Layout Pro 2020 crashes instantly when opened

You are so correct, it happens to Windows users also.

@mattclubb -

I’m willing to try anything if it’ll get my work back on track - except spending hours on the phone to ‘customer support’. Can you explain in a little more detail about how you got it to work with a new admin user?

By the way, if we are paying for ‘maintenance and support’, is it acceptable to not receive any response to an email sent requesting help?

Go to User and Groups in System Preferences.
Add a new user to your system, make sure you set it to type: Administrator.
Give the new user a password.
Then log out of MacOS and log in with the new user.
Go through the normal setup stuff, then try running it from there.

Something that would cause the symptom you’re describing is if a recent file you worked on has some serious issues. Either it’s corrupt, or it’s on a drive that is giving errors.

The difference between opening a file direct, or opening LayOut, is the welcome screen. That shows thumbnails of your recent files, and if one of those has problems, LayOut could crash.

One way to test the idea would be to successfully open a file, then open the Welcome to LayOut window from the Help menu. Does LayOut crash?

Hi Colin -

It seems to be the same regardless of how Layout is opened. Whether I try to launch Layout directly from the dock, from a Layout file, or from the ‘Send to Layout’ toolbar icon in any of my Sketchup files, I get the same instant bug splat message. It never gets as far as the welcome screen…

Thanks - its worth a try I guess…

That makes it be different to Matt’s case. Did you submit some bugsplats?

Yes. Quite a few in fact. Would it help if I send another - pasted in here, or attached perhaps?

No, I would just need to figure out how to find the bugsplats. I tried search for your name and what might be in your email, but if you didn’t fill in those fields, tracking them down becomes harder.

I shall generate more bug splats - and include my email (which includes my whole name, Daniel Richards)… I get the same result with every attempt, so the key information should be in there somewhere…

I’ve now sent 3 bug splats generated by different routes in an attempt to open Layout.

Hi Colin -

Did you have time to look at the bugs splats I submitted?

Regards, Daniel.

Got it now. The search used to let me find an email across all products, but this time I had to select LayOut Mac 2020 in particular.

There is mention of get OS language in the report, I’m going to get some of the dev ops guys to take a look.

They will ask, what language packs have you included when installing SketchUp?

There was enough information in the bugsplat to give us something to investigate. At first it seems to be on the lines of misreading your language or region. Doing a test where you set the region in Mac OS to somewhere else would be worth a go.

For anyone coming here with similar symptoms, we found that with the computer being physically in Norway, but the system set to say that it is located in the US, that triggered a problem in LayOut and Style Builder. The thing it triggered will get improved, in case this happens again to someone else. I don’t know if it has happened before now, but no harm in taking care of the combination even if it is unlikely!

So, check if where your system claims your computer is located is the same as where it is actually located.


I’m running into the same issues. I am on the most recent update for Mac OS. I installed the new Sketchup 2020 update, and it lasted 36 hours before I ran into the same issues Daniel’s having. I can’t open a file. I can’t start a new file. I can’t go through the Welcome Screen either. It’s meant that many files are now inaccessible. I read through this thread and checked my system region and language, and both are correct. I’ve sent in a couple bug splats now and am still without a solution or response. Any other thoughts on what this could be?

If you are in SketchUp and seeing problems, that makes it be a different issue. Daniel was getting crashes.

What stops you from going to the welcome screen? Are you able to choose Sign Out from the Help menu? If you can, try that, and sign in again, and show whether you get any errors.

My apologies, I meant that I have run the full update for Sketchup and Layout 2020. I am crashing in Layout, exactly as Daniel is. It isn’t different at all. I can’t get to a Welcome Screen or get to Help. Layout is crashing as soon as I double click on the icon.

Again, I can’t get to the Layout 2020 Welcome Screen, Help. I can’t open directly from a file. I can’t open a file from the Welcome Screen. I can’t open a file from File>Open

Siobhan’s case appears to be a known issue in 2020.2, where if a SKP file is missing it can lead to a crash. It should be fixable by opening the file in 2020.1 and relinking the missing files, but I tested that on one example, and it didn’t seem to work.

Main thing is that it’s a known issue.

I am getting the same issue. Layout crashing on launch. How can I download 2020.1 to try and fix this?
If it is a known issue has it been addressed/fixed yet?

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