Animation SUalive Free
SUalive makes your model alive. Animate goups and components
Animation SUalive Free

SUalive Free 2.40 Update

 - replay slider on top window. Also allows for rendering any frame you like.

  - online help aivailable from SUalive Help menu

SUalive Full and Light versions released

  - only from at first

4 new animation videos on website home page.

Have Fun!

SUalive Team


Three versions Free or Light or Full. Not only animating camera but any group or component can move and rotate and scale or else follow any path you draw in your model. All these actions at the same time. SUalive knows about nested groups and components which have their own life. SUalive exports the right number of frames per second for smooth standalone video with constant flow.

You can fully manage your animation frame one after another through the API allowing for rendering and more broadly any extension you would like to plug or else any ruby code you may develop for.

Help and training videos - 6 clips about 30 minutes - from toolbar left button or <F1> key.

Please visit about Snapshots and QuickStart and API and available versions.


Français : Trois versions Free, Light ou Full. SUalive n'anime pas uniquement la caméra mais déplace, pivote et redimensionne tous les groupes et composants qui peuvent aussi suivre un chemin tracé dans votre modèle et ce simultanément. SUalive reconnait les groupes et composants imbriqués qui ont leur propre vie. SUalive exporte le nombre requis d'images par seconde afin d'obtenir des vidéos fluides à débit constant.

Vous pouvez piloter votre animation image par image grace à l'API. Render extensions et plus généralement tout plugin peut y être branché. Bien entendu vous pouvez aussi developper vos propres scripts.

Aide et videos de formation en cliquant sur le premier bouton de la barre d'outils ou par la touche <F1>


SUalive Talk about / A propos de. English or Français si vous le souhaitez

SUalive easily recognizes the nested groups and components which contain their own life. SUalive exports the exact number of frames each second for producing smooth independent video with continuous flow.

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Here the video of the tool is share and it makes much easy for me to understand it. This tool makes easy to make more animation pictures and video. Can you share the link to download this tool? Thanks for this informative computer repair

jumpjack2 .'s picture

There is really some issue in creating snapshots; it looks like they can be created unless project name and file name are the same.... Is that possible? Or maybe it's a matter of clicking save&reload button at the "right" time... I don't know. All I know is that if I follow EXACTLY the steps in the demo movie, it works, but if I miss "something" (what?) it does not...
Shouldn't be enough to...?
1) Click "new project"
2) Give a name to the project
3) Associate .skp file
4) Start creating snapshots

Any action required between 3) and 4) should be automatically performed by the program, in my opinion!

Additionally, I think some tooltips explaining which option is available in which version would save the authors a lot of time in replying to emails...

Bug: face-me component are not properly handled by the plugin.

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello jumpjack2.

…Or maybe it's a matter of clicking save&reload button at the "right" time…
You probably give the “right” answer. In a perfect world SketchUp model is never modified along animation process. This way, no issue! BUT in the real world we need to add any group we missed which should be animated. Here comes save&reload button. The next release – by the end of this month - will see a blinking orange colour so that you never miss that need. Please, also remember SUalive Free aims tiny projects and be aware modifying SketchUp model along animation may break all previous snapshots – only interpolation drawback. They are nothing more than photo that cannot be modified.

…Shouldn't be enough to...?
Once more you’re right! But only from SUalive Free version perspective which is nothing more than a subset of SUalive Full. Light and Full versions are able to deal with multiple SketchUp models inside a single project. Each project can be split in smaller sequence and so forth. All this makes we can’t automate more than what you know.

…I think some tooltips…
You know what? You are right! This month release will additionally see full help from our website. Maybe any tutorial and new video. A bit too early to tell you!

…Bug: face-me…
Added on ToDo list but priority is now on publishing help and next release.

…Question: can free version also animate camera orientation?...
You can learn about version related features from our website, versions tab.

… generate a Sketchup Scene per each animation…
Older version had but we got rid of as SketchUp would probably not support dozen or hundreds of scenes. As instance 30fps * 60sec = 1800 scenes. How to deal with 1800 tabs inside SketchUp?

…associate a renderer plugin…
If you want any renderer to work, please ask the extension maker for contacting us. We will be all our best to please you.

By the way I’m hard negotiating frame by frame replay slider available on SUalive Free. I hope my peers are going to agree on next Friday meeting - today is still holiday. Probably not all features available but basically replaying from the window top slider.

Have a good week-end.

I just installed SU alive but most of the options in the menu don't work (for instance, I'm not able to change the frames per second).
My goal is to rotate around my existing model but none of the options in the Rotation menu are working.
Unfortunately the help website is down until 2018.
Can anyone help?

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello Julia

Please have a look to version tab – expand sections you are interested in - where you will find all needed answers.

The help website is not down until 2018 but let me explain…
We have recently got some inquiries about message "Can not animate. No action to play" when pressing ‘Run All’ button. We checked our code one more time but didn’t find anything wrong.
As a probable answer to the issue we bring forward new SUalive Quick Start version – should have been released early 2018. Have a look at QuickStart video, second 0’22

2.38 Prior versions do not blink ‘Save and Reload’ button as instance. 2.38 release expected early 2018 but main features SUalive Free version have no change. Just some improvements and minor bugs as you may see below.

