Archive for April, 2010

Short tutorial on how to use OnTime5D plugin

In the video below, you will be able to see how you can make a simple animation with OnTime5D plugin for Sketchup. In this video, we will first create couple of 3D objects in Sketchup, then we will connect 3D objects with schedule made with OnTime software (found on http://www.tdteam.com/ontime/). Then we just specify duration of animation and then play or animate it.

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OnTime5D plugin tested for:

Just wanted to add a quick note, I have successfully tested OnTime5D Plugin for Skecthup on following OS configurations:

(1) Mac OS X 10.5.8, Sketchup 7.1

(2) Windows XP, sp3, Sketchup 7.1

There was a bug in the previous version of the UI (webDialog), so there is no need to update the plugin itself. It was a problem in Windows Flash Player, and has now been solved.

If anyone try’s the plugin in any other environment please leave a comment.

You can find Plugin on this address:

http://www.tdteam.com/ontime5d/skp/skp.zip
(Zip contains ontime5d.rbs and a sample Bridge model ready for animation)

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Pre-release of Google Sketchup plugin for 5D animation

This will be a very short post, I am pre-releasing Google Sketchup plugin for 5D animation…called onTime5D.

Below is the link to the rbs script that has to be, copied to the plugin folder of your Sketchup installation. (right click and Save Target As)

http://www.tdteam.com/ontime5d/skp/ontime5d.rbs (Ruby plugin file)

http://www.tdteam.com/ontime5d/skp/bridge.skp (bridge model file – ready for animation)


Update:
Please try this links if you are unable to download from above

http://www.tdteam.com/ontime5d/skp/skp.zip


For a quick look at what this plugin can do, download the Bridge model, that is listed above. All you have to do next (after you have copied the plugin to your plugin Sketchup folder) is open Sketchup, open Bridge file. Go to Plugins toolbar and select OnTime5D. This will open up a webdialog, where you can login with provided credentials and select Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge project. Then you can skip the 1 step (where you have to bind the Sketchup model and schedule), click Next Step and you can leave animation running default 30 seconds and once again click Next Step.

On the last step you are greeted with a Play/Pause button and below with a chart of expenses (shown only if there is any money data inputted into the schedule). And still further below is the list of all the tasks that are currently under way in the animation.

Just click Play and enjoy, and please provide some feedback.

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WebPageSurfer – surf to all your popular webpages

Everyday, when I wake up, I seem to be going to the same sites over and over again, first a stop to nba.com, then to mashable and to digg and then maybe to inc or xkcd comics. Since I visit these sites almost religiously I developed a web tool that allows me to add those sites, and then with simple buttons on the top of the page navigate them (clicking either Next or Previous). Since I would like to share this tool with everyone I am giving an url below:

http://www.tdteam.com/webpagesurfer/

When you visit the page above, you are greeted with a login screen seen on the figure below. You can either login with the provided credentials (username:demo, password:demo), or you can create your own login by clicking the link above the username field.

When you login you can add sites that you would like to browse, using the WebPageSurfer. Here you can add or delete websites. One thing to note is that the script is not trying to prevent sites that do not want to be “framed” to do so. There are not frame busting busters for example. The sites like that include twitter.com and nytimes.com for example.
. The second screen is seen on the figure below.

The next thing is to use the actual WebPageSurfer, you can do that either by clicling Go to your surfer on the top of your admin page or by going to http://www.tdteam.com/webpagesurfer/surfer.php.

When you get to the WebPageSurfer page you can see a little bar at the top, with the Previous and Next Buttons, meaning you will be going to the next or the previous web site from your login. In the middle of the bar is URL of the site and on the right is the link to admin area and option to remove the frame.

Tell me what you think about the application…

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