I am aware of the 3D export vs 2D export - Thanks.
What I’d like to be able to do is, for example, is export a 2D plan (or any orthogonal view) from sketchup, and have SU maintain the layers and the associated colors of those layers. That would leave me with very little to do in acad or whatever CAD program I might be cleaning it up in for distribution to consultants.
I agree. I would like to be able to export 2D dwgs and have the dwgs maintain the same layer structure as the model. It would also be nice if the colors of the layers in the dwg were able to be set to ‘index’ colors (Color 0,1,2,3,4,5 etc…) so that I can export a 2D dwg with my ‘color lines by layer’ style and then easily be able to print dwgs using my established AutoCAD ctb, which prints lineweight by color.
@jbdk78 Don’t expect any news from SketchUp/Trimble. Why?
First, this is not something they would cover in a maintenance release. IF it appears, it will be part of their (so far) annual release. The next one is expected to be out somewhere around November 2016 - and will be SketchUp 2017. I want to emphasize that I’m not saying it will happen, only that this is the first place you might possibly see it.
Second, SketchUp/Trimble simply does not comment on forthcoming features. Because Trimble is publicly traded, there are rules that effectively prevent them from promising any new features until they are actually released.
Thanks Blanka, this helps a little but still leaves much work to do in a cad program after export, especially if you have a complex layer structure in the model. And if you’re exporting multiple views, you have to perform the task over and over. If sketchup can’t export a view that retains layer structure and color, maintains origin and outputs in high quality DWG, then sketchup isn’t a professional tool. I do almost all of my exhibit and theatrical design work in sketchup and layout. But when I have to export to consultants, my speedy workflow draws to a crawl. I wish trimble would take this issue seriously.