Sketchup 2018 vs sketchup 2019

Dear Tech Support,
I had to load the 2019 version of sketchup on one of our company’s computers.
I wanted to load up 2018, but I didn’t see any option for that.
This new version seems to be internet based; there is no new software in the program files folder. Instead, it appears that, in order to access a sketchup file, I need to open my web brouser first. Also, it is slow to open files.
How do I load a NORMAL sketchup 2018 onto our computer?
Regards,
Clyde

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It sounds like you have been using Sketchup Free which is a web based application and like the name says is free (for non-commercial work only). Sketchup Pro is for commercial work, it is a stand alone program on your Computer, and it is not free. There are several different pricing structures and ways to buy or subscribe to Pro.

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Is there some other type of sketchup viewer that is free?

If you just need a SketchUp viewer, you could use SketchUp Viewer.

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Indeed I was going to suggest viewer too but it appears that Sketchup Viewer is gone? The web page for it is still up but the link only takes one to the “how to buy Sketchup” page with the options of free or pro. Am I just missing the download link for desktop viewer somewhere?

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https://www.sketchup.com/download/all

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There it is, I should have checked on the download all page. Odd how the sketchup viewer page puts one in a loop that does not actually lead to sketchup viewer download. They don’t make it easy to find.

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After you mentioned that, I remembered seeing someone from the team mention that the link was bad on the main page and that they had sent off a note to someone on the web page team to fix it. I expect that will happen.

They do indeed make it difficult to find. I went round the same loop several times on the Viewer page, looking for a link for the download.

Then tried the /download/all page, and STILL missed seeing it in the list the first couple of times (I just read past buried in the list).

I was trying to find links for a colleague.

Much harder to find than it should be.

Then I looked for iOS and Android versions, and it took me another long while to work out that you don’t get them from the Sketchup website, but from their respective App stores.

It really ISN’T obvious, and if you didn’t know about the /download/all page, almost impossible even to find the desktop versions for Mac and Windows.

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If it redirects you to something that you think does not look like the expected downloads, try signing in (or create an account).
downloads_all

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