3D Text Editor
Create and modify 3D text geometry.
3D Text Editor

The result of Basecamp 2012 Ruby Challenge: A 3D text editor! Modify the 3D text at any time.

OSX Issues

This plugin doesn't work as well under OSX as it does under Windows. I'm looking into the issue.

Menus & Toolbars

  • Draw » Editable 3d Text
  • Context Menu » Edit Text

Requirements

Related Links

CookieWare

I'd be happy if you donate a cookie (or a beer) if you find my plugins useful.

Reviews

Does it write in other Languages?

ThomThom's picture

I'm not sure I understand the question? The extension just let you pick the font to use?

Viet N's picture

I like it so much, thank!

Andy D's picture

This plugin has worked WONDERFULLY in the past. One of the best sketchup plugins you can get. However, with the new 2017 update, a couple things need to happen.

First... the plugin file needs to be in the RBZ format. An easy fix.

Once it's been loaded into the plugins list, the full font library on my computer doesn't seem to be accessible to the TT_Lib2. It's only pulling system fonts, and non of my custom downloaded fonts. Under the properties, it looks like the permissions are different. "List folder contents" are no longer available. I'm not sure that is the problem, but I'd love to get this solved. I use text all the time for models.

Do you have a workaround for this? Thanks!

Andy D's picture

This plugin has worked WONDERFULLY in the past. One of the best sketchup plugins you can get. However, with the new 2017 update, a couple things need to happen.

First... the plugin file needs to be in the RBZ format. An easy fix.

Once it's been loaded into the plugins list, the full font library on my computer doesn't seem to be accessible to the TT_Lib2. It's only pulling system fonts, and non of my custom downloaded fonts. Under the properties, it looks like the permissions are different. "List folder contents" are no longer available. I'm not sure that is the problem, but I'd love to get this solved. I use text all the time for models.

Do you have a workaround for this? Thanks!

ThomThom's picture

The extension is packaged as RBZ as it always has been. Not sure why you think otherwise?

As for SU2017 - something changed that made the extension fail to fetch the fonts on the system on Windows machines. I don't know what or why.

What properties and permissions are you referring to?

Andy D's picture

The plugin seems to come in ok now. It still isn't loading the full font list. thanks for your reply! I'll look forward to using this extension lots more in the future. It made my life so much easier, and is hands-down my favorite extension of any of them.

We installed this extension however there is no context menu item for editing the text which is why we are trying the extension. Anyone know why this critical piece of the extension is missing

Thomas T.'s picture

You can only edit text created with this extension. If you created it with other means it won't work.

Good day
I installed the plugin on SU2016 and it is working without problems.(Great Plugin thanx)
now i have SU2017 and the plugin do not have the same fonts as in SU2016. Did I miss something?

Thomas T.'s picture

I've heard reports of this. I'm not sure what might be causing it. I presume you are using Windows?

Yes Im running Windows 7 Pro.
The biggest problem now is that SU2017 files can not be opened in earlier versions of SU.

Thomas T.'s picture

From the Save As dialog you can save back to older SU version if needed.

rafa06n .'s picture

gracias maestro!

JohnMcC's picture

Sorry to say it doesn't seem to work in SU 2016 Pro on OS X El Capitan v10.11.4. Have had to uninstall.

It appeared at first to install ok (except that I had to manually download and install TT_Lib2, then restart SU), then Draw/Editable 3D Text menu, and Context menu/Edit Text both appear.

But when I try to enter any new text, or change the text height, the text disappears from the main Sketchup window. And when I try to make any edit change, the text disappears too. And before that, trying to place the default 'Enter text', gave 'No alignment' unless I had the mouse pointer over a face - and even then, wouldn't align to a corner or cPoint, just to On Face.

FlatText Free, FlatText Lite, and FlatText (paid) are possible alternatives, for those needing editable 3D text on a recent Mac.

Todd D. W.'s picture

In case anyone else is having this issue, I installed the extension and restarted Sketchup 8, but it wouldn't work. No matter what I tried within Sketchup. I finally realized that I had to allow internet access through my firewall so that the extension could install the additional library and then it worked. I then re-disabled Sketchup's internet access and it seems to still be working.

호성 조's picture

엔진변속기2동 휴게실

Robert M's picture

Thank you ThomThom - this extension fills a huge void in text handling for SketchUp.

The one serious limitation I am struggling with, however, is the ability to embed an instance of 3D text in a component. There does not seem any way to make each instance of text unique once it's part of a component - as a result, changes to the text on one component wind up changing it across all instances. Maybe I'm doing something wrong or there's a workaround? The "Make unique" option is disabled when the 3D text is selected within a component.

