Just tried to upgrade to Sketchup 2017 not!
Its a no-go because our corporation has been virtualized for several years and all workstations are VMWare zero clients.
The old Sketchup products worked very well in this environment and most of the other CAD/CAM tools do as well.
We are not going back to a power PC with a high end graphics card on every desktop due to the many advantages of virtualization and how well it has served our overall business needs including total cost of ownership, security, backup, portability, remote access, mobility, scalability, license management, etc.
The idea that virtualized environments are not compatible with CAD is non-sense. Unless you are a power user the differences are negligible and these power users are using different tools. There are very good virtualized GPUs available today that will become a game changer for graphic intensive applications. However, I have used Sketchup everyday for 3 years without a hardware accelerator in a VDI and I am quite happy with the performance. It isn’t clear what problem killing usability in VDI and forcing the user into high end hardware is solving.
There is a place and a market for Sketchup in VDI on low end computers. Examples include office layouts, simple 3D modeling, quick product conceptualization, etc. Not everyone is rendering a rocket ship.
When it comes to the hardcore CAD, which is a very narrow market already well served, the competition is offering VDI solutions. This may leave Sketchup is a rough competitive position since most of the following has been the makers and lower end-CAD users.
I hope Sketchup will recognize the market needs and find a way to allow the product to work in VDI and on lower end workstations without expensive graphics cards. The PC as we used to know it is dead. SaaS and VDI is the future for corporations and even beginning to take hold at home.
This seem like a very odd strategy in the face of contrary trends.