Thanks for clearing that up for me Dave.
I usually set scale by right-clicking the model and going to the scale pop out window, it will let you do that even with perspective on.
It is disappointing how poor the quality is of the non-perspective model, it looks cartoonish. I have to disagree with what you said about scale in perspective view makes no sense… I’ve been looking at a bunch of architectural docs (probably done in autocad), and they look so much more professional and real. Even in a 2d drawing you can have 3d depth and perspective. And scale would still be accurate in the areas that are relevant.
For example, the roof on my model looks ridiculous because all layout has done in turning perspective off is make the roof one straight line from the wall up, there is no depth perception of the roof pitch. But looking at an autocad doc the roof does have depth. And I’m not trying to promote AC, I would sooner poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick that learn AC. And you may not be able to take accurate dimensions of the roof line in such a drawing, but no one is going to take measurements of a roof line in an exterior elevation, the wall and floor dimensions are still perfectly to scale.
I didn’t really want to go off on a tangent here (I don’t actually have time), but this is another example of how layout (aside from all its other faults - it feels like a windows 95 program) does not function well as software designed to produce architectural plans. Maybe Trimble should hire a professional draftsman and ask him/her how layout should translate the sketchup model to look and act more like a architectural drawing.