Sketchup Pro Usage tracking

We are trying to manage our sketchup pro user subscription licenses and there is absolutely no information about actual usage for the staff that are assigned Sketchup Pro licenses. Most products that have transitioned to “more expensive” subscription services at least start providing some bare minimum of tracking capabilities to see when a user last used the license or even a more in depth reporting capability for daily usage. We really want to know who are the users that are active with the software and wether they actually need the license assigned of if they could be better allocated. Does anyone else have any suggestions for tracking daily usage? Any 3rd party tools that you are using that work for this? Any hint that Trimble will add this basic functionality for all of the extra cost that the subscriptions add?

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I checked with colleagues, and Trimble doesn’t have such tracking software. One person suggested that there are third party tools for tracking any application’s usage, but didn’t have a specific named tool to recommend.

Don’t know if this will do what you want. Worth taking a look.

thanks, updated

Yeah, this is interesting but not sure this would do what we are looking for. This seems to be more for data on the actual machine usage detail versus what we are looking for is did user1 use sketcup on x day. As an example, here is another subscription based cloud tool we use, and in the manage user page, we can see the “user last active date/time” for each user.
Of course in autodesk account management, we can see which users used what products on which days

Is there a location for posting enhancement requests for Sketchup Pro?

Yes, start a new topic under the Feature Request category.

We had the same issue. We ended up creating our own plugin that writes username and timestamp to a central file. Reading that file in PowerBI gives us that data we need. I paste the code below

require 'sketchup.rb'
require 'extensions.rb'
require 'date'

module suPlugin
  module SketchupLogging

    current_time =
    formatted_time = current_time.strftime("%d-%m-%Y %H:%M:%S")
    current_user = ENV['USERNAME']
    sketchup_version = Sketchup.version

    File.write('//<servername>/<share_name>/Log/sketchuplog.txt',current_user + ";" + formatted_time + ";" + sketchup_version + "\n", mode: 'a')

  end # module SketchupLogging
end # module suPlugin

Save the file as logger.rb for example and place it in the plugin folder of SketchUp. C:\Users<username>\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2023\SketchUp\Plugins in my case on windows.

Once sketchUp starts it writes a line to the file.
It gives us an indication how licenses are used.

This functionality was present in older versions, but has been taken out. No idea why this isn’t present anymore. Some insight in the usage of licenses would be very much appreciated.

I hope this helps anyone.

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