SketchUp Features by Version

Nice to read that a member of SketchUp team could post here personal opinion.

Ok… So… You probably find such examples of improvements in Trimble’s years as :

  • SU 4 : introduction of follow-me tool, Ruby scripting, Sandbox as a new set of tools and technical demo of ruby script, etc…

  • SU 6 : I remember a little improvement in Ruby API that let the possibility to add custom data on entities… then we get rendering plugins, and BIM development capacities… SU 6 come with Layout beta version…

  • SU 7 come with dynamic Components !

  • SU 7.1 : new 3D engine that display large and detail models !!! The cotation tool in Layout !

  • SU 8 : new solid concept, with volume information, and boolean tool.

These are just examples, I can find the list of new functions and main improvements during these years…

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Thanks for those. I think I will make the list that I talked about. It may take some time! For your interest, here is how the initial features were described:

https://web.archive.org/web/20010309194252/http://www.sketchup.com/features.html

Interesting the link. Is it possible to go back in time and ask LastSoftware not to sell SketchUp ?

While waiting for you to list the improvements of LastSoftware / Google, here is what I mainly remember from Trimble years, since 2013, for 7 years!

You will notice that these are just improvements:

In Layout:

  • patterns as attributes in Layout (2013)
  • display of information in objects through the legends in Layout
  • meta-text in Layout
  • the button to change a view thumbnail in Layout (but which only works with SketchUp documents), which we did before by cutting / pasting and separate document
  • the scale associated with Layout’s illustration drawings
  • improved import / export in DWG from Layout

In SketchUp:

Almost Nothing. If not a degraded experience with the proctator, inference, and a weighted interface of icons with useless or little used functions.
Almost nothing except the pink line inference form face.

I did it for you : )

SketchUp the ( r )evolution before Trimble :

SketchUp 2 (2002)

  • new Cuting Plane tool

  • new Auto-fold

  • new Component and alignment options

  • first Mac version

  • export to 3DS, import bitmap images

SketchUp 3 (2003)

  • new smooth rendering of curves, tool to smooth lines

  • new transparency material

  • new annotation and cotation tool

  • improved inference (tangent and equidistant recognition)

  • new Scene tools (named pages at that time)

  • new export EPS, PDF, VRML

SketchUp 4 (2004)

  • new sandbox tools

  • new projection option for image and texture, for example with sandbox work

  • new follow-me tool

  • new face intersection function (first boolean like possibilities)

  • new “face-me” option to component

  • improved inference with the possibility to lock direction, alignment

  • improved 3D view with the possibility to change the angle of view

  • new Ruby scripting

  • important improvement : the possibility to change textures on face

SketchUp 5 (2005)

  • Faster application, until x2

  • First Mac version with intel processor

  • improved “walk tool” with collision detection

  • improved Push-pull with CTRL/Option

  • new Outliner palet

  • improved material with alpha canal

  • improved sandbox

  • improved Ruby API

  • new Google Earth extension !

SketchUp 6 (2007)

New version since Google bought SketchUp

  • new Layout application (beta) !! (burn Autocad licence)

  • new Photo Match

  • new 3D text tool

  • improved cotation tool (to fit with Layout beta)

  • improved useful copy in place

  • improved faces intersection

  • new Styles palet

  • new Google 3D Warehouse !!

  • new StyleBuilder app

SketchUp 7 (2008)

  • updates from any version for 99$

  • More fast and intuitive SketchUp, improved inference

  • improved edge behavior that cut automatically

  • improved 3D warehouse access from Component palet

  • Layout improved stabilized, faster

  • Layout improved drawing quality, new vector rendering

  • new Dynamic components

  • improvement : new credit tag to component

  • new custom templates in SketchUp

  • new function to generate reports

  • new and improved curves and lines in Layout, with editable path

  • new Layout manipulator

  • new export images function in Layout

  • new in-place group edit in Layout

  • improved text in Layout

  • new explode function in Layout, to transform SketchUp drawing into Layout drawing (vectors)

SketchUp 7.1 (2009)

  • free update !

  • new 3D engine for large/detailed models !!

  • new Google Street view

  • improved “nearby models” from 3D warehouse

  • import/export Collada and KMZ files (google earth)

  • new Dimension tool in Layout !!!

