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SketchUp Pro 2015


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SketchUp 2015: Release Information

Performance

Our biggest commitment is to keep SketchUp fast, friendly, and reliable -- for you and your computer. Here’s how we’ve tuned SketchUp 2015:

  • For the first time ever, we’re offering a 64-bit version for Windows machines. The least nerdy way to explain this is that 64-bit allows for more bandwidth between SketchUp and your computer’s active memory. Theoretically, the 64-bit version of SketchUp should have a better working relationship with your 64-bit computer
  • Don’t have a 64-bit machine? We’re still offering a 32-bit versions in this release, but we no longer offer support for Windows Vista and XP operating systems
  • We’ve sharpened “Face-Finder,” the code SketchUp uses to create faces while you’re modelling. Look for big improvements in operations like explode, especially in your behemoth-sized models
  • SketchUp is now self-aware of styles that help your model render faster. You’ll notice “Fast Styles” badged in the styles window, including those you create yourself
New tools

When it comes to writing new tools for SketchUp, we shoot to make features feel as if you’ve been using them for years. Here what's new for 2015:

  • SketchUp 2015 features an official Rotated Rectangle tool, so you can now draw precise rectangles unbound by default axes. We have to say: driving this tool feels a little bit like riding a bike with no hands.
  • With our new 3-point Arc tool -- which defines bulges by choosing three points -- there are now four different ways to draw arc’ed edges
  • We’ve overhauled LayOut’s Label tool. You can now conveniently place and align beautiful, two-segmented leader labels. We also made label text a lot smarter. Placing a label gives you the option to choose information you’d like to associate with it. Component attributes, BIM classifications, face areas: go on, label as you like
Other Changes

In this release, we’ve rolled up our sleeves to improve things that affect how you try, buy, and use SketchUp

  • SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2015 download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features. Even better, 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or a PC. Enterprise and Network licenses? We made those way easier too. We used to give people 8 hours of active use, but we think 30 days gives our highest involved users more of a chance to learn the magic of SketchUp Pro.
  • With an IFC File import, SketchUp Pro 2015 is our most information modeling-friendly release yet. We’ve we’ve also sharpened Classifier, our tool for applying industry standard types that stay with your model as it travels between BIM tools.
  • We’ve added a lot of new Ruby API features to help SketchUp extension developers create tools that manage layers, classifications, section cuts and more. Queue the next generation of information modeling tools...
How SketchUp Pro 2015 Licensing works

Single-user licenses

For customers with a single-user license of SketchUp Pro, here are the high points.

  • If you’ve purchased anything from a SketchUp partner in the last year -- a new SketchUp Pro license or a renewal of your Maintenance & Support plan -- you should receive an email SketchUp Pro 2015 license shortly after launch.
  • If it’s been more than a year since you’ve bought anything from SketchUp, you’ll need to enroll in or renew a maintenance & Support plan to upgrade your license for SketchUp Pro 2015
  • SketchUp Pro 2015 licenses now allow you to use SketchUp Pro on either a Mac or a PC. Just like always, you can authorize your SketchUp Pro on up to two machines, but you can only operate that license on one machine at a time. New licenses will have a serial number that ends in an “R” to indicate “Reprise.” Sub-2015 licenses that are upgraded to 2015 will keep the OS-specific letter: “W” or “m”
  • SketchUp downloads now start with a 30 day trial of SketchUp Pro. Our trial period used to be 8 hours of active use; we’re excited to give users more time to try out everything we have to offer
Network Licenses

For customers with a network license for SketchUp Pro, here are the high points.

  • License management now happens in the cloud! This is huge - no more creating a shared folder on a local server. There’s a number of redundancy and backup systems in place so that customers shouldn’t encounter an outage
  • No more LAN restrictions. Since the license exists in the cloud, it’s ok if the computers that are using a license are on a WAN
  • SketchUp will need to have a constant connection to the Internet. However, customers can check out a license for offline use, which will take a license seat from the general pool.
SketchUp Pro Features

A smarter way to think about 3D modeling

SketchUp Pro is like a pencil with superpowers. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. More advanced? Start modeling from CAD and terrain data, photographs or even hand sketches. Build models with custom behaviors and attributes. SketchUp Pro is as simple and as powerful as you want it to be.

Turn your models into drawings with LayOut

At some point in every project, you need to produce a set of drawings that shows your model: plans, sections, elevations, perspectives. LayOut in SketchUp Pro lets you add model views to pages, choose drawing scales, adjust line weights and add dimensions, callouts and graphics. Changes to your model are reflected automatically in LayOut. When it's time, export PDFs, images and CAD files.

Get good, fast.

There's a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don't sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. With handy contextual tips, a dedicated Instructor panel for beginners, and mountains of online resources, help is always on the way. And just in case, every SketchUp Pro license includes a year of free technical support.

No software is an island

We built SketchUp Pro to slide right into your existing workflow. Ready for some alphabet soup? With importers for DXF, DWG, 3DS, DAE, KMZ, TIF, JPG, PNG and a few more, you can bring in drawings, models and images to your heart's content. SketchUp Pro also exports all of those formats, plus PDF, OBJ, FBX, XSI, VRML, MP4, WEBM and AVI. OMG.

