It is important to have an understanding of the key terms used throughout this guide:
Object: Refers to any Group, Component, or Profile Member in your SketchUp model
Profile Member: Refers to an object that was created using the Profile Builder extension for SketchUp. It is not necessary to have Profile Builder in order to use Quantifier Pro. However, if you create objects using Profile Builder, quantity reports will be more accurate for certain types of objects.
Child Object: Refers to an object that is nested inside another object. For example, a Group inside of a Component is a child object of the Component.
Open the Main Dialog
Select Objects in your model
Select Components or Groups and the Quantifier dialog will instantly report the quantities of the selection.
If you use the Profile Builder extension and there are Profile Members in your model, these objects will also be reported in the 'Profile Members' field.
Tips for using Quantifier Pro
- Put Objects with different physical properties on different Layers. For example, put objects made out of Concrete on a 'Concrete' layer and put objects made out of 'Wood' on a 'Wood' layer, and so on. This will result in accurate weight and cost estimates as long as the layer cost data properties have been set correctly.
- Avoid using the SketchUp scale tool on an Object. Rather, first double-click to enter Component edit mode and then scale the faces and edges inside the Object.
- Avoid using the SketchUp push / pull tool to modify the length of a Profile Member. Rather, use the Path Edit tool or the Extend tool.
- If you have Profile Builder, create objects using Profile Members as much as possible to get the most accurate quantity reports.
Length of Standard Objects
The length of standard groups and components is calculated using the maximum dimension of the object's bounding box. This can be a problem for objects that were created using the Follow Me tool or other types of objects that do not follow a simple straight line.
In the image above, it is likely the total combined length of both segments that the user is interested in. The length reported for this object is 6 ft.
Length of Profile Member Objects
Profile Members are special parametric objects that remember the length of the extrusion path that was used to create them. Therefore, when the Profile Member is selected, the total length of both segments is reported instead of the bounding box length.
- The totals displayed in the Quantifier dialog are dependent on whether 'Report Child Objects' is checked. If this is checked, then all objects that are nested inside the selected objects will also be included in the displayed totals.
- When auto-refresh is enabled, the totals will be recalculated each time you select a different object using the Select tool.
- If auto-refresh is disabled, use the 'Refresh' button to recalculate the totals in the dialog.
- The quantities displayed are the totals for the selected objects (including child objects if the checkbox is activated)
- The total for Groups / Components is the number of non-profile member groups and components within the selection.
- The cost total may not match the cost displayed in the Cost Inspector tool since the Cost Inspector never includes costs from child objects.
Customizing Units and Precision
- Click the 'Report Settings' button in the main toolbar.
- Adjust the Units and Precision settings as desired.
- The units and precision settings that you choose will be used for the Quantifier dialog and other reports.