Hey all you SketchUppers
We have a pretty big announcement coming down the pike that we feel you’ll appreciate knowing about sooner than later so you can plan accordingly. Specifically, we’re moving away from the Google provided geographic data. This has important implications for both satellite imagery and terrain features for some versions of SketchUp. We’re sure you’ll have a ton of questions so we’ve already posted our most expected questions in the Help Center here: https://help.sketchup.com/en/geodatachange
This change will affect all SketchUp Make users, regardless of version, and will affect SketchUp Pro users on varying levels. This is all happening at the end of May, after which Add Location will only function in SketchUp 2017. SketchUp Make will see satellite imagery and terrain features replaced by a map layer. In addition the photo-texures feature will no longer be available in any version.
This is a huge announcement which will affect everyone who does any sort of location based modeling in SketchUp, and we’re aware of this. Unfortunately this isn’t an optional update, the data available from Google terrain servers will not be available to us after May so we’re working hard to ensure we have the highest quality data available and we will remain a leader in our ease of use with location data. We’ll be rolling out some of this functionality to SketchUp before May 22nd so you can try the new functionality and adjust your workflow while still having the flexibility to fall back on your current behavior as needed.
Be sure to visit the Help Center link above for more specific details!
UPDATE: The new data layers are now available in SU 2017. This means that Pro users will see two new layers in add location: “Satellite” and “Map”. Make users will now see a “Map” layer. Google Satellite is no longer an option for any version of SketchUp. For more info check out https://help.sketchup.com/en/geodatachange.
Update #2: Adjusted what Pro users see for Map & Satellite data, with the available data change we now have simpler options for Map vs Satellite data.