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SketchUp Pro 2017

SketchUp Pro - 3D modeling software for professionals
Easy and intuitive, SketchUp allows anyone to model in 3D quickly and accurately. Using 3D models, designers can make more informed decisions, communicate project details, and share ideas with colleagues and customers to reach a common goal
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.

How SketchUp Pro 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 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
  • SketchUp Pro licenses now allow you to use SketchUp Pro on either a Mac or a PC. A Single-user license is assigned to one person and can only be used by the registered user. That individual can install the license on two computers that they use, but can only operate that licence on one machine at a time.

    New licenses will have a serial number that ends in an "R" to indicate Reprise. Sub-2017 licenses that are upgraded to 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.
Whats New in SketchUp 2017

Graphics Pipeline 2.0

What matters more than how fast, smoothly, and reliably SketchUp renders your models?

In this release, we've made major improvements to our graphics pipeline, allowing for performance improvements everywhere you see a .SKP. Now, SketchUp, 3D Warehouse, LayOut, my.SketchUp, and Trimble Connect all render models using the same under-the-hood algorithms—all tuned for buttery 3D orbiting

Improved Transparancy Control

Along with our graphics pipeline overhaul, we’ve made big improvements to transparency, which should now render faster and at higher quality too. SketchUp is also now much better at displaying multiple transparencies to provide a more realistic sense of depth across several see-through faces. And for good measure, we’ve added the ability to fine-tune the opacity level in X-ray mode.

Improved Control, Interaction & Functionality

We’re always sharpening our 'heuristics', the ins and outs that make SketchUp quick and precise.

  • High DPI Modeling
    We’ve tuned snapping and inferencing for high definition monitors (like Apple’s Retina Display). Edge weights have also been smart-scaled. You can back away from your screen now...
  • Smart Offset
    Our new Offset tool avoids overlapping and self-intersecting geometry. Clean offsets, every time you hit ‘F’ (even in LayOut!)
  • Perpendicular Face Inferencing
    Have you mastered parallel inferencing? We’ve added a ‘Perpendicular to Face’ inference. Hover a face; SketchUp will helpfully snap to its perpendicular.
  • Righteous Rectangles
    Our Rectangle tools now utilize the arrow-key axis-locking (just like Circle and Polygon tools). Psst... find square or Golden Section proportions; hold shift to lock that in too!

Colour Customisation

In SketchUp 2017, we’re introducing customisation for the colours that display SketchUp’s axes and inferencing. We hope people with any degree of colour blindness will tweak these important colour schemes to make SketchUp and LayOut work just right.

Persistent IDs

Now, when you make a change to your SketchUp model, any LayOut dimensions associated with the model update to reflect your edit. This is possible thanks to a new feature across the SketchUp platform called Persistent IDs. These are identifiers for geometry that help SketchUp (and its extensions) manipulate individual entities, like a specific edge or face. Basically, every sliver of your model just got smarter.

Extension Manager

A new utility, Extension Manager is a one-look view of your SketchUp extensions. From here, it’s easy to toggle on and off custom tools (or uninstall them entirely). Extension Manager also displays an extension’s Digital Signature, the indication it meets our standard for quality and security.

New in SketchUp 2016
SketchUp, connected

Reference, sync, comment, report, and share: SketchUp 2016 is more connected than ever to the projects, information, and people you work with.

  • Trimble Connect
    Trimble Connect is a new way to store, sync, reference, share, and collaborate on design/build projects. Sign up for a free account, then start uploading .skp, .pdf, .dxf, .ifc… however you work, Trimble Connect helps you work smarter together.

  • Reload 3D Warehouse models
    In SketchUp 2016, 3D Warehouse models can work as reference objects in any project. Download a model from 3D Warehouse, then reload it to update changes to every instance of that component.

  • Generate Report 2.0
    We thought you should have more control of what information SketchUp Pro exports from models, and how it’s organized. So we reworked ‘Generate Report’ tool to do just that.

  • LayOut cloud references
    With this release, LayOut’s reference objects are web friendly. That means your LayOut projects can reference and update files that are stored and synced with services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Trimble Connect Sync.

