Sketchup is as useful in the 3D world as a Swiss Army knife, but sometimes it just doesn't do exactly what you want it to do.
Just like you can put an app on your smartphone, you can add a plugin for Sketchup. There is a great developer community out there, and just like the smartphone apps, a lot of the Sketchup plugins are free.
Plugins solve problems. One problem that I have is that clients always love to change colors. When you've got a Sketchup model full of materials it can be time consuming to swap them all out.
Thanks to a plugin by Thomas Thomassen I can now do this with just a couple of clicks. Check out the video of his "Material Replacer" plugin below: