Hey SketchUp team,
Just dropping you a line from a Trainer perspective, in terms of the ever-changing default styles of Drawing Templates in new releases of SketchUp Pro.
From a training perspective, when I’m teaching students and professionals how to create accurate, precise and professional floor plans & elevations, I recommend using a crisp, white background. It’s easier to view your geometry; especially as it mimics how the plan will look on a PDF or when printed. It’s also much more professional when presenting to clients or uploading to websites/blogs or social media for marketing purposes.
I never deviate from this recommendation, from a professional standards perspective.
The style settings for the Drawing Template of Interiors in mm (before 2022 version) were perfect. All the edges were uniform, the background was white and because visible faces were automatically oriented to white it provided an efficient setup from the outset, in which to teach good practice and habits when using SketchUp. I didn’t have any issue with the fact that the camera settings weren’t in plan view because it was a good opportunity for me to discuss the importance of camera settings in SketchUp This. Template. Was. Perfect.
This template was previously referred to as Interiors and Production Design (I think) and required me to instruct students to change Style settings to Hidden Line so that the background was white (and all visible faces were white).
Now with the 2022 version, I’m having to redo course content again, to instruct students when choosing Interiors in mm to go to the Style settings and choose Hidden Line because the background in Interiors in mm is grey.
A minor inconvenience probably from your perspective, but from an efficient setup perspective, where you want new users to get up and running quickly, it’s a little frustrating, especially when the goalposts change every other year.
I appreciate that I can advise my students to create their own Drawing Template and I will do that but wouldn’t it be more logical to have a Drawing Template available consistently; that never changes, that has the standard, more professional style settings of a white background and uniform edges from the outset?
I can’t use the Drawing Template of Plan View in mm because the profile edges are thicker than all other geometry. If I’m teaching students and professionals how to use SketchUp to create technical drawings, they need to have uniform edges from the beginning; especially if I’m teaching students who are studying a formal, accredited qualification that includes assessment of technical drawing conventions. If they need to change the line thickness, I show them how to do that separately using LayOut. This also greatly aids my encouragement and influencing of students and Designers to switch to SketchUp for the creation of professional drawings because there is still this stigma that AutoCAD is the only option when creating technical drawings, and that SketchUp isn’t up to the job. Which I passionately disagree with.
I’m asking SketchUp to give more consideration to consistent, professional use as it is SketchUp Pro after all! I’m very interested to engage in more discussion about this if necessary and using other methods of communication, if needs be.
Grateful for a response.