SketchUp for iPad – Release Notes

We’ll update this thread periodically with information about the bits and bobs that are included in each new release of SketchUp for iPad.

November 16, 2022 – v6.1.5 (1909)
Here’s what’s new in v6.1.5 (1909)

• Improvement: You can now bring up the Export dialog directly from the Main toolbar and then choose the format you want to export.
• Bug fix: We fixed a bug in the Measurements Box Numpad that sometimes causes the app to crash.
• Bug fix: We fixed a bug when creating a Markup, the app would crash if there was no active scene.

November 10, 2022 – v6.1.4 (1907)
Here’s what’s new in v6.1.4 (1907)

• We fixed a bug that was causing the app to crash when exporting PNGs from the Scenes panel.

November 4, 2022 – v6.1.3 (1905)
Here’s what’s new in v6.1.3 (1905)

• Additional fit and finish work for Dark Mode for the iPhone version of the app.
• We fixed a bug that was causing the app to crash when exporting USDz files via the export option in the Scenes panel.

November 3, 2022 – v6.1.2 (1904)
Here’s what’s new in v6.1.2 (1904)

• NEW – Dark Mode has arrived! Limit eye strain when cuddling up with Sketchup on the couch in the evenings. SketchUp will default to the system-wide appearance theme that you have set, but at any time, you can choose your preferred appearance theme via the About tab on the home screen.
• NEW – We’ve added support for importing STL files. There are two paths available for importing STL files:

  1. From the home screen, choose Open From, and then choose the STL file that you would like to open. The STL file will be converted to an SKP file when opened.
  2. With a model open, tap the Import icon in the Main toolbar (top left of the screen) and then choose the STL file you want to import.

Outliner now better supports locked items, and also offers the option to long-press and drag objects in the list to reorganize them.
• We made a series of improvements throughout the application’s user interface to support the newly available option to hover with Apple Pencil when using the newest M2 iPad Pro devices.
• We fixed a bug that was affecting the Tape Measure tool. The Tape Measure tool can again be used to resize models.
• We fixed a bug that was causing the app to freeze up when using the context Menu option to Combine Textures.
• We fixed a bug that was affecting image export. When exporting an image, the background color now exports properly.
• We fixed a bug that was affecting the Scenes Panel. Scene thumbnails now properly update when dragging and dropping scenes to reorder them.
• We fixed a bug that broke the ability to activate immersive scenes while viewing models in AR.
• Other misc. Bug fixes and improvements.

October 25, 2022 – v6.1.1 (1893)
Here’s what’s new in v6.1.1 (1893)

• NEW – We’ve added support for deep links! When another uses the new Link Sharing feature to share a model with you, you can tap the link on your iPad and open the model directly in SketchUp for iPad – in view-only mode, of course. Folks who do not have SketchUp for iPad installed will instead see the model open in their default browser app on their iPad.
• Based on your feedback about the last release, v6.1.0 (1885), we did some additional work to make Markup Mode scenes even more robust. In addition, we’ve also added the option to the Styles panel to toggle watermarks on/off as a backup for times when markup watermarks are turned off inadvertently.
• The Styles panel now includes options to set the section cut line width.
• In the last release, we did some work to improve Autosave behavior for models that were saved locally. We’ve also improved Autosave workflows for models that are stored in Trimble Connect. It is now the case that when you close a model and choose to discard unsaved changes, the app will appropriately discard any Autosave recovery backup files and you will no longer be asked about these files when quitting and relaunching the app.
• We fixed a bug that was causing the iOS text toolbar to delete not just the selected text, but also any selected items in the model. The iOS text toolbar now only deletes the highlighted text.
• We fixed a bug that was resulting in the Measurements box sometimes stealing focus away from the text input fields for dialog boxes.
• We fixed a bug that made it impossible to share a link to a new file without first returning to the home screen, saving the file, and then reopening it. It’s now the case that you are able to more easily share a link to a new model without having to close it and reopen it.
• We fixed a bug in the STL exporter that was causing issues when re-exporting a file. It’s now the case that you can reliably re-export an STL file from the same model, and choose to overwrite the previous export, or export an additional file with a different file name.
• We made some qualitative improvements to Italian language translations.
• Additional bug fixes, and performance improvements.

