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MichaelG

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Hello dear Podium devs,

 

I seem to have the "Plugin menu not showing up" issue, though none of the things described in the FAQ or in other threads here seem to apply to me. This is the setup:

 

  • Win Vista Ultimate SP1 x64 (I know, don't judge me )
  • SketchUp Pro 8.0.11752 installed in default location (C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\etc etc)
  • Podium installed from SU_Podium_V2_10_171_x64.exe (so I assume it's 2.10)
  • SU_Podium_V2 folder and .rbs files are present in the Plugins subfolder

 

Nothing happens when I start SU, as if Podium wasn't there.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, let me know what additional information I can provide.

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If there's no plugin menu in SketchUp, you need to start up one of the SketchUp Extensions to get the Plugins menu to show up.  Go to the Preferences menu and Extensions and turn these all on.  Then restart SketchUp.  That usually does the trick.
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Unfortunately, I have already tried that as well. I did it again now, just for good measure (including SU restart). The Plugin menu appears once I enable "Ruby samples" etc., but there's no Podium in it.

 

Is there a log file somewhere, that I could send you, or can I do something in the Ruby console? I tried to type load 'SU_Podium_V2.rbs', and it seems to find the file (it shows the correct path with Program Files (x86) etc), but then it shows some syntax error messages, and nothing else happens.

 

Update: I have updated to 2.11.120, but that didn't help. So I uninstalled the 64-bit version, and installed the 32-bit one, and now it works. I would still like to use the 64-bit one though. Is there something I can check / send to you to help you find out what caused this issue?

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Just a thought (because I have done this) have you checked to see that you have installed Podium in the right location?

I use SU8, but on at least one occasion, I have installed it in the SU7 directory and had a similar to problem to the one you are having.

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MichaelG

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I don't have SU7 installed, and as I wrote in my "update", it's only the 64-bit version that doesn't work.

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I know - I did read it
I didn't have SU7 installed either, but that didn't stop me installing Podium for SU7!

So - you have SketchUp 8 installed, and when you install the 32 bit version it works, but when you install the 64 bit version it doesn't.

What is it about the 32 bit installation, that doesn't work for the 64 bit?
Are the same files created in the same place each time? The actual differences in the installation files aren't huge. It is only OOPR.exe that is a 64 bit application. As far as I am aware, everything else should be the same.

The installer might be a 64 bit installer (I don't know), but all the installer actually does, is copy files into the plugins folder. Strictly speaking, you don't need an installer, this is just a convenience. If you run the 64 bit installer, you should be able to copy the files and folder somewhere temporary, delete, install the 32 bit version, and copy the files back.

The thing is, I'm not aware of anyone else having this problem, which would tend to indicate that the problem is with your system. Windows is prone to all sorts of weirdness, which sometimes applications like Piriform's excellent (and free) CCleaner can fix.

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I have decided to use the 32-bit version for now, since it's working fine. Maybe I'll experiment with it some more a bit later. I do have 8 gigs of RAM, so being able to use them would be nice, but it's not critical.

 

Thanks for your quick responses, btw.

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What you could try, is installing the 64 bit version in the default folder for SU7. This will unpack the files and create the directory structure without interfering with your SU8 installation. You can then try copying the oopr.exe file across to the SU 8 installation. If you back up the 32 bit version first, you can easily revert if you need to.
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Make lots of square faces and apply a texture to each square (you could have up to a thousand suares as it makes no difference of the size of square. Then use the save to library option in the materials window. Alternatively you could (preferred) use the add library to favourites this way you can use your textures for more apps besides SU (sure you can keep a copy in jpeg and import the others to SU, but what happens is you build up in .skp from here on and your jpg library ceases to grow, then you will need a .skp to jpg batch converter.)
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