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SketchUp Pro

SketchUp Pro – 3D modeling software for professionals
The most intuitive way to design, document and communicate your ideas in 3D
You love what you do. Now love how you do it.

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OVERVIEW

There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. 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.

Simple is powerful

SketchUp Pro - Find a 3D model of anything

Find a 3D model of anything

Need an oven for the kitchen you’re designing? An automobile for your driveway? A rhino for your zoo? Find it all in 3D Warehouse, the world’s biggest library of free 3D models.

SketchUp Pro - Produce scaled, accurate drawings

Turn models into documents

Eventually, some 3D models grow up to become professional 2D drawing sets. LayOut in SketchUp Pro helps you showcase your models and create drawings you’ll be proud of.

SketchUp Pro - Customize your SketchUp

Customize your SketchUp

SketchUp extensions are add-on tools that solve 3D modeling problems which might otherwise leave you scratching your head. And there are hundreds of them to explore.

Now there are more ways to buy SketchUp

SketchUp is now available to buy as a subscription! Not sure whether to subscribe or buy a perpetual licence? Here’s a summary to help you compare.

 

SketchUp Pro (Classic Perpetual Licence)

SketchUp Pro (Subscription)

Desktop

macOS, Windows

SketchUp Pro client
Perpetual licence, up to 2 devices
SketchUp Pro client
Single user licence, unmanaged, termed

Web

Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari

Not includedSketchUp for Web (Premium)

Mobile

OS, Android

SketchUp Viewer (for Mobile)
Available separately
SketchUp Viewer (for Mobile)
AR features included

XR

Oculus, Vive, Windows, HoloLens

Not includedSketchUp Viewers (for XR)

Collaboration

Trimble Connect Personal
Available separately (free)
Trimble Connect for Business
Included

Learning

Learn.SketchUp.com
Free content
Learn.SketchUp.com
Pro content

Support

Technical support
with active M&S
Technical support
included

SketchUp - Make everything easier

SketchUp is useful from the earliest stages of design to the end of construction. Programming, diagramming, design development, detailing, documentation, RFIs—wherever you need drawings, you need SketchUp Pro.

SketchUp Pro - Get Good Fast

Get good, fast

Whoever asked for complicated CAD software? SketchUp is hands-down the most intuitive and easy-to-learn 3D drawing tool around.

SketchUp Pro - Produce scaled, accurate drawings

Produce scaled, accurate drawings

SketchUp isn’t just for 3D models. Draw plans, elevations, details, title blocks and a lot more with LayOut. When your model changes, so does your document. Simple.

SketchUp Pro - Think by drawing in 3D

Think by drawing in 3D

We designed SketchUp to behave like an extension of your hand, so you can draw whatever you want, however you want.

SketchUp Pro - Generate presentation documents

Generate presentation documents

With LayOut, you’re equipped for page design, drafting, vector illustration and slide presentations: everything you need to explain everything.

SketchUp Pro - Create accurate, highly-detailed models

Create accurate, highly-detailed models

SketchUp is accurate to a thousandth of an inch, so you can design, specify, and plan with as much or little detail as you need.

SketchUp Pro - Think by drawing in 3D

Create compelling walkthroughs

Use SketchUp Pro to turn your models into animated walkthroughs and flyovers that explain every detail.

What’s new in 2020?

See how you can improve your workflow by the exciting improvements in SketchUp 2020. Read our blog to learn more about the great new features:

  • Introducing Outliner
  • New grips on bounding boxes
  • Better control of hidden objects
  • Updates to your SketchUp dictionary
  • LayOut 2020: document control
  • More power to adjust model views
  • Improved customization of your drawings

 

SketchUp – 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.

SketchUp – See Through Materials

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.

SketchUp – Improved Drawing Tools

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

SketchUp Pro - High DPI Modeling

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…

SketchUp Pro - Smart Offset

Smart Offset

Our new Offset tool avoids overlapping and self-intersecting geometry. Clean offsets, every time you hit ‘F’ (even in LayOut!)

SketchUp Pro - Perpendicular Face Inferencing

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.

SketchUp Pro - Righteous Rectangles

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!

LayOut – Introducing Tables

Great documents often feature important information, so we built Tables; a great way to manage spreadsheets in LayOut. Create a Table from scratch, or import a .CSV or Excel file. Tables behave just like other spreadsheets: edit text, style cells, modify columns and rows… you get the gist. LayOut references your original spreadsheet, so updating every Table in your document is as simple as… click!

LayOut – High Fidelity .DWG Support

Many people use linework from SketchUp in other CAD applications. We’ve re-written LayOut’s .DWG/.DXF exporter to make their lives a lot easier.

SketchUp Pro - One .DWG

One .DWG

Previously, a ten page LayOut file would export as ten separate .DWGs. Now you’ll get just one .DWG with ten separate tabs for each page.

SketchUp Pro - Native Entities

Native Entities

In the old days, LayOut entities like dimensions, clipping masks, and labels would explode into raw geometry upon export. Now, they’ll import smartly into AutoCAD and behave just as expected.

SketchUp Pro - Smart Scaling

Smart Scaling

LayOut exports are now smart enough to self-scale for paper size or model space. Drawing entities like labels and polygons scale to paper size. Model linework scales to model space. Voilà!

SketchUp Pro - Color by Layer

Color by Layer

We’ve added an oft-requested ‘Color-by-Layer’ option to CAD exports, so all entities on a given layer may export as one color. By default, black linework exports so that it renders as black on a white background and white on a black background. That’s like candy for CAD fiends.

SketchUp – 3D for every-cone

Customization for the colors that display SketchUp’s axes and inferencing. We hope people with any degree of color blindness will tweak these important color schemes to make SketchUp and LayOut work just right.

SketchUp – 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.

SketchUp – 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.

Click here to see available SketchUp Extensions.

Sketchup Pro 2020 – System Requirements – Windows


Windows 10, Windows 8+ and Windows 7+

Software

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

SketchUp requires a 64-bit version of Windows.Also, to install SketchUp, Windows 8.1 must be current with Windows Update.
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 free 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.

Sketchup Pro 2020 – System Requirements – Mac


Mac OS 10.15+ (Catalina), Mac OS 10.14+ (Mojave), and Mac OS 10.13+ (High Sierra).

Software

  • 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. Alert: Please be aware, SketchUp is unable to support case sensitive hard drives with our installation. If you use a case sensitive hard drive you’ll experience crashes at launch which cannot be resolved.
  • 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
  • 500 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.

Compatibility Changes

With the release of SketchUp 2020 we’ve removed support for Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra). When signing into web features such as the Warehouses you’ll be taken to an external browser to complete the signin process.

Unsupported environments


Windows Vista and older

Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra) and older)

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.

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


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.

There are lots of available extensions for SketchUp. To see the range, click here.

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Next Steps

SketchUp Pro 2020 is available now.
If you have any questions or would like to request a quote please contact us.