I knew it was on the cards, and considering SketchUp has become much more business-like and less about ‘the people’ from Trimble took over, it still pains me to see this free version wiped out.
I don’t promote SketchUp Make, as an Educator I promote SketchUp Pro, however, a 30 day trial is not adequate, in my opinion, especially in today’s world with the hectic schedules we’re all dealing with, to understand the SketchUp interface and tools, before making the bigger decision to fully financially commit for a year. Particularly when you’re dealing with small business owners, like many of the Interior Designers I teach.
From a purely selfish point of view, the live FREE webinars I host, which provide an opportunity for new users to take SketchUp for a test-run, will be much more limited now seeing as there is nothing to fall back on, if the free 30 day trial has already expired.
I’d love to know if SketchUp will be considering extending the free 30 day trial or introducing monthly subscriptions now that SketchUp Make is no longer available? I understand that there’s a 3D Basecamp coming up, and strategically it makes sense to remove access to SketchUp Make before this event to ensure optimisation of sales. But I would have thought there would be additional safety nets put in place to soften the blow.
I love SketchUp, always will but the SketchUp brand has changed beyond all recognition over the last couple of years, which is so sad to see on a professional and personal level.