This free program is worth every penny.
It seems to be working for me in my efforts to design a major remodel
project. It is taking me considerable time to unlock the power and
streamline my work. But it's pretty satisfying as work progresses. It makes
it very easy to try different ideas. Save your work often though, or you'll
find yourself wishing you could go back to some mid-point between two saved
versions of your work. File management strategy might be handy, I'm
beginning to think. The available tutorials are fairly helpful in the quest
to learn to think as the program does.
Sharing files with other programs requires the pay version (Pro 6) for
$495, though you can easily share with somebody who also has SketchUp.
Whether I end up needing Pro6 remains to be seen. Printed output is easy and
should fill my permitting needs. Right now, this tool is helping me get it
It's fun just for doodling too. Another cool tool. If you don't have CAD
software, this is much better than what you have. If you do have CAD
software, I'd be interested in comparisons.
squirming in my chair when it doesn't do what I expect. I can see how this
work all day every day would wear on the synapses.
I used TurboCAD for years before discovering SketchUp. I gave up
TurboCAD altogether. SketchUp is fast, more fun and I think does a
better job at presenting my ideas to others. I wrote a short review of
it on my website http://www.srww.com/google-sketchup.htm and I also
have written some tutorials for beginners that I placed on my blog
www.srww.com/blog. I think this tool is catching on quickly and will
make a real dent in traditional CAD tools.
On Sat, 12 Apr 2008 16:13:13 -0400, Dean H. wrote:
The format used for the sketchup google earth export is a zipped file
containing a Collada DAE 1.4 format file. This is supported by most
quality 3D applications, including autocad, bentley, truespace, blender
and many others.
Sharing files works reasonably well between apps that support Collada
imports and exports. I usually quick sketch in sketchup(free) and then
load into blender to use the freeform sculpting tools. I go back and
forth between sketchup(free) and autocad if doing architectural work.
Autocad for the easy inclusions of industry supplied blocks for
manufactured components; windows, doors, trim, switches, fasteners, etc.
(cadblocks and others)
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