The length of this thread surprises me. But it should stay up & running until there’s nothing up with Sketchup Make - bump.
I would not want to stick around if I found the going terse for my liking, never mind laden with profane expletives - they are wasted words, passion isn’t spewing descriptions of body parts and their functions. I agree with the poster however - nitpicking pedantry over the choice of words stalls what can be a speedy process. I note this post doesn’t begin with that all important checklist of exactly what is being addressed and a respectful nod to the [tacit] community rules - I refer to a post I once made that will likely find it’s spiritual home on Sketchfab or Blender, or just somewhere where reading it again is not a problem, for once it becomes clear, it doesn’t need reiterating, nor asking for it to be, or any craziness.
But this pile steams more.
The only thing that beats it is the SU2017 version, that now requires OpenGL3.0/> and above which is something I could not sufficiently research to get a solid answer before the purchase decision - I just got a decent refurbished i5 laptop to replace the one I had that was forever stuck at SU2016 for just that reason, but this one also has <OpenGL3.0, and with very little hope of changing it without an additional cumbersome external graphics card dock, I’m looking now to return and replace it as soon as possible - but since I opened this post, I realised it’s probably not worth it.
I have used Sketchup at home to plan for materials in projects I would never have started without such a modelling tool, the experience has been beneficial to others too, the last thing I created was a proposal for a development at the local allotments - I’m now landscaping a plot there based on the SU design concept I presented at a committee meeting - times like that I wish I was a pro, wouldn’t have won me that ‘contract’ as it was just my idea to use a pond liner on a plot that nobody sticks at long enough to make it work - a volunteer effort, but again with the allotment gardening and wider local community in mind as it will be an idyll for people to come enjoy - I will tell them how it all started on Sketchup - but be less inclined to say how easy it is to get and use, because I do not want that to be proven wrong.
I guess I would have ‘turned pro’ eventually myself - but affording both the computer and the software is prohibitive, so I know exactly where Sketchup has gone wrong because I recommended it at every turn and I know there are building supplies and timber merchants, online stores and all sorts of other retailers and stockists that have seen an upturn because people can realise the idea in their mind easier and actually commit to making something they would otherwise have allowed to lapse when the magnitude of it weighed heavy on their thoughts and they had no tool for pouring it all out…
…If things ever go back to the way they were for SU - it will be because it’s the best business sense - Google just needs to know which pies it’s fingers are in. I know I’m not buying a £900 phone.