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Thanks very much Mike. FYI, I loaded that link in Edge and Firefox. It doesn’t display properly. Also, the link shows versions of unsupported MAC OS versions, but does not provide recommended ram, processor type/speed, or graphics card. Those are specs I’m used to seeing from vendors of Solidworks, or Rhino.

My guess is that the program will run on my daughter’s 2014 MacBook, but the proof will be in the pudding as they say. I loaded the 30 day trial on my laptop and it runs fine, but it’s a pretty powerful cad workstation.



Did you click on this area:

Then you see the recommended hardware specs

My name is Maya and I am going to use SketchUp only personally, for woodworking plans.
Totally a beginner - in woodworking as well as in ScetchUp.
I need to learn how to use this great tool :slight_smile:
So glad there is a forum and experienced people to consult with!

Nice to meet you all!



I want to learn Sketchup so i can engage my grandson in making (inventing) gismos, toys novelties
His dad bought him a 3D printer and i am fascinated.
Reputation has it that it easy to learn the basics, and for now it is free
Have win 10 computer Laptop, and Desktop, the 3D printed


Who are you?
A: You people really don’t want a picture…

What is your industry and profession?
A: Used to be in engineering. Now I indie game develop using Unity.

Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
A: Personally

Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?
A: Easy to use for architecture. I will be able to create buildings a lot faster than in a 3D modeler.

How proficient are you in SketchUp?
A: Beginner

Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
A: Don’t know what that is.

What is your current set up?
A: Custom built computer for gaming.

Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
A: I’m starting my first model. I have a floor plan layed in and am starting to work on it.

Anything else you would like to tell us?
A: Love to play Morrowind, Fallout Games, Skyrim…
A: I have a passion for architecture. I’ve collected architecture books for years. I love to look at building layouts, design, etc. Sketchup seems to be made for architecture.
A: I’ve looked through some of the Warehouse files. My favorite sketchup designer is Paulwall…his work is fantastic! I’m sure I’ll find more favorite designers as time goes on.

What is your favorite Emoji?
A: What, no Pugs? Well, I do like :sloth:s and :bat:s

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tony here,

I have never used this software outside of college before. That was in 2010 and i never really caught on to it very well back then.
I was using AutoCad, Civil 3d, Revit, Inventor, 3dsMax in school but let them all lapse due to the cost to keep them on my laptop after school ended. I just want a way to try and learn how to design small woodworking projects instead of just scratching out a quickie drawing or just winging it.


hi, ive been asking questions on facebook sketch up and they have been really helpful. my latest question is about the Extension warehouse i’m trying to use. i select sketch- up as told to but i dont get an install button but a download button. when i select download i get a message pop up saying “this file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the default programs control panel.” i have done this in the default programs but still get this message pop up.
please help

I just created a new topic in reply to you.

Hi Tony. SketchUp sounds like just the ticket for you. At least it works very well for that purpose for me as well as many others. Feel free to ask questions as you go along. If you run into something while modeling, share the SketchUp file or at least screen shots. They help to sort out the right answers to your questions.

Hi All,

I hope I am posting myself in the right place…

My name is Phil, and I am an electro mechanical engineer. (Sounds like the start of some self help group :smiley:

I have been using Sketchup on and off for a couple of years now, and have finally decided to retire my drawing board and pens. From now I am using CAD only.

I know I have a lot to learn, and will try not to ask too many stupid questions. But I really need to learn more about how to use this system. I am ok with simple shapes, but I desperately need to learn how to draw lead screws and surfaces with compound curves…

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HI my name is Bruce Jennings

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Hi, my name is Paul. I’m retired and I use SketchUp for personal wood-working and light construction projects. It helps me visualize results, ie, appropriately scale sub-assemblies, fasteners, etc; helps me avoid fastener “collisions” inside lumber; and provides precise dimensions for sawing, drilling, and placements. I’m running 2017 Make (free) on Windoze 10.


Hi everyone.

