After testing SketchUp Make 2017, I purchased SketchUp Pro just one year ago. This is what I designed/drafted/rendered directly after, in my Winter Vacation. Just for testing SketchUp and Lumion.
I am an architectural Draftsman/3d-Modeler, working all day with Allplan (2d/3d-Cad), but to be versatile as a Draftsman, I purchased Cinema4d a few years ago, did a lot of stuff with it, but never was satisfied with the Renderspeed – I didn´t have a Renderfarm. Being also a Gamer with PC and seeing what a good graphic card can do in real time, I searched for a GPU-Rendering-Program. So I discovered Lumion, viewed a lot of awesome videos of Mike Brigthman and then I also discovered SketchUp. And after seeing Mike Sonders jawdropping Videos, I simply had to purchase SketchUp (and Lumion). I didn´t thought that SketchUp is that powerful and fun to draft with. I really love it. I can´t use/don´t need SketchUp at work, but when I come home guess what I like to do? Starting up SketchUp.
I also did an Animation of this Vaction House, Link to Youtube:
Drafted with SketchUp Pro 2018 (on Macbook, connected to 2 x 4k-Screens, with 3d-Mouse), rendered with Lumion 8 Pro (on PC with GTX 1080), Video-Editing with Final Cut Pro X (on Mac).
btw: the Renderingspeed with Lumion is awesome: Still in 1920x1080 px per Rendering: 5 sec.!