AR-media Plugin
With AR-media™ Plugin you can visualize 3D models using Augmented Reality directly in the real physical space which surrounds you.
AR-media Plugin

With AR-media™ Plugin, Trimble SketchUp™ users are allowed to visualize their 3D models using Augmented Reality directly in the real physical space which surrounds them. In a very precise sense, through AR-media™ Plugin, SketchUp™ 3D models can be visualized out of the digital workspace directly on users' desktop, by connecting a simple webcam and by printing a suitable code. 
By means of the Exporting feature, users can create and publish augmented reality files autonomously. Files created by this feature can be visualized on any computer with the freely available AR-media™ Player, without the need of having Trimble SketchUp™ and the Plugin installed. Users can now create their own SketchUp™ Augmented Reality models and distribute them to their clients as independent, stand-alone files and let their clients experience such models in Augmented Reality in a click. 
The AR-media™ Plugin provides users with an advanced visualization functionality which serves two main purposes:

  • Study and analyze scaled virtual prototypes in real environments
  • Communicate 3D projects immersively and astonishingly

All you need to make AR-media™ Plugin work is a personal computer, a webcam and a printed code attached to the software. A wide range of Head Mounted Displays, including eMagin, i-glasses™ are also supported.


Latest version of the AR-media™ Plugin comes with a lot of new features that make it suitable for the creation of high quality Augmented Reality content. Besides increasing creative possibilities, the new features enhance designer's control over Augmented Reality workflow and visualization.

Major features available in the latest version


  • Video objects support for iOS devices: AR-media video objects can be displayed in iOS Player.
  • Geo-located models for iOS devices: you can now use iOS Player to display virtual models in the real world without any marker.
  • Exporter for iOS devices: you can now create .armedia files which can be displayed using AR-media™ Player for iOS. 
  • Chroma key videos: you can play videos created with the chroma key technique (both green and blue screen is supported) as textures on your 3D objects.
  • Linked Markers: it is now possible to display a single model on two or more markers, granting the possibility to display the same object with different viewpoints.
  • Layers' Management: 3D objects can be placed on different layers, which can be displayed independently during the AR visualization.
  • Timed Slideshow: you can organize your 3D contents to act as a set of slides. In fact, each layer can be displayed for a chosen time interval and then replaced with the following layer.
  • Shadows: you can now configure the sunlight in SketchUp™ to cast shadows on 3D objects, in order to obtain a more realistic visualization. Moreover, you can interact with this light source in real-time, moving it and modifying the shadows' visualization.
  • Clipping/Sectioning: thanks to the Clipping planes' management features, it is possible to create sections of 3D objects in real-time.


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This Extention dose not work. I have tried to get it to work and have encounterd endless problems. It seems that if you want to use this extention which sounds amazing you have to jump through about a thousand diffrent hoops and even then it wont work. i am outraged at how difficult it is to simply use this extention. I have been trying for an hour and the only thing i have recived is pure unadulterated rage at the people who have made this monstrosity. I dont really understand how someone could make a simple task so mind bogelingly difficult. You have the software and it could be amazing but you put it behind layer upon layer or signing in downloading this and downloading that, that at the end i am so mad im willing to throw my computer accross the room. When i started haveing the problems i thought ok well lets take a look at the forums to try and fix this and i found the exact problem i was having. Turns out im not the only one which is good but when i looked to find a solution i found this. I havent the faintest idea how this is supposed to help me fix this issue so thankyou. You have completly waisted my time and patience. Overall this is the worst extention i have ever tryed to download and it is truly disapointing and discrasefull.

jumpjack2 .'s picture

Never mind, this is obsolete technology: now there is ARcore technology (on Android) and Sketchfab site/app, so you can get Augmented Reality without any marker at all.

It' supported on Android 7+

jumpjack2 .'s picture

After deeper investigation, here are my conclusions:

Summary of compatible plugin versions::
SU7: 1.0
SU8: from 1.0 to 2.2
SU2013: from 1.0 to 2.2
SU2014: 2.3
SU2015: 2.3? (possible issues due to switch to 64 bit)
SU2017: 2.3? (possible issues due to Ruby update from 2.0 to 2.2)

jumpjack2 .'s picture

ARMedia plugin is compatible only with Google Sketchup, not Trimble Sketchup, i.e. only with sketchup versions released before 2013 acquisition of Sketchup by Trimble.
It should work with Skecthup 8 and maybe Sketchup 2013.
This post talks about update to Sketchup 2014, but I didn't test it yet:

I'm currently struggling to get the plugin working again with SU2013: I installed SU2016 and SU2017 before figuring out the declared compatibility issues, so now I've broken my plugin installation ad I am no more able to recover it...

I'll write here if I find a solution.

In the meantime, here you can find old versions of sketchup:

Please note that old and new versions of Sketchup CAN coexist installed on same PC, at least up to SU2016: I was used to use SU8 to design and SU2013 to use Armedia plugin, while SU 2016 was also present in my system (but not working with the plugin).

It should also be noted that after SU2013 the plugin script language (Ruby) switched to version 2.0, incompatible with previous ones, hence many plugins designed for SU2013 and previous versions cannot work with subsequent versions of SU unless updated by developer.

I have downloaded it many times today and it doesn't seem to work with my SketchUp Make 2017.
I used to use it without any issues, but have not been successful so far. I would really appreciate any help you can give me on this.

Jonathan C's picture

Use the extension Augment..... Much easier and with 2017

help !!! how to install this extension ???

cdckjn's picture

I have problems installing this Plugins as most of the Youtube videos shows installing on Sketchup 8 while I am currently using SketchUp 2016. Please advise and help!

Hector M.'s picture

i download the aplication. i installed in my computer (macbook air). and when i wanted to run the plugin. i got this ad : please run trimble sketchup.... sketchup make 15 is open. and nothing happens....
so i close sketchup and i open it again. i try the plugin and i get the same ad...
tell me please what can i do?

Keith D's picture

Yeah - I went through all the steps to License, Install and review the Users Mannual, and … nothing. No pallet, no tool set, no information.
Using SU2015 on MacBookPro (2014).

Jonathan C's picture

Doesn’t work with latest version Mac SU 2015.

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Robert V's picture

... and SketchUp 2015?
Tried it - "NO SU-installation found" during installation of the plugin :-(
Really no support for the newest version of SU?! What a pitty...

Gimme A B.'s picture

I downloaded the free version it directly from their site and it is a really cool plugin. However. it displays their logo on the screen as a watermark, very annoying, I understand they want sell it, but at 250 euros or 320 dollars, they're crazy to think people will purchase it when the code is available as open source in many venues. I'll pay 25 dollars max for this app or plugin whatever you wanna call it. If they were serious about their work they should offer it at more affordable rates, considering sketchup users are in the thousands, maybe more than that. It's a really good plugin, but stop being greedy.

Nurlan A.'s picture

Only am I didn't understood what was showed in this video?)))

Akshay K.'s picture

uninstall plugin- win7- goto app data- roaming- sketch up folder- plugins- delete

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Chooyod D's picture

I have installed AR plugin for window7, then activated a free license, but somehow SU2013 shows up an error message as
" Cannot locate the main files to start AR-media(TM) Plugin. Corrupt installation".
Please make a suggestion.


Mike's picture

Cool app. I downloaded it to see what it's all about. After a checking it out i realize that i really don't have a use at this point for this style of presentation. Most of mine are face to face. I cant seem to figure out how to uninstal… could you help?

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