I have resisted using Sketchup for a while and decided today that I was going to learn it. I have a simple residential bar that I have designed on paper that I want to create in Sketchup using Sketchup Pro 18
- I launch the app and see the familiar grey-haired old man standing in my workspace.
- I select the rectangle tool from the draw menu popup and move my mouse to 0,0 on the workspace.
- Click and drag to roughly the area that I want while paying attention to the VCV (?) dimensions in the corner (apparently this establishes your intended plane)
- Before clicking, I enter the exact coordinates of my rectangle by typing 89" x 12" I see the dimensions in the VCV change, but alas the image on the screen remains the same.
- I press enter expecting to get my rectangle starting at coordinates 0,0 and ending at 89,12.
- I press return–nothing.
- I click and get a rectangle that is the size that it appears on the screen which is not 89" x 12"
Before I go into the 400 other ways that I try this, can someone please tell me if I am being unreasonable in my expectation that the previous series of actions should work the way I expected?
I am going to build my model in a reasonable program (something super over the top like Autocad or Cinema 4D–you know, something easy to learn because it follows common sense, established user interface protocols) and hope to be able to open it in Sketchup so I can save it for the next person to use it to create a pretty graphic. But seriously, what is going on with this app?
I don’t know why the authors of Sketchup think that it is acceptable or appropriate to have “magic input” interfaces where you just magically type (without seeing an insertion point or an input field) and press enter to get your results. It is completely counter-intuitive. I spend my days training old people that they MUST click in the field to expect what they type to show up. If they just type without a field selected (much like you have to do in this program), you have no way of knowing where you are entering the information or if the information is actually being recorded. Literally, I have said this probably every day for months now. Why on earth would you violate this fundamental principle in UI? If you want to allow “mystical input features” that should be extra–something you choose by preference. It should not be the ONLY way to enter dimensions. And regardless, it should work.
Thanks in advance for your support, sorry for the rant.