Though I’m confident that this will do no good, I’m going to vent here anyway. I abandoned AutoCAD because I thought I could make SU and LO my go to tool for turning out architectural drawings. Here are just a couple of problems out of numerous, that I have been having and I see no end/ solution in site:
- I am an architect and need to change the roof joists on a project that I am doing from 11 7/8" TJIs to 14" TJIs. I have been trying for about 14 hours so far to make that one change. I truly feeling like I am smashing my head against a brick wall with this program! I cannot make it do anything that I need it to do. I need the software to create faces - it hardly ever does. If I need to make any kind of change to a face that I fight for hours (literally) to create - forget it. It will not happen!
I still import 2D drawings from AutoCAD in my workflow. I know that SketchUp has an issue with any SketchUp file that has had an AutoCAD file inserted into it at any time - ever. SU blames these many problems on AutoCAD. That is a bunch of bull! SU, fix this issue now!!! One of those issues is that SU makes double, triple or quadruple faces when it will make a face. Another issue is that files “degrade”. I have a friend who is also an architect and uses SU. He totally agrees with me. For instance; I battled for over 8 hours yesterday to try and make this roof. The portions that I was finally able to make were crisscrossed with hidden lines when I opened the file today (not there yesterday). If I try to erase these lines it erases parts of the face! Also measurements change from exact to approximate!
I have accomplished absolutely nothing today on this project - nothing - all day. Meanwhile I have a client who needs there plans a.s.a.p.
So I thought I’ll see if there is an extension that can help me make a faces. I find one. It’s S4U Make Face. I install it and guess what - no license. I delete it and remove the existing files and download again from The SketchUp Warehouse. I restart SU. No license! This extension is by one of the main extension writers. There is no way for me to bypass this issue, so I am out of luck and back to bashing my head against the wall.
When SU 2019 came out - late. I was okay with that. When the only real improvement they came up with all year + was dashed lines, I’m okay with that - not thrilled, but I’m like, “okay, well maybe they fixed some of these under the hood issues” which I would frankly be far more excited about than anything you could do to the interface or tools. Nothing! I really do not want to go back to AutoCAD ( I despise AutoDesk as a company and their over priced software).
SketchUp, please step up and fix the problems with the software before you add any more bells and whistle! Please!!!