Using the Report Maker Tool (v0.3)
Note: We've uploaded a few project files to the Product Connect Gallery for you to use when learning about Product Connect. The Quincy Kitchen Vignette is featured in the video above.
When you click Report Maker , the tool scans your model for Product Connect enabled components, a process which may take a few seconds, depending on the complexity of the model.
The Report Maker tool is located in the Product Connect toolbar (View > Toolbars > Product Connect; see Figure 1); and is also located in the following menus:
Tools > Product Connect > Report Maker.
Plugins > Product Connect > Report Maker.
Figure 1. The Report Maker tool is located in the Product Connect Toolbar.
Note: The Product Connect Gallery includes a number of project files that we’ve uploaded to the Trimble 3D Warehouse in case you feel like using them to test Report Maker.
The Report Maker dialog then gives you the ability to choose which reports you want to export (see Figure 2). If Report Maker finds a product in the model that matches a report type, that report will be selected automatically.
Figure 2 - The Report Maker Dialog, Highlighting Step 1: Selecting Product Schedules.
The Review pane will dynamically load a list of the components that will appear in the selected reports (see Figure 3).
Figure 3 - The Report Maker Dialog, Highlighting Step 2: Reviewing the List of
Components that Report Maker has found in your model.
To the far right of each listed entry in the review pane, you'll see an edit link. Clicking the edit link will open a Product Editor window for that component. This feature is intended to allow you to make last minute changes before exporting your reports.
When you’re ready, click Create Reports .
Report Maker will ask you to choose the folder that you want your reports to be saved in. By default, the reports will be saved to the same folder that your SketchUp model is saved in - but you're welcome to choose a different folder. When you click save, Report Maker will generate the specified reports in CSV format.
Once the files are saved, a handy link is provided in the Report Maker window. Clicking the link will open the file folder containing the reports you've saved.
You can then open the CSV files in a spreadsheet editing application such as Excel, MAC Numbers or Google Spreadsheets to modify, add, or re-format the information.
TIP: Keep in mind, when running Report Maker, that you have the option to pre-select specific components in the model, in which case, Report Maker will report on just those products. With nothing selected, Report Maker will report on all of the Product Connect enabled components it finds in the model.