We are thrilled to announce our second desktop product update since releasing SketchUp 2019! We’ve been listening, and are happy to deliver a new set of features and improvements based on our users’ needs. With your feedback, we’ve worked hard to update some top features in SketchUp Pro 2019 and LayOut. We’re proud to introduce these new improvements, and see how they impact your 3D projects.
Please note that all of these features are available to active SketchUp 2019 Classic license and active subscription users with the exception of the “Large Area Imports for Add Location” feature below. This feature is only available to subscription users.
With more focus on improvements to imagery exports, usability, and a seamless LayOut connection — your professional workflow will thank you.
Exporting images. Exporting 2D graphics, raster files, and animations just got better. You can now control the overall line thicknesses of exported images with our new line-scale multiplier, found in the export options dialogs. So, if you are experiencing line weights that are too thick, you can make those line weights thinner. Also, .png images now export with transparency so you can see what is behind the material while compositing.
Customizable unit settings. Now your model can be customized to show different unit measurements for area and volume. For example, in a model of a room, you can use inches for the wall and feet for volume. Available unit types: inches, feet, millimeters, centimeters, and meters.
Invert Selection. This new feature will allow you to select anything, then invert the selection of objects. This makes it simple to select items and then perform actions on their inverse. The keyboard shortcut for this will be: CTRL + SHIFT + I (Windows) or CMD + SHIFT + I (Mac).
Importing files. The days of picking out your import file format from a long list are over. You can now drag and drop ALL supported file types directly into your modeling window. By default, you’ll now see all supported file types available for import. Additionally, the DWG and DXF importers now bring in fewer duplicate and messy edges. Easy!
Eraser Tool. Have you ever accidentally erased too much in your model? To make your detailing workflow a little smoother and seamless, we added alt & cmd as modifier keys to remove any unnecessarily highlighted lines that you might have accidentally captured during your modeling efforts.
Large Area Imports for Add Location. You can now easily import large sites at full resolution. How can you take advantage of this new feature? Simply zoom out a bit, then select the level from which you want to import. Be aware that importing very large areas with lots of imagery can adversely affect performance in your SketchUp model. Note that this feature is only available to SketchUp Pro and Studio subscription holders.
There’s a lot more, read about it on our blog.
We focused on making the usability of LayOut more natural and consistent with that of SketchUp. Clean. Easy. Productive.
Isometric dimensioning. It is now possible to make linear dimensions align with an isometric viewpoint. This one is huge! Since an isometric drawing is a primary type of drawing in LayOut, we wanted to make it smoother and more straightforward. You can now control extension lines, gap distance, and align dimensions with isometric angles.
Auto-text. Similar to “smart labels”, you can now add text to dimensions without breaking the automatic measurement. For example, let’s say you create a wall dimension. You can dimension a wall, add the word “height”, and the dimension measurement will still update if the measurement changes. Pro tip: make sure your string has <> in it. For example, ‘Height <>’ will turn into ‘Height 132in’.
Please note that all of these features are available to all active SketchUp 2019 Classic license and active subscription users with the exception of the “Large Area Imports for Add Location” feature. This feature is only available to subscription users. If you have an expired M&S for a Classic license, you can access these new features by updating your M&S.