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SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.

What's New

Version 14.0.4899:

General:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading models with invalid match photo images.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening models containing images with certain Exif data on them.
  • Fixed an issue where certain models with large textures and nicer transparency could become unusable after toggling x-ray mode off and on.
  • Fixed more...

Requirements

OS X 10.7 or later

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Kj@kiva Member IconReview+2
Kj@kiva
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Very good intuitive modeling program. But not set up for stand-alone professional use.We use VectorWorks; it does SketchUp like modeling along with everything else a professional CAD program should do. Clients send us SketchUp drawings sometimes and they can be helpful; they can be imported into VectorWorks. Vectorworks evolved from MiniCad which was an early Cad program for Mac.

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Version 13.0.3688
Derekcurrie Member IconComment+715
Derekcurrie
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Let's sort out the situation:

1) SketchUp v8 is STILL available for free. You will find it here:

http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/download/

2) SketchUp v13 is ACTUALLY SketchUp PRO. The PRO version is a TRIAL with 8 hours of unlimited use before it turns into a pumpkin. Then you have to PAY for it. You can find it at the link MU provides here, as well as at the Download page linked above.

IOW: No panic required. If you don't want the shareware PRO version, then get version 8, which is freeware.

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Version 13.0.3688
Negritude
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(re)Introducing SketchUp Make:

http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/2013/05/reintroducing-sketchup-make.html

3mors
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There's no Make and Pro version.
There's only one version that starts with a 8 hours time trial.
After this period you can choose to buy a license or keep using it as free version for non commercial use.
The confusion comes from it.

Here's an official statement from SketchUp team.

"In our latest release, we’ve renamed the free version of SketchUp. It’s now called SketchUp Make. Every download of SketchUp Make starts with 8 hours of use of SketchUp Pro. After that, you can choose to keep modeling for free with the core SketchUp modeling feature set, or you can decide to upgrade to Pro -- it's up to you!"

http://productforums.google.com/d/msg/sketchup/Q9D3aCBPEB8/-tPpuN2riyoJ

Derekcurrie
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3mors: Sadly, it turns out that you are correct. Due to your post, I investigated the Sketchup downloads page further and found that it is WRONG:

http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/download/

What I discovered from attempting to download 'SketchUp 8' was that the one available version downloaded, that being version 13, labeled 'SketchUpMEN.dmg'.

When attempting to download "SketchUp Pro 8" by filling in their marketing survey page, the result is an ERROR page.

IOW: There is only version 13 via their website, DESPITE the old and wrong verbiage on their download page.

Is this bate and switch? I don't think so. But it is TERRIBLE website maintenance. NEVER confuse your user with out of date information. It's perceived as company hostility by every customer subjected to this nonsense. NOT good.

At least it's good to now know, as you stated, that after the 8 hour trial period the user is allowed to continue using it for non-commercial uses. The only problem with this system is not communicating this situation adequately to the user. Otherwise the company is suitably hit with flack from users. Trimble has incredibly botched the rollout of this new version and trial system.

3mors Member IconReview+3
3mors
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This latest 2013 version is not free anymore.
After update it asks for a license or run as a time trial.
Reverted immediately to previous version.

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Version 13.0.3688
Derekcurrie
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The latest 2013 version is the PRO version, not the free version that is still available. See my comments on the situation above.

The confusion here is that MU is not distinguishing between version 8, which is freeware, and version 13, which is the PRO shareware version.

Negritude
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SketchUp Make is still free:

http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/2013/05/reintroducing-sketchup-make.html

3mors
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There's no Make and Pro version.
There's only one version that starts with a 8 hours time trial.
After this period you can choose to buy a license or keep using it as free version for non commercial use.
The confusion comes from it.

Here's an official statement from SketchUp team.

"In our latest release, we’ve renamed the free version of SketchUp. It’s now called SketchUp Make. Every download of SketchUp Make starts with 8 hours of use of SketchUp Pro. After that, you can choose to keep modeling for free with the core SketchUp modeling feature set, or you can decide to upgrade to Pro -- it's up to you!"

http://productforums.google.com/d/msg/sketchup/Q9D3aCBPEB8/-tPpuN2riyoJ

Phaleron Member IconComment+97
Phaleron
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According to the licence:

"By installing the Software, you agree to automatically request and receive Updates."

