Future of Sketchup (including Pro) in 2021-2022

Hi, All,

I have been using Sketchup for a long time. Mainly for woodworking and house renovation projects. I have used it for designing pergolas, very large, multi-story decks, furniture, etc. I love it. I had Pro for several years. However, this last renewal I passed. I don’t see much in the way of development or future.

I have 35 years in software development as so-so developer but mainly in product management and as president of a big-data software company. Have always jumped on the leading edge and seen many products slowly disappear due to a variety of reasons.

So what is the future? Why can’t Trimble tell us? The last post I found on this issues is years ago. One of the add-on developers recently contacted many of told us they were no longer supporting us, made the code open source, because they see little future.

I love Sketchup. Having used AutoCAD since it was first released on floppy disks, various others over the years, there is NOTHING better for quick 3D mockups. Please, tell me there is a future. I want to believe!


There are business reasons for not telling you what we’re working on. Unfortunately, I think that I can’t even tell you what the business reasons are!

Something new is the iPad version. If you sign up for that you may get more insights than I am able to tell you in the forum.

No one can say. Even Trimble employees, were they allowed to say, may not know. Could be a moving target.

I believe the history of SU is that of much modern software. Started by a (no doubt) small but highly energised and capable bunch of programmers who produced something fresh that burst onto the scene about 20 years ago. Gets noticed by one of the big boys (Google) who snap it up for a king’s ransom but toy with it like a lion might a mouse for a while and then toss it aside. Picked up by another big boy (Trimble) who at least have a more commensurate stable of products but who may not really know what they want to do with it and in any case have much bigger fish to fry.

If this is anywhere near accurate (but hell, it makes a good story anyway!), the suspicion has to be that it will be kept on life support for a while but may then either be shuffled off again, or events will overtake it by something better from a competitor coming along.

But here’s the thing. The original concept was so good and so well implemented that what is basically 20 year old software, designed to run on machines of the day, is still very handy (compare and contrast with the phone industry). Small incremental improvements will probably keep coming if only because users expect it, but whether any serious upgrades ever come is moot. So a user has to decide whether those small improvements are worth investing in or whether just to stop at the latest version.


That’s a pretty good summary, I have not used Pro for almost 17 months now (if I ever will again) but the iPad version was what I was waiting for so now I am back, hopefully now its public they will continue that, what isn’t yet apparent is how the pricing structure will indeed work for that. My fear is that the iPad version may be an extension of a Subscription, if so then it makes it less desirable than something like Sahrp3D, time will tell I imagine.


Simon, this is probably a very realistic projection, but it is a bit depressing! Unfortunately, SketchUp is not one of Trimble’s “bigger fish”, so it may indeed get “fried”!
I was hoping for "SketchUp Pro 2 or something … ?


Thank you guys for replying. The iPad version does not work for my style of working. It is a pity to see such a fine tool languish. A lot of thought went into it. I just worry I will pay the license fee only to see another year pass without a significant, if any, update.

It’s best to support Android. After all, Android is Google’s system
And the audience is wider, so it is more accepted by the public