Sept 14, 2022 – v6.1.0 (1885)
Here’s what’s new in v6.1.0 (1885)

Presentation Mode. We’ve heard that you love being able to use SketchUp for iPad to present your designs to your clients, colleagues, and other project stakeholders. We’ve also heard about the challenges that you face while trying to get those sorts of jobs done. So with 6.1, we’re introducing Presentation Mode, (which you can activate from the overflow tool palette) and we’re excited to get your feedback!

While in Presentation Mode, the Context Menu offers the following new features:

  • Laser Pointer. We’ve heard that it can be tricky to use SketchUp for iPad to present your designs to clients or other stakeholders over VTC or when using an external display, because without a mouse cursor, it can be a challenge to “point” to the thing in the model that you are wanting to talk about. The Laser pointer solves that. You can use the Laser Pointer in 2 ways:
    Tap the laser pointer tool in the context menu to turn it on. Grab it (with your finger or pencil) and drag it around. Tap the icon again to turn it off.
    Simply long-press with a single finger and drag your finger around. When you lift up, the pointer disappears.

  • VCR Controls. While in Presentation Mode, the Context Menu toolbar offers controls for Previous Scene, Next Scene, and Play/Pause Animation controls so that you can present any pre-saved scenes and/or playing animation sequences. The controls require that a model has at least one scene and they work best if the model includes at least two scenes. As soon as you tap to play an animation, the UI will disappear so that viewers can focus on the project. You can then tap the screen to pause the animation and bring the UI back.

  • Lock Screen. We’ve heard that while you’re on the job site or meeting with a client, other people might get a little grabby and want to hold your iPad. We’ve also heard that those situations can be anxiety-inducing because of the possibility of other people “messing up your model.” With Lock Screen, you can lock the screen before handing over your iPad – preventing others from inadvertently screwing things up.

  • Full Screen. Full Screen offers the option to make ALL of the app UI disappear. You can then exit out of Full Screen by tapping the button in the top-left corner of the screen. Alternatively – we’ve introduced a four-finger tap gesture for entering into or exiting out of full-screen. The full-screen gesture is available within both Presentation Mode, as well as when you’re in the modeling window. The full-screen gesture also works in the iPhone version of the SketchUp Viewer app.

Link Sharing. We’ve added the option to create and send a view-only link. Recipients of the link will be able to view your project in SketchUp for Web, in a view-only mode. They will not be required to sign in to SketchUp for Web to view the model. They will not be able to make or save changes to the file, nor will they be able to download a copy of the file.

The option to share a link lives in two places:

  1. From the home screen, you can tap on the “…” icon in the bottom right corner of the model and choose Share from the list. You’ll have the option to either share a copy of the actual SketchUp model or share a view-only link. In order to share a link to a model, the model will need to be published to Trimble Connect.
  2. From within the modeling window, you can tap the new Share icon in the main toolbar (to the right of the Home icon). The only option offered here is the option to share a link. Files that are not yet stored in Connect will have to be published there first.
  • After sharing a view-only link for a model, you can then continue to make and save changes to it. The people you shared the model with will then be notified (in SketchUp) when the model is updated and will be able to refresh the page to see the latest changes.
  • After sharing a view-only link for a model, you can then choose “Share” a second time to find the option to stop sharing a link. Once you stop sharing a link, others will no longer be able to access the project.

The Outliner is Back! Version 6.1 re-introduces Outliner. In addition to many of the Outliner features that you would expect, we’re experimenting with having Outliner carry features that have historically been made available via the In Model library of SketchUp’s Component browser. For example:

  • From Outliner, you have the option to tap the “…” icon of a component and choose the option to edit the component’s details (following the same pattern we’ve established for editing the details of a Tag, Scene, or Material).
  • From the “…” menu, you can choose to insert a new copy of a component or group.
  • When the last remaining instance of a component definition is deleted from the model, the definition will be listed in the Unused Items bucket at the bottom of the Outliner. These unused, In-Model components, can be reinserted or purged individually.

