Feature Plans


#1

I read many comments with feature requests.

Are there any official statements about the current features and the plans for new ones?


#2

In short, no. Trimble (and before them Google and @Last) have never revealed their plans for the future of SketchUp.


#3

No but I imagine they will announce a bunch of new stuff at there Basecamp conference in September.


#4

Alas, as a publicly traded company, it is illegal for us to share our plans before they happen. When you start working at Trimble, you have to sign a big pile of papers that says you will not even hint at what the future of the company holds. Otherwise, you will be tracked down by a pack rabid lawyers and shaved, tarred, feathered, and fed a diet of McDonalds Happy Meals for the rest of your life.


#5

That sounds a bit expensive… Whatever happened to just ‘hang, draw, quarter’ ?.. :joy:


#6

Do you mean hang, draw, and Quarter Pounder with cheese? :smiley:


#7

good point @DaveR… very good point… but no… :stuck_out_tongue:


#8

If the SketchUp office was on the coast, they’d keel haul you, too. Being in Colorado, there’s nothing deep enough for a boat with a keel. :smiley:


#9

@Last was not a publicly traded company so in those days it was not quite as strict. I remember a video from the first Basecamp that demoed Fat Faces (faces with thickness) a feature that never made it into the released version of SketchUp. And there was the Onion Dome tool.


#10

Aside from legal consequences, what’s the harm in communicating SketchUp’s plans for the future? Would it endanger Sketchup somehow?


#11

Trimble is a publicly traded company. It is illegal for anyone inside of Trimble to share any information regarding our plans for the future (that’s considered insider trading type stuff).


#12

Well… The law’s there for a reason. SketchUp deserves privacy if they want it.