This article covers the steps users need to install the cove.tool geometry export plugins. Cove.tool Plugins are free of charge and can be found on their respective Extension Library Platforms Below. Tutorials and other help resources for plugins can be found in cove.tool's plugin page. 

Autodesk Revit (v. 2017-2020)

Download the Revit Plugin at Autodesk's App Store. Plugin is compatible with Revit 2017 and later. There are two installation methods. Either method will not impact your capabilities, but are available based on user preference. 

  • Note: If a user has previously downloaded the Revit plugin with the Install Manually process (before November 2019), they will not be able to download a different version of the plugin until the previous plugin files have been deleted. [Not necessary for different versions of Revit.] To overwrite the previous plugin version, locate the folder "C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\YYYY" and delete files "CoveRevit (Folder)" & "CoveRevit.addin". Note that this file path might be hidden in your folders, to see it go to View tab and check Show Hidden items. After you have successfully deleted these files, install the updated versions with your preferred download method. 

(Method 1) Install Automatically 

  1. Download and install the MSI file from here
  2. Run the MSI, to install the plugin locally. (image 1)
  3. Restart Revit. A Security Panel will appear (image 2) upon opening Revit. Select the Always Load option to enable the cove.tool plugin inside Revit. 

(Method 2 - location sensitive) Install Manually

  1. Unzip “CoveRevit v2.0.1.zip” and add the contents to folder location C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\YYYY. Note that this file path might be hidden in your folders, to see it go to View tab in your folder menu and check Show Hidden items.
  2. Restart Revit. A Security Panel will appear (image 2) upon opening Revit. Select the Always Load option to enable the cove.tool plugin inside Revit. 

After the step most users should be good to go. However if you have opened your project in Revit and still do not see the cove.tool plugin in your Add-in tabs, or you recieve an error message like the one below, then try the follow steps.

Users who installed the plugin manually will have to locate the folder location: C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\YYYY, and right click the CoveRevit.addin file, open Properties, and at the very bottom check the Unblock Box. This should also be done for the CoveRevit.dll & Newtonsoft.Json.ddl files inside the CoveRevit folder as shown below. Close and relaunch Revit and the plugin should load as expected. 

If the plugin is still experiencing issue, please contact the livechat support team inside the app. 

SketchUp (v. 2016 - 2020)

Download the SketchUp Plugin from the Cove.tool Plugin Page. The plugin is compatible with SketchUp 2016 through 2020. 

NOTE: If you have an older version of the plugin, make sure to first uninstall the plugin, before attempting to install the latest version. To uninstall an existing plugin;

  1. Launch any SketchUp project. Under the Window tab, locate Extension Manager. Inside the Extension Manager Window, navigate to the Manage tab and below should be listed your previous "Cove.tool SketchUp Extension" plugin. Select Uninstall to Delete this version. Proceed to next step to install latest plugin.

Once users have downloaded and extracted the .RBZ file for the SketchUp Warehouse for Cove.tool, place the file in the following folder locations. 

  • From PC Users, add the “CoveTool_SketchUpExtension_2.0.0.rbz” file to C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp YYYY\SketchUp\Plugins.
  • For Mac Users, add the download .rbz file to folder location:
    ~/Library/ApplicationSupport/SketchUp YYYY/SketchUp/Plugins 

Launch SketchUp

  1. Inside SketchUp, under the Windows tab, locate the Extension Manager. Inside the Extension Manager, cove.tool should be listed as "Cove.tool SketchUp Extension" (image 4)
  2. If listed, then you may have a previous version of the plugin already loaded to your SketchUp. To overwrite this version and enable the latest plugin, select the Install Extension button at the bottom of the window. Locate the .RBZ download file in your folders. Once listed in extension manager, enable the extension. 
  3. Once the plugin has been successfully installed, a new tool bar should appear (image 3). Selecting the extensions tab>cove.tool should prompt the tool bar to launch. If the new tool bar has yet to appear try restarting SketchUp and making sure you do not have a previous version of the plugin still installed. 

Rhino/Grasshopper

Download the Rhino/Grasshopper Plugin from Food4Rhino.com. Plugin is compatible with Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 with grasshopper extensions.  

If you are using Rhino 5, make sure you have installed GhPython and Grasshopper for Rhino 5.0 (64-bit), to continue with the plugin process. Version previous to Rhino v.5.0 are not compatible with the cove.tool plugin.

Locate the downloaded .zip file, and extract contents to a familiar location. In Rhino, launch grasshopper and select the .gh file inside to unzipped folder to loas the plugin definition. The most recent version of the plugin published is titled "covetool_daylight_energy_v2.0.2" or higher. Once the script load, users should the grasshopper definition like the image below.

  • NOTE: As you start using the grasshopper plugin for geometry export, always create a clone of the definition to your unique project folder. Reusing the same file for every project may result in overwriting previous projects and general chaos.

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