• Which the release of FS2020 we see an explosition of activity on the forun and of course we are very happy to see this. But having all questions about FS2020 in one forum becomes a bit messy. So therefore we would like to ask you all to use the following guidelines when posting your questions:

    • Tag FS2020 specific questions with the MSFS2020 tag.
    • Questions about making 3D assets can be posted in the 3D asset design forum. Either post them in the subforum of the modelling tool you use or in the general forum if they are general.
    • Questions about aircraft design can be posted in the Aircraft design forum
    • Questions about airport design can be posted in the FS2020 airport design forum. Once airport development tools have been updated for FS2020 you can post tool speciifc questions in the subforums of those tools as well of course.
    • Questions about terrain design can be posted in the FS2020 terrain design forum.
    • Questions about SimConnect can be posted in the SimConnect forum.

    Any other question that is not specific to an aspect of development or tool can be posted in the General chat forum.

    By following these guidelines we make sure that the forums remain easy to read for everybody and also that the right people can find your post to answer it.

Ruby Tuesday [2017-03-14]

Ruby Tuesday [2017-03-14]

I am long overdue for posting another installment to this series of threads: :cool:


FYI: A feature to load and immediately activate (most) plugin Ruby scripts has been built-in to newer releases of Sketchup subsequent to version 8, and the Sketchup version 8 Maintenance Release 2 (aka "M-2").

Using the 'built-in' feature, one can install other Sketchup plugin Ruby scripts via:

Sketchup Menu > Window > Preferences > Extensions > [Install Extension] button

1.) Browse to file / folder location for a downloaded plugin Ruby script file

2.) Select a plugin Ruby script file in either RB, RBS, RBZ or ZIP archive package file format

3.) Click [Open] button

4.) Say "Yes" to the security prompt regarding file / folder access permission

End users with the 'original version 8' releases of Sketchup 8 that do not (yet) have the Sketchup version 8 Maintenance Release 2 (aka "M-2") installed, have previously had to do some extra work to install Ruby plugin scripts:


But now there are options to make that process easier. :idea:

IMHO, the following is yet another "Must_Have" Ruby plugin script for 'original version 8' releases of Sketchup 8, as well as later versions ex: Make / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 ...which can help minimize the number of steps required to add other Ruby plugin scripts and any required sub-folders to the proper (and version-specific) Sketchup 'system' folder chain location in Windows ...via "Drag-and-Drop" GUI method.


thomthom: DropZone Plugin Installer (Windows) v1.1.0

Drag and Drop installation of RB, RBS, RBZ and ZIP packages. This plugin makes use of new HTML5 technology, therefore a modern IE or WebKit installed on the computer is required.

Usage: Plugins > Thomthom's Plugins > DropZone

Dependencies: TT Lib2


Downloads: 1709 [ Version Updated: 2013-11-28 18:05:00 ]

: Since some FSDeveloper forum participants are "payware guys" that prefer to use Sketchup, it merits mentioning here that...

Sketchup version-8 (32-bit) is the last version allowed to be used for both freeware and commercial purposes without a license.

The original version-8 package is the 'fastest' working build compared to newer "Make" or 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 and/or 64-bit versions, and can be downloaded here:


BTW: AFAIK, that is the last issued and most current updated Sketchup version 8 released:


NOTE: Sketchup version-8 can run on Windows-XP if desired, although some (optional) plugin Ruby scripts may use DLLs that require more recent Windows component functions, and some dialog GUIs may require newer versions of Internet Explorer.

PS: When Google transferred Sketchup to Trimble, some server addresses changed for the Geolocation feature, and a simple fix must be implemented by the end user in order for that to function properly: :alert:


Perhaps this helps anyone here that wishes to use Sketchup version-8 under its intended EULA (...and optionally on Windows-XP, if desired). ;)

Hope this helps ! :)

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