I’ve been using Sketchup for many years at home designing house renovations and many woodworking projects. Primarily I have been using the free versions. Now and then I would install the latest Pro version with Layout to see whether it’s something I could benefit from. All this time I’ve been waiting for Layout to mature, become more intuitive and more integrated with Sketchup.
One thing that has always puzzled me is why they keep Layout separate from Sketchup since Layout is really meant to be used in conjunction with SU. One of the main reasons I’m interested in LO is because I’ve had difficulty with printing in SU particularly with dimensioning. Why on earth they don’t put a little development time into SU printing is beyond me but so be it.
Why wouldn’t they combine the two programs, this would go a long way to making LO more efficient and easier to use. After numerous attempts at trialing LO and wanting it to work for me I have to say, it is one of the most unintuitive programs that I’ve ever attempted to use. Literally everything on LO functions differently to other packages, marry that with the inefficiencies introduced by the separation of LO from SU and it’s no wonder why it’s a constant disappointment and the sole reason I have not forked out the $$ for SU Pro over all these years.
Whist the two programs could be fully integrated it doesn’t mean that LO would need to be available to the free users, perhaps a scaled back integrated version could be made available for a more modest $150 - $200 price range but I digress, that is another source of frustration. I’ve just tested the new free version of SU and I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Surely they will give us another option (with some LO features) between the higher priced Pro option and the next to useless free web option.