So, what's up with SketchUp for Web?
Even if you use our web modeler on a regular basis, you might not notice some of the changes and fixes that we push out regularly. For instance, have you noticed that two improvements in the recent SketchUp Pro release -- Invert Selection and the new ‘un-Erase’ modifier -- are also available in SketchUp for Web?
There are also some bigger changes we think you should know about (including a new scale figure). If you’re curious about what’s new in SketchUp for Web, by all means: read on!
Where was that again? Search for tools or commands in SketchUp…
Have you ever forgotten where the Section Plane tool is in SketchUp? Maybe you’ve forgotten what that model-slicing thingy is even called! In SketchUp for Web and SketchUp for Schools, we’re introducing a new way to search for and activate modeling commands whenever you need them. Use the new icon at the top of the toolbar to pull up our new Search box.
This new search (which you can call up with its shortcut Shift + / ) also matches queries that are broadly related to SketchUp modeling, so you have a better shot at finding things if you don’t know what they’re called. Wondering if SketchUp has a ‘lathe’ tool? You’ll find Follow Me. How would you evaluate ‘line of sight’ in a model? Position Camera, of course!
Concept searching is definitely subjective, so we’re eager for your feedback on how search works in SketchUp for Web. We have some more commands to add to our index -- and plans to support more languages -- so your feedback could really help us sharpen search in SketchUp for Web (before it shows up in other SketchUp places).
Improved quality in image export and printing
Earlier this year, we introduced a handy way to preview image compositions for PNG exports and page-based PDF prints. This preview lets you use core navigation tools to orient a model to best fit your desired image or paper size. We think this takes out a lot of the guesswork involved in exporting images.
Solid Inspector in SketchUp for Web
Another recent addition to SketchUp for Web is an adaptation of the popular extension, Solid Inspector. Available to paid subscribers (and SketchUp for Schools users), Solid Inspector identifies issues that would prevent a model from being 3D printable.
You can read more about the ins and outs of Solid Inspector on our Help Center. Just like the extension, Solid Inspector can fix some issues automagically; for manual fixes, the Inspector can jump SketchUp’s camera between highlighted issues, so that you can get a better look for hands-on repair.
While Solid Inspector requires a paid subscription, the other two improvements in this post-- search and export quality -- are included in the free version of SketchUp for Web. We hope you’ll give them a try and let us know what you think on the SketchUp Forums.