Wow. Time has really flown — I must be having fun ;-). SketchUp 2017 is the fifth major client version release since we started flying under the Trimble banner in 2012. And each year, we try to make SketchUp more SketchUp-y than the previous year.
So what have we done for you this round?
With SketchUp 2017, you get things like…
- A completely revamped graphics pipeline
- High DPI support! ( I can hear the sigh of relief all the way from Boulder )
- Transparency Improvements
- Custom Color Axes and Inferencing to improve accessibility for color blind users
- Plane Locking for Rectangles using the arrow keys
- Offset 2.0 – now without overlapping!
- Perpendicular Face Inferencing (i.e. inference the Normal of a face)
- Component Origin Inference
- Group to Component. When you convert a group to component you can specify all the same attributes as you would when creating a component from scratch.
- Better organization for reference files. Material, styles, components, templates, and more are in folders align with Operating System best practices. In this release, we’ve made it much more obvious where all this content lives on your machine (see Preferences > Files), and also a lot easier for you to access it outside of SketchUp (should you need to migrate it, back it up, or just fool around).
- Extension Manager: A new utility for SketchUp extensions, Extension Manager is a one-look view of your installed SketchUp extensions. From here, it’s easy to toggle on and off the extensions you’d like to have handy (or uninstall them entirely). Extension Manager also provides easy access to the Digital Signature of extensions, an indication they’ve passed our team’s standards for quality and security.
- Ruby 2.2. We’ve upgraded our Ruby API to Ruby 2.2. It used to be 2.0… now it’s .2 higher!
- Chromium Web Dialogs: SketchUp ships with a platform-independent web browser (called Chromium). This is a big benefit to extension developers: no more worrying which version of IE or Safari is installed on the computer.
And we mustn’t forget about LayOut… ever.
- Tables (!). You just need to try them. Period.
- Import CSV and XSLX Files into your tables in LayOut
- Associative Dimensions & Labels
- Flexible Dimensions: You can now drag dimensions to another spot in your LayOut page without disconnecting them from their associated entity.
- Offset edges using the same anti-overlapping technology that we use in SketchUp.
- Improvements to DWG/DXF Export
- One DWG. Previously, a ten page LayOut file would export as ten separate .dwg’s. Now you’ll get just one .dwg with separate ‘layout’ tabs for each page.
- Native DWG Entities. LayOut entities like dimensions, styled text, tables, circles, arcs, endpoint styles, labels, and clipping masks will import smartly into applications like AutoCAD and DraftSight and behave as expected.
- Model space vs Paper Space smarts on export.
- Color by Layer & ‘Index 7’
- Selection Modifier: Have you accidentally moved a LayOut entity when trying to pull-off a click-drag selection? Now, a simple modifier (Option/Ctrl on Windows/Mac) will prevent LayOut’s select tool from moving an individual object when you’re trying to designate a wider selection.
And that should just about cover it. As always, we hope you’ll chime in below with what you like, what you love, and what you ho-hum about (we’re always receptive to constructive feedback).