More Export Options. We’ve added options to export STL and OBJ. You can find these options alongside the existing options to export USDz, PNG, and MP4 by tapping the export icon in the Scenes panel. You also have the option to tap the “…” icon that is available in the Model cards on the home screen, and choose “Export…” to access the option to export USDz, STL, or OBJ files. (note: the option to export OBJ does not yet support exporting textures)
More Tools. We added the 3D Text tool and the Rotated Rectangle tool. We also added 2 additional options to the Selection sub-menu in the Context toolbar for Deselect Edges and Deselect Faces.
Navigate while drawing. The response to working in SketchUp for iPad, with Apple Pencil, using the “Just Draw” mode has been incredible. We’ve taken your feedback about ways to make it better, and in 6.1 we’ve introduced the option to navigate the model using multi-touch gestures, while you’re in the middle of a drawing or modification process. For example, you can start drawing a rectangle, and then, while drawing that rectangle (with the pencil on the screen), you can Orbit/Zoom/Pan with your other hand using multi-touch gestures.
3-finger swipe gesture for controlling scenes. When you swipe left with 3-fingers, you’ll advance to the next scene, when you swipe right, you’ll back up to the previous scene.
4-finger tap gesture for entering or exiting full–screen.

The Eraser tool is now totally rad, and capable of erasing whatever its path crosses on the first swipe. No more ‘scrubbing’ with the eraser to erase a pile of edges. One swipe. Done.
• We made improvements to all of the Arc tools to allow for measurement box input at each stage of the process when drawing an Arc. Regardless of whether you’re drawing with touch, Apple Pencil, Mouse, or Trackpad, you now have the ability to input a length for the arc radius or chord, and then input either the bulge or arc length (expressed in length or degrees).
• Improvements to Entity Info. We heard your feedback about needing to make the font size for text and dimension entities larger so that drawings are legible when exporting higher-resolution images. You now have the option to choose from a longer list of default sizes (up to 288 points), or input a custom font size for selected text and dimension entities.
• We made a couple of functional improvements to Markup Mode scenes:

  1. After creating a Markup, the Markup scene will be inserted after whatever scene was active when Markup mode was activated.
  2. The Markup scene will inherit the name of whatever scene was active when Markup Mode was activated.
  3. You reported that sometimes, your markups were disappearing from your Markup scenes. We figured out why and we fixed it. It’s now the case that when activating a Markup scene, SketchUp (for iPad) will check to make sure that the Display Watermarks property is always set to ON.

• Fixed a bug that was preventing users from being able to crop the map when using Add Location. The crop handles now function properly in Add Location.
• Fixed a bug that was affecting image import. It is now the case that if you are in edit group or edit component mode, and you drag-n-drop an image file onto a face (using iOS multitasking), the result is that the image will be applied directly to the face as a texture.
• Fixed a bug that was resulting in toolbars sometimes disappearing when transitioning between landscape and portrait orientations. We now have all known edge cases covered, and expect that toolbars should always remain visible. In the event that something bad does happen, we also now have a button in the Preferences panel, under General settings, that allows you to “Reset toolbar positions” to the default location.
• We fixed a bug that was reported on the forums that had to do with Autosave behavior. It is now the case that when you close a model and choose to discard unsaved changes, the app will appropriately discard any Autosave recovery backup files and you will no longer be asked about these files when quitting and relaunching the app.
• Fixed a bug that was affecting animation export when the filename for the MP4 file included non-English characters. Non-English characters are now supported.
• Fixed an issue that was affecting the Styles panel in non-English versions of the app. The color pickers in the Styles panel (for editing the color of the background, sky, ground, edges, section cuts, and section fills) now work in all languages.
• Fixed a bug that was affecting the ability to double-tap (with Apple Pencil or multi-touch) to edit a group or component. Double tapping now functions more reliably, especially when working with larger files.
Entity info was improperly handling selection sets containing multiple objects. Entity info now properly displays the information for selection sets that contain multiple groups, multiple components, and sets that include a mix of both groups and components.

• The Autosave improvements referenced above apply only to files that are saved locally. We’re still working through applying these same improvements for models that are stored in Trimble Connect.

June 13, 2022 – v6.0.7 (1871)
Here’s what’s new in v6.0.7 (1871)

  • In this release, we’ve fixed a bug that improves the app’s handling of Autosave recovery backup files. When closing a file with unsaved changes, and choosing the option to discard changes, or save the file as a copy, SketchUp now correctly discards any Autosave recovery backup files.