Slides are boring. Present from SketchUp Pro

Scenes let you save views of your model to pull up anytime. Styles provide endless visual effects to make your work look precise, sketchy or anything in between. Section Planes slice through models for creating sectional views. Go fullscreen, walk around, add labels and export flyover animations. Present from SketchUp Pro and get your point across every single time.

Models and plugins aplenty

Need a particular chair for the room you're designing? A lamp for your carriage house? A rhino for your zoo? You'll find almost anything you need in SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, the world's biggest repository of free 3D models. And as for plugins that provide extra features and tools, our all-new Extension Warehouse is your ticket to add-on nirvana.

Don't just design. Analyze

SketchUp Pro can accurately predict where shadows will fall, given any time, date and location on earth. It can show you exactly what you'll see from anywhere in your model. It will precisely calculate the area of any surface or material, or the volume of any enclosed 3D shape. It lets you add attributes to objects, and can spit out lists and reports with deliciously useful data.

A world of context—literally

In about two minutes, you can choose a section of the world to bring into your SketchUp Pro model—up to a square kilometer at a time. For free, you'll get aerial imagery, a 3D terrain model and lat-long data to produce accurate shadow studies. From there, you can import pre-modeled buildings for site context and use Google Maps Street View imagery to model anything else you need.

A place for everything and everything in its place

Your mother always told you that the key to 3D modeling success was tidiness and organization. Make your models easy to work on and easy to present. Use groups and components to divvy up your geometry into logical chunks. Layers come in handy for separating big pieces of your model, and the Outliner is a way to see everything at once.

 
SketchUp Hardware and software requirements

Like many computer programs, SketchUp and SketchUp Pro require certain hardware and software specifications in order to install and run. These are basic requirements, though, so you may want to use our recommended suggestions to improve performance. The following list of requirements and recommendations apply to SketchUp Make and SketchUp Pro 2013:

Note: If you have projected textures in a SketchUp model and use a ATI Rage Pro or a Matrox G400 graphics card, the textures may appear incorrect. Disabling hardware acceleration will work around this issue.

Windows XP

Software

  • SketchUp Pro: Microsoft Service Pack 3+
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
  • SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 4.0

Note: SketchUp will run on 64bit versions of Windows, but it will run as a 32bit application.

Recommended hardware

  • 2+ GHz processor
  • 2+ GB RAM
  • 500 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • 3D class Video Card with 512+ MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and up to date

SketchUp's performance relies heavily the graphics card driver and it's ability to support OpenGL 1.5 or higher. Historically, people have seen problems with Intel based cards with SketchUp. We don't recommend using these graphics cards with SketchUp at this time

  • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse
  • Some SketchUp features require an active internet connection

Minimum hardware

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 300 MB of available hard-disk space
  • 3D class Video Card with 128 MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and up to date. 

Pro licensing 

  • SketchUp doesn't support network licensing over a Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • At this time, licenses aren't cross platform compatible. For example, a Windows license won't work on the Mac OS X version of SketchUp Pro
Windows Vista and Windows 7

Software

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
  • SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 4.0.

SketchUp will run on 64bit versions of Windows, but it will run as a 32bit application

Recommended hardware

  • 2+ GHz processor
  • 2+ GB RAM
  • 500 MB of available hard-disk space
  • 3D class Video Card with 512+ MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and is up to date

SketchUp's performance relies heavily the graphics card driver and it's ability to support OpenGL 1.5 or higher. Historically, people have seen problems with Intel based cards with SketchUp. We don't recommend using these graphics cards with SketchUp at this time

  • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse
  • Some SketchUp features require an active internet connection.

Minimum hardware

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB of total hard-disk space
  • 300 MB of free hard-disk space
  • 3D class Video Card with 256 MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and is up to date
Mac OS X 10.7+, and 10.8+

Software

  • QuickTime 5.0 and web browser for multimedia tutorials
  • Safari

Neither Boot Camp nor Parallels are supported environments

Recommended hardware

  • 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 500 MB of available hard-disk space
  • 3D class Video Card with 512+ MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and is up to date
  • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse
  • Some SketchUp features require an active internet connection

Minimum hardware

  • 2.1+ GHz Intel™ processor. Power PC is no longer supported
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 300 MB of available hard-disk space
  • 3D class Video Card with 128 MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 1.5 or higher and is up to date
  • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse.
Unsupported environments

Windows 2000

SketchUp 7 and higher takes advantage of User Interface (UI) standards that aren't available in Windows 2000. As such, SketchUp 7 doesn't support Windows 2000

Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)

SketchUp 8 and higher no longer support this or older versions of Mac OS X

Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

SketchUp 2013 and higher no longer support this or older versions of Mac OS X

Linux

A Linux version of SketchUp isn't available at this time. However, you may be interested to see how others have had success running SketchUp on Linux using Wine

Virtualized Environments

At this time, SketchUp doesn't support operation in a virtualized environments such as VMWare or Citrix

Boot Camp/Parallels

Neither Boot Camp nor Parallels are supported environments

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