An open letter to Trimble

I don\t know about the roadmap stuff or what GAAP is, however I have only ever worked for two companies, one private in London and one public in Sweden. If I spoke about future plans and roadmaps outside either of them I would expect to have lost my job without question.

Certainly my current employer takes it even further, I can technically loose my job for taking a photo on my phone anywhere inside my office. And I work in Sweden, thats very liberal compared to the US.

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Yeah, but you are an employee. It should be your company the one giving the roadmap…

And we should not forget that we are asking for a roadmap because SketchUp’s development has been so limited for the last years, that one can only be worry about sketchUp’s future.

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I understand the motivation to going online. Have you considered publishing the object model that runs within the browser? This would enable people writing Chrome extensions or enhanced browsers to interact with the model using Javascript. In that case the scripts/extensions would be loaded locally.
I have written a browser frame that can dynamically load scripts and interact with local devices. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss it further if your interested.

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It 's exactly one of the feelings I have, an other one being sort of “imposed way” that no one asked me for, with no way to get out of it without loss… It’s for me a loyalty issue…

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Here is my response Open letter

How odd, you joined this forum a week ago and now suddenly a pro Trimble open letter all in it’s own thread, advertised in another, kinda suspicious to me.

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Wow! @Solo , if you really are that cynical and skeptical, then there’s not much that anyone could say to convince you. There are very simple reasons that this profile has only been active for a week.

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In this age of information one really needs to investigate everything one reads online, like I said it just appears suspicious.

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And they are?.. I’m inclined to see it from @solo’s perspective. Very suspicious and you’re a lone (almost sycophantic) voice in support of Trimble’s extremely poor efforts over recent years.

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There you go Pete there are reason mate, simple reasons…

Nah, Devine’s letter is definitely not Trimble marketing copy. Look at that second paragraph. Let’s cut him/her some slack.

I often have to remind myself that not everyone looks at SketchUp the same way that I do. For example I’m not a fan of software subscriptions or online applications, but there are people who do want this and will gladly adopt it. And honestly SketchUp is still a really cool piece of software - if we all discovered it today for the first time, it’s likely we’d all be super positive about it.

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Maybe others enjoy the program and its possibilities instead of taking part in these kind of discussions every new version again and again…

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You’re obviously easily pleased. Congrats.

Yes. Thank you!

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Personally i think Sketchup has become progressively worse since Trimble acquired it.
I had planned to invest in the Pro version, tested the demos, and got loads of issues. Some geometry becomes wonky very easily, breaking sometimes into many parts after which trying to get proper whole faces becomes impossible. This of course translates to any render engine.

I strongly concur with the premise of this open letter. Resources should have been directed towards making Sketchup better, not having Sketchup fit in the Trimble universe most legacy users are unfamiliar with, unless it’s been done deliberately to alienate the vast Sketchup community.

Like i said: i would love to spend money on a decent Sketchup. Given the bugs and tediousness in working with Layout (slow slow slow even with an RTX 2080), i have requested a form Z demo. Hopefully i will find some solace there.

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You owe it to yourself to check out Blender 2.8.

How would you even compare Blender and Sketchup? They’re so different.(And why would you assume i don’t know Blender?)

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We’ll, yes they are different. Blender has a full renderer built in, along with animation, advanced materials and sculpting tools. They also he have several very nice architectural addons as well.

Both Blender and SU are surface modelers (FormZ is a solids modeler).

I don’t even know what you’re after, but there’s a good chance Blender can do it, if you take the time to learn. Modifiers alone are worth it.

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Sure Blender is part of my toolbox. I’m just a lot more used to Sketchup modeling. Form-z looks like it’s similar to Sketchup in how it can be translated into construction plans without all the bugs Sketchup currently suffers from.

That doesn’t mean i won’t use Blender, just not for that.

But i do dislike going off-topic, so i will stop here.

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@DaveR

Had you bothered to read my post, you would see I was only pointing out cloud based solutions can work. No where did I say the two were functionally compatible. In fact I said the opposite: