Sketchfab Uploader Plugin for SketchUp
Upload your SketchUp models to the 3D viewing and sharing website Sketchfab
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This is where Sketchfab comes in. This website lets anyone upload 3D models (up to 200 MB for free) and display them using WebGL. They even have a WordPress plugin to embed your models on your website (you can see it in action above). Since the main upload file format is COLLADA, it is easy for SketchUp users to upload their work there (the DAE and KMZ export format is natively supported in both the free and Pro version). What has been missing until now was a SketchUp plugin to makes this process more automatic.
The plugin that you can download and install from this page adds a menu item “Upload to Sketchfab” to the File menu in SketchUp. All you need to do before you can upload your models is register on their website and get a “secret API key” that links your uploads to your account. You can find that token on your personal dashboard page after registering.
After uploading your model, you can edit parameters, grab a thumbnail or adjust the default view on the Sketchfab website.
You can now find this plugin in Trimble’s Extension Warehouse. For an easy install, browse to it from inside SketchUp (2013 or newer) and install it directly.
SketchUp Sketchfab uploader v.1.5 (RBZ for current SketchUp version) (18.79 kB, downloaded 2073 times) - PLEASE NOTE: Download the RBZ file. Then open SketchUp (v.8 M2 and above) and go to the Preferences dialog. On the Extensions tab, select "Install Extension..." and browse to the file.
SketchUp Sketchfab uploader v.1.5 (ZIP for any SketchUp version) (18.79 kB, downloaded 762 times) - PLEASE NOTE: Download the ZIP file and unzip it into the SketchUp plugin directory (usually at C:\Program Files\Google\SketchUp\Plugins\ in Windows or /Library/Application Support/Google SketchUp/SketchUp/Plugins/ on the mac). Keep the folder structure as it is in the ZIP file. Then re-start SketchUp and look for the new menu item in the File menu. If you are updating, just overwrite the old version of this plugin.
You can also find this plugin on GitHub.
Here’s a video (made by the Sketchfab folks) that shows the process in more detail:
- Version 1.4 (12/11/2012):
- Support for updated API (incl. private/password functionailty)
- Included SketchUp source tag in JSON
- Exports edges by default now
- Removed thumbnail upload (not supported anymore by API)
- Better string cleaning on upload
- Version 1.3 (7/20/2012):
- Fixed filename problem to prevent permission issue
- Version 1.2 (7/19/2012):
- Uploads a thumbnail now
- Provided more error checking
- Version 1.1 (7/18/2012):
- Changed json assembly to Ruby side – more reliable
- Uploads large models now
- Version 1.0 (7/13/2012):
- First release