moving from 2022 to 2023 took me 30 minutes top, including a crash and an uninstall/reinstall of a pair of extensions.
Considering that services are maintained for 3 versions, you could even lower that time to an average of 10 min a year. Even by really taking your time, it could be done in an hour.
You’re telling us that you’d rather pays 4-8K € to a different company than spend even an hour a year maintaining and updating your software just so you can continue downloading free community models into your multi million dollars projects ?
Plus, Sketchup doesn’t overwrite itself, so you could even have SU20 - 21 - 22 - 23 on your machine just in case.
Maybe it’s time to hire IT, or even get some freelancers, to do that job of compatibility check of new versions and mass deploying afterward. The price difference between a 320€ sketchup and a 4000€ revit would annually cover it.
Why are there so many haters?? I LOVE the new UI for warehouse. Especially image recognition component is a game changer. Do Revit and Solidworks even have communal libraries? Enjoy paying 6x as much by the way.
But how much do you have to spend on extensions to get the same functionality and productivity? If you add a good rendering engine, a few paid plagins, it turns out that maybe in three years the costs will even out. And the time? how much time will you gain? There is a lot of talk here about the fact that sketchub is intuitive and easy to learn. I’ve always emphasized this as well, but the multitude of plugins and their inconsistent interfaces and their support cause a big waste of time, also for learning. Because I don’t think anyone here will deny that the strength of SU lies in extensions and if not for them, it would only be a sketchbook! I will stick to my opinion that SU is suitable for what its name tells us - sketches and preliminary architectural designs and with a render for visualization. Of course, a small design company can use it until some client at the end wants to turn the project upside down.
People are tired of Revit, every year it costs more and more. They continue using it because all their work is on Autodesk’s servers and they can’t exit. Not to mention that most of them have illegal software.
You can have SketchUp and CDE software, a render engine and lots of plugins for 1000€ more or less. I have also a BIM 5D software with that amount of money.
You’re an optimist. In Poland, SU Studio is $1,000 a year. So it’s not as rosy as you write. And it doesn’t change the fact that these many plugins take a lot of time to master them. And then a lot of time for annual installations. And I’m surprised that most people who complain about other programs here have never had contact with them, let alone professional use of them. I also suspect that there is a percentage of those for whom other programs were too difficult. And for them, SU with this long stagnation is an ideal program. So don’t say that “people” are sick of Revit or AC. If you publicly burn your own license for some other program because of switching to SU, then you will gain my credibility. However, the price arguments somehow do not appeal to me because how much does Revit cost and how much does an architect charge for a project? The fact is that for small studios that do not have many commissions, this may go beyond the budget, but a successful architect can afford top-shelf programs, where you have a rendering module, calculations, statements, BIM and many other values.
I have been looking at Rhino 7 these days. It’s cheaper with no yearly payment, it can model anything without loads of plugins as SU seems to require and it also can render scenes. It Can even turn 3D into a drawing with dimensions and more.
For pure designing on ipad Shapr3D is amazing and I use all the time. (Although I do like my SU on Ipad subscription)
Not even close to the price of Revit, and extensions have permanent licenses so you don’t have to add to the price of sketchup every year. With Revit you’ll also need to invest in a good rendering engine if you want to make decent renders, but there are a lot of free or very cheap rendering engines on the market so Vray isn’t the only option.
I don’t understand why people come to complain and throw hate to the software, then say that they’re ditching it and moving to another one, did you know that you can do that without posting it, if you’ve found a software that replaces sketchup for the same price it’s awesome but I’ll assure you that you’ll have problems with that software as well at any point cause there’s no perfect software, not even autocad that has been around for decades.
This is such a relevant point for those who find upgrades to be painful! While you are trying out the new features of an update, you can always roll back to what has worked. Rely on that while you learn the new!
Yeah, on my mac, I finally removed 22. no particular bugs, no issues, haven’t opened it since the install (I mean I have, but it was to check a bug for someone on the forum… it’s you guys fault )
On my PC? I still have 22 and 23, mostly because if I suddenly get a bug / crash while in class, I can quickly switch to 22. When 24 is released, I’ll kick 22 out.
The only thing to know, with one subscription you have access to two activations at the same time.
Right now, I’m active on 23 mac and 23 pc, since I’ve got two machines.
But if I try to use 22pc as well, it will see it as a third activation, and I’ll have to go to my profile deactivate everyone.
Activations are not linked to the machine but the version as well. It’s a small thing, but good to know.
Please don’t say ‘FREE’ as its not free. Its like saying that National Health is free but we all pay taxes & national insurance… so its not free. Same goes for this… we pay a high price of annual Sketchup subscription fees to get access to the models… so its Not Free!!!