Why exactly is this clause necessary?

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Version 8.0.3161
Losmuertos
+1

probably because the software is filled with online features...

Cgc
+3

So The Google can exfiltrate all your data to their evil cloud (it's right above an ancient volcano that's been hollowed out).

Derekcurrie
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Answer: Because they apparently were planning on forcing an update to the new PAY-FOR-IT version. Lock the files so they can't be overwritten with v13 and above, unless of course you'd like to pay for v13.

Appscout Member IconComment+56
Appscout
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Why would either this app, or 'SweetHome' need access to our system?

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Version 7.1.4870
Razz Member IconReview+26
Razz
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I created a drawing of a house plan in Sweet Home 3d (a free app) some time ago and wanted to see how well SketchUp handled it. The drawing has walls, windows, doors, some furniture, and other ditties. I wanted to see if SketchUp could put a roof on the house but I never got that far.

It didn't crash.

I exported the file from Sweet Home 3D as a .obj file (the only option you have) and imported this file into Cheetah3D (an awesome app). I then exported it from Cheetah3D as a .3ds file.

SketchUp did not import a .3ds file properly at all.

So, I exported the file from Cheetah3D to a .dxf file which SketchUp did import albeit very slowly. The resulting drawing was tiny in scale. This is not right. I need accurate dimensions. The resulting file had over 250,000 entities - what did this thing do, take every itty bitty line and make it an entity?

As a result, moving around is EXTREMELY slow - zooming and panning tested my patience.
I did draw a few things but lost interest in using it because it's performance on this file was so bad.

SketchUp can be used for *simple* drawings containing small numbers of objects and that's about it. It is like 3D electronic graph paper and it might serve your needs so give it a try but don't be surprised if it starts to balk at higher levels of complexity.

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Version 7.0.8656
Arvidtp
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Yeah - many DXF exporters produce models with HUGE numbers of entities - was just dealing with this today at work (I shouted "a 217MB 2D vector image???"). Almost any program would slow down with that file as input. SketchUp is great, even with fairly complex models, IF you drew your model in SketchUp. If you drew it in other software, maybe not so much.

Bucho Member IconReview+13
Bucho
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I just started using it a few days ago, and it's already become one of the most common pieces of software I use. I've played with AutoCAD in the past, but am by no means an expert, so I wasn't sure if I'd be able to master SketchUp - while I'm not yet a master, I've already mocked up my living room (we're shopping for furniture), and I can't wait to try my hand at some exterior landscaping designs.

Thanks Google!

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Version 7.0.8656
Biker4Mac Member IconReview+14
Biker4Mac
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I first saw SketchUp at MacWorld NY in 2002 and was immediately taken by it. This was what I wanted 3D to be since first starting to work with integrating architecture and computers! There are more robust programs for CAD and for 3D modeling, but I find nothing easier to use in the design phase - it is like a combination of napkin sketching and clay models. I can very quickly put an idea together and then play with it until I have my thoughts together. I rarely pick up paper and marker anymore to design. Clients also respond very favorably to SketchUp - the ability to quickly see their ideas take shape and look at various possibilities - should this be taller, what if this is smaller...? No, you're not likely to do a full set of construction documents with it, but I have done some small projects that way. And with the TurboSketch plugin you can do some pretty realistic rendering as well.

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Version 6.4.120
AppScout Member IconComment+56
AppScout
+1

Why would this need root access?

Can't install till I know.

FWIW, using 'unpkg' to see what gets installed leaves an EMPTY folder.

What are you hiding?

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Version 6.0.1145
micware Member IconReview+0
micware
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This product is a very good OS X implementation of a 3D software. Clean and stable release I think it's much better than Live Interior 3d or any over Mac 3D Designer. Easy to use and functional tool to design environements and interiors. I love this product.

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Version 6.0.514
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Jdehnert
Version 14.0.4899
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RobinW9680
Version 13.0.3688
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Paddy57
Version 8.0.15157
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pfsmorigo
Version 8.0.3161
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Version 8.0.3161
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Date 01 Mar 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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