SketchUp


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 336 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:
2,313,443
Downloads Last Week:
7,769
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Additional Requirements:
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Editors' review

Three-dimensional models are essential if you're in the design field. Google SketchUp gives you the ability to easily create your own 3D models. With an easy-to-use interface and a wide swath of Help features, it's the perfect tool for beginner and intermediate designers alike.

To begin, Google SketchUp puts all of the help options in plain sight, which include video tutorials, tips and tricks, a blog, and a help center. It asks you to select a template from a long list that includes templates for architectural design, woodworking, Google Earth modeling, and basic plans. We started simple with the Beginning Training Template - Inches. The user interface is fairly basic in design, which is a good thing as some of these types of programs can be quite overwhelming. A toolbar at the top of the window includes the familiar menu options: Files, Edit, and View. There are also menu options to manage the Camera and Tools commands. A toolbox resides below with tools for creating and editing shapes, lines, and even adding building using Google Earth (you have to install the plug-in first). A helpful Instructor guided us through the setup process by creating simple lines going through each of the tools. In no time, we were creating shapes and designs, albeit very basic ones. The Tape Measure Tool let us measure our shapes, and the Eraser tool removed our mistakes.

Now, we may not be well versed in 3D design, but Google SketchUp proved simple enough for non-designers to jump right in and immediately create designs. We can't think of a better testament to its ease of use. Google SketchUp installs desktop icons without permission, but it uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program for all people.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 336 votes

    • 5 star: 127
    • 4 star: 99
    • 3 star: 45
    • 2 star: 16
    • 1 star: 49
  • Current Version:

    2.0

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    • 2 star: 1
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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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  • 5 stars

    "GOOD PROGRAM TO SKETCHING"

    November 26, 2013   |   By rerraw

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    USEFUL PROGRAM TO ALL ENGINEERS

    Cons

    I USED THIS PROGRAM IN 2009 UNTIL NOW
    THIS PROGRAM HELP ME TO SKETCH VERY PERFECTLY TO ALL MY ENGINEERING SHAPES
    FOR VIEWING MORE 3D,2D HOUSE PLANS AND DWG FILES PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE
    http://new-homeplans.blogspot.com

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  • 4 stars

    "Greatly improved over earlier versions."

    April 13, 2013   |   By jayriffe

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    A user friendly arrangement of tools.

    Cons

    In giving the user an understanding of the basics, I would prefer to
    see a straight to the point use of numbered steps in teaching the basics. Have on the screen immediately the best possible steps to
    arrive at the shortest training cycle of basics.

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  • 3 stars

    "Diffibult to Accurately Control the Cursor"

    March 19, 2013   |   By Kurt Sanger

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

    Pros

    Its a free application.

    Cons

    Difficult to punch windows through double sided walls. Difficult to align objects into your design. Have not found the mating options yet for an assembly. Have not been able to walk inside the room I was designing. Really hard to position the view inside the room to look around. Appears to be optimized for viewing from outside.

    Summary

    OK for a quick sketch. But trying to do something accurately is difficult with this app.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great App for any designer/artist/hobbyist"

    February 06, 2013   |   By dotgovhater

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

    Pros

    1...Has a Free version
    2...Fast to create a project (once you are proficient)
    3...Easy once you take the time to learn all the fundamental tools and concepts.
    4...Has a huge library of free 3d assets from other users.
    5...Great for art and design.
    6...Plenty of tutorials out there if you look properly.

    Cons

    1...Pro version is expensive. It would be better if Trimble would use a subscription business model.
    2...Can be difficult if you're new to Sketchup (persevere. you'll be amazed at what you can make. Coplanar problems gave me problems at first.
    3...DO NOT click and drag with Sketchup. It uses a toggle for mouse clicks. much easier when you understand.
    4...Snap-to can be annoying. Just zoom in closer to object.

    Summary

    I watched a few videos on Youtube and managed to create a very complex house design from a floor plan using free Sketchup.
    (a useful source of information was "safari books online").

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  • 1 stars

    "very weak, bug-ridden program"

    February 06, 2013   |   By ddss1977

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

    Pros

    easy to get started

    Cons

    once you start to develop your model, the extreme limitations of this program became overwhelmingly apparent.

    Summary

    If you are creating anything more complex than a box, don't even try to do it with this feeble program

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  • 3 stars

    "Decent Program - Terrible Customer Support!"

    December 19, 2012   |   By KVanWye

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

    Pros

    We have the PRO version and use it for basic site plans; import .dwg files; measurements and mapping. As confidence increases will use it to build full 3D models of playground equipment with animation. Takes time but there is enough online to help you get started.

    Cons

    What they don't do is provide any kind of reasonable customer support. You pay $500 for the PRO version and the only customer support is through forums and antiquated email forms that don't allow you to reply. No Online Chat, No customer support number. They want you to buy it and go away because they are evidently to busy to service what they sell.

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  • 1 stars

    "It's crap and not user friendly"

    October 23, 2012   |   By Gh0s7ly

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

    Pros

    Nothing. It's a worthless application that is not user friendly and does not have basic use in mind. Does not allow changes that want to make. Moves the model instead.

    Cons

    When you want to change the measurements, as specified are able to, all it does is drag the model across the board.

    Summary

    I will never use such a product like this again. I have a computer background and was lost from the start. There was no help to understand the application either. Worthless application for deck design, free or not.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great program, easy to learn"

    September 21, 2012   |   By desertgardener

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

    Pros

    I was able to read SketchUp for Dummies, watch a few YouTube Videos and I proceeded to do a simple 2-D architectural drawing. I liked the cheat sheet I was able to print out. It only took me about 4 hours to be pretty proficient at this. Today I did a much more elaborate drawing in a couple of hours, my second time to use the software.

    Cons

    Hard to delete little marks on straight lines. It takes some practice to get the hang of it. The lines can be kind of fuzzy on the free version. I don't know if the pro version has a cleaner look. I had to clean up some of the marks by exporting my drawing to Photoshop.

    Summary

    I am a senior citizen who is taking a university class. I didn't realize it would include doing architectural type drawings. This program was a blessing for me. It was recommended to me by a librarian. You can't beat the price.:)

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  • 3 stars

    "A dumbed-down version of google's sketchup"

    July 13, 2012   |   By Chrysoberyl

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

    Pros

    The functions that remain from the Google version work well.

    Cons

    All the solid-modeling tools, "...have been moved to Sketchup Pro"

    Summary

    Where can I find the last version produced by Google?

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