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nzjason

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Hi, 

Can you save the path animations so they function when i reopen the sketchup model? 

Basically i spent an hour or so creating 6 animation paths for a project, i then saved my sketch up model to continue working on later. When i reopen the model the animation path layer is still there but they no longer have the components/groups assigned them. 

Please tell me its a bug or i am doing something wrong because not being able to save path assignments to the model data for updates or re use later would be extremly counter productive.

Thanks in advance.

Ps i will update my signature soon.
SU 2014, windows 2007......

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Yes.The animation paths always get saved with the model.  The exception might be if you imported the .skp file into a new SketchUp instance.
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nzjason

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Thanks for the quick reply David.

I did a few tests this morning and realise my issue is i'm nesting my animation paths inside my components. When i do this the physical animation path is saved but the actual  animation dialog is lost upon reopening.
missing path.jpg  You can see the path information i.e. delay time and frame rate is still in the file but the actual path animation is missing from the dialog box.

The reason for nesting the path is i have 100+ louvres blade over 8 levels and creating an external path for each blade would be crazy. 
Can i do something different to resolve this?

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You mean is there anything you can do about losing nested paths? 
Nesting has some limitations
http://www.suanimate.com/suanimate.php#zzee_link_12_1298693564
I've never had any issues with losing my paths though.
But if you are nesting sub-components inside components, inside components, it won't work.
Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you are doing.

You can only nest a component/ group with another component.
Wheel would be a good example. The limit is two motions.  The wheel can rotate because there's a path inside the wheel component that rotates.  And the wheel can move forward while rotating, because there's a path outside of the wheel group that moves the wheel in the forward direction (or backwards).

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nzjason

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Thanks, i will take another look at my components/groups and there nested objects
It looks like i am simply doing something fundamentally wrong.

Thanks again for the quick responce.
nzjason

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okay so ive gone back a revisted my work flow. I watched the wheel path tutorial video and i appear to be doing everything correct.
Apologies if i haven't explained my issue very well i will try to be clearer:

Basically i create a cube and group it.
Then i create a circle on the box face and turn this into a path.
Then i add the box to the path. Everything at this point works fine. If i save the model at this point and re open it things are fine. However when i group the path with the cube the problem occurs. I then save the file and re open in a new sketchup file by directly double clicking the saved file not an import. At this point the path layer is still on the cube face but all the animations are gone.

I have made a screen recording that is like 1 minute hope that helps 
mp4 Paths issue.mp4     

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OK.  I think you are missing a step.  I might be wrong.
You need two paths if you are trying to create two motions.  Is that what you are trying to do.

1. Turn the Cube into a group.  Let's call this group A.
2. Create a circle path for the cube.
3. When the path is created, from the SU Animate dialog box, right click the path and Add, group A (by selecting the cube group.)
4. Test the animation.
5. Group the path and the cube.  Let's call this group B
6. Create a line path outside of group B.  (This path is for Group B to move on)
7. When the new path is created, from the SU Animate dialog box, right click the path and Add, group B.
8. Now you should see two paths in the dialog box.
Play and what you should see is a rotate cube that is also moving down a straight line.

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