I’m a french scenographer working with Sketchup for a few years now and joining SU community.
I do also teach how to use SU to artists and movie set makers.

my pseudo, botmup, is the name of one of the first programming method for robots.

working on PC computers, I was used to draw on CAD softwares like AutoCAD or VectoWorks, and to create images with 3DS Max. Now I try to leave behind me the use of CAD softwares and to produce all the documents I need with SU and Layout.
It’s sometimes hardwork but the flow is faster every days.

I’m glad to meet you all.

  • Who are you? photo would marked me as a not nice guy in here!
  • What is your industry and profession? Principal Software Engineer (C/C++/Linux/…)
  • **`Where do you use SketchUp? Personally
  • Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? I have been around SketchUp for quite some time, and just recently went through the tutorial for most of the basic things. Have to build winder stairs to go to my basement and I am hoping this would help!
  • How proficient are you in SketchUp? Kinda beginner, but have experience with other Cad tools, so most it is quite natural.
  • Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp? Not sure what that is yet.
  • What is your current set up? Using GE72 Apache Pro-070 with i7-6700 HQ and Geforce GTX970M, 24" monitor.
  • Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us? Nothing there yet!
  • Anything else you would like to tell us? You rock!
  • What is your favorite Emoji? smiley!
  • Do you enjoy long walks on the beach...? Only with the right person!

My name is Tim Gillespie. I am a builder in Westport, Massachusetts. I’ve been using Sketchup for a very long time and am now using Sketchup Pro 2019. I use Sketchup almost every day. I design houses and additions, and I use the program very frequently to explain how to do certain construction projects to my crew. We do a lot of cabinetry, and I design kitchens and other cabinetry in detail for the cabinet shop. We have a desktop machine in the shop with Sketchup on it. My cabinet maker has learned the program and often manipulates the drawings to help him put together cut lists and just examine the design. We share drawings over DropBox…very convenient.

I attended 3D Basecamp a few years ago when it was in Vail, Colorado and had a fabulous time…learned a lot.

I have also taken the leap into Mike Brightman’s CONDOC tools, which I find very useful, although the learning curve continues to get me stumped periodically.


Be sure you know the code rules for winders. They don’t allow the treads to come to a point like a great many old staircases you may run into in old houses.


Hola! very beginner. Hoping to draft plans for a worktable, chicken coop, and a small barn.


  • *Who are you?
    Kyle Martin
  • What is your industry and profession?
    Educational theatre
  • Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
    Professionally, but also perhaps personally at some point.
  • Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it? (Besides using it to impress the babes/bros…)
    Relatively easy to learn, despite having tried and failed to get the hang of it before (more due to lack of trying than anything) The School version is also free for me to use through my employer.
  • How proficient are you in SketchUp? Beginner, intermediate, advanced?
  • Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
  • What is your current set up? [Computer type, SketchUp version…etc.] (Your lake house and Ferrari don’t count)
    iMac at home and PC at work.
  • Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
    I do not. Maybe someday.
  • Anything else you would like to tell us? (e.g., you once saw a UFO & tried to model it in SketchUp to get a prototype 3D printed…)
    I build sets for theatre and my goal is to use SketchUp to help my students better understand what we are building before we build. I usually use hand drawings, but I’m never really satisfied with the accuracy or scale. I also would like to eventually teach my students how to use SketchUp to create their own scenic designs.
  • What is your favorite Emoji?
    I use the thumbs up a lot. I don’t really have an emotional connections to Emojis.
  • Do you enjoy long walks on the beach...?
    No. Chaffing.

Hello fellow Sketchup users. My name is Terry Kleiman and I have enjoyed Sketchup for many years and many versions.

I work for in a building contractors office and do much of my Sketchup work constructing floorplans, room models, and construction diagrams for our team.

We also own a specialty architectural detail company that constructs trim details, gingerbread, and other building details out of cellular PVC as well as wood. Sketchup is everything from designing the piece to rendering for customer.

I use the software on a PC and a laptop, although I am very disappointed in the way the program behaves on the laptop.

In many ways, I would consider myself an advanced user, but as I watch youtube videos, I do find that there are things yet to learn.