And just like that, another update for SketchUp Pro and LayOut is here! As always, we appreciate the suggestions and feedback you give us.
Now, we know you’re excited to hear about all the new bells and whistles in our desktop software, but we have another announcement to share. Along with a major update for SketchUp Pro, we’re also bringing our web modeler out of beta and introducing SketchUp Free to the world! Through Trimble Connect, it works in tandem with SketchUp Pro, and we hope you’ll give it a try.
But you may also be wondering…
- Advanced Attributes allow you to embed your model with useful information right when you create and manage components. We’ve added fields for Price, Size, URL, Owner, and Status to component creation as well as Entity Info dialogues. And, you’ll still be able to add custom attributes via Dynamic Components (of course).
- Aggregation in Generate Report is a simple but powerful ‘Group By’ method for organizing and configuring customized reports. This sounds complex, but it’s actually quite simple to create useful take-offs from Generate Report!
- IFC Export Improvements ensure that the attributes you assign or manipulate in SketchUp stay with with your work when it leaves SketchUp.
- Named Section Planes make it sooo much easier to find, organize, and edit section plane entities in your models. Here’s a look at how it works.
- Filled, Styled Section Cuts are now baked into SketchUp Pro. Open Styles > Edit > Modeling and toggle on ‘Section Fills.’ Now, anytime you cut through a solid section, you’ll see it fill in (in any color you choose!)
- Section Plane Performance: While we were at it, we improved performance for models that use section planes to hide large amounts of geometry. Basically, the more geometry you section off, the more you’ll benefit.
- Outliner now loads component names in alphabetical and numerical order.
- STL Import/Export, by far our most popular extension, is now native to SketchUp Pro!
- Our Preferences Refactor means that SketchUp and LayOut preferences are now organized and migrated the same way between version upgrades.
- Anti-Aliasing for Mac! It’s here! Those smooth lines you love aren’t only on Windows anymore!
And now in Layout…
- Scaled Vector Drawing is now part of LayOut! Draft in 2D at scale using the new “Scaled Drawing” panel. Create a scaled drawing from scratch or draw over an existing SketchUp viewport. Let’s take a look at some ways this is crazy useful.
- Group Edit / Entity Locking now works just like it does in SketchUp. Group and lock portions of your model to make edits or hide the rest of your document while you work. We think you’ll find it’s a LOT easier to select, edit, and move things around a multi-layered LayOut page.
- Drawing Tool Improvements: We made thirty improvements to drawing tools including arc, line, move, rotate, offset, and select to facilitate even better drawing capabilities.
- DWG Import is here! Now, your DWG files come into LayOut at scale, and the pages, title blocks, and blocks that your team created are supported. Even better, LayOut users can now help themselves to the vast world of free DWG libraries.
- Multi-Viewport Dimensioning means you can draw dimensions across SketchUp viewports in order to create excellent section details.
- Precise Dimensions: LayOut dimensions can now be as precise as SketchUp dimensions. That’s up to 0.000001 inches. If you do the math: that means LayOut can show the decimal equivalent of 1/64” (0.015625”).
- Advanced Attribute Labels: Like all of the information in your model, the advanced attributes you created in SketchUp are accessible via LayOut Labels.
Well, I think that just about covers it. Let me and the rest of the SketchUp team know what you like and what you love, and if there’s something amiss, we’re all ears.