I have been using sketch make 2017 for modeling woodwork.
Anyway, I was using the program today with no issues at all and drawing a bathroom vanity/ linen cabinet. I had no problems at all when I would select the rectangle tool and drag out a corner. Then, without changing any tools, I type the dimensions (ex: 26, 21) and hit “enter” and the rectangle size to exactly what I need.
Ok, so this was all well and good and working fine…
a few hours later I go back to my computer to try and draw up a table.
This time however, any time I make a rectangle or even use the measuring tape ruler, I can not manually change to precise measurements. I can type all I want, without selecting anything else, and nothing happens.
When I draw a rectangle and go to type, down in the dimensions box I see a pop up with red writing that says “constraints not appropriate at this time”
Just to do a test, I drew whatever size rectangle I dragged out. Then I tried to push pull and type the value I wanted the face to move. Nothing.
It seems like I went from a normal working program to completely unusable. Should I just delete and reload? This is very frustrating.
More of a rant than anything… Since I’ve been using sketchup Make 17 for the last couple of days… I find it extremely annoying to not be able to select any of the dimensions in the dimension window! ex:
I draw a rectangle and it says 24", 48 31/32"
In the past when using my MacBook pro, I would simply click into the dimension box and highlight only on the axis value that required editing. So in this example I would highlight the 48 31/21" only, and retype as 48. It was quick, there was no need to really pay any more attention to the values if they were correct which I could visually see immediately.
I find that with SU make 17 you have to type the full X,Y value in. Which also means I need to pay extra attention to which value comes first so that my shape is drawn the correct direction, and I need to remember all of the values that were already correct + the values I needed to change because the second you begin typing they disappear from view.
I guess what I am saying is this is just making using this program far slower than it already was.
perhaps my application is a bit different… But when drawing a custom kitchen where doors from cabinet to cabinet are different sizes as is all of the casework, making components doesn’t save you any time, the last thing I needed was for snapping rectangles quickly to become more of a chore. Especially drawing in stile & rail components, reveals, etc. across an entire kitchen model that are precise to take a cut list from.