  • A new LayOut API
    We’re proud to announce our first step towards an extension ecosystem for LayOut. Using this new API developers can now create and customize .layout files from SketchUp models.

Simple, intuitive, just right

Every day, we obsess over making SketchUp seamless and efficient. Here’s what our obsession yielded in SketchUp 2016.

  • Enhanced inferencing
    Learning and utilizing SketchUp’s inference engine makes for fast and precise modeling. In this release, we’ve oiled that engine. With slicker inferencing and locking, SketchUp is humming along, smoother than ever.

  • Customizeable utility trays on windows
    On Windows machines, we’ve re-worked SketchUp’s floating utility dialogs (Styles, Scenes, Components, etc.) so that they neatly stack inside customizable, completely collapsible trays. Simple, clean, just right.

  • Refreshed textures
    Textures make your models pop off the screen (and the page). In this release, we’ve reworked our default material libraries, adding contemporary textures and reorganizing categories. Press ‘B’ and go wild.

  • Small dimensions
    A smart tweak to LayOut dimensions, our new ‘small dimension’ leaders ensure that text never interferes with arrows or extension lines, and that your dimensions always have room to stretch out when you’re working in confined spaces.

  • Loveable LayOut layers
    We’ve improved pretty much everything about LayOut’s layers. Whether you’re grouping objects across layers, drawing objects on shared layers, or unearthing the bottom of a stacked viewport, our new layers are just plain better.

New in SketchUp 2015

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...
SketchUp Hardware and software requirements

Like many computer programs, SketchUp Make 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 Pro 2017 and SketchUp Make 2017.

Windows 10, Windows 8+ and Windows 7+


  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher.
  • SketchUp Pro requires .NET Framework version 4.5.2

SketchUp requires a 64-bit version of Windows.
Boot Camp, VMWare, and Parallels are not supported environments.

Recommended hardware

  • 2+ GHz processor
  • 8+ GB RAM
  • 700 MB of available hard-disk space.
  • 3D class Video Card with 1 GB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.0 or higher and has up to date drivers.

SketchUp's performance relies heavily the graphics card driver and it's ability to support OpenGL 3.0 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
  • An internet connection is required to install and authorize SketchUp and to use some of the features

Minimum hardware

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 16 GB of total hard-disk space.
  • 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 3.0 or higher and has up to date drivers.

Mac OS X 10.12+ (Sierra), 10.11+ (El Capitan) and 10.10+ (Yosemite) 


  • QuickTime 5.0 and web browser for multimedia tutorials
  • Safari

Boot Camp, VMWare, and Parallels are not supported environments.

Recommended hardware

  • 2.1+ GHz Intel processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 700 MB of available hard-disk space
  • 3D class Video Card with 1 GB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.0 or higher and is up to date
  • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse
  • An internet connection is required to authorize SketchUp and to use some of the features.

Minimum hardware

  • 2.1+ GHz Intel processor. Power PC is no longer supported
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 300 MB of available hard-disk space
  • 3D class Video Card with 512MB of memory or higher. Please ensure that the video card driver supports OpenGL version 3.0 or higher and is up to date
  • 3 button, scroll-wheel mouse.

Unsupported environments

Windows Vista and older

Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) and older


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.

Per the SketchUp Pro Terms of Service: You may not use or host the Software in a virtual server environment.

Boot Camp/Parallels

Neither Boot Camp, VMWare nor Parallels are supported environments

Additional Notes

SketchUp 2017 - Compatibility Changes 

With the release of SketchUp 2017, we've removed support for 32-bit operating systems, OpenGL 2.0, and software rendering of models (as opposed to hardware acceleration).

High DPI Support

SketchUp is DPI aware and can adjust the sizes of Icons so they are sized correctly for High DPI screens. Icons are sized when SketchUp starts up. If you adjust your DPI or scaling (Microsoft Windows – but only up to 150%) you will need to restart SketchUp to see correctly sized Icons. Note that SketchUp does not yet scale elements in the drawing window which may result in very small elements on very large screens.

Multiple Processors

Note: SketchUp will run on multiple-processor machines; however, SketchUp will only use one processor. SketchUp doesn't support hyper-threading or multi-threading at this time.

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