I’m pleased to share a bit more detail on some updates today in SketchUp for Web. If you use the web version frequently, you’ll notice almost right away* that a few things are new.
For starters, we’ve consolidated the ‘file’ and ‘hamburger’ menus into one primary menu, in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. You can find all file commands (like Open, Save As, Export) here, as well as a few other utilities. The Home tab is also available in this one menu. Based on your feedback — and the difficulty we’ve observed people having to find file commands — we think one menu is better than two!
Another change that I would classify as a ‘no-brainer’: we’ve embedded the full 3D Warehouse inside of SketchUp for Web. Now, when you search in the Components panel, 3D Warehouse will open inside the app (similar to the desktop version). With this change, you can get a richer preview of 3D Warehouse search results, and even access content you’ve curated into folders or collections. 3D Warehouse has its own icon amongst the right-hand side utility tray, and you can also find it using Search.
Speaking of search results, you may notice something different as you are using Search to find and activate commands. In addition to listing default shortcut keys, any tool or command available in Search can be assigned a custom shortcut. For now, the shortcut customizations you make are available only within SketchUp for Web, but available across multiple browsers and still available if you clear your browser cache.
Searching to activate tools isn’t for everybody — many people still prefer to use a toolbar — but like most SketchUp features, we think it should be accessible to as many people as possible. Today, we are introducing this Search functionality in all supported translations of SketchUp for Web (and SketchUp for Schools). This includes French, German, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese. You can switch to a different translation using the Globe icon at the bottom of the modeling window.
If you are reading this deep into a post on the SketchUp Forum, you may be interested to know that translated Search also supports concept searching. In English versions of the app, if you search for a term related to 3D modeling (like ‘chamfer’), you’ll get the SketchUp tool that we think best accommodates your query (like Follow Me). We worked with SketchUp experts across the world to translate our modeling concepts. Personally, I’m very eager to hear how Search is working for you in non-English versions of the app. (I will certainly be paying attention to any feedback on this thread!)
I do keep tabs on this forum often to take notes and try to help our team better understand your feedback. (Side note: we hear you about auto-save preferences – hang on!). We’ll keep working to improve SketchUp to make it easier to figure out, easier to learn, and more productive to use. To those of you who post consistently on this forum, actually helping people figure out, learn, and be productive with SketchUp… thank you for helping us cover the gap!
*PS What do you think of our new loading animation? I’m sure you were getting a bit tired of the throbbing SketchUp logo. (We were, at least!) Got any other ideas on how the SketchUp logo might come to life?