Subject #1. This is a struggle have been dealing with for a while now. I’m using SketchUp and Layout as my main workflow for years and I constantly improve my elements. Dynamic Component, better library, better texture (ready to render). All this improvement make my life much easier and my work more pleasant. But thing is, by being more efficient and faster, my income decrease when I bill hourly. To avoid that problem, I start to increase my hourly fee but this is something who can’t work with all client. And there’s a limit you quickly reach. I then thought of switching to a fixed pricing system. Like attorney or Notary would do. But this requires to know in advance what is the cost of the project. This is something amazingly difficult to predict mostly when you are in a design process. (I’m in the entertainment business… you never know where this one will end)
Subject #2. This is about drawing sharing. After creating all that efficient workflow, many elements of my library are dynamic components, content ready to render textured (HD textures that I paid), having 2D & 3D visual… etc… Element that take hours to create and improve. Very often in a project, we ask me to share my model. When my model content these “specific” components, I’m inclined to refuse the sharing but this can cause a problem sometimes. I then use a method like Explode All or Save as SketchUp 6 version, but again, this is weirdly welcome from the other side. Since SketchUp free is now web-based and the viewer has finally a measuring tool, this helps my cause a bit. But my fear is not that mister everyone (not drafters) steals my library when looking at a model, my fear is when a proper drafter who uses SketchUp PRO ends up with my library in his computer. This unfortunately happens and has a direct impact on client reducing the need for me as their house drafter can now do my job, using my library.
I’m very curious to have your general opinion on these subject. I’m wondering if creating an efficient workflow is such a good deal. But I can’t see myself not doing it. I can’t see myself drawing element one by one from scratch when I have a nice efficient dynamic library available. This library means more happy drafting, but less money I can bill.
Thx in advance for all your reply.