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LibFredo6 v3.2 for Sketchup: A Complete Guide to the Essential Plugin Library


What is libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup and why you need it


If you are a sketchup user who likes to enhance your modeling experience with various extensions, you may have heard of or used some of the plugins created by Fredo6, a talented developer and member of the Sketchucation community. Fredo6 has developed many popular and useful extensions for sketchup, such as FredoCorner, FredoScale, RoundCorner, Curviloft, FredoTools, and many more.




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But did you know that most of these extensions require a shared plugin library called libfredo6 to work properly? Libfredo6 is not a standalone plugin, but a collection of common functions and capabilities that Fredo6's extensions use. Libfredo6 takes care of things like default parameters, language translation, check plugins for update, trace logging, and more.


In this article, we will explain what libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup is, how to install it, how to use it, and which extensions depend on it. By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of this essential plugin library and how it can improve your sketchup workflow.


Libfredo6: a shared plugin library for sketchup extensions




Libfredo6 is a shared plugin library that is used by most of Fredo6's extensions. It is not a standalone plugin that you can use by itself, but rather a support file that provides common functions and capabilities for other plugins.


Libfredo6 was created by Fredo6 to avoid duplicating code and logic in his extensions, and to make them more consistent and compatible with different versions and platforms of sketchup. Libfredo6 also allows Fredo6 to enrich his extensions with features such as default parameters, language translation, check plugins for update, trace logging, etc.


Libfredo6 is released as a regular RBZ extension file on the Sketchucation site. It must be installed once for all Fredo6's extensions and updated as needed when new versions are published. Since v10.0, libfredo6 is released for SU2017 and above only.


What are the features and benefits of libfredo6




Libfredo6 provides several features and benefits for Fredo6's extensions, such as:



  • Default parameters: Libfredo6 allows you to set default values for various parameters in Fredo6's extensions, such as units, colors, styles, etc. This way, you don't have to change them every time you use an extension.



  • Language translation: Libfredo6 supports multiple languages for Fredo6's extensions, such as English, French, Spanish (Spain and Latin America), Chinese (Simplified), Italian (partial), Japanese (partial), Korean (partial), German (partial), etc. You can choose your preferred language in the libfredo6 settings window, and the extension will display its user interface and messages in that language.



  • Check plugins for update: Libfredo6 allows you to check if there are any updates available for Fredo6's extensions, and download them directly from the Sketchucation site. You can also choose to be notified when new updates are released, and set the frequency of checking for updates.



  • Trace logging: Libfredo6 enables you to generate trace logs for Fredo6's extensions, which can help you troubleshoot any issues or errors that may occur. You can also send the trace logs to Fredo6 for further analysis and support.



These features and benefits make libfredo6 a valuable plugin library that enhances the functionality and usability of Fredo6's extensions.


What are the requirements and dependencies of libfredo6




Libfredo6 has some requirements and dependencies that you need to be aware of before installing and using it. These are:



  • Sketchup version: Libfredo6 is compatible with Sketchup 2017 and above. It does not work with older versions of Sketchup.



  • Sketchucation account: Libfredo6 is hosted on the Sketchucation site, which requires you to have a free account to download and install it. You can create an account here: https://sketchucation.com/register



  • Sketchucation ExtensionStore: Libfredo6 can be installed manually via the Sketchup Extension Manager, or automatically via the Sketchucation ExtensionStore. The latter is a free extension that allows you to browse, install, update, and manage hundreds of sketchup plugins from the Sketchucation site. You can download it here: https://sketchucation.com/resources/plugin-store-download



  • Internet connection: Libfredo6 requires an internet connection to check for updates and download them. It also uses some online services such as Google Translate and Google Analytics.



If you meet these requirements and dependencies, you are ready to install libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup.


How to install libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup




There are two methods to install libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup: manually via the Sketchup Extension Manager, or automatically via the Sketchucation ExtensionStore. We will explain both methods in detail below.


Method 1: Download RBZ file and install via the Sketchup Extension Manager




This method involves downloading the RBZ file of libfredo6 from the Sketchucation site, and installing it via the Sketchup Extension Manager. Here are the steps to follow:



  • Go to the libfredo6 page on the Sketchucation site: https://sketchucation.com/plugin/903-libfredo6



  • Login with your Sketchucation account, or create one if you don't have one.



