Here is a link:
Yes, Building Smart recommends the use of a universal format in a BIM-model, so every stakeholder or collaborator could use their favorite software package and produce the different kinds of models that are used (Concept-model, Energy-model, Structural-model, etc.)
The choice for a cloud-based solution is inevitable in modern industry, despite all the rejections from more traditionally customers.
That’s why it’s funny to see all the arguments in some of the threads in this forum. (“I don’t need all the Viewers, I don’t need Trimble Connect, why should I pay a subscription for something that I already own”, etc.)
Presenting a new flavoured ‘BIM-app’ is perhaps more sexy and maybe they are developing in a vast range new stuff, but are you willing to pay twice as much? (300 for SketchUp versus 600 for Acca, each year)
From what I have seen, all the stuff showed can be integrated inside Trimble Connect, too, you just have to setup some things differently inside SketchUp, to become fully BIM. All the other stuff (72 different formats-viewing, pointclouds, Maps, VR, XR, open API-access, etc. ) is there for a much more affordable pricing.
If the main point is the ‘lagging inside LayOut’ check to see how Tekla is offering a standard API to produce ‘traditional’ drawings:
It would be nice to have that for LayOut, as well…