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SketchUp Pro

SketchUp Pro for Mac

  • Trial version
  • In English
  • Version: Pro 8.0.3161

Powerful, professional 3D modeler

SketchUp Pro is a professional graphic design software developed by Trimble Inc. This app helps users create and edit 3D models for a vast array of industries, including architecture, interior design, urban planning, and construction. It is an intuitive and powerful program offering a clean working environment. When you want smart advanced features packed into a simple package, this app got you.

User-friendly environment

For a professional-grade 3D modeling software, SketchUp Pro comes in a simple package.  What will strike the users upon launching the app is its tidy interface. The majority of the window is dedicated to the workspace. There are also not many buttons that can boggle you.

The basic principle behind the software is also easy to grasp. With this, even novice users can create simple, 3D printable models from scratch. More, the app is easy to navigate and allows you to sculpt accurately in a 3D view.

Packed with features

As mentioned, SketchUp Pro offers an extensive 3D modeling toolbox. It has a built-in editor where you can make a design from scratch. In this function, you can import data from 3DS, DWG, KMZ, JPG, PNG, and other file formats. It also provides you with detailed information about the editing tools allowing you to set up a dedicated parameter with minimum effort.

Additionally, the editor allows users to draw freehand designs and insert shapes, lines, and arcs. There is also an eraser, as well as push and pull object feature, that lets you add and remove volume from your 3D model. You can even create a copy of the lines at a uniform distance from the original lines.

With SketchUp Pro, you can do so much to your design. You can resize and stretch portions of geometry, create guidelines or points, scale a model., and even assign materials for each part of the design. The app even has a layout designer where you can combine 3D models to make a new one. More, it has a style builder where you can customize your models with different styles.  

Save it in the cloud

SketchUp Pro has a native integration to Trimble Connect, the developer’s very own cloud storage service. By purchasing the license for this app, users can get an unlimited storage space for all their projects. With this, you can now share and collaborate with other users online and gain flexibility and peace of mind.

Other than the storage space, a license for SketchUp Pro will also make you eligible to access Trimble’s 3D warehouse. It is an open library in which the app users may upload and download pre-made models. The library has millions of models that you can modify for your projects.

A nifty 3D modeling tool

All in all, SketchUp Pro proves to be a reliable application for designers. It offers a complete suite of tools that can help you in designing and styling 3D models. The app is very intuitive and easy to use, making it perfect for those who are new to computer-aided design. However, the price of the license for this app can be a bit steep, especially for those who are not into 3D modeling as a profession. If you are looking for a cost-effective alternative, you can try SketchUp's free, web app version, SketchUp Free.

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

PROS

  • Intuitive layout
  • Extensive design tools
  • Integrated cloud storage
  • Allows access to 3D model library

CONS

  • Lacks some major CAD packages
  • Creating domed surfaces can be tricky
  • No manuals and tutorials

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