I have been a hobbyist user of SketchUp since 2014, and currently still using SketchUp Make 2017. Living in Southern Africa, internet is unreliable, often unaffordable, and in many out-of-town places, entirely non-existent. Having recently been offline for several months, I have returned to discover that 2017 version is no longer supported in 3dwarehouse. Then, investigating upgrade options, I am devastated to discover that there are no free desktop versions after 2017. Using SketchUp Free as a cloud based service just isn’t even feasible for people who don’t always have internet connectivity (and yes, this is a reality for some people still). Living in a country where it’s a challenge to afford food and electricity bills, paying subscriptions for the pro version is also not an option.
So, in a world that goes on about “being inclusive”, I can’t help feeling very much like I’m being forcefully excluded from being a SketchUp user going forward, thanks to the policy/product changes. Which is really, really sad. I appreciate that I’ve been using a free version and have never paid for anything, and I have loved using SketchUp because I genuinely believe it is the best software of its kind, but the direction things are being taken in has basically forced me to start looking at alternatives (which I really would prefer not to have to do).
I also appreciate that a cloud solution in the browser makes it cross-platform, and especially as a devout Linux user, I certainly see the merit in that. But, it doesn’t solve my problem and I truly wish the developers had just stuck with the way things were and still offered SketchUp Make without trying to force a cloud-based system that is just impossible for many of us.
Although I confess I haven’t yet looked into it, I have a feeling that even if I could be online all the time, SketchUp Free also wouldn’t allow me to use Twilight as I have been doing for several years?
I apologise if this just sounds like a rant, but please appreciate my frustration and disappointment over this