June 7, 2022 – v6.0.6 (1869)
Here’s what’s new in v6.0.6 (1869)

• We heard your feedback about wanting an option to save progress updates while working on a model. This version includes a manual Save button, located in the Main toolbar (top left of the screen). The Save button will also visually indicate the moment when an autosave is performed. Note that when working on models that are stored in Trimble Connect, pressing the Save Button will publish a new revision of the model to Connect. Autosave will create a local recovery backup file – autosave will NOT automatically publish a new revision of the model to Connect.
• We heard your feedback about wanting to configure additional preferences. In this release:

  • We added several options to the Pencil & Multi-touch preferences. The new options allow you to map 1-finger tap, 1-finger double-tap, and 1-finger triple-tap gestures to selection operations so that you can work more efficiently when drawing with Apple Pencil, using multitouch to make selections, and edit objects without having to activate the Select tool.
  • We also added an option to set the default Select tool mode, with the option to choose the inverse mode as the default.

• We added Select All to the tool mode toolbar for the Select and Lasso tools.
• We added the “From Center” modifier to the Rectangle tool.
• We added the ability to configure display preferences for Area and Volume units to the Model Info panel.
• We added additional options for controlling whether Shadows are cast On Ground, On Faces, and/or From Edges. These additional options are available via the accordion menu below the primary Shadows on/off toggle. Tap the down arrow to the left of the Shadows to reveal these additional options.
• We’ve added some additional options to the Styles panel:

  • Additional Edge settings include the option to choose the edge color mode (All same, By axis, or By material), and to choose a custom color when the setting is set to All same.
  • Additional Face settings include the option to set a custom front/back face color, the option to set transparency preferences to on/off, and/or adjust the transparency quality settings (nicer, medium, faster).
  • Additional Modeling settings include options to set custom colors for Section Cuts and Section Fills.
    • Based on your feedback, we improved the 3-finger swipe gesture so that when using the gesture to adjust the Field of View, the camera behavior more closely mimics the behavior in SketchUp Desktop/Web apps. The camera no longer dollys back and forth.
    • We added a warning that will appear when relaunching the app after a crash. The warning will be displayed if the app locates and automatically reopens an autosave recovery backup file. The warning is intended to encourage users to save the recovery backup file because the file might be irrevocably lost if the app crashes again before the file is saved.

• Bug fixes:

  • We fixed a bug that was affecting some users who reported that SketchUp’s drawing space would freeze up after selecting a tool from the toolbar.
  • We fixed a bug that was causing navigation tools (orbit/pan/zoom) to get stuck in FOV mode after using the 3-finger swipe gesture to adjust FOV while using those tools.
  • We fixed a bug that was causing Live Component parameters to fail to load when trying for the first time after launching the app. This bug was also affecting Autoshape from being able to draw Live Component-based shapes on the first attempt.
  • We improved all segment-based drawing tools (e.g. circle, polygon, arcs) so that you now have the option to use the tool mode toolbar buttons to increase or decrease the number of segments before, and/or immediately after, drawing a shape. You can also now adjust segments while the tangent inference lock is active.

• Other misc bug fixes and improvements

Apr 13, 2022 – v6.0.1 (1839)
Here’s what’s new in v6.0.1 (1839)

For starters – SketchUp for iPad is LIVE!!! You can install the latest version from the Apple App Store, and learn more about it on and in the Help Center.

With the arrival of SketchUp for iPad, we’ve also rebranded our entry-level subscription offering (formerly known as SketchUp Shop), which is now called SketchUp Go.

Okay, back to what’s new in Version 6 (1828)…

In all versions of the app (iPad & iPhone, in Viewer mode or Editor mode):
• By far, the #1 thing we’ve heard from users after we launched version 5.5.1 was that you missed having the option to browse 3rd party cloud services from within the SketchUp app. Further, you were missing the option to have those files stick on the Home screen after closing them. Fair enough. We’re sorry for the confusion and frustration that those changes created for you, and we’re glad to say that with Version 6, we’ve added a new “Add from” button to the Home screen. This button will appear on both iPad and iPhone versions of the app, in both Viewer and Editor modes. Tapping Add From will launch the Files app within the SketchUp app, and offer you the option to browse and search for files that are stored locally, or are stored on whatever 3rd party file service you want to use (provided that the service has been added to the Files app).

