Hi, hopefully these are silly newbie problems as I’m on a steep learning curve. Having done a design in sketchup and layout using the trial version of sketchup pro 2014, I have now bought a 2015 license, upgraded, and am having various problems.
The design is of a panel membrane label to go on the front of a fire alarm panel, with a window for the display, navkey buttons, and graphics (text and logos). I have modelled it as a flat XY plane in sketchup, then done a drawing in Layout to send to the manufacturers.
Lost Layout Info
I had added lots of dimensions and labels to the layout view, and these have all disappeared when I load the .layout file in layout2015. Any idea what could cause this?
Scaling and Position
Each time I open the layout file, or reload the skp file, the scaling and position of the sketchup model changes, with the scaling always seeming to jump to something like 1.93432:1. It takes two attempts to get the scaling back to 1:1 - the first time I change it to 1:1 it jumps to 1:2, and I change it to 1:1 again and it finally goes to 1:1. Similarly I keep having to mess with the position to get the 2D view of the model central in my A4 drawing boarder.
Text and Graphics
The sketchup model includes things like text (drawn as text labels), images (imported from pngs etc), and face colors, and these often go a bit screwy in Layout. For example the text jumps around as I zoom in and out.
Have I just misunderstood the basics of sketchup and layout and am expecting too much of it? I’m after a mechanical engineering cad tool that can generate proper mechanical and graphical designs and manufacturing drawings. We don’t do enough of it to justify buying a Solidworks license, and Sketchup Pro seemed a sensible alternative.
Any help gratefully received