Sketchup, previously known as Google Sketchup, is not owned by Google anymore. This program is owned and developed since 2012 by Trimble Navigation and they offer version “Sketchup Make” as freeware and another version “Sketchup Pro” as paid program. Here is reviewed the freeware version to discover its features.
This tool is able to make 3D drawings and can be used for projects related to architecture, construction, woodworking, 3D printing and more. Is pretty easy to use and has an intuitive interface.
It offers many templates to start, such as architectural, engineering, product design, woodworking, plan view and more.
Once you select a template, in new window with chosen workspace you can easily use different tools to draw shapes. An “Instructor” will show you in real time a tutorial about how to use selected tool.
From file menu can easily choose between draw tools: line, arc, freehand, rectangle, circle, polygon. other tools available are eraser, rotate, scale, push, 3D text and more.
Even i have expected to be full of options, from Preferences menu you can modify only basic things for compatibility, extensions, OpenGL, templates and a few more.
- Download http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-make
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- Pros: intuitive and good for intermediate users
- Cons: it didn’t show a list with differences between Make (Free) and Pro versions regarding the features
- OS: Windows 8, Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows XP, Vista
- License: Freeware