SketchUp


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 337 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
14.1.1282
File Size:
79.78MB
Date Added:
June 04, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
2,386,758
Downloads Last Week:
7,512
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

SketchUp gives you the tools to create all kinds of 3D images and designs, from woodworking blueprints to urban planning designs. With multiple template options and an intuitive interface, this program lets you direct all of your energy into creating and not into fumbling through complicated menu options.

Pros

Template variety: No matter what kind of design you're looking to create, you'll likely find just the right template in this program. There are options for Construction Documentation, Landscape Architecture, Interior and Production Design, 3D Printing, and more. Additionally, each type of template lets you choose the system of measurement you'd like to use and on what scale.

Help options: This program can do a lot, and there are a lot of different resources in place to help you access all of its features. Depending on your experience level and the way you like to learn, you can make use of Video Tutorials, Self-paced Tutorials, a Getting Started Guide, Quick Reference Cards, or other Help options.

Cons

Time to learn: Because there is so much to learn, though, it can take some time to get the hang of using this program effectively. Beginners to design programs will likely take longer than users who already have some experience working with similar software; but few people will be able to jump right in and get results immediately.

Bottom Line

SketchUp is a smooth and efficient free program that provides a lot of functionality to facilitate all kinds of designing. Its plentiful Help resources make it accessible to even the most inexperienced users, but it does take some time to get the hang of all of the features the program provides.

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  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 337 votes

    • 5 star: 127
    • 4 star: 99
    • 3 star: 45
    • 2 star: 16
    • 1 star: 50
  • Current Version:

    2.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "No OBJ Support"

    June 21, 2014   |   By KingMango

    Version: SketchUp 14.1.1282

    Pros

    Don't know. I need OBJ support so I haven't used it

    Cons

    No OBJ import

    Summary

    I wanted to use this program as a go-between for Maya and NifSkope. NifSkeope prefers to import 3ds rather than OBJ format. I model in Maya. Nifskope can import OBJ or 3ds to replace mesh data. I saw that sketchup handled 3ds format and installed it just assuming that I could export an OBJ from Maya, import it to Sketchup and then export a 3ds. I'm giving a two star review because I think it is a mistake for them to overlook what is still a very relevant (if admittedly very dated and limited) file format.

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