2DXY SlickMoves
The power tools of 2D Graphics enabled for any plane in 3D space.
2DXY SlickMoves

SlickMoves Description:

14 indispensible tools for manipulating Components and Groups.  

The familiar power tools of 2D graphics generalized to 3D: 

  • Rotate about Z axis by any angle (2 tools) 
  • Mirror about center X or Y (2) 
  • Resize (absolute or incremental) (1) 
  • Align (Left, Center, Right; Top, Middle, Bottom) (6) 
  • Equal Space (between objects or between their centers) (2) 
  • Display the Active Plane and XY Axes on any group or component. (1)  

How they work:

  • Select one or more OBJECTS (Component Instances and/or Groups) 
  • Click on one of the 14 SlickMoves tools. 
  • All selected Objects are "moved" IN ONE CLICK.  

You never need to:

  • Select vertices, intersections, handles or inferenced points. 
  • Measure or draw guides. 
  • Use Scale factors 
  • Use special keys (Shift, Alt, Ctrl)  

This Means:  75% fewer clicks for many common design tasks. Fewer move mistakes. Much less zooming in and view rotation. More fluid design process.  

Why?         Because we live in a world dominated by gravity. Therefore, most Objects sit on a horizontal 2D plane. Many others are attached other 2D planes. Usually we want Objects stay on plane. Usually we want to move Objects in the local X or Y directions.   

"Most elementary acts of design are 2 dimensional."  

(Works in either SketchUp Make or SketchUp Pro: versions 16 and later.)

(Please send questions to the support email.  Questions posted as Reviews may not be answered.)

Watch the 4 videos, download the free trial, read the help file.

Version Release Notes included in Help (User Guide).


2DXY SlickMoves by Barry Milliken - information

I must say, as a lot as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt help but lose interest after a while bouncing balls , red ball

What a great extension.

Many thanks!

Barry Milliken's picture

You're welcome. It amazed me that SketchUp lacked these tools right out of the box. So I added them myself.

kiwi10's picture

I can recommend this extension, though I use it in combo with "s4u-align" and "JF MoveIt" (sketchucation.com). To be frank it took me some time to implement all the 2DXY-tools effectively into my workflow. I guess that a 30-days trial would convince more people to buy it.

Update for Version 3.0: Now the Resize tools works perfectly for us using metric units. Thanks for sorting out this issue so swiftly after I brought it to your attention, Barry:)

Summary: I have used this versatile tool for almost a year now and would recommend it to all people out there who are still on the fence. It has really saved me a lot of time on all of my projects so far.

Rotate and Mirror are my favorite tools, i use them every other minute. Nevertheless Resize tool,a lifesaver

very useful plugin, it could save a lot of time to align groups and components, thanks for this plugin... :)

tomasz c's picture

Not perfect but very nice. Don't work in " local space" [in group etc.];

tomasz c's picture

...or maybe needs alternativ 'line\axis' to align/spacing things .. in some cases

Barry Milliken's picture

SlickMoves can align objects to any edge or vector in 3D space. For most situations it is only necessary to first select (or temporarily create and select) an appropriate face as the "active XY plane". In some cases you need to first use the SketchUp Axis tool. This is covered the the video "What's new in 2DXY SlcikMoves 2.0" and in the User Guide. The above applies for either nested or unnested objects.

tomasz c's picture

Yes everything work fine; again thanks for that tools; there are very helpful

DIRK S's picture

Great assortment of modification tools. Simple and easy to use. For me the resize tool alone is worth the cost. Very useful! Barry responds immediately to any questions or comments. Good plugin!

Rick G's picture

I have purchased both 2DXY Site Survey and SlickMoves ! They both work extremely well and are huge time savers! Well done Barry! Also, the support from Barry has been 2nd to none and very much appreciated. Let me know when you develop the next time saver Barry!

Fred J's picture

Beautiful plugin, efficient modelling tools; specially thanks for all prompt help

deleted's picture

Great plugin, one thing i don't understand is what the different between mirror tools and flip along red,green in sketchup?

Barry Milliken's picture

With the SlickMoves Mirror tool:
1. You can select multiple objects for mirroring without the entire selection being treated as a temporary group. So each object mirrors independently of the others and about its own local axes. (SlickMoves RotateZ and Resize also work this way). If you select 2 or more objects and do a "flip along", you can only mirror by global axes, not the individual local axes.
2. You don't have to remember which axis is which color.
3. One click to mirror versus (a click then mouse traversal of hierarchical context menu, then another click).

deleted's picture

Thanks for your explanation...

Pejman T's picture

Can you make a 2015 version?
I like the plugin.. But I do not have plan to upgrade my 2015 just because I recently bought a pro one..
I think (80%) it is compatible with 2014 and 2015 since the ruby core is not changed a lot...

Waiting for 2015..

best regards

Barry Milliken's picture

If you recently bought SketchUp Pro 2015, then I believe that you get free upgrades for a year.
It was discovered that the weak encryption used in SketchUp (Pro or Make) 2015 was hacked and that allowed hackers to steal extensions without paying. SketchUp 2016 fixed this. So I waited to release 2DXY SlickMoves for only Sketchup 2016.

2DXY SlickMoves also works with Sketchup Make which is free for all versions.

Behnam T.'s picture

the price is not resonable ...
curently there are free tools which do the job ..including cadfather q align ,mover 2, etc...
so there is no need to spend so mush for buying something that could be found free

most of all ...it do not support prior vertions: su 8 ~ 2015

Barry Milliken's picture

If you watch all the videos and download the free trial, you will see that 2DXY SlickMoves is much more powerful and general purpose that those are.

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2DXY SlickMoves (3.0.0); May 28, 2017
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While I love to use SketchUp for 3D design, many basic design tasks are fundamentally 2D. My extensions will enable and streamline such tasks. I am a licensed architect and have been an avid SketchUp user since the first beta release in 2000. (See my architectural website nearby.) I have been using 3D CAD since 1977, and also have developed extensions to other 2D and 3D CAD systems at various times since then.
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