I spent a few hours yesterday on SketchUp Free. I have a few questions and observations. Questions first.
- Has anyone found a way to print to scale?
- Has anyone found a way to edit styles in SketchUp Free?
- Has anyone found a way to center a model on a print-out page short of iterating between Print Preview and Pan/Zoom?
Now observations, which may be wrong and I will learn more in future sessions.
Printing in SketchUp Free is a real problem, much worse than SketchUp Make. I uploaded a model from my personal library. To my surprise (pleasant) it brought in and used my styles which I use in all of my models. Then I printed a scene with dimensions. The dimensions, which are very readable when printed from SketchUp make, were not at all readable when printed from SketchUp Free. This wouldn’t be a problem if the styles could be edited in SketchUp Free, but they apparently are not; at least I couldn’t find a way to edit them. Dimensioned drawings that are completely unreadable are useless.
The second problem I experienced is the model, when centered and fully viewable in the window area of SketchUp Free, is dramatically off center in Print Preview, and can actually be off the page. The model seems to be positioned to the right of center and toward the top of the page; though I swear, one time it was to the bottom left, but I couldn’t reproduce it. To get it acceptably centered required iteration of opening the Print Preview dialog box, closing it, adjusting with Pan and/or Zoom and reopening the Print Dialog box. The behavior depends a lot on whether the right side dialog panels are open or not, but the problem exists in either state.
Part of this problem, I believe, has to do with the way Zoom Extents works. If the right dialog panel is open, Zoom Extents does not center the model; it centers it to the same place it would if the panel were closed. But this doesn’t fully explain the problem of centering in the Print Preview page. In fact, Zoom Extents, even with the right pane closed, can position the model partially out of the window. It appears that SketchUp Free does not have an accurate understanding of the window size or position.
By the way, the same partially off page problem exists if you play an animation. I hope to get to some of the more complex tools such as Sections in the next couple of days.