I posted this question in the Community Forums as well.

Izzey23 ..'s picture

Will this work on earl versions of sketchup? Is it only for 8 and up?

ThomThom's picture

hm... It's been a while since I wrote this extension. But I see I tagged it as SU7 compatible.

Syed Ahmed F.'s picture

i love you ThomThom! ☺

russell m's picture

Hi, I'm new to plugins. I downloaded the text editor and the TT_Lib files and installed them into my version 8 sketchup using Window/ Preferences/ Extensions/ then the install extension button. But, I can't see the plugin on the Plugins dropdown menu, or any other menu. How do I use it? Sorry if you have posted instructions somewhere, but I could not find them.

Russ

ThomThom's picture

Hi Russ

This particular extension adds it menus to the Draw menu and the context menu. (Described further up on this page in the description.)
If you don't see the menus there, then check Preferences > Extensions to make sure it's enabled.

russell m's picture

Hi Thom Thom,
great, I can find them now. This works perfectly. Thank you.

Russ

noom R.'s picture

so good

Dimitris Theocharis's picture

Hi, I have also a problem... :-)
After some days, I cannt use this extension... I have not a possibility to change or to create a 3d text.(see the attachment). Any suggestion?
Thanks in adwance.

I use Sketchup 2015 pro

ThomThom's picture

There is no attachment to this comment section. Could you make a post at http://forums.sketchup.com/ and post your attachment there. I'll find the post when you make it.

atek s's picture

HI
I have su 2013 and im using 3d text editor version (TT_Lib2-2.9.15) and im getting error.
im making number on a plate each plate have different number from 1 to 90 and when i edit the number 1st i have to wait 20 second and then i get the error
"INTERNET EXPLORER SCRIPT ERROR
AN ERROR HAS OCCURED IN THE SCRIPT ON THIS PAGE
COULD NOT SET THE SELECTED PROPERTY. UNSPECIFIED ERROR"
i can edit the text but the size get disturb and i have to resize it. so can u plz help so that i can get off that error waiting and the text in same size

atek s's picture

i want to know is that plugin working on internet. yes or no
im using internet explorer 6, chrome and mozilla and windows xp

ThomThom's picture

As the description says, it require at least IE9 or newer for Windows users.

ThomThom's picture

What version of Internet Explorer do you have installed?
Also, what Windows version?

Naomi C's picture

Quick questions:
Can you go back to edit what the text says later (as in once you've left the '3D Text Editor' dialogue box)?
Also, what do you mean by "Context Menu » Edit Text"?

ThomThom's picture

Yes - you can edit the text.
"Context Menu" is the menu you get when you right click on things.

fraidoon r's picture

its giving error while installing in mac

ThomThom's picture

And what is the error?
What SketchUp version?
What OSX version?
Need some more details to be able to assist.

E C's picture
E C

Added new two fonts system-wide yet they do npot show up in this app. I’ve turned it off and on. No change. Was going to physically uninstall and reinstall. They are visible, in SketchUp (Make 2015) in the font dialogue box so SketchUp seems to know they are there. Any thoughts? Running OS X Yosemite.

ThomThom's picture

I'm not sure... There appear to some times be issues under OSX, but I've not been able to pin it down. I also don't have Yosemite. I'll have to check with a friend of mine who knows more about how the OSX font system works.

Jared C's picture

Does this extension only pull fonts from the System folder on Mac OS? Any work around for this?

Thanks man. Great extension.

samuel D.'s picture

txs Gbu

Ian Cleasby Drafting & Design's picture

I just installed it as it sounds perfect, but when I restarted I wasn't able to orbit or move in models at all. I opened several but they were all frozen. Went into the plugins folder and deleted the extension and i am back to normal again. let me know if you can fix it as I sounds like a serious time saver for me.

ThomThom's picture

That sounds very strange. The extension shouldn't be affecting the system if it's not active - even then it should not slow things down.

What OS and what SketchUp version are you using?

Mcity 241's picture

Uh, this is kinda useless.

ThomThom's picture

That isn't a whole lot of info to go by. Are you having problems using it? Are you getting errors?

Hernan S's picture

THANK you THANK you THANK you!!! Its a great plugin!

jim R.'s picture

no se a quien se le halla ocurrido pero pero buen plugin

Tiffany K.'s picture

Sorry--Nevermind !

Tiffany K.'s picture

Hello,

Thank you for the plugin. Unfortunately I haven't been able to install it. After clicking "extension" and "install extension", I am brought to my documents. Where would I find it and what should I do next?

Xacker b's picture

nfbg

Gregor S's picture

?

CHRIS Y's picture

does not install on macs