Hi everyone just some quick questions as I’ve only just discovered sketchup. My drawing needs are very basic and I have tried other CAD type programs but I find them overly complicated and hard to use. I happened across Sketchup and watched a few tutorials and it just seems so intuitive to use or maybe the tutorials just mad routerlogine it seem that way. My main question is do you guys think sketchup is right for what I’ll be doing. I mainly do steelwork and maybe a few times a year we build a stairs and I have to draw it to get measurements off the drawing to cut out the steel pieces. I never bother nor don’t really need to draw out the handrails(although if it was easy I might), I only draw a side view of the stairs and pull my angles and measurements for cuts from the drawing. I presume this is no problem in Sketchup?
I recently got asked to provide a sketch of a fairly simple handrail attached to a concrete footpath and I’d like to do this in Sketchup. It can be 2d but I’d like the image to make the handrail look like stainless steel and the footpath look like concrete, rather than like a load of lines that I would have produced in CAD. Is this relatively easy to do for a beginner?
Final question is what download version of Sketchup should I look to get. When I went to the site it seemed to be either a choice of the browser based one or Sketchup Pro which is not free. I’d like a free version if possible but I’d rather avoid the browser version as my internet speeds are not the best. Thanks in advance.