VTK Export for SketchUp is a Visualization Toolkit VTK file export plug-in for Google SketchUp®. This plug-in gives SketchUp the ability to export objects from SketchUp to ASCII and Binary VTK files.
VTK Export for SketchUp tessellates objects in a SketchUp document into a set of triangular meshes. These meshes are then exported to a VTK file as mesh objects. The VTK file can then be imported into a variety of CAD applications.
VTK Export for SketchUp is very easy to use. Once installed, it automatically loads itself into SketchUp and adds a new submenu called "VTK Export for SketchUp" to the SketchUp Plugins menu containing these newly added commands.
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Hardware, software and operating system requirements for Google SketchUp plug-ins running on the Microsoft Windows platform.
- RAM: 1 GB (Recommended 2 GB)
- SketchUp (32 Bit only): 6 and 7
- Operating System (32 Bit only): Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista
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Download & Purchase
Please download a fully functional trial of this product by clicking "Download". To start using the software, you need a license key. A license key can be of two types: Trial or Permanent. A trial key is issued to you instantly and completely free of cost so that you may try the software before you purchase a license. A permanent key is issued after you have purchased a license. If during the trial period (10 days or runs, whichever is earlier) you find this product useful, you may return to this page and click the "Buy Now" button to place your order. In the order process you will be asked to enter your Host ID that appears in the "SYCODE License Server" dialog box (which appears when you run any of the product commands). SYCODE will create and send you your key by email within 2 business days. To avoid disruption in your workflow, place your order before the trial period ends.
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Installation & Usage
Since VTK Export for SketchUp is a plug-in for SketchUp, it must be loaded into the SketchUp environment before it can be used. Please follow the simple instructions in the VTK Export for SketchUp ReadMe document which is copied into the installation folder. After you have loaded the plug-in file into SketchUp, simply click on the menu items in the "VTK Export for SketchUp" submenu to run these new commands.
The 'VTK Export for SketchUp' menu consists of the following commands:
- Export - Exports a VTK file
- Help - Displays the VTK Export for SketchUp help file
- Register - Registers your copy of VTK Export for SketchUp
- About - Displays the VTK Export for SketchUp About box
The VTK Export for SketchUp submenu
VTK Export for SketchUp comes with detailed documentation for each command as well as a tutorial to get you started in the shortest possible time. There is also an online version of the help file which you can view by clicking the link below.
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The VTK File Format
The Visualization ToolKit (VTK) is an open source, freely available software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization used by thousands of researchers and developers around the world. VTK consists of a C++ class library, and several interpreted interface layers including Tcl/Tk, Java, and Python. The Toolkit stores geometric data in a file format known as VTK. Very few CAD applications have the ability to read and write VTK files.
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Sycode Software Licensing Terms
Our licenses are single computer licenses and are locked to each computer they are installed on. Basically, the license key is specific to the computer's Host ID (the MAC address of the computer), and will not work on another computer. The installer picks up the physical MAC address of the network card connected to the computer which is basically “Ethernet adapter Network Connect Adapter”. So unless you change your network card, the key will always work even if you reinstall your operating system. If your internal network is periodically assigning a different Host ID to your computer, then please find a solution for this with your IT department.