I find the new online version lame and frustrating. Make was a great platform to start and grow with. Although there was no cad import or export, and no layout, it was great, and enabled adult students and non-pros to have a great tool…and then upgrade if needed. Even if it were $50-1-00…the average person could still do that. The average home carpenter, teacher, elementary school student parent, etc, is NOT going to plop down $600 for Sketchup Pro. The other problem is that when it’s online software, you have to be …online? I went to teach a classroom of kids last year how to use Sketchup. All had laptops…and all were hooked to their lame school wifi. Not every environment has the latest wifi tech to enable multiple users simultaneously. Yeah, probably two kids could have been on and working OK but not 24. So the whole thing fell apart and the kids couldn’t work or learn. Frustrating and needless.
So the whole model of the open-source community that leads to professional use is gone. Who is going to keep working through the gaps of the free online version ad then make the jump to pro? They’re going to think…that “free” online SketchUp is junk…I cannot take that seriously. It is FAR inferior to the old Make version.
I just see it as Trimble doing less and less and less and wanting more and more money. In the Pro world, the mandated upgrades in the subscription model provide so little new features or improvements as to be worthless frankly. Honestly…what did the last two versions of Pro do that it improved on 2018? Slightly better inferencing…anything else?
Classic example…the old clipping plane display problem that has existed since Fred Flintstone roamed the earth… Will Trimble ever fix that? Nope. Now Daniel Tal has (thanks Daniel and crew) …but, he needs to charge for it…so for $50 you get a solution to the daily problem. I think Daniel Tal’s price is fair…but for $600 whatever you should get major stuff like that fixed. Or start adding “BIM-like” features…or make Layout less klunky…like be able to do consistent dimensions without losing your mind, Or get a clear and simple “camera line” control for animations straight from the scene tabs without constant crashes through walls.
We can’t do that? Or…how about automatic transfer of all your toolbars, trays, extensions, preferences and settings when you transition to a new version? I look forward to new versions like I look forward to corona virus and blinding migraine headaches.
I love SketchUp, but it wasn’t Trimble that invented it, and Trimble is certainly not making it much better for the yearly subscriptions $$$.