Snap Connector tool
Allows the modeler to embed snap connection points within a group or component. The tool can then snap the parts together (assemble them) based upon those connection points. Can copy & realign parts to each other.
Snap Connector tool

Snap Connector tool by Cadman Inc. for SketchUp. The SnapConnector tm lets you place snap points into Groups and Components in SketchUp, and then quickly align those points, snapping them together. Great for product assembly work.

Once snapconnectors are placed within your groups and components:

1. Click on a Yellow dot to move somewhere else.
2. The dot turns Orange as the point to be moved.
3. Click on a Green dot to move the object to.
4. Use the UpArrow key to rotate the moved stuff around the world Blue (Z) axis
    Use the RightArrow key to rotate around the world Red (X) axis
    Use the LeftArrow key to rotate around the world Green (Y) axis
5. Use the DownArrow key to align the snap connectors exactly, then the Up, Right, and Left arrow keys work about the aligned snap connectors respective axes.
6. Tap the Ctrl key [Option on the Mac] to place a copy of the stuff at the selected 'snap to' point.

7. The snap connector tool tip will use the Name attribute of an embedded snap connector component if present, otherwise the tool tip says: 'Take this'  and   'Snap it here'

Note: to change the amount of rotation per arrow click, edit the connector_names.txt file and specify the degree of rotation number. By default it is set to 90 (90 degrees).

Reviews

Love this extension, makes work flow much faster.
Have had some crash problems, with Pro17 under win 7.

Can the tools be asigned to shortcuts?
I only see the entire program listed in the shortcut menue, not the individual components.
Thanks

Cadman's picture

Only the main tool is on the menu, and hence able to be assigned to a short-cut. There is no context for the other two commands, since one inserts components, and the other turns a layer on or off.

Kerry B's picture

corrections aplied to previous post (bad keyboard)
I had successfully purchased, tested, and used the Snap Connectortoo in Skechup 2016. When I upgraded to 2017 i could not install the purchased version so I went ahead and purchased it again, then installedit in 2017. now when I hover over a component or group that I have added a connector to, I see no yellow square. When I place the connetor cursor over either source o destination point, nothing appears or happens. Pease help..

Mark C's picture

You have to re-install from the Extension Warehouse on the web, but from WITHIN SketchUp.

After you uninstall the trial version you need to end SketchUp.

Then re-start the SketchUp program.
Go to Window> Extension Warehouse and install from your Extensions account. (DO NOT go to Window> Manage Extensions)

Then it will work properly for you.

In terms of using the snap connector, all snap points must be placed WITHIN a group or component for them to work. Otherwise they are just floating tick marks in your file.
Put the snap points around the object then select them all along with the geometry when you make the Group or Component.
Or go into Group editing or Component editing and place the snap points that way.

Let me know if this works for you.
take care,
-Mark

Kerry B's picture

Cadman,
I had successfully purchased, tested, and used the Snap Connectortoo in Skechup 2016. When I upgraded to 2017 i could not install the purchased version so I went ahead and purchased it again, then installedit in 2017. now he I haver over a component or group that I have added a connector to, I see no yellow square. WhenI place the connetor cursor ove either source of estination point, nothing appears or happens. Pease heals

vilaimiller D.'s picture

Snap Connector Show purhase a licensed copy
everytime inused. Meaning of the show screen short?
Thanks,
Thon

Mark C's picture

You need a copy for each computer you want to use the plugin.
If you have been running the trial version on a computer, you must FIRST UNINSTALL the plugin from SketchUp.
Restart SketchUp, and install the extension from within SketchUp using the extension warehouse.

10004iomthon .'s picture

Dear cadman
Today I buy more one and install new pc
Thon

vilaimiller D.'s picture

Dear Cadman
today I buy the Snap connection tools. I can install plugin 3 pc or not
I use this is plugin run normal
Thanks,

Thon ( billysu33thom@gmail.com)

Cadman's picture

You need to buy a copy of snap connector for each install of SketchUp.

mentalworx's picture

Hi Cadman

Can u confirm where u'r at with SU 2016 please ?

Cadman's picture

The testing I have done works in 2016. Please let me know if you see any problems.

Inaki G's picture

Not possible to install in 2015 PRO after purchasing

museyeh's picture

Loading Error : Error Loading File Cadman_SnapConnector.rb
(eval):23:in `read': No such file or directory - ./version.txt

Can you fix that? Thanks!

Mark C's picture

I am unclear as to where this message is coming?

Did you install the plugin through the warehouse? Can you provide a screen shot? If you would contact me directly with these I can track down the problem.

museyeh's picture

Hi Mark C,

(1)I did install the plugin through the warehouse. The plugin works fine in SU Pro2015, but fails to launch in SU Pro 2013 in my case.
(2)Could you please provide me your e-mail address so that I can send you the screen shot? My e-mail address is muse.yeh@gmail.com

Thank you for your attention.

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