Twas right after Thanksgiving, as we setup the tree;
Just my wife, my son, our 2 dogs, and me.
The stockings we hung, lights all round the eaves
(then I cleaned out the gutters, and raked up the leaves).
In our start-up days at @Last Software, one of our team mottos was ‘3D for the Rest of Us.’ The ‘rest of us,’ were professionals who didn’t want -- or couldn’t afford -- complicated, confusing CAD. SketchUp was generously priced, easy to learn 3D modeling. It wasn’t free, and at the time, it wasn’t really meant to be for everybody.
SketchUp is so much more than 3D for everyone: it’s an expanding global community that creates the objects, spaces, and places of tomorrow. As a student and aspiring architect, interning with SketchUp was a surreal experience.
In expos and conferences, in studios and on job sites, in workshops and meetups, in makerspaces and classrooms, in forums, at Basecamps, on YouTube... People who use SketchUp are everywhere. But for every SketchUp aficionado, it seems there are twenty more people who don’t realize how much is possible in 3D.
It's that time of year: our latest desktop update, SketchUp 2017, is available to download today! The best way to explore our software is to use it: so watch this video, then jump into a new SketchUp and orbit for yourself!
LayOut 2017 is available, and you know what that means! That’s right! Massive improvements to DWG and DXF output. This release includes several enhancements that will help SketchUp and LayOut fit into your CAD workflow like never before.
It’s funny: you can get a lot from SketchUp, without really using SketchUp.
For instance, you can draw edges and faces without all the ins and outs of inferencing. You can create geometry without creating groups, and make copies but not components. It’s certainly possible to export images without using LayOut, and to set styles without configuring them just so. You can use SketchUp the way you want, without getting lost in the weeds.