SketchUp for iPad (editor mode):
• We’ve added the ability to export Animations! Assuming you have at least 2 scenes that are configured to be included in an animation, you can then tap the share button in the Scenes Panel toolbar, and choose Animation (.mp4) from the dropdown menu. From there you’ll see the option to choose from a number of presets or choose your own custom export settings.
• We’ve added a Welcome strip to the App home screen that is designed to route you to the appropriate self-paced tutorial for pencil drawing, multitouch, or mouse & trackpad (all of which are also available from the Learn tab. The tutorials are currently in English only and we are exploring options for translating into all 14 of the non-English languages that we support.
• We’ve added a series of video tutorials (Instructor 2.0!). You’ll see the learn hat icon in the tool mode toolbar for nearly every tool. Tapping the learn hat will launch a quick video that illustrates the basic use of each tool when drawing with Apple Pencil in just draw mode when drawing with Apple Pencil in click-move-click mode, when drawing with Multitouch, and when using a mouse or trackpad. The videos are currently in English only but we are exploring options for translating them into all 14 of the non-English languages that we support.
• We made a slight improvement to Markup Mode. It’s now the case that the name of the styles that Markup markup mode creates, match the name of the corresponding scene that the style is applied to.
• We updated the Preferences panel. The preferences panel is now accessible via the gear icon in the Main toolbar, in the top left corner of the model viewing window.
• The Standard Views (Top, Right, Left, etc…) now respect the position of the model axes, matching the patterns established in SketchUp for Desktop.
• We made an improvement to the panel labels, and toolbar labels to make them more legible
• We’ve bolstered support for using a keyboard with SketchUp for iPad. Improvements include:

  • SketchUp for iPad now supports all of the same default keyboard shortcuts that are available in SketchUp for Web and SketchUp for Desktop. To see the complete list of supported shortcuts, press and hold the command key on your keyboard.
  • We now support the use of using the keyboard to initiate the toggling on/off of optional tool modes.
  • It is now the case that pressing the return key when interacting with a panel will trigger the primary (blue) button. For example, when editing Scene details, pressing Return will trigger the blue, OK button.

iPhone App:
• Based on your feedback we reduced the thickness of edge rendering in the iPhone version of the app.
• We added a subtle bit of scroll ability to the iPhone toolbar in order to give the icons a bit more breathing room.
• We fixed a few of the pop-up screens that were all smushed up when using the app on a phone (and in some cases an iPad Mini) in landscape mode.

Mar 25, 2022 – v6 (1780)
Here’s what’s new in v6 (1780)

PLEASE NOTE: SketchUp for iPad now requires iOS 15.0 or newer.

• We’ve made some exciting updates to Markup Mode. It’s now possible to edit existing markups and it’s also possible to project your markups and merge your hand-drawn sketches with your 3D models.

  • Edit Markups: After tapping a scene that contains one or more markups, you can then activate the Markup mode tool. SketchUp will ask what you want to do next. If you choose the option to edit a markup, SketchUp will then ask you to choose which of the markups contained in the active scene you want to edit.
  • Project Markups: After tapping a scene that contains one or more markups, you’ll then need to pre-select the face or faces in the model that you want to project your markups onto. After making a selection, you can then tap the … icon or swipe on the active markup scene in the Scenes panel. In the slide-over menu, you’ll see the markup icon. Tapping the Markup icon will project the markups of a scene onto the preselected geometry (and create unique materials that are the result of the merger between your markups and the materials that were previously applied to that geometry). Orbit to see the results.

