1001bit Tools is a collection of various tools useful for fast creation of architectural elements in Sketchup. It includes tools for creating staircases, spiral staircase, windows, doors, walls, customised openings on walls, automatic generation of hip roofs, rafters and purlins etc. It also has some useful drawing and editing tools such as fillet edges, extend, chamfer etc.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use 1001bit Tools for Sketchup. You can download the plugin from 1001bit.com or from Sketchup Extension Warehouse. You can also find a zip file of the plugin on NPM.[^1^] [^2^] [^3^]
Step 1: Download 1001bit Tools
You can download 1001bit Tools from one of the following sources:
1001bit.com: This is the official website of the plugin. You can find both the freeware and the pro versions here. The freeware version has limited features but is still very useful. The pro version has more tools and functions and costs USD 48.00. You can also get academic discounts if you are a student or an academic institution.
Sketchup Extension Warehouse: This is the official repository of Sketchup extensions. You can find 1001bit Tools under the Productivity category. You can only download the freeware version here.
After downloading the plugin, you will get a rbz file (Ruby Zip file). This is the file format for Sketchup extensions.
Step 2: Install 1001bit Tools
To install 1001bit Tools, you need to follow these steps:
Start Sketchup (you need Sketchup 8 or later versions).
Go to menu 'Window'.
Click on 'Install Extensions' button.
Select the 1001bit_freeware_vx.x.x.rbz file that you've downloaded.
Follow through the process and accept any prompts.
After installing, you should see a notification that the extension has been successfully setup, along with the 1001bit toolbars.
Step 3: Use 1001bit Tools
To use 1001bit Tools, you need to activate the toolbars first. You can do this by going to menu 'View', then 'Toolbars', then check '1001bit tools' and '1001bit tools - edit'. You should see two toolbars with various icons on them.
The icons represent different tools that you can use to create or edit architectural elements. You can hover over each icon to see its name and description. You can also click on each icon to activate the tool and see its options in the Measurements box at the bottom right corner of the screen.
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