I’m an avid Sketchup user (2015 - Pro) I work in kitchen/bath/bar/builtin design, and its paramount for me to be able to effectively and precisely present and discuss finishes, as well as take precise measurements.
(Collaborating within my company:)As far as Trimble Connect is concerned, I didn’t find the presentation of it to be very precise regarding textures/styles in. The freedom of Sketchup is great, but if Trimble Connect doesn’t show exactly what your Sketchup Model shows (transparencies, textures, and styles) then it doesn’t prove to be helpful to me. The time to upload and use the model in Trimble Connection is slow, as well. I’m actually very interested in an ‘intelligent’ SketchUp project management collaborative tool, but right now this feels sluggish and heavy! Instead I share the model on Google Drive, which can has syncing issues, so you have to be careful.
(Collaborating with the client/other companies:) Right now, I’ve been having clients download the SketchUp Viewer and I’ve been sharing my Google Drive private folder that is specific to the client that includes the model and a set of plans in PDF form (this is all included in an email with a set of instructions). I set the permission so they may view, not edit. This gives them the freedom to the client/other company to use Sketchup Model as we, the designer, see it. But the problem with sharing a model and forcing a SketchUp Viewer download, is that some clients aren’t very ‘computer literate’ and have a difficult time. I end up thinking, “There must be an easier way!”
I see some people export images to a video, but that limits the viewer and tends to reduce the visual quality of the model.
I see some people using WebGL (i.e. three.js), which I would be really curious about. Since it still gives you similar 3D paning and zooming capabilities, just not orbiting.
What do you suggest I use as a workflow?
Thanks for your help,