I’ve used SketchUp for I don’t know how many years, seems like at least 6 or 7 (or more really) years anyway. I just use it for personal projects and haven’t used it in the last couple of years (I’ve been traveling). Now, when I start up SketchUp on my Mac, it sends me to an online free version, which is very different than what I’ve been used to (way different!).
I managed to create a model and work out most of the tools but something that’s driving me crazy is the autosave. How do I turn it off? It’s not helpful when you make quite a few changes to test out something and before you can decide whether or not you like the changes it saves over the file. Grrrr!!!
I also haven’t figured out how to save a model using a different name. That is, if you work on a model and it’s been saved, then want to try some changes and see how you like them, how do you save the newer version with a different name so it doesn’t overwrite the original file?
For instance, I’m working on a floor plan for a very small house I’d (perhaps) like to build. The real plans will be done by an architect, so what I’m doing is just the preliminary research to see what I can fit into how many square feet/meters and how it might “feel” (which is why I like SketchUp rather than a CAD/Floor Plan program). I did the first layout and saved that, then I tried a new arrangement and after an hour or so of work I realized SketchUp was saving all the new work and overwriting all the work (3 to 4 hours worth) that I did previously. I just want to keep making changes and refinements and be able to save each new variant as a separate file while I figure out what I like best. I do not want to have to do the original work over and over again, that just seems, um, not right; there really should be a way to do “tweaks” and then do a “save as” rather than a “save” (overwriting the existing file).
If this isn’t possible with the online version, is it possible to use an older version on the Desktop, as I’m more used to? I don’t need the latest and greatest features and whizbang stuff, even SketchUp from 4 or 5 years ago did a fine job for me. And since this is just for myself, I’m not inclined to purchase a much more expensive program for the few times I actually use it. The old free desktop app was wonderful and I really miss it.
Thanks in advance for suggestions and guidance.