SketchUp Pro 2015

SketchUp Pro 2015 32-bit 15.3.330

Powerful, professional, yet accessible 3D modeling software

SketchUp Pro bucks the trend of expensive 3D modeling software such as 3DSMax and Cinema4D and presents a free, easy to use alternative with which you can even post your creations onto Google Earth for the world to see. The latest version has been integrated with Google Maps too so that geo-tagging your creations is easier than ever. View full description

PROS

  • Makes 3D drawing much easier
  • Lots of tips and hints
  • User friendly
  • Upload your creations to Google Earth
  • Integrated with Google Maps
  • Export to CAD format
  • Add text and graphics to designs

CONS

  • Creating domed surfaces can be tricky
  • May lack some of the functionality of major CAD packages

Excellent
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SketchUp Pro bucks the trend of expensive 3D modeling software such as 3DSMax and Cinema4D and presents a free, easy to use alternative with which you can even post your creations onto Google Earth for the world to see. The latest version has been integrated with Google Maps too so that geo-tagging your creations is easier than ever.

This professional version of Sketchup is aimed at professionals who need CAD software that's high on power and features, and low on learning curves. It features some useful advantages over the basic version including ability to Export to CAD, add text and graphics to layouts and more advanced features.

There's a refreshing lack of technical jargon in SketchUp Pro and unfamiliar terms to beginners such as the 'Extrude' tool have been renamed to the more obvious 'Push/Pull' for example. There are plenty of helpful hints and guides throughout too helping you get to grips with 'snapping' when you draw rectangles, circles and other shapes. Sketchup Pro intelligently predicts where you want endpoints to meet and snaps them shut for you, saving lots of time messing around.

SketchUp Pro doesn't lack in functionality though despite its ease of use and includes all the usual collection of drawing and filling tools you'd expect, neatly accessible in the toolbar across the top of the screen. Instructor hints pop out on the right of the screen when it thinks you need them. Other options can be accessed via the menu system, or you can choose to place extra palettes on the workspace to save wading through menus. Of particular note is the 'Materials' palette, which contains over 100 different preset swatches, such as vegetation, metal and glass. The Shadow Settings palette is also worth keeping to hand, as it allows you to apply realistic shadows via simple sliders.

The real fun however is when you export your SketchUp Pro drawings into Google Earth. You can send images of your 3D designs via email or upload them for free storage at Google's 3D Web Warehouse. Alternatively, you can geo-tag them in one-step using Google Maps which has now been integrated into Sketchup Pro. You receive a snapshot when you add a geo-location to your model which now includes 3D terrain data plus color aerial imagery.

There are some problems with SketchUp Pro however. Most annoying is when trying to create domed surfaces because of the cumbersome nature of the Extrude tool, although pushing and pulling straight lines is considerably easier. However, the ability to export to CAD format means that anything you find tricky or difficult in Sketchup Pro, you can finish off in another application.

SketchUp Pro provides a refreshingly simple approach to 3D graphic design while providing the power and CAD format export features that professionals need.

Changes

  • Whether you're designing in context, creating a shadow study or photo-modeling existing structures, SketchUp provides easy access to Google's huge collection of geographic resources.
  • We've built Maps right into SketchUp. Adding a geo-location to your model is now an elegant, one-app process.
  • The snapshot you get when you add a geo-location to your model now includes 3D terrain data that's more accurate, and -- for the first time -- aerial imagery in color.

SketchUp is an easy-to-use yet powerful tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas quickly and easily. The program is designed to combine the elegance and spontaneity of pencil sketching with the speed and flexibility of today's digital media.

Developed for the conceptual stages of design, SketchUp allows for quick and easy 3D form creation, complete with an interface that supports a dynamic, creative exploration of 3D form, material and light. SketchUp combines a compact yet robust tool-set with an intelligent guidance system that streamlines the 3D drawing process.

Some of Sketchup's features:

  • Export models to Google Earth
  • Click on a shape and push or pull it to create your desired 3D geometry
  • Experiment with color and texture directly on your model
  • Real-time shadow casting lets you see exactly where the sun falls as you model
  • Select from thousands of pre-drawn components to save time drawing

Sketchup Pro includes:

  • Print and export raster images at higher-than-screen resolution
  • Access to the following 3D export formats: DWG, DXF, 3DS, OBJ, XSI, VRML and FBX
  • Export animations and walkthroughs as MOV (Mac) or AVI (Windows) files
  • Use the Sandbox Tools and the Film & Stage Tools
  • Have access to free email tech support for two years from purchase

SketchUp Pro 2015

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SketchUp Pro 2015 32-bit 15.3.330

— User reviews — about SketchUp Pro 2015

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    by periples.de.milo.petrovic

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    reviewed on November 25, 2014

  • "is it very applicable and very easy to use than autocad?"

    is it a same form of autocad? does it contains same command and features of autocad? is it much easier to use it. More.

    reviewed on October 11, 2014

  • barbison

    by barbison

    "It makes us feel really stupid!"

    My husband and I, both experienced pc and web users, have found it impossible to do the most basic things -- including r... More.

    reviewed on February 20, 2012