Extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to a program like SketchUp. They are often third-party scripts which perform certain functions in an automated fashion. Often, if the plugin is particularly useful and popular, the owners of a program will buy the extension and incorporate it into future releases of the program.
First introduced in 2013, SketchUp’s Extension Warehouse is an online database of extensions and plugins. To open up the Warehouse, open SketchUp and go to Window > Extension Warehouse. You then sign into your Google account and either search for a specific extension or look through the various categories. Then click Install and follow the prompts.
There are extensions for all sorts of industries, including architecture, engineering, gaming, kitchen & bathroom installations, woodworking, heavy civil, interior design, landscaping, urban planning, construction industries, film & stage and education.
The various categories include; rendering, reporting, drawing, text and labeling, 3d printing, scheduling, import & export, developer tools, productivity, animation and energy analysis. The best way to understand the Warehouse and its extensions is just to jump in and try using a few of them.
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