Conceptually, I really like this idea. Many professional workflows involve all three of these steps. And the SketchUp/Layout universe really only covers the first two and overlooks the third (presentation).
SketchUp itself can be used for presentation, but only if the presentee is physically present at a computer with (at least) SketchUp Make installed (yes, I’m ignoring the possibility of using screen sharing programs).
In many fields where SketchUp is used, the workflow goes something like:
- Client makes initial specification
- Professional does initial model (SketchUp)
- Professional presents design to customer (through improved Viewer)
- Customer provides feedback (through improved Viewer)
- Professional refines the model (SketchUp)
- Repeat 3-5 as needed until customer is satisfied (SketchUp/improved Viewer)
- Professional produces documentation set (Layout)
I’m guessing there would be a lot of interest if Trimble were to offer a free - or very low cost - viewer app that would cover steps 3 and 4. Features would include:
- Professional can “script” the initial presentation
- Customer can “annotate” the model (thus providing feedback)
- Customer can interact with model - including walk-throughs, Dynamic Component Interaction, DC Component Options (with ability for Professional to lock out)
Possible Bells & Whistles
- Professional can purchase licenses for improved viewer (if the improved viewer isn’t free) at a significant discount (and build the cost of the viewer into their client billing)
- Viewer integrates easily with consumer level VR systems - such as Google Daydream, Samsung Gear, etc.
I can think of at least 4 custom tiny home builders that would jump into this if offered. For you design professionals using SketchUp: Please speak up if you would integrate this into your client interaction workflow!