Best Regards
SUalive Team

SUalive 4u's picture


We have found out a bug effecting SUalive Free version up to 2.37.60314 – thanks to macfreek. Sometimes SUalive loses reference group to SketchUp model. This occurs:
1 – SUalive running.
2 – SUalive model not loaded in SketchUp.
3 – [Adjust Sel Times] button clicked at the bottom right.
Adjusting selected actions in such context lead to bug. Next [Run All] will show ‘Can not animate. No action to play’.

Next release expected early 2018 will fix that bug.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Best Regards.
SUalive Team

Valmer P's picture

i got to ask, does su alive compatible with su 2014 pro? because mine not working.
i cannot called any snapshots

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello Valmer P

SUalive works the same on Free or Make or Pro SketchUp version from 8 to latest.

You're not the first writing about not taking snapshots. So the following assume
- your model holds Group and/or Component
- you ever know about our replies below

It's odd that some experience trouble with snapshots and my first thought would be it may come from external issue.
Despite we do not provide support on SUalive Fee may you send an e-mail with your model attached?
I don't see any other way at the time.
Please let me know here when sent.

Best Regards


Edit 2017-sept
Looks like some of you get lost with snapshots which are only shown on source and target lists. We are going to add a counter at the edit-name left. This counter will be updated each time user clicks New or Delete snapshot. Counter looks like this (02) .
We hope that helps!
SUalive Team
Edit end

B.L. A's picture

Keeps prompting me for a project name but never enters it in the box.

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello B.L. A

You probably typed diacritical character in name. Preserving backward compatibility down to SketchUp 8 led us to only use 126 first Ascii characters. here is the character list you can use.
?@!%&$~#^*+-=.() 0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ_abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
Please as far as you can avoid the first sixteen group making names from 0 to 9, space, A to Z, underscore, hyphen and a to z

I raise your issue at top list of bugs. So the next version will see SUalive checking for right characters in project names.

have a good week-end

B.L. A's picture

Please indicate the diacritical character in the following: Colony Ship. Otherwise, you might want to fix your buggy extension instead of make excuses.

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello B.L A

I don't really understand.
What do you expect from us in details ?

Bes Regards

B.L. A's picture

I didn't use any unusual characters. The extension is broken, or there is some obscure step needed before entering a project name.

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello B.L. A

No obscure step before ProjectName needed. Just click NewProject then ProjectName.
I'm wondering if such issue would not come from writing in ProjectLocation folder. So may you
- click NewProject icon on toolbar
- click ProjectsLocation on first row right after path text box, small yellow folder icon three black dots inside.
- select another ProjectLocation folder you know you can write in like MyDocument or MyPicture
- click ProjectName
Does it work?

Best Regards

B.L. A's picture

FYI, the folders are not locked, and it doesn't matter which folder I select. I can't enter a project name.

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello B.L. A,

I really don’t know what’s going on !
May you contact us – e-mail - from with the following code in subject field
I will get your message...

Best Regards


Doesn't work. Lets me install but will not take snapshot

Billy H's picture

Same issue

SUalive 4u's picture

Hi Billy H,

I've just installed version downloaded from here but all working right! I can take snapshots.

Nevertheless I am able to make SUalive not properly working getting "Nothing valid to run" message - meaning snapshots are not right. Sometimes you can see 'SaveAndReload' button blinking on the toolbar - small house icon with yellow star, 11th from the left. Take care of this command and always clicks if blinking - thin blinking square around icon.

At design time always have a look at this button before snapshot taking. If you've got snapshots then see SaveAndReload blinking you're probably going to meet hard times! delete snapshots or better if you're beginner start a new project then take care of that button state before jumping into animation process. Easy-to-use snapshots hold their own drawbacks. model must be right before processing.

Hope this helps
Have a good day

Edit 2017-sept
Looks like some of you get lost with snapshots which are only shown on source and target lists. We are going to add a counter at the edit-name left. This counter will be updated each time user clicks New or Delete snapshot. Counter looks like (02).
We hope that helps!
SUalive Team
Edit end

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello XX.
We could help but please may you open a thread under 'General discussion' - forum links above.
Best Regards

Another problem with a small example:
When running animation, the shadow of moving object is not re-computed at each time. So it is the initial shadow which is displayed. Disapointment... Except for Peter Pan ;)

SUalive 4u's picture

Not an issue Camille!
just not available on SUalive Free - albeit we are thinking about. Checking 'Update each frame ' from 'Project' tab does the job.


On "Project" tab, when selecting a "Sketchup file", the file .skp is correctly copied in project folder (corresponding to Location\Name), but the file is not displayed : only a '-' dash.
And 'refresh' button does nothing. (Sketchup 2015). Other tabs are not unlocked.
Best regards.

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello Camille R.

Perhaps more than one model.skp in Project folder? SUalive free expects only one project file.
If not or need more help, may you open a thread under 'General discussion' - forum links above.

