I’ve just lost a few days worth of work. Again. No big deal. I’m a sketchup user, its what I expect…
Working with Sketchup is like working with a close friend who also happens to be recently deceased. With a code structure written in the computer-timescale equivalent of the Mesozoic Era, Sketchup desperately needs a bottom-up rework to bring it into the 21st century. But Trimble’s working philosophy seems to be to present their Estate sale-buyout as an up-to-the minute super tool. Its like someone taking the original Myst game and offering it today as a premium product on a paid subscription-only basis. Hey the Blackberry is back! Its the same Blackberry, but now you pay for it monthly!
How long can Trimble keep this up? Probably for several years after the program stops working entirely, on every computer. Face it, now we’re only paying for technical support, because the current program was taken off life support years ago. Trimble, I don’t care if the Move tool now glows a brighter red, or the Rotate tool now takes you directly to the Trimble Facebook page. Give me a reinvigorated program dammit! 64-bit, multi-core enhanced, 3D Sketchup madness! Gamble a stamp! Hire Tony Robbins to fire you up! Use some Total-T (she’ll like it too!) and turn our Wilford Brimley into the Rock!
I think most users would gladly pay for a faster, up-to-date Sketchup. After all, its a great program, or it was. And it can be great again.