  • new snap to sketchUp model in Layout

  • improved freehand tool in Layout

  • new lists in Layout, improved grids, improved Copy/Paste

SketchUp 8 (2011)

I don’t have the whole list, but there is new solid concept, display volume info, and new boolean operations. Solid were very important for 3D printing.

The first Trimble update is from 2013, this is two years after SketchUp 8.

Thank you for doing that. I had a 105 minute call with a SketchUp customer, on a Sunday, so had not got back to my list.

While you are warmed up, do you want to do SketchUp 8 to 2019?

https://help.sketchup.com/en/sketchup/older-release-notes

And the 2020 updates so far:

https://help.sketchup.com/en/current-release-notes

One thing in your list, you would expect 7.1 to be a free update, but something worth noting is that many of us got a free update from v5 to v6.

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SketchUp we love until november 4 2020

my first work with first Layout beta (SketchUp 6)

The key improvement and new tools in SketchUp updates from v1 to 2020 :

SketchUp 2 (2002)

  • new Cuting Plane tool

  • new Auto-fold

  • new Component and alignment options

  • first Mac version

  • export to 3DS, import bitmap images

SketchUp 3 (2003)

  • new smooth rendering of curves, tool to smooth lines

  • new transparency material

  • new annotation and cotation tool

  • improved inference (tangent and equidistant recognition)

  • new Scene tools (named pages at that time)

  • new export EPS, PDF, VRML

SketchUp 4 (2004)

  • new sandbox tools

  • new projection option for image and texture, for example with sandbox work

  • new follow-me tool

  • new face intersection function (first boolean like possibilities)

  • new “face-me” option to component

  • improved inference with the possibility to lock direction, alignment

  • improved 3D view with the possibility to change the angle of view

  • new Ruby scripting

  • important improvement : the possibility to change textures on face

SketchUp 5 (2005)

  • free update ?

  • Faster application, until x2

  • First Mac version with intel processor

  • improved “walk tool” with collision detection

  • improved Push-pull with CTRL/Option

  • new Outliner palet

  • improved material with alpha canal

  • improved sandbox

  • new Google Earth extension !

SketchUp 6 (2007)

New version since Google bought SketchUp

  • new Layout application (beta) !! (burn Autocad licence)

  • new Photo Match

  • new 3D text tool

  • improved cotation tool (to fit with Layout beta)

  • improved useful copy in place

  • improved faces intersection

  • new Styles palet

  • new Google 3D Warehouse !!

  • new StyleBuilder app

My first work with Layout

SketchUp 7 (2008)

  • updates from any version for 99$

  • More fast and intuitive SketchUp, improved inference

  • improved edge behavior that cut automatically

  • improved 3D warehouse access from Component palet

  • Layout improved stabilized, faster

  • Layout improved drawing quality, new vector rendering

  • new Dynamic components

  • improvement : new credit tag to component

  • new custom templates in SketchUp

  • new function to generate reports

  • new and improved curves and lines in Layout, with editable path

  • new Layout manipulator

  • new export images function in Layout

  • new in-place group edit in Layout

  • improved text in Layout

  • new explode function in Layout, to transform SketchUp drawing into Layout drawing (vectors)

SketchUp 7.1 (2009)

  • free update !

  • new 3D engine for large/detailed models !!

  • new Google Street view

  • improved “nearby models” from 3D warehouse

  • import/export Collada and KMZ files (google earth)

  • new Dimension tool in Layout !!!

  • new snap to sketchUp model in Layout

  • improved freehand tool in Layout

  • new lists in Layout, improved grids, improved Copy/Paste

SketchUp 8 (2011)

  • Trimble buy SketchUp during Maintenance SU8 release 4

  • new solid concept, and new boolean operations

  • improvement Match Photo’s opacity, background photo

  • new Export DWG from Layout

  • improvement : shadow bug corrected

SketchUp 2013

  • new Extension warehouse

  • improvement Copies in Layout

  • new image-based pattern in Layout

SketchUp 2014

  • I don’t see the key improvements. I suppose there is the classifier and IFC export.