Attention SUalive Free accepte un unique fichier model.skp dans le dossier Projet. Peut-être la source du problème?
Sinon ou si vous souhaitez notre aide, pourriez vous ouvrir un nouveau fil sous 'General discussion' (lien vers les forums ci-dessus)

Best Regards

It'is solved. Perharps the .skp file name contained two dot.
Now, It seems that this "free" version only allow "interpolation action" (no rotation, camera or translation actions). Is it true ?
Best regards.

SUalive 4u's picture

Glad it works!
You're right Camille. SUalive Free allows for small projects as you may have read from our website. SUalive Light goes further with nearly everything available and SUalive Full is all about money making as I will demonstrate in some months.


Tomas K.'s picture

SUalive is not installing!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello Tomas K.

Looks a bit strange!
Please post on 'General discussion' - forums links above - with details about what happens if you need help - Version, OS and so on.

Have a good week

Alex  M's picture

Can you export the animations outside SketchUP in fbx/dae or are they usable just inside it?

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello Alex,

Perhaps in the future but there is nothing planned at the moment.

Best Regards

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello Daniel R.

- In short
Explode scaled group then regroup. of course you need to update snapshots encompassing this group

- Details
Model and its structure are keys about easy animation. Try to parallel your group axis to model axis and group to animate in SketchUp does not like transformation like scale or flip. You can scale or flip group with SUalive but group should not have transformation before. If so explode then regroup!
Have a look at SUalive Help - from left menu - then click |Shower Cabins|. The "shower cabin Anton B" - you may also download from bottom link - has a sliding door with such transformation. That's why at video second 51 we show SketchUp Outliner then select that group. We explode then regroup before snapshot making.
You may have a trial without and see what happens?
Besides never forget SUalive Free aims small projects

Please and to the extend possible we would prefer such question about technical issue takes place any general discussion on above forums

- En bref
Eclatez le groupe puis créez un nouveau groupe. Bien entendu vous devrez refaire les instantanés (snapshots) qui contiennent ce groupe.

- Détails
Le modèle et sa structure sont les clés d'une animation aisée. Essayez de travailler avec des groupes parallèles aux axes du modèle et souvenez vous que les groupes à animer dans SketchUp n'aiment pas beaucoup les transformations telles que mise à échelle et effet miroir. Vous pouvez mettre à échelle ou faire des miroirs avec SUalive mais pas sur des groupes possédant déjà une transformation. Dans ce dernier cas éclatez et regroupez!
Jetez un oeil à l'aide, accessible à partir du menu de gauche, puis cliquez sur |Shower Cabins|. Le modèle "shower cabin AntonB" téléchargé (lien aussi disponible en bas de page) contient une porte coulissante avec une telle transformation. C'est pourquoi (seconde 51) nous affichons la fenêtre de structure puis nous éclatons et créons un nouveau groupe avant de commencer l'animation.
Vous pourriez faire un essais sans cette correction pour voir?
En outre n'oubliez pas que SUalive Free est destiné au petits projets.

S'il vous plaît et dans la mesure de votre possible, nous préférerions que les questions techniques soient posées sur l'un des forums ci-dessus dans les discussions générales

Best Regards
Tip : always keep in mind easy animation relates on well structured model and over all messy model will never correctly animate

I got a Scale problem when i do the animation

SUalive 4u's picture

Hello Rognel C.

SUalive is meant to work with any Render extension. However there are three perspectives.

1 - Render Extension is SketchUp Fully Integrated.
Nothing to do out of switching between options "Pure animation" or "Full action" or "Each frame"

2 - Otherwise Your Way
If you like dealing with Ruby SUalive offers a three-level API you may read about from our website tab 'API'. Full power over SUalive that is able to run silently - No user interface shown.

3 - Otherwise From Render Extension
You need to follow render extension if they developed inside script to fully drive SUalive. Notice you may ask your extension provider for contacting our staff. We would be pleased to help.

Please and if you would like more deeply dive into API open a new topic on any forum above, section Application programming interface

SUalive est sensé fonctionner avec toutes les extensions de rendu à partir de trois perspectives.

1 - L'extension de rendu est Complètement intégrée à SketchUp
Rien à faire sinon faire votre choix entre les options "Pure animation" ou "Full action" ou "Each frame"

2 - Sinon à Votre Façon Personnelle
Si vous aimez les scripts Ruby, SUalive vous offre trois niveaux d'API que vous pouvez découvrir sur notre site web, onglet 'API'. Vous pilotez entièrement l'animation, fenêtre SUalive masquée (pas d'interface visuelle).

3 - Sinon à partir de l'Extension de Rendu
Vous devez suivre les instructions de votre extension de rendu à condition qu'ils aient développé leur propre script. Notez que vous pouvez faire une demande à votre fournisseur d'extension afin qu'il contacte notre équipe. Nous sommes disponible pour toute aide.

S'il vous plaît et dans le cas ou vous souhaiteriez plus de détails sur notre API, veuillez ouvrir une nouvelle discussion dans l'un des deux forums ci-dessus (section Interface de programmation)

Best Regards

Rognel C.'s picture

este funciona con con VRAY haciendo un video?

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