Since I'd never heard of Sketchup, I checked it out and found it to be $600. Is
that the version you guys are using? There is a student version for $49, but
it's only good for a year.
Sketchup Make is free. Could that be the one you're using?
Sketchup Make "is" the free version and will satisfy 95% of your needs
if you are a beginner.
Keep in mind that when Sketchup 2013 was first introduced a few months
ago you had to down load and use for 8 hours the pro version and after 8
hours of use either pay for the pro version or convert into the Make
Having said that I think you can now down load the Make version with out
having to install and use the pro version too. All I recall is that I
had the first release and conversion to the Make version was a bit
I use Sketchup version 7 and it meets 100% of my needs. I decided to
quit upgrading until/unless something spiffy was mentioned that I really
wanted. The $600 version never had anything I wanted and is (was?)
about 99% exactly the same as the free version. I have had
freeware/shareware like this go bad after x number of upgrades, so I
learned from experience to be somewhat careful about upgrades unless you
have a reason. I never heard of the MAKE version, but I've been
ignoring version 8 for quite a while, with no regrets so far. Version 7
works fine on my Win7 64 bit PC and unless I get a new computer someday
that refuses to correctly run version 7, I'm not likely to upgrade. If
it ain't broke, don't fix it is my motto.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
FWIW, the 2013 version is the next in line after version 7
What is really nice about version 2013 is that it does not replace 7,
you can run both at the same time, no risk.
If you run both be sure to save older files under a new name or location
if you do so in 2013.
Went there, did that. No "Personal Projects", no "I agree to SketchUP
Make's license agreement" All I get is a blank page. That's all I've
ever gotten. Trust me, I've tried this many times. Many times.
Same program as far as drawing/modeling is concerned ... you will notice no
difference in that regard. Most "improvements" are apparently under the
hood, and not readily noticeable ... mainly tool bar and GUI changes.
Proper designation in a world not run by a corporate idiocracy mindset
would have been ver 8.1.
Supposedly it runs faster, I have not noticed. The biggest improvement I
have seen are icons that go to the warehouse and one that goes to a plug in
Lastly you no longer need to save your tool bar position, this was
necessary if you changed the size of the window and wanted to restore the
tool bars to their previous size and location. Now they stay put with out
saving or restoring.
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