I have a slightly different view. I think what most people love about SketchUp are its simplicity and its huge extension base. While I think there is plenty of room for improvements in the integration (seamlessness) of LayOut and SketchUp, I wouldn’t want to see a huge amount of complex 3D functionality built into SketchUp. As it is, users can customize SketchUp with their choice of extensions while not being burdened with an application which has so much functionality they find unnecessary.
I completely understand why Trimble needs revenue for its products; a free SketchUp Make is long past unaffordable for Trimble. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Charge a reasonable price for Make that the hobbyist can afford.
The problem with the path Trimble is currently on is that they have officially said that Make will no longer be developed, merely made available, and they have replaced the product with something that is useless without extensions. Further, the cloud model is simply wrong for: a) 3D modeling and b) people who work from home and may only have DSL or no internet at all. Further, 3D modeling in the cloud will never reach this state:
I believe, once the user base becomes fully aware of the road-map Trimble is pursuing, there will be a movement to another 3D application.
It would be nice to hear from Trimble on their rationale for this road-map.