Nope I don't agree. We have textures and transparency . Would you like it if Sketchup had neither? Adding bump maps, specularity, reflections and emissive are just additional flexibility in the materials. It does NOT make it more complex as a program just more attractive. Go mess around in UnrealEngine. You never render anything you bake in textures. Emissive, reflection, basic shadows, etc are always live and with the exception of more complex lighting do not require baking. Now I am not looking for it to become that overnight but working towards that should be the goal imo.
I am talking about having two pieces that are the same that are merged in the middle. You take two components and flip one and connect then. Then you hide the seam in the middle. Hiding lines only leads to problems when you forget to turn on hidden geometry when editing half your model. Being able to add mirrored geometry is just a better way to do it instead of the current work around way. I want all things that are work arounds to actually have tools.
Sketchup does not have to become bloated or complex if it is done with care. Features that make it even Easier, Fun, Beautiful and Flexible can open up new ways for people to build models.
What features are you talking about? I really can't think of anything new and I wish I could. Yes I don't use layout because I use Autocad as a much more superior Layout and images from Sketchup for elevations and sections. Then I just dimension and note on top of that. I purchased Sketchup 6,7 & 8 but have seen no need to upgrade since Make does everything I need. I don't use layout or style builder. I tried layout several times but I need the speed of Autocad and flexibility. I would LOVE to dump it since its the only PC program I have. Autocad for Mac is still not finished in my eyes unfortunately. Now if Layout could import DWGs that would be a game changer. Also, it would need to have a flexible Autolisp type system for the thousands of keyboard shortcuts I have to do things in Autocad. I don't see that happening and 26 keyboard keys plus modifiers just does work for me.