SketchUp Material Keywords

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  • Hello

    We recently purchased Enscape primarily for VR experiences from Revit and SketchUp. So far, everyone who has seen the software has been blown away.

    One issue we have is related to the SketchUp material keywords. We have dozens of existing libraries. In some cases the name of the materials in the library doesn't work very well with the SketchUp material keywords (which is a very clever solution BTW). For example: we have a library of materials for Steelcase office furniture. Not all of the materials are metal but because the word "steel" is in the name, the material gets rendered as metal even though it might be fabric. Additionaly, we've had issues where two keywords are in the material name and I've not been able to determine how Enscape prioritizes keywords. I think a solution might be to enclose the desired keyword in quotes or some other special characters so that Enscape knows which keyword to use. So for example a material can be named Steelcase - Red "fabric" or Steelcase - Red "plastic" and for the former Enscape would render as fabric and the latter plastic.

    If I am misunderstanding how Enscape works please feel free to tell me so. If not, please consider this as a feature request or improvement.



  • I've had this happen as well. It requires a renaming of the materials names. In Sketchup you can view your materials in the material window and then sort them by "list". That way you have the materials displayed as text. You can then quickly and easily see if there are any naming conflicts.

    I don't dislike the idea of refining the keyword string to help differentiate it, but I think that in some cases it may create more work. Think about the materials that are actually copper or steel or plastic. You would have to go and the add the quotes to all of those materials, which would offset the benefit.

  • that's a good point. what if the presence of the preceding special character tells enscape to use that keyword above any else but in the absence of the special character enscape behaves normally. That would allow current libraries which work fine to continue to do so but new libraries or libraries where there are conflicts could be setup using the special character. And just to be clear, I'm now using the term special character in place of quotes, it could be qoutes or #'s or something which would not typically be used in a material name.