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Blog entry by daltxguy posted 10-04-2010 11:41 AM 9448 reads 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time has come to wrap up the current set of changes for cutlist and make the ‘4.1pre’ series official.

Our seasons have ticked over, daylight savings time has kicked in, it’s warmish and it’s daylight until 8pm and I’m in the shop more than in front of the computer. I’ve still missed out quite a number of changes I’d like to make and have had requested. I will get to them.

For anyone who has already downloaded and installed 4.1.0.6pre, there are no additional functional changes.

For all others, upgrade from the 4.0.x series and download cutlist4.1 here

Do remember to completely delete the old copy of CutListAndMaterials.rb in your plugins directory as well as the Cutlistui folder.

CutList 4.1 has a completely new structure.The ruby script is now called cutlist.rb and the folder is called cutlist ( clever, huh?). The script has been broken into many smaller bits to make it easier for me to manage but otherwise of no consequence to you.

I’ve shut down the 4.0.6 share on box.net. It was getting old and there were still a few downloads of it. The newer versions will make you much happier. Unfortunately this makes all links to it now dead but hopefully a search will lead you here or to one of the current links.

Cutlist has now been downloaded close to 22,000 times. I sincerely hope it is out there saving some wood and helping you.

Cutlist has been and will always be free. If you have benefited from it and feel in some way that you wish to support the work on the plugin or my ongoing work planting trees, there is an opportunity to donate using paypal at my website

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!



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daltxguy

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 09:40 PM

Thanks Dave! Hope you’ve got that boat project started… for a spring launch.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 10-12-2010 07:57 PM

I’m having a problem with Cutlist that I’m sure is only my ignorance, but hopefully you can help. I draw an “L” shaped component that is 96”x58” with a 68”x31” rectangle removed from one corner (if that makes sense). The component is 1 1/2” thick. It is named with a sheet goods keyword.

When I run Cutlist, the layout produced shows two 4×8 sheets with no cuts and marked at 100% efficiency. I would expect to see the partial L cut laid out and the additional width of the foot taken from the waste. Am I doing something wrong? Does Cutlist not handle non-rectangular parts?

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 09:15 PM

Scott, Cutlist can curently only block out the rectangle used to cut your piece out and the actual shape of the piece itself is not shown. As Dave says, it’s based on the information available in Sketchup, the bounding box, which is the smallest box which would enclose the entirety of your component. Unfortunately I can’t know about any offcuts within that rectangle that might be reusable.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 12:06 AM

Thanks, I appreciate that clarification!

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 09:57 AM

ok, so i found the new cutlist that you made
i tried a while ago to install the old one and i just could not figure out how to install it, so i never did.
but now i have the new one, and please can you just give me a step by step (everything i need to do) to get it installed and running. i have spent way to much time trying to do this. i am using a mac and sketchup 8 pro

-- Ben L

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 11:58 AM

All plugins are installed the same way in Sketchup. Simply extract the contents of the file to the plugins directory of the Sketchup installation. That’s it really in a nutshell.

The default location of the Plugins folder in Windows is:

c:\program files\google\google sketchup 8\plugins\

and for a Mac:

Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp 8/SketchUp/

Sketchucatiion article on how to install a plugin

Design. Click. Build. blog article on how to install the cutlist plugin

Thanks to Dave Richards and his readers for the last link.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#7 posted 11-24-2010 06:38 AM

thanks, daltxguy i got it to work, i really don’t know why it wasn’t working but w/e it works now.
but just to make it a little nicer im going to show how to do it exactly, right here, on a mac, with sketchup 8.

1. First download the file from daltxguy in the original post on the provided web site.
- Go to your downloads and unzip the file (just double click on it, should work)
- Two files should appear, a .rb and folder

2. Open finder
- Go to “HD” (or Macintosh HD)
- Click on “Library”
- Click on “Application Support”
- Click on “Google Sketchup ” ( the ”” is for what ever version your running)
- Click on “SketchUp” ( now i think the non pro version might not have this folder, but w/e it has keep going)
- Click on “plugins”
- Now drag the two files from step one into this folder, the .rb file and the folder ( and make sure both don’t go into any other file that is in the plugins folder)

3. Now open sketchup ( if already open, restart it)
- If it worked properly you should see a “Plugins” drop down menu to right of “Window” and to the left of “Help”

There ya go.

4. Now if you don’t see the “Plugins” menu follow this to get it to show ( this will not make the plugin work, but only to show it)
- Open Sketchup
- Go to the menu that says “SketchUp” in the top left of the screen
- Go to “Preferences”
- Click on “Extensions”
- Now check the box that says “Ruby Script Examples”
- Close preferences
- If it doesn’t show right away, restart SketchUp

-- Ben L

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#8 posted 11-24-2010 06:44 AM

Thanks Ben – it’s a question that comes up often which is, I think, why Dave Richards at Fine Woodworking made a whole blog post on the plugin!

I appreciate you taking the time to detail the steps and I’ll be referring to it for similar questions!

Btw, the last step may work for other plugins but strictly not necessary for CutList since it is not set up as an extension. but w/e :) The key is really that you have to restart Sketchup.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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