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Keyframe Animation 2.0

Keyframe Animation 2.0.11
Current Version
2.0.11
Release Date
March 29, 2017
Size
3.5 MB
SketchUp
Compatible with SketchUp 2013 to SketchUp 2017
Windows
Fully functional on Windows Vista or newer
OS X
10.7 or newer. (Not fully functional, see caveat below.)
Free Trial
You can evaluate the plugin free for 10 days to determine if it is compatible with your system, and suitable for your requirements.
Caveat
On the Mac, an image sequence is the only export option currently supported. You can use iMovie to stitch the frames into a video. Also, QuickTime can capture a video of the animation directly from the screen.

Keyframe Animation 2.0 is a major release. We fixed the bugs, added lots of new features, and made it more user friendly.

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Recent Release Notes

Version 2.0.11 - Section Plane Support

Version
2.0.11
Release Date
March 29, 2017

As of version 2.0.11, section planes are fully supported! Now you can create object animations, combine them with section plane animations, and export it all to a video. I think this is the only plugin out there that can export both the object animation and section plane animation to a video from SketchUp.

The next video has animated section cuts by section planes placed inside of moving (rotating) components.

Version 2.0.9 - Offline Use

Version
2.0.9
Release Date
January 27, 2017

Version 2.0.9+ has a new and improved license management system. It fixed a bug that prevented offline use in version 2.0.1 through 2.0.8. You can once again use the plugin offline for 7 days with a license.

Version 2.0.8 - SketchUp 2017 Compatibility

Version
2.0.8
Release Date
November 25, 2016

Version 2.0.8+ is compatible with SketchUp 2017. Previous versions might not be compatible with SketchUp 2017 on some computers.

Version 2.0.6 - Special Character Support

Version
2.0.6
Release Date
October 24, 2016

Version 2.0.6 fixed a bug that caused the video export to fail if there were non-ASCII characters in the model's filename. For example, C:\Temp\Maison modifiée.skp, or C:\Users\Cédric\Temp\model.skp.

Special characters are now supported by Keyframe Animation in SketchUp 2014+.   SketchUp didn't have support for character encodings before 2014.   So, if you are using SketchUp 8 or SketchUp 2013, and there are special characters, Keyframe Animation warns you and fails gracefully.

Version 2.0.5 - Backward Compatibility with Keyframe Animation 1.x

Version
2.0.5
Release Date
September 25, 2016
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What is going on under the hood in version 2.0 is so different that your version 1.x animation will not run.   Basically, if you open a model with version 1.x position data, all of the commands on the toolbar and menu will be disabled.

However, version 2.0.5+ has a utility that will convert a 1.x animation to the format used in Keyframe Animation 2.x.   Access is from the menu item, Keyframe Animation > Convert v1 to v2.

The version 2.x compatible animation is created in a new model.   You can save it with any name you want.   The original model is NOT modified.   When you open the new model in Keyframe Animation 2.0, your old animation will work the same as before, and all the toolbar buttons and menu items will be enabled normally.

This feature requires SketchUp 2014 or newer.

Plugin Installation

Keyframe Animation is installed like any other SketchUp plugin. It downloaded as a Ruby zipped (.rbz) file. This SketchUp help article, Installing Ruby Plugins, explains the process. Basically, the main steps are:

  1. Select the SketchUp menu item, Window > Preferences (Microsoft Windows), or SketchUp > Preferences (Mac OS X). The Preferences dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click on Extensions. The Extensions panel is displayed.
  3. Click on the Install Extension button. The Open File dialog box is displayed.
  4. Locate the Ruby zip file to install (.rbz).
  5. Click on the Open button. The Ruby plugin appears in the list of extensions.
  6. Close and restart SketchUp. You should see the new toolbar buttons and menu items.

The last step is important. The first 5 steps copy the plugin to your hard drive. But the files are not loaded until you close and reopen SketchUp. You are still using the old plugin version until you restart SketchUp.

Keyframe Animation 1.9

Keyframe Animation 1.9.2
Version
1.9.2
Release Date
October 19, 2014
SketchUp
Compatible with SketchUp 8 to SketchUp 2016.
Windows
Windows Vista or newer
OS X
10.7 or newer
Free Trial
You can evaluate the plugin free for 10 days to determine if it is compatible with your system, and suitable for your requirements.

This is the old version of Keyframe Animation. I am not sure there is any good reason to install it, though. Not now that version 2.0 has been fairly well vetted, and has more features, with fewer bug splats, while being more user friendly.

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