DWG Export with layers

All, we’ve been complaining about this for literally years with no response from trimble. All we get is a bit better inference here, a bit of that there. I’m holding my “owned” versions of SU but I haven’t renewed this year’s subscription. While more costly and far less fun, I’m beginning to really evaluate Vectorworks for a switch of process. This is just way too time consuming.

I have a feeling SU 23 will bring us improvements in import/export on ifc/dwg. Their marked surveys seems to be about this, and they also have this Revit import beta project.

Obviously the situation cannot stay like it is forever, and I guess most people using Sketchup for building design is looking actively into options if they need to jump ship, even if they really dont want to.

Keeping ones business is more important than ones love for sketchup, after all, so if they make us choose, the result is predictable.


Well put. Fingers crossed. I had a SU model bring VW to its knees last week when I tried to change view and rendering mode…

The thing is that I’m still clinging to SketchUp, no matter what. Workarounds, workflows and a bit of patience still get me going. Removing the what would be great!

I don’t know if it will be that fast, but I’m sure this sort of things concerns the team.

Sharing how we export our 2D DWGs for Consultants.

Our SU Models are set up with Each Tag having its own Specific RGB Color (not Indexed Color). To Help Set this up we Use TIGs Layers to List (from SketchUcation) and then we Edit this list in Notepad to set the Individual RGB Color Values for Each Tag/Layer. Then we Import that List using TIG’s Layers From List (from SketchUcation) and now each Tag has a Specific RGB Color.

NOTE: Although Layers from List does not control the Transparency of each Tag/Layer. If it Did we could switch between Color by Tag for Exporting from Layout to DWG and Color by Tag Transparency for the Isolated Live Section (Donley Method).

We Produce our Documents In Layout, some of the Drawings are individual Viewports and some are Stacked Viewports. Our Layouts contain many Viewports and many different Styles associated with Each. So To Export these drawings to DWG, we need to re-set all of our Viewports to a Color by Tag Style (Our Own Style called “Color By Tag Export” with ‘Model Settings’ Set to Color by Tag and ‘Edge Settings’ set to: Color by material). We usually go Page by page and Select all Viewports on a Page or in a Group and set the Style to Color by Tag. But you can change the Style of all Scenes Globally in Sketchup.

We Export without ‘Export for Sketchup Selected’ Leaving Layout Stuff (Title block, Notes, and Dims) in ACAD Paper space and the Model Viewport Geometry is Sent to ACAD Model Space at Real World Scale.

Once the DWG is made. Consultants can select all Similar type objects and geometry by color with the ‘Quick Selection’ Command in ACAD Selecting elements based on color. Not the same as turning on or off Layers but better than all the same color on Layer 0.

This is where a Lisp Routine and could automatically assign objects to separate layers by color @rvm.forum @janunes. But if We have a list of Layers and their Color Couldn’t a Lisp assign objects to their exact layer by color?

I use Color by Tag as well, and export from sketchup, not Layout, to get the geometric accuracy that Layout exports cannot provide. I have my tags already in my template, with their tag-colours set. After export I open the dwg and move the export to its proper location, as the export cannot even provide the correct origo.

I imagine it would be easy to just use the sketchup exporter that they already have, and just run it over and over again for each component on each tag, and sort it with component/group names onto exported dwg layers.

I find it amazing that Trimble, as a professional software company for physical planning, have not insisted on Sketchup playing nice in a team. I see ads for Trimble software for planning often, mentioning Quadri, Quantm, Connect, Novapoint, Tilos, Sitevision, Tekla.

They never mention Sketchup.