My point about opening your eyes is it appears to be obvious to the casual observer that SU Pro is destined for the cloud.
John’s enthusiastic support of OnShape’s business model and the assertion “it would be unthinkable to build a new CAD system in any other way” seems to be as pretty straightforward an indication as any.
Of course they haven’t. Neither has Apple announced an iPhone 11, but we know one is coming. It’s common practice in todays tech world not to pre-announce products before they ship.
SU2017 Make is dead. If people want to continue to use it, then fine. There’s a risk. It’s not supported and there will be no fixes no matter what.
Like you, I am a PRO user. I’ve paid and used SU since the very first version. I was selfishly ecstatic when Google made a free version. Not that I would ever use it, but it meant there would be a significant expanse in the user base, which would propel the product to new heights-- and it did. More users equals more testers and more use cases and more requirements for new features and more extensions and a much larger ecosystem.
Because it was free, my daughter and millions like her learned how to use it in school. The product became a core mainstream application and at one time, IIRC, was the number one most used 3D product on the planet. How Trimble can screw up that big of a head start is stunning.
I’ve been around 3D longer than most here. I used the first version of Cubicomp on the PC, the first Super3D on the Mac and a too many others to mention. Many of my faves are gone - and mostly because of stupid marketing mistakes-- just like the one Trimble is apparently making now.
Either Trimble is without good software marketing skills and has not thought this through very well, OR they just don’t care about this market. Perhaps it’s not a big enough slice of their core business? I don’t know. In any case, as someone who has been the CEO of a number of software development companies, my view is this doesn’t end well unless they rethink their cloud based strategy, and soon.
I will do my next project in Blender. Recently, I built the entire Alamo Reality (www.alamoreality.com) 1836 architecture in my beloved SU 2017 Pro. It turns out SU is really good for lo poly modeling. And it’s unique rendering styles are well-suited to game models.
That said, I see no reason in continuing working with SketchUp Pro in the cloud as it has to be a part of a full pipeline for Unity (see my many SketchUp to Unity YouTube vids) – I do not believe SU can work as a cloud app for such workflows easily. For instance, I can double-click on a file in a Unity folder and it opens in SU, and when I save it automatically get’s updated in the Unity file.
I digress. My point on posting here is to point out to others the writing is now clearly printed on the wall. We will someday soon be paying an online subscription fee to use SU Pro in a browser unless enough people protest now and Trimble has a change of heart.
Yes, they have not yet announced the move. But then, they didn’t ask anyone here if they minded moving the free version to the cloud before they did that either. Just trying to give some feedback before they commit. Hopefully, these messages matter.