SketchUp

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
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Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 340 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.4811
  • Total Downloads:
    2,539,619
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 17, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    99.81MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,424
  • Platform:
    Windows
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Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 19
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

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    out of 340 votes

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    • 4 star 99
    • 3 star 45
    • 2 star 16
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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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3 stars

"it is adobe's and browsing killer,but it easy to use."

July 11, 2012  |  By salesalex

 |  Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

Pros

Like I said ,it is easy to work with this software.

Cons

It has some conflict with adobe and all the main drivers on my computer . Mouse moves started CPU to go to 100% while browsing and just moving around cursor , and all the browsers had started freezing soon after installing google sketchup. I think that google sketchup works like a key and cursor logger .

Summary

I do not care about my online privacy too much but I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYWHERE THE WARNING THAT THIS SOFTWARE WILL DEGRADE MY BROWSERS within 50 percents , AND THEREFORE I HATE GOOGLE SKETCHUP .

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2 stars

"requires a bit of reading to use"

January 13, 2012  |  By moshejay

 |  Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

Pros

can do modelling

Cons

as a cad app was not particularly intuitive or functional

Summary

if one wants a cad app then look elsewhere...but if one wants a visual view of an object and is prepared to invest the time into learning the application then it might be useful.

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4 stars

"great program, useful, tutorials are welcome and easy"

January 06, 2012  |  By doogpoog

 |  Version: SketchUp 8.0.4811

Pros

program downloads, installs as should, great for first time user of such a program, as tutorials are available, easy to find and use, and using program with that guidance is a snap. How every program should be offered for use, not assuming that all will be self-evident, making possible for anyone to get started

Cons

none i have found worth mentioning

Summary

terrific option in a freeware drawing program for everyday use by anyone

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0.4811
  • Model geo-location with Google Maps: We've built Maps right into SketchUp. Adding a geo-location to your model is now an elegant, one-app process.
  • Color imagery and more accurate terrain: The snapshot you get when you add a geo-location to your model now includes 3D terrain data that's more accurate, and--for the first time--aerial imagery in color.
  • Match Photo improvements: Our Match Photo feature lets you trace one or more photographs to build a model; it's an incredibly powerful tool. For SketchUp 8, we've tweaked some things to make using Match Photo easier than ever.
  • SketchUp, meet Building Maker: When it comes to modeling existing buildings, it's hard to beat Google Building Maker for speed and efficiency. We've made it simpler to open and refine Building Maker models in SketchUp.
  • SketchUp Pro 8 includes a powerful new set of tools for additive and subtractive modeling
General
Publisher Trimble Navigation
Publisher web site http://www.TrimbleOutdoors.com/go/iPhoneAllSportGPS
Release Date January 17, 2011
Date Added January 17, 2011
Version 8.0.4811
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory 3D Modeling Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 99.81MB
File Name SketchUpMake-en.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,539,619
Downloads Last Week 6,424
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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