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How do I transfer all my settings, materials, components and extensions from SketchUp Pro 2016 to 2017?

Settings for default folders

This feature was already present on Windows, on Mac it has been added in SketchUp 2017: an (adjustable) overview, showing you which folders are used by default to store and read files for materials, components, models, templates etcetera.

Windows
You will find these settings in Window > Preferences > Files.

Folders used by SketchUp are mainly located in the hidden folder AppData. Make this folder visible in Windows Explorer by enabling View > Hidden items, or open the appropriate folder from your preferences window by clicking the "Open this folder in Windows Explorer" button (Open location).

Mac
You will find these settings in SketchUp > Preferences > Files.

File locations
Pay attention: the notation /Users/[gebruikersnaam]/Library/… means the same as MacintoshHD/Gebruikers/[ gebruikersnaam]/Library/… and also the same as ~/Library/…. Since the latter is the shortest notation, we will use this notation in this article. In the SketchUp Preferences window, the first notation is used.
The ~/Library folder is not visible by default. Open the folder as follows: click the menu Go in the finder and hold Alt to make the Library folder appear, or open the appropriate folder from your preferences window by clicking the "Open this folder in Finder" button (Open location).

Shortcuts

Mac
If all is well, shortcuts will have been copied automatically from SketchUp Pro 2016 to SketchUp Pro 2017.
Did this not automatically happen? Then please manually copy the file 'Shortcuts.plist' from ~Library/Application Support/SketchUp2016/SketchUp to ~Library/Application Support/SketchUp2017/SketchUp
Commands whose name has been changed are not automatically re-linked.

Windows
If everything went right, shortcuts will have been copied automatically from SketchUp Pro 2016 to 2017.
Did this not happen automatically? Do this:

  1. Open SketchUp Pro 2016
  2. Go to Window > Preferences > Shortcuts
  3. Click the button "Export...".
  4. Save the data-file to a location you can find again.
  5. Open SketchUp Pro 2017
  6. Go to Window > Preferences > Shortcuts
  7. Click the button "Import..." and look up the file you saved in the previous step.
Commands that whose name have been changed are not automatically re-linked.

Templates

Mac
If you made your own personal template in SketchUp 2016, if everything went right, this template is used again in SU2017.
The folder Templates in ~Library/Application Support/SketchUp2016/SketchUp is automatically merged with the folder: ~Library/Application Support/SketchUp2017/SketchUp.
If this didn’t happen automatically, you can merge them manually. You will need to choose your default startup template through SketchUp > Preferences > Templates.
If the folder ~Library/Application Support/SketchUp2016/SketchUp/Templates doesn’t exist, this means that no template has been saved in SketchUp 2016 through File > Save as template…

Windows
SketchUp 2017 for Windows uses a new structure where it comes to user templates. In previous versions, users with limited writing rights could not save their own template through File > Save as template...
The default templates are still installed in the Program Files folder but user templates are now saved into the user folder.
Because of this new structure, the option to choose a template through the "Browse..." button has disappeared.
Files from C:\Program Files\SketchUp\SketchUp 2016\Resources\en-US\Templates are not automatically copied to C:\Users\ [your username] \AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2017\SketchUp\Templates. You will need to do this manually, if it applies. Next, you can choose a default startup template through Window > Preferences > Templates.

Toolbars, buttons and windows/trays

You will probably need to set these up fresh. When you quit SketchUp, the positions of buttons, toolbars and windows are saved.


Materials

Mac
Copy the folder with materials you’ve made yourself from ~Library/Application Support/SketchUp2016/SketchUp/Materials to ~Library/Application Support/SketchUp2017/SketchUp/Materials if this didn’t happen automatically.

Windows
If necessary, add your custom material collections to your favorites again.
Do this by going to: Window > Materials > Details > Add collection to favorites...

Or choose a default folder through Window > Preferences > Files to save your new material collections. By default, this folder is set to C:\Users\ [your username] \AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2017\SketchUp\Materials\. Folders added to this folder will be automatically added to your list of material folders.


Components

Mac
The list with favorite component-folders in SU2017 is automatically copied from the list of favorites in SU2016.
Did this not happen correctly during installation, re-appoint the folders through the Details-menu in the component browser: Window > Components >Details > Open a local collection…
This window automatically enables the option ‘Add to favorites', so that you don’t need to search for your folder next time.

Windows
The list with favorite component-folders in SU2017 is automatically copied from the list of favorites in SU2016.
If this did not happen correctly during installation, re-appoint these folders through the menu Details in the component browser: Window > Components > Details > Open or create a local collection…
Next, add the folder you opened to the favorites, so that you won’t need to search for it next time: Window > Components > Details > Add to favorites…


Extensions

SketchUp 2017 uses a new version of Ruby(Ruby2.2 instead of Ruby2.0), the language in which SketchUp plug-ins are written. This means a step forward when it comes to the future development of plug-ins: more possibilities and an improved stability of SketchUp Extensions.
However, it also means that a few extensions are not fit for the latest version of SketchUp. Also, it means that the process of updating your plugins cannot always be a simple case of copying the contents of your plugins-folder. Therefore, please follow the following methods:

Extension Warehouse

Any plugins you downloaded in the 2016 version through the Extension Warehouse, can be easily re-installed through the same Extension Warehouse. Log in with the same credentials that you used before, and the Extension Warehouse will show you which plugins you had installed earlier.

Logging in is easiest through the little person-icon in the bottom left of the screen (Log in icon). Next, go to Window > Extension Warehouse, and click your username at the top right of the screen. Now you will see a list of plugins, sorted by the SketchUp version they are compatible with. On the line that says "SketchUp 2017 Compatible Extensions" (grey bar) you can also find a link "Install all". Click it and you are done!
At your own risk you can try installing extensions that have not been marked as compatible with SketchUp 2017. Probability that they will work is quite high, since the ruby version difference is quite small.

SketchUcation.com

The Plugin store from SketchUcation.com also offers the possibility to update when you are logged in. Click the little cogs at the top, and it will show you which extensions you have downloaded before and gives you an option to install them automatically.

Rendering extensions

  • V-Ray
    Chaosgroup are working on V-Ray 3.4 for SketchUp. This version is approaching its release, and therefore they have chosen to put V-Ray 2.0 on hold until 3.4 has been released. You can apply to join the beta program of V-Ray 3.4 on their website: 3.4 Beta.
    Licensed users can download their installer through the website chaosgroup.com, logging in with their credentials. On our website you can download a demo version of V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp, which is compatible only up to SketchUp 2016.
  • SU Podium
    Download your installer here.
  • Artlantis
    Artlantis is not yet compatible with SketchUp 2017. Save your file as version 2016 and import it in Artlantis.
  • Render[in]
    Render[in] is not yet compatible with SketchUp 2017.
    Download the v2016 compatible version of Render[in] 3 here.

Other plugins

Go to the Extensions Manager through Window > Extension Manager or click the new icon: Extension Manager Here you can click the big red button at the bottom of the screen, labeled "Install Extension".

This allows you to install any RBZ file of extensions that could not be updated through an automated process or through an installer EXE file.
You will need to check compatibility yourself.

Mac
The folder where plugins eventually end up can be found at ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp2017/SketchUp/Plugins

Copying between this folder from older SketchUp versions to this folder is possible but not encouraged.

Windows
The folder where plugins eventually end up can be found at C:\Users\ [your username] \AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2017\SketchUp\Plugins.

Copying between this folder from older SketchUp versions to this folder is possible but not encouraged.


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