SketchUp 2015

  • improvement 64 bits application

  • improvement Rotated rectangle method added

  • improvement, more arc tool methods added

  • new auto-text label in Layout

  • labels improved in Layout

SketchUp 2016

  • generate report improved

  • enhanced inferencing and tool improvements

SketchUp 2017

  • persistent ID

  • create tables in Layout and insert data from files

  • dimensions improvements

  • offset tool in Layout

SketchUp 2018

  • improved attributes called “advanced” (?)

  • new filled section cut

  • new scaled vector drawings in Layout

  • new groups in Layout

  • drawing improved in Layout

  • improvement : multi viewport dimensioning

SketchUp 2019

  • improvement : dashed lines in SketchUp

  • improvement : customizable unit settings

  • bad idea : Send to LayOut button in large set palet and other button not often used (they make the interface full of icons)

SketchUp 2020

  • improvement grips that are interesting in some case, questionable in other

  • improvement : button addition in Layout to change reference on selected viewport

  • improvement : controlled SketchUp’s layers from Layout

  • Outliner improvement

Thanks for taking the time to do that list.

One trend to notice is that since subscription was introduced at the launch of 2019.0, more new features are introduced in dot releases, which in the past were mostly about bug fixes. Here’s an expansion of the 2019 and 2020 releases:

2019.0
Many changes to the welcome screen, including adding subscription as an activation option.
Export for SketchUp options in LayOut DXF/DWG exporter.
Mouse scroll speed preference added to LayOut.
Dashed line layer style.
Tape measure help tip to check lengths and areas without needing to click or use Entity Info
Various OS compatibility improvements.

2019.1
Various fixes.
Change of auto save location to prevent the OS from deleting your files overnight.

2019.2
Export line scale multiplier
Invert Selection
Large area importing in Geo Location, for Pro or Studio subscribers.
Isometric dimensioning in LayOut. Auto text improvements.

2019.3
Changes to cope with Google’s ending of the ability to sign in from within applications.
macOS Catalina support.

2020.0
Outliner improvements.
Object bounding box grips for Move tool.
Transparency of objects in order to position out of sight grips.
Ability to hide objects.
Layers changed to Tags
Control of the new SketchUp features from within LayOut.

2020.1
Control of object visibility in scenes.
Section Plane and scenes improvements.
Editing of hidden objects.
Object grips added to Rotate tool.
Create empty object as a starting point for a new group or component.
Performance and select tool improvements in LayOut.

2020.2
Holographic display.
Voice controlled modeling. Just give a hint of what you want, and it will appear.

Ok, I may have made up the last two. Hopefully, seeing new features in dot releases will continue.

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Sorry Colin,

This is the point. What you call new feature is not for me and for many users I know.

“refresh splash screen”, “invert selection”, “editing of hidden objects”… are not key new feature, as many before Trimble.

Why not the weather, twitter inside SketchUp. If you change de color of the application icon each month, you will get 12 new features !

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Looks like a drop in V8, then steadily moving onwards, picking up the started progression.
Doesn’t mention the changes in the API and sdk though.

From V8, you can work with solid and boolean. It is an important key feature compared to many of these years, that are very small improvements.
It was faster than boolean in third party extension. And you can display and work with volumes information. Interesting in architecture, for example to know the weight or the work on foundations.

I agree with you about API. But They were improved regularly since V4 introduction. SketchUp API are interesting. Today, since SketchUp free is discontinuated since 2017, and since the forced subscription, there is no interest to develop on SketchUp. The extension market will decrease. I have noticed on forums, that people continue to work with SketchUp 2017 Make.

People have to understand that SketchUp “eco-system” is changing a lot with these moves. I think it is not changing in a good way.

SketchUp is not enough pro, or it is pro with method and compromises we accept because le licence was cool and the public was very large. The minor improvements since SU 2013 have brought discredit in the professional circles around me.
It got combined and made worse with BIM forced by Autodesk and its lobying worldwide.

If Sketchup adopted the IFC and the classification, which is good, there was not enough effort and creativity for SketchUp to have an original approach on BIM. It’s regrettable, because SketchUp was technically ready for this development as early as 2006.

SketchUp becomes too expensive for semi-pro or enlightened amateurs, or other users.

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