SketchUp Viewer v5.5: File Management Workflows, an Overview

With SketchUp Viewer v5.5 we have made some changes to the way Files are accessed and managed. With these changes, we have focused on making it easier to work across devices and across SketchUp apps using Trimble Connect as the primary project management and collaboration platform for sharing models.

With that said, we of course still offer an incredibly wide range of options for opening SketchUp files from just about any and every other imaginable place. The information below offers an overview of the available options for opening and viewing models in SketchUp Viewer.

Open from Trimble Connect (Preferred)
The SketchUp app Home screen offers a recent models list that includes a combination of models that live in Trimble Connect, and/or are saved to the SketchUp app folder on your iPhone/iPad (see the section below “Open From the Files App: SketchUp App Folder").

SketchUp models that are created using SketchUp for Web (which are all stored in Trimble Connect) will appear in the Recent Models list automatically, and SketchUp Viewer will automatically look for and open the latest versions of those models when you go to open them in the Viewer app. The same goes for SketchUp models that are published to Trimble Connect using the Trimble Connect extension for SketchUp Desktop. And the same goes for models that are published to Trimble Connect using the Trimble Connect web app. For more information about uploading models to Trimble Connect, see this Trimble Connect Help Center article.

Additionally, the SketchUp Viewer app also includes a Trimble Connect tab that offers the option to browse all of the projects and folders that you have access to, including those that you’ve created as well as those that have been shared with you. After opening a model from the Trimble Connect tab, it will then appear in the Recent Models list on the Home Screen. When you reopen a model that is Stored in Trimble Connect, SketchUp Viewer will automatically look for and open the latest version of the model.

  • Offline Available – From the … overflow menu that is available from the model cards on the Home Screen, you’ll see that for files that are stored in Connect, there is an option to make those files available offline. When you toggle this feature on, SketchUp Viewer will still treat the file as one that is stored in Trimble Connect, but it will also keep a copy of the file on your device so that you have access to it while offline. When you are online, SketchUp Viewer will still automatically check to make sure that you are viewing the latest version of the model.

  • Download a Copy – When you download a copy of a model that is stored in Trimble Connect, it will be saved to the SketchUp app folder, which you can later access by going to the Files app > On My iPhone/iPad > SketchUp. When you download a copy of a model, that model will no longer be associated with the original file in Connect. The version will remain ‘frozen in time’ so to speak, and will not be updated automatically when newer versions of the model are published to Connect.

Open From the Files App: SketchUp App Folder
With SketchUp Viewer 5.5, we’ve improved our integration with the iOS Files app to include a SketchUp app folder in the local directory: Files App > On My iPhone/iPad > SketchUp (app folder).
Any files that you put here will automatically appear on the SketchUp app Home screen in the Recent Models list.

Open From the Files App: From [Your Preferred 3rd Party Cloud Service]
With SketchUp Viewer 5.5, we’ve deferred integrations with all other 3rd party file services to the iOS Files App. With the Files app, you have the option to add an incredibly wide range of 3rd party cloud service providers (e.g. Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive, GDrive, etc, etc) and then use the Files app to browse the projects and folders that are stored within those services.
Once you locate the SketchUp file you’re looking for, you can simply tap on that file to open it directly in SketchUp Viewer.
This Apple support article offers some additional information about using the Files app, and adding 3rd party cloud service providers.

Open from 3D Warehouse
We recognize that one of the biggest (and most disruptive) changes to SketchUp Viewer v5.5 is that the app no longer automatically displays on the Home screen, models that you’ve saved to 3D Warehouse.

To open files that are saved in 3D Warehouse:

  1. Visit 3D Warehouse using your preferred mobile browser app (e.g. Safari, Chrome, etc).
  2. Make sure you’re Signed In to 3D Warehouse (in order to download models and view any content that you’ve uploaded privately).
  3. Search and browse, or visit the My Content page to find your own models.
  4. Download whatever files you want to open in SketchUp Viewer.
  5. After the file is downloaded, your browser app will offer you the option to “Open In…” the SketchUp app (see section below “Open in…” from any 3rd Party App below).

“Open in…” from any 3rd Party App
It is most likely the case that any iOS app in which a SketchUp file appears, will offer you the option to “Open in…” the SketchUp Viewer app.
For example:

  • If a SketchUp file is attached to an email or included in a text message
  • If a SketchUp file is stored in a 3rd party file service, and you’re browsing within that file services app (e.g. using the Dropbox app, Drive app, etc)

Once you have a SketchUp file selected in another app, you are likely to have a pathway available for then choosing to “Open in…” the SketchUp Viewer app. The user interface and exact steps that you’ll need to take may vary depending on the app that you’re trying to open a SketchUp model from, but in most cases, you’ll start by tapping a … icon, and from there you’ll see the option to Open in. After choosing Open in, you’ll see the SketchUp Viewer app as an option for opening .skp files.

AirDrop
With SketchUp Viewer, you have the option to use the macOS/iOS AirDrop feature to transfer a file from any other macOS/iOS device to another one using AirDrop. The Device that receives the shared file will immediately ask you to choose the app that you want to use to open the shared/AirDropped file. Simply choose SketchUp and you’re off to the races.