Eneroth Visual Merge
Hide the seam between groups/components where they touch. Perfect to get rid of those unpleasant edges between e.g. a slab and a wall.
Eneroth Visual Merge

Visually merges groups/components by hiding the edges and faces where they touch without altering their shape.

Unlike a solid operation these changes are only cosmetic on the surface and doesn't alter the shape of the objects in any way. The meaning of the original geometry (e.g. what is a slab and what is a wall) is retained and the visual merge can be reset in just two clicks.

Also quite unlike solid operations all groups and components are supported, whether they are solid or not.

The plugin only affects geometry that lies loosely in a group/components and ignores nested group/components. You can e.g. hide the seam between a wall and a slab without having to care about windows that resides within the wall group.

Activated from Context Menu > Visually Merge or Extensions > Eneroth Visual Merge

Limitations

May produce unexpected results for overlapping groups/components. First use Solid Trim to make sure they only touches and don't overlap.

Only works between groups/components in the same drawing context.

With profile edges enabled edges where different parts meet will be shown as profiles, as always when showing profile edges.

Peculiarity with SU 2018 Section Fills

SketchUp 2018 section fills doesn't work if any of the binding faces is hidden. In my view this is a bug; hiding a face doesn't in my view change the solid volume defined by the group/component, it just hides the face. However, to make this plugin play better with SU2018 a setting has ben added for not hiding the adjacent faces between groups/components when visually merging them.

By default faces are hidden to prevent the interior faces from bleeding through the exterior faces. You can change it from Extensions > Eneroth Visual Merge > Settings > Hide Faces when Merging.

Note that this setting is saved on a per model basis for best portability. If you want it to apply to new models, save a model with the setting toggled as a template.

Also please note that changing this setting doesn't affect already visually merged geometry, only what is merged from this point on.

Reviews

Good Morning
My trial version has expired
How do I buy?
I Can't find any icon here?

Eneroth3's picture

Good morning to you too!

The big red Purchase button is currently replaced by a button saying Temporarily Unavailable. I wasn't aware of this before seeing your comment. I do hope the purchase option is brought back soon. As I'm not running the Extension Warehouse, just using it to sell my extensions, I'm afraid there isn't anything I can do about this.

Thibaut D's picture

Great little plugin, very useful for creating complex modular model with a clean look.

I notice a potential issue in SketchUp 2018 though:

When using a style with the new "Section fill" option, groups that are normally cut and filled stop filling on the section when visual merge is applied to the groups.
This makes the new "Section Fill" style option pretty useless when using this plugin.

Is that an expected behaviour? Any way to avoid this problem?
Cheers,

Thibaut

Eneroth3's picture

Ouch. I just tested with section fills and you are absolutely correct. For some reason the section fill feature ignored hidden faces (but only when hidden geometry is hidden). To me this is a quite illogical behavior; hiding faces doesn't alter the volume defined by said faces, it merely hides the faces. Toggle displaying hidden geometry has absolutely nothing to do with what volumes the faces defines, yet it affects fill. I'll try to bring this up with the SketchUp devs.

GENKI_TT's picture

I updated to 2018 and I noticed the same problem.
If the surface is hidden, I think that it is very natural that the crossing line (section line) between the hidden surface and the section plane will be hidden.
I want the following options for this plugin, do not hide the contacting surface (or just hide only the contacting edge).

Eneroth3's picture

UPDATE: The plugins is now patched to optionally not hide the adjacent faces when visually merging. Due to the problems described in my previous comment the old behavior is the default behavior. Note that the setting is saved on a per model basis to simplify working on the same model on various machines.

GENKI_TT's picture

Great!
Thank you for rapid update!
I uncheck the option 'hide face when merging' and I could fill the section.

By the way, on mac (macOSX high sierra, SU2018) sometime the tool icon didn't work.
The tool icon didn't highlighted even if I select to merge objects (gropus).
Extention menu works fine.

Eneroth3's picture

I agree that the section cut line where a hidden face intersects the section plane should be hidden. However I don't think the the visibility state should affect the section fill since hiding a face, in my view, doesn't change the solid volume represented by the faces. I have taken this up with the SU devs and hope SketchUp's behavior will be tweaked.

When developing this plugin I actually originally only hid the edges, not the faces. However the faces bleed through if they aren't visible too. You can test it yourself by drawing two cubes next to each other and only hide the corresponding edges; a thin line from the interior faces will appear. However this may not a big problem when producing drawings as you usually have hidden line style for that, or have the camera aligned to the outer face.

I need to think more about this but I may add an option.

Thibaut D's picture

Yes, this is strange. But doing some quick tests, it seems that simply cutting a surface with a cutting component breaks the section fill as well. It seems that this new option is a bit too fragile for reliable use... most likely something the SketchUp developers need to fix it before it can be use reliably on real models...

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เมษา ฉ's picture

My mastercard in Thailand was not accepted .How can I do?

Eneroth3's picture

I just found a thread in the user forum with another user having the same problem: https://forums.sketchup.com/t/extension-warehouse-webshop-trouble/53141

It could be an error with the Extension Warehouse.

เมษา ฉ's picture

It said something like only US and EU cards accepted.
So my card was rejected.

Eneroth3's picture

Could you email a printscreen of the exact error message you get to eneroth3@gmail.com? I'll try to contact the SketchUp team and check if EW is supposed to be limited to EU and USA only.

Eneroth3's picture

Hi

As I am not running the store, just using it to sell my extensions, there is unfortunately not much I can do regarding issues with payments. I think SketchUp's customer service is the best place to get help.

https://help.sketchup.com/en/contact

Hope this helps!

Ordered to deduct money. But not yet What to do

Eneroth3's picture

I don't understand. Do you want a refund?

I bought through the card. But I can not install it.

Eneroth3's picture

You need to open the Extension Warehouse from within SketchUp (Window Extension Warehouse) and from there you can install it.

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How can I know that the installer is not a trial?, I bought with credit.

Yellow D's picture

this looks cool. now i wish me an unvisible delete.

all what not visible will be deleted. so i have only the outer shell.
some objects i build with more details. inside walls, doors, funiture etc. all this i would delete with a plugin.
is this possibe?

Eneroth3's picture

That sounds very much like Outer Shell in SketchUp's solid tools.

Pirun S.'s picture

It basic good but not active about deep sub group of object or more object. is there any way to solve it ? thank you.

Eneroth3's picture

This is by design. If you place sub-components, e.g. power points inside a wall group, you should be able to hide the seams between walls without SketchUp having to compare each and every face in the power point sockets to see if they touch.

What is your use case?

Francisco Rodolfo Prieto's picture

Hello, The application is excellent but, when I use the application in different layers at same time does not work, is there any way to solve it? Thank you

Eneroth3's picture

I can't reproduce this. Could you elaborate what you are having problems with?

amnath H.'s picture

But invoices come to mind

Eneroth3's picture

If you are having problems installing the extension try using the Extension Warehouse browser within SketchUp. If you have problems signing in, try clicking the small sign in button in the lower left corner of the main SketchUp window.

amnath H.'s picture

Why did not you buy it

kiwi10's picture

You can also choose to use the "s4u Hide Line" plugin to get to the same result, ...but it will take a bit / much more time getting there depending on the complexity of the groups/components you want to alter.

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Eneroth Visual Merge (1.0.3); December 13, 2017
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