the start of the New Year.
One issue that is sometimes encountered is when a custom material is defined in the Material Library and then after using it in a Wall Preset it is subsequently deleted.
Version 3.0.7 - 12.30.2022
- Added error checking code into various HTML menus to detect non-existent custom materials used within wall, door and window presets.
- Updated the Wall Stretch tool with an improved wireframe preview.
- Changed the default value for the header extension parameter to zero for doors, windows and garage doors.
The third item in this list was per customer request.
I’ve had quite a few requests for ICF walls in the past few months. Apparently this method of construction has some popularity even though it may not be as common as traditional framing. I may consider adding this as an additional option for the Wall plugin.
From a programming standpoint it really isn’t too different from the CMU option, the only real complication may arise when dealing with t-intersections with other ICF walls, but I’m sure I can program my way around that one.
The corner configurations are a bit more complicated than CMU or NO FRAMING however it is essentially the same from a coding and geometric standpoint.
Doors and windows involve cutting through three solids (insul - conc - insul) instead of one.
My only concern is whether or not to make the concrete and insulation thickness configurable at a global level or at a wall level. I supposed there could be situations where different ICF sizes could be used on a single project? Thoughts?