I love the easy 3d modelling with SketchUp. I use it most in combination with Match Photo. This feature in SketchUp is very, very good (With proper photos / images!). I use SketchUp (now SketchUp Make 2015) pure for hobby. Trimble, Google, SketchUp Team, thank you for al those years you let me use your software.
Medeek, now to your $99 for a copy of make. I think it is a reasonable price. But…
SketchUp 8 (free) still works on my computer. SketchUp 2015 Make still works on my computer. So why should I pay?
The $99 will only be interesting if there are big new features. For example: I would pay $99 immediately if the Match Photo functionality would be extended. In al those years I saw one nice improvement in Match Photo, the Photo Point Tool. With proper made and lens corrected photos, this works fine.
I dreamt about Match Photo, working with cropped images. But then there must be the possibility to use two new blue vanishing point bars for the 3th vanishing point. This would be very useful.
I dreamt about a possibillity to use images with one point perspective.
Maybe this kind of wishes are not easy to fulfil. Perhaps there are very good reasons that it is still not implemented, because perspective isn’t an easy subject matter.
The Match Photo as it is now, forces you to use well made and lens corrected photos. Maybe that’s a good thing too.
I dream about the possibility to use Match Photo with 360° panoramas.
Then I would pay $99 straightaway.
I never can afford to pay the full price for a Pro version, because it is just a hobby.
I here give the example with the Match Photo tool. Other people have other dreams and wishes. I think people want to pay for “SketchUp Lite” if (some) of these wishes are fulfilled.
Maybe SketchUp Pro Users will be happy also with new functionality?