• We’ve added a dialog for specifying image export preferences when exporting PNG files (via the export icon that is available via the Scenes Panel toolbar). Image export options now include resolution, transparency, and anti-aliasing.
• We’ve enhanced keyboard support by offering the ability to toggle optional tool modes on/off by tapping the same keyboard modifier keys that are used in the Mac Desktop version of SketchUp.
• When publishing a file to Connect, or when publishing a new revision to a file, the model thumbnail (of the last saved view) will be saved to Connect and persist when viewing recent model lists across SketchUp for Web, SketchUp for iPad, and the SketchUp Viewer app for iPhone.
• We’ve added the option to export SketchUp files in USDz format. You’ll find the option to export USDz from the … overflow menu of model cards that are displayed on the Home Screen in the Recent Models list. We’re excited about the workflows that this capability will unlock for working across other great iPad apps like Morpholio Trace and Procreate, to name a few – and will be listening for feedback.
• While creating/editing models using multi-touch, you’ll notice that we’ve added a multi-touch cursor that displays a ring around the tip of your finger. The ring will change color to help you better understand the type of inference that SketchUp has detected under your finger (Blue = On Face, Red = On Edge, Green = On Endpoint, Cyan = On Midpoint).
• We’ve added unit preferences for Length and Angle units to the Model Info panel to make it possible to change display units on the fly.
• We’ve updated and added to the self-paced tutorials that are available via the Learn tab on the Home Screen. We now offer specific versions for each of the various input methods (Pencil - click-move-click, Pencil - just draw, Multi-touch, and Mouse/Trackpad).
• Fixed a few typos in the printable versions of the Gestures and Autoshape reference guides. (If you didn’t know, the ‘Share’ icon in the header of the interactive Gestures and Autoshape widgets will offer you the option to export/save/print 8.5” x 11” quick reference cards in PDF format.)
• We’ve enhanced the look and feel of the initial app launch & Sign-In flows. Please hammer on this if you have time (in both landscape and portrait). We want to know if you find any issues when signing in or out of the app.
• Based on your feedback, we’ve rearranged the layout of the Measurements Box numpad so that the numbers are now arranged in a ‘calculator’ layout vs ‘phone’ layout.
• A bunch of other misc bug fixes and improvements.

Feb 26, 2022 – v6 (1714)
Here’s what’s new in v6 (1714)

PLEASE NOTE: SketchUp for iPad now requires iOS 15.0 or newer.

  • Markup Mode improvements. When activating the Markup tool, while a Markup scene is active, we now offer a third choice, to edit an existing markup. For scenes with multiple markups, you’ll then have the option to choose which markup you want to edit.
  • Entity info now includes a more complete set of component attributes for Live Components.
  • Bugfix: We fixed an issue that was affecting multi-touch navigation gestures. The camera no longer ‘jumps’ after using zoom & orbit gestures in quick succession.
  • Bugfix: We fixed a bug that was affecting models with styles that had transparency rendering set to Nicer. Models with this setting no longer display stripey rendering artifacts.
  • Bugfix: Text Label, Dimension, Position Camera, and Tape measure tools now work properly when using the tools with multi-touch gestures. Specifically, these tools now all support the long-press and drag UX pattern. For the Position Camera tool, long-press and drag now results in the creation of a target camera.
  • Bugfix: The Hide Rest of Model and Hide Similar Components toggle switches now display the correct state when switching between scenes with the Display panel collapsed.
  • Bugfix: When creating an “inner loop” component, the component properties are now correctly set to defaults that match those used in SketchUp Desktop and SketchUp for Web apps. The Gluing property is set to Any, and Cut Opening is toggled on.

When is next release pushed? I want to start a new project but waiting for the long fingernails camera regression fix.

Edit: Found a workaround! Reverted to a previous version and have now started a new project.

@MikeTadros, you missed the most important feature in the changelog!

In 5.4.9 the Zoom Extents gesture can be disabled, allowing the app to be used with long fingernails! :smiley: :smiley:

Edit: Maybe we should have a separate Praise thread? Being able to set a custom axis for Rotate is also an absolutely great addition! I’ve missed this A LOT and had to do cumbersome workarounds with guidelines and temporary faces.

After venting all my grievance I’m now trying to get to grips with file management and adapt to what we have.

Shouldn’t we have something more robust than the recent files list in order to organize the files in iPad that come from several sources?

And wouldn’t it be wise to have 3rd party cloud apps files, that have been edited and saved back into those file systems, being shown in recent files list? I don’t mean that the files should be duplicated to cache in order to show up in that list. I’m just asking if there is any possibility that the files reside in 3rd party cloud app and still show in the recent files list.

Note: thank you all for the patience you’ve been having with me and the file management issues I have.

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How can i update my sketchup for ipad to receive these new features? Do i need to download the app again? Will i lose the work thats there?

Look for the app in the App Store, and instead of a download button you should see an update button. Your documents will still be there after the update.

A new update was released today. Notes above. :point_up: