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SketchUp review by Daniel B.
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"Out-of-the-box intuitive modeller that just gets better and better!"

What do you like best?

There are a lot of things to like about SketchUp! One of the simplest - but best - features of SketchUp is having a free version allows one to use SketchUp on a number of machines (work, university, home) without a problem. Interoperability with other programs is all as good as can be expected, but being able to work on all my machines with extremely flexible backwards compatibility is one of the simplest

What do you dislike?

If being forced to nit-pick, the inability to rotate the view cleanly in 2D plan view can be irksome. In fairness though, this is a by-product of having a single-window environment. Will add it to the wish list!

Text editing isn't the best (shocker - it's a 3D modelling program!), but the capabilities of LayOut are ever improving. Have not had the opportunity to experiment much with the latest release, but by all accounts the improvements across the board are the most significant for a while.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the free trial of Pro downloaded. Even after this expires, you have a copy of SketchUp Make to run for free on your machine with the majority of the features you need still available!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Site modelling, with help from several third-party plugins that really take the capabilities of the software to the next level.

I have worked using e-book 'The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture' in the past and am currently working through "SketchUp & Layout for Architecture". This is with a view to forming a solid workflow for turning around sketch schemes quickly and creating the basis for generating working drawings (in Vectorworks). Includes the creating of a component library, as well as templates for specific stages of work.

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SketchUp review by Ana Karina G.
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"SketchUp: Diseño de espacios y objetos en 3D"

What do you like best?

Es un software super amigable y muy sencillo de utilizar por lo cual se ahorran muchas horas hombres debido a la facilidad de uso del mismo, se encuentra gran información al respecto por ser de google y posee un excelente soporte técnico. Es excelente para representar la realidad de forma muy cercana.

La herramienta para renderizar referida al proceso de generar una imagen o vídeo mediante el calculo de iluminación CGI (Composición Gráfica de Imagen) partiendo de un modelo en 3D es una de sus mayores ventajas ya que permite generar un espacio 3D ideal.

La gran ventaja de todo es que es compatible con muchos programas CAD y de diseño en 3D.

What do you dislike?

Una de las mayores desventajas es que las áreas que se pueden trabajar son de pequeñas dimensiones, por otra parte, se debe poseer una computadora con una potente tarjeta de memoria para que el uso del software sea factible y eficiente, ya que la mayoria de las veces el procesamiento es un poco lento.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Se recomienda SketchUp para principiantes que deseen incursionar en el mundo del diseño en 3D, por su falicilidad de uso.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Recreación de espacios lo mas cercano a la realidad en 3D.

What General-Purpose CAD solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
SketchUp review by Gladys Z.
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"Excelente programa para modelado 3D"

What do you like best?

Fácil de usar. Asequible. Las nuevas actualizaciones generalmente son mejoras significativas, sketchUp Warehouse también es una increíble extensión que le permite utilizar archivos pre construidos de otros usuarios, acelerando aún más el proceso de diseño.

What do you dislike?

Lo único que me ha disgustado desde que utilizo el programa, es que sin son archivos que les colocas diferentes materialidades para realizar un renders los archivos se vuelven muy pesados y el programa se tarda bastante en realizarlos.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SketchUp es el software de modelado 3D más fácil de usar que he usado y realmente ha agregado algunas características excelentes a lo