  • Click on the "Download" button at the top right corner of the page.



  • Select the latest version of libfredo6 (v3.2 as of June 2023) and click on "Download".



  • Save the RBZ file to your computer.



  • Open Sketchup 2017 or above.



  • Go to Window > Extension Manager.



  • Click on the "Install Extension" button at the bottom left corner of the window.



  • Browse to the location where you saved the RBZ file, select it, and click on "Open".



  • Acknowledge the security warning by clicking on "Yes".



  • You should see a message saying that libfredo6 was successfully installed.



  • Restart Sketchup for the changes to take effect.



Congratulations, you have installed libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup manually via the Sketchup Extension Manager!


Method 2: Auto-install in ONE CLICK via the Sketchucation ExtensionStore




This method involves using the Sketchucation ExtensionStore to automatically install libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup in one click. Here are the steps to follow:



  • If you don't have it already, download and install the Sketchucation ExtensionStore from here: https://sketchucation.com /resources/plugin-store-download



  • Open Sketchup 2017 or above.



  • Go to Window > ExtensionStore.



  • Login with your Sketchucation account, or create one if you don't have one.



  • Search for "libfredo6" in the search box at the top right corner of the window.



  • Select the libfredo6 plugin from the search results.



  • Click on the "Install" button at the bottom right corner of the plugin description.



  • You should see a message saying that libfredo6 was successfully installed.



  • Restart Sketchup for the changes to take effect.



Congratulations, you have installed libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup automatically via the Sketchucation ExtensionStore!


How to use libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup




Now that you have installed libfredo6 v3.2 for sketchup, you may wonder how to use it. As we mentioned before, libfredo6 is not a standalone plugin that you can use by itself, but rather a support file that provides common functions and capabilities for other plugins. However, libfredo6 does have a settings window that allows you to access and configure some of its features. In this section, we will show you how to access the libfredo6 settings window, how to configure the libfredo6 parameters, and how to check for updates and trace logs.


How to access the libfredo6 settings window




The libfredo6 settings window is where you can view and change various options and preferences for libfredo6 and its dependent extensions. To access the libfredo6 settings window, you have two options:



  • Option 1: Go to Window > LibFredo6 Settings...



  • Option 2: Right-click on any toolbar icon of a Fredo6's extension, and select LibFredo6 Settings...



Either option will open the libfredo6 settings window, which looks like this:



The libfredo6 settings window has four tabs: General, Parameters, Check Plugins for Update, and Trace Logs. We will explain each tab in detail below.


How to configure the libfredo6 parameters




The Parameters tab of the libfredo6 settings window allows you to set default values for various parameters in Fredo6's extensions, such as units, colors, styles, etc. This way, you don't have to change them every time you use an extension.


The Parameters tab has three sub-tabs: General Parameters, Extension Parameters, and Language Translation. We will explain each sub-tab in detail below.


General Parameters




The General Parameters sub-tab allows you to set default values for common parameters that apply to all Fredo6's extensions, such as:



  • Units: You can choose the default unit system (metric or imperial) and unit format (decimal or fractional) for Fredo6's extensions.



  • Colors: You can choose the default colors for various elements in Fredo6's extensions, such as selection, preview, highlight, etc.



  • Styles: You can choose the default styles for various elements in Fredo6's extensions, such as line width, point size, font size, etc.



  • Miscellaneous: You can choose some miscellaneous options for Fredo6's extensions, such as tooltips display mode, cursor display mode, etc.



To change any of these parameters, simply click on the drop-down menu or the color picker next to each parameter name, and select your desired value or color. You can also click on the "Reset" button at the bottom right corner of the sub-tab to restore the default values for all parameters.


Extension Parameters




The Extension Parameters sub-tab allows you to set default values for specific parameters that apply to individual Fredo6's extensions. For example, you can set the default radius value for RoundCorner, or the default offset value for FredoScale.


To change any of these parameters, simply click on the drop-down menu or type in a value next to each parameter name, and select your desired value. You can also click on the "Reset" button at the bottom right corner of the sub-tab to restore the default values for all parameters.


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