Layout compatibility with ACAD question

I have most of my consultants using ACAD. If I buy SU Pro with Layout, can they use my drawings done with Layout?

Thank you.

Yes they can. You’d have to first export your files as .dwg/.dxf. Take a look at our LayOut Essentials course on SketchUp Campus for more info:

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Thank you. Clear now!!

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Thanks for this, the problem I have is we are creating our elevation views from plans with multiple rooms. So when you switch from raster to hybrid to make a Autocad file you see all the other areas that are beyond the wall. Is there another way to only show the one elevation short of making each room a separate file/view?

Are you able to share your LayOut file? and SU model? I can take a look for you.

When working with consultants, you had better use Vector rendering instead of Hybrid. You don’t want to include raster images in your AutoCad exports.

I cannot share the files but here is my workflow

When I am setting up scenes I am using the camera in the parallel projection setting looking down on a plan view of the entire project and then using the position camera tool to create elevation views. In the case of the attached it is double sided, so in raster I am getting one side of the unit. But if I switch to hybrid or Vector I am getting a x-ray view and I am seeing the line work for both side.


I don’t fully understand your workflow but do you know about Sections, Styles, Layers and Scenes?

Basically what you should do is to insert sections for plans and elevations that cut the model in the places you want.

Then create scenes related to those sections. In those scenes you can then:

  • Create cameras aligned to the section plans, in both parallel and perspective projections (right click a secion plan and choose the align view command);
  • Create layers for objects you want to hide or show;
  • Create styles for how you want to display the model and also to hide active section planes;
  • Configure shadows position/intensity for better view of the model;
  • Save each scene and don’t go changing it by updating the wrong properties of scenes (you should find the advanced properties button for updating scenes and learn how to use it);
  • Use those scenes in Layout and simply update the model and the plans and elevations keep updating;
  • Hit export to CAD and send to engineers.

With careful understanding of the above concepts you can achieve a very good Sketchup to CAD workflow.

NOTE: I would advice you to use the “Export to DWG - Export for Sketchup Option” if you want to have a full Layout page exported to engineers in the model space in CAD format, but be careful with the export scale and DWG drawing organization. Engineers might be able to deal with that, but most will complain.

@pwharton When you are creating your elevation scene, what style is are you using?


We follow this workflow with the exception of using the section tool currently. I’ll take a look at that when I get some time.

We have created our own styles, but the basic one is based on one of basic styles that came with sketchup the “construction document style” I believe. Line weight and colors are the main difference. the others are a variation of that style.

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I am just trying to determine if the issue isnt just that it is reverting to a style with wireframe.

In hindsight, if set to wireframe, NO surfaces would show up. Hmmm?

Are there stacked viewports?