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Good for you. I use it but not at your level. I’ll have to play more.

in fact, I don’t use often graphics (almost never), so I try and it work. I think you may create one easily !

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I was confused by this until I realized the later years are part future and it’s not known exactly what you will do. but going somewhere else it seems.

I was an enthusiastic SketchUp user, but began to see around me SketchUp losing influence due to years of underdevelopment since Trimble. For example, I had trained an hundred architects on SketchUp, and it was then abandoned in favor of Revit. This led me to get back to programming, first in SketchUp where I developed the prototype of a new parametric method, then in Rhino Grasshopper, where I invested a lot. Then the announcement of the end of our licenses, led me to learn Blender. I plan to program mainly an equivalent to guide lines and Layout for 2D documentation. Given the shortage of time I have at the moment, this is the schedule I am considering.

For me, the list of disadvantages is growing, and I have to forget some: price increase, license by subscription, underdevelopment for 10 years, multiplication of visible bugs, degradation of the ergonomics of the software, by modifications or the addition of functions of little use, abandonment in the future of dynamic components, usage restrictions, use of our data, slow Layout…

I will take SketchUp and all its limitations any day of the week over Revit. I’ve never used Blender so I can’t speak to that but from what I understand it is better for organic modeling than orthogonal models.

you need to sort out your GPU trampy

Blender’s issue for me, is that it’s great if you want to eye ball stuff and not that great when you want to model accurately. Components and inferencing are the two major modeling Sketchup features that I lack in blender.

The third is Layout so this would be great:


I’m not sure it’s a hardware issue, by the way I have a new computer at the moment. I think it’s a question of optimization. When you see how fast Affinity Publisher is. I could see that Layout was faster on an older machine.

I am not a fan of Revit, but this is the way for almost all firms of architecture, maybe not individuals one.
About Blender, it is horrible the first time I discover it without knowing it. Now it is nice, there is incredible functions. There is notably smart parametric concepts to know and to explore. Of course it is different, but if I add some basic features as plugin that are missing for architecture workflow, it is amazing. I am not looking to do almost the same thin, I want to get more, and save time in the move.

Absolutely. But I am looking in one or two years. For example inference is technically possible to create in script, because it is possible to create new function with their own interface. The potential is there. I do not finish to dig in existing functions, I discover nice things.

Inferences in Blender

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I was referring to your Nintendo GPU

I used to use AutoCAD, FormZ, and other CAD software not worthy of mention here.
Now, I use SketchUp for everything CAD. I design buildings, create presentations, make nearly instant modifications to meet client expectations, create design development drawings, create construction/permit drawings, and during construction, use it to solve issues not immediately apparent to the contractor.
I use SketchUp for furniture design (for my own use).
I have used SketchUp for designing theatrical sets.
I am currently using SketchUp for creating miniature model templates.

I am happy to answer questions about my opinions about SketchUp.

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Thanks tpdes. I wonder if you’ve ever tried Vectorworks?

I have been using SU since 2012 end to end, concept to construction plans. The biggest lesson that would have made the first year easier would have been; draw everything on Layer 0 or “untagged” as it is now, as you draw, highlight each component and make it a group, and then put it on a separate Layer or Tag. Geometry sticking together was a massive headache at first.

I had used AutoCAD since the early 90’s but once I was introduced to SU I never used it again.

Hi, Peter.

I have not used Vectorworks, sorry. I neglected to mention I also used 3D Studio for a time, and dabbled with Revit. While those softwares offer considerably more power in certain areas than does SketchUp, they also come laden with so much baggage, you wind up spending an inordinate amount of time learning things you wind up not really needing.

SketchUp is quick to learn, and is so easy to get useful results, it’s easy to overlook its peculiar quirks and idiosyncrasies.


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I also tried Revit. I was fighting against it while learning, modelled a full house for a project I had at the time. I was trying to do something in Revit that I couldn’t. I went to their own online help and they adviced me to use Sketchup for that. I’m talking about something related to modeling a mass in Sketchup and importing it into Revit afterwards. This was in Autodesk’s help page. Then I found about SketchUp section tool, Layout, Sketchucation and section cut face plugin… Never looked back at Revit again.


I use SU and lO exclusively as a designer draftsmen of remodeling projects and ADU’s. I print a pdf from layout to send to the building department. I find my self needing a pdf editor and am about to buy into one of them. This may be off topic, but what’s everyone using as a pdf editor. I’m thinking Adobe but at $15 per month, it’s twice what I pay for may whole MS office apps with cloud storage.

I don’t know what your specific requirements are from a PDF editor but I use the free version of PDFSam ( ) to extract and merge PDFs…