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Importing Sketchup file into Vectorworks... Nothing happens

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I am trying to import a Sketchup file into Vectorworks 2016.  When I use "Import Sketchup File" and click on the chosen file, nothing happens.  The Sketchup settings window doesn't open, and nothing imports.  There isn't an error message, just nothing.  The file window closes and I return to my Vectorworks screen.

Here's what I've tried so far:

-Restarted Vectorworks

-Loaded in a new OS (I was using El Capitan.  I updated to Sierra)

-Saving Sketchup file to Desktop and trying to import from there

-Backsaving Sketchup file to Sketchup 8, and saving that to Desktop

 

All of this has resulted in no change.  When I try to import, nothing happens. Is there a Vectorworks setting I'm missing that's blocking the import?  

Any advice would be much appreciated.  Unfortunately the scenic designer I'm working with only uses Sketchup, and I only use Vectorworks.

I attached the offending Sketchup file. 

Onērus Set V4 copy.skp

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Hey Michael,

I tried opening your Vectorworks file and got the attached error message. Are you using Vectorworks 2017?

 

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 3.30.43 PM.png

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Michael, thank you!

I'm still curious why Sketchup isn't importing for me, but I am so grateful to have this!  You are a hero. 

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When you are importing from sketchup or -especially- from a dwg the drawing is often not near the center of the drawing universe.

 

I opened your original file in sketchup, saved it back to skp 2014 and imported that file into VW 2017.

 

I think it just showed up blank for me at first, too.  The drawing was "north" a little bit.  I wonder if you try it again and hit Command 6 you might see that it really was there.  Just further away from 0,0 than you expected.

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Hi Michael-- I did try looking around the drawing (using the Zoom center tool), and didn't find any objects.  But that's an interesting thought.

Andy, I didn't try removing the special characters.  That's an odd one.  Michael, did you need to remove the special character before you imported?

Thanks,

-Thorn

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The other way you can check is to select all and see what shows up in the OIP or look at the layer list - there should be a new design layer for the import.

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Since I changed the computer, I can't import files from SketchUp into Vectorworks. Not even simple objects.

It was always difficult to import from SketchUp (in the other computer)but I could manage it. But now...it simply doesn't work!

 

My version of Vectorworks is 2016. I know all the sketchup models need to be from that year or older.

 

My actual computer is a MSi with the following characteristics:

Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ; CPU 2,80GHz

Memory: 16GB

OS: 64Bits (win10)

Placa Gráfica: Geforce GTX 1050 Ti

 

I'm getting desperate...and no solution on the horizon.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

 

Iúri

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I believe if you have VW 2016 the Sketchup files have to be from 2015 or earlier.  I'm not positive, but I believe that Sketchup 16 was released a few months after VW 16.  So there is usually a 1 year lag.

 

If you'd like to post a skp file here (you'd have to zip it first) or PM it to me, I'd be happy to try the conversion and send you back a VW16 file if it works.

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10 hours ago, michaelk said:

I believe if you have VW 2016 the Sketchup files have to be from 2015 or earlier.  I'm not positive, but I believe that Sketchup 16 was released a few months after VW 16.  So there is usually a 1 year lag.

 

If you'd like to post a skp file here (you'd have to zip it first) or PM it to me, I'd be happy to try the conversion and send you back a VW16 file if it works.

 

Many Thanks for your reply.

 

I try all of that. The import SketchUp seems it doesn't function...does nothing...no reaction...

It may be some problem with the graphics?

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Usually if it doesn't import it gives you a message about unsupported file formats.  I've never had a problem importing skp files.  

 

Have. you tried saving the skp files back to 2014?

 

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2 hours ago, michaelk said:

Usually if it doesn't import it gives you a message about unsupported file formats.  I've never had a problem importing skp files.  

 

Have. you tried saving the skp files back to 2014?

 

 

Yes, I tried all previous formats. What is strange to me, is that, when I used other computer (with much less capacity) I could manage it to import from sketchup.

Since I changed computer with better capacities, it stopped to import...I don't have any explination...that's why I'm guessing maybe I have some drivers that need to be installed? 

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I don't know of any drivers that would make a difference.  

 

If you get desperate send me the skp files and I'll give it a shot.

 

 

 

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17 minutes ago, michaelk said:

I don't know of any drivers that would make a difference.  

 

If you get desperate send me the skp files and I'll give it a shot.

 

 

 

 

Let's give it a try...Can you send me your email to iuri.arqpai@gmail.com?

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Also look at exporting .3ds or .obj out of Sketchup and importing that way.

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15 minutes ago, EAlexander said:

Also look at exporting .3ds or .obj out of Sketchup and importing that way.

 

Already try it...nothing 

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Very interesting.  @IuriChagas sent me the skp file. I started importing the sketchup file into VW 2019 on my 2017 15" MacBookPro w/ 16GB RAM and a 2TB SSD.

 

The import ran over night.  By morning it had consumed ALL of the 16GB of RAM and 38 GB of virtual memory.

 

I got a message I've never seen before:  "Your system has run out of application memory."  And then it offers to force quit any of the running applications.

 

So I suspect that on your computer the import wasn't doing nothing.  It may have been trying to start a12 hour process. 🙂

 

The skp file was 129.9 MB.  The VW 19 file when it finally finished importing was 9.29 GB!

 

After the import finished I managed to save the file.  Then I had to restart the computer to make it useable.  Just reopening the file took 32GB of virtual memory.  It struggled, but it was finally able to export to VW 2016.

 

I think there is something in the file that VW really really really doesn't like.  Self intersecting geometry? Millions of mesh tiny mesh objects?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, michaelk said:

Very interesting.  @IuriChagas sent me the skp file. I started importing the sketchup file into VW 2019 on my 2017 15" MacBookPro w/ 16GB RAM and a 2TB SSD.

 

The import ran over night.  By morning it had consumed ALL of the 16GB of RAM and 38 GB of virtual memory.

 

I got a message I've never seen before:  "Your system has run out of application memory."  And then it offers to force quit any of the running applications.

 

So I suspect that on your computer the import wasn't doing nothing.  It may have been trying to start a12 hour process. 🙂

 

The skp file was 129.9 MB.  The VW 19 file when it finally finished importing was 9.29 GB!

 

After the import finished I managed to save the file.  Then I had to restart the computer to make it useable.  Just reopening the file took 32GB of virtual memory.  It struggled, but it was finally able to export to VW 2016.

 

I think there is something in the file that VW really really really doesn't like.  Self intersecting geometry? Millions of mesh tiny mesh objects?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The problem is that doesn't work also with small files...not even single objects as cars, persons, plants...maybe some definitions in sketchup or vectorworks that might be wrong?

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Not sure. I've never seen it.  And I' know I've imported bigger sketchup files without this problem.

 

You may have to have tech support look at it.   There must be something in that file that VW doesn't like.

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Hmmh, for my Revit Imports it was mainly just dashed and dotted lines that

were exploded into 3D Polygons.

Beside that lots of separate 3D Faces, that VW also does not like that much

and unnecessary usage of Symbols for single objects.

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One thing I've occasionally found when importing SketchUp objects is that a single SketchUp texture might import into Vectorworks as hundreds or thousands of separate textures, one of for each polygon in the model... depending on how it was originally mapped in SketchUp. This has severely slowed otherwise simple imports. This may or may not be related to the issue at hand.

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