I’m trying to upload the building I have modeled into Google Earth. I have no problem downloading the location image into my model, but when I go to upload it, the preview button is grayed out. Do you now need the Pro version to upload models into Google Earth? Or do I have something not configured properly?
I tried searching all over the place to see if the Google Earth component is only a Pro version thing, but so far I have not found any definitive info.
Although not Sophiedog, I do have the same issue with the icon.
Yes, I’m able to go through File > Export > 3D model > Google Earth file (.kmz)
And then the model was visible when opening the kmz with Google Earth.
I temporarily closed Sketchup.
But restarting SketchUp 15 immadiately resulted in a bug splat.
After closing Google Earth I was able to start SketchUp again.
The icon is still greyed out.
I’ve only had one report of this in the emails yet but haven’t confirmed the reason. Note that this option will be greyed out on a system that doesn’t have Google Earth installed.
Presuming that Google Earth IS installed then my first thought is that Windows has lost the file association or SketchUp didn’t inherit it properly. I would start by uninstalling & reinstalling Google Earth so that all associations are freshly created.
Failing that, I would look into re-assigning the file association for KMZ and KML to be sure they’re pointing to Google Earth.
My experience in a fresh, new copy of Windows is that I didn’t have Google Earth installed and had the greyed out box. I downloaded and installed Google Earth and immediately had a nice blue icon. So, that does confirm that SketchUp CAN see it, the next question is why it isn’t visible immediately for some users. Historically we bumped into this type of problem because Photoshop would steal the reference to KMZ, this may be a similar problem.
I was having the same problem but the solution was dead simple. I didn’t have anything drawn in my SketchUp workspace. I am guessing Sophie’s solution is not that simple. One thing (as Jody mentioned) is to check is to make sure that .kmz file extensions are associated with Google Earth. Newer versions of Photoshop are notorious for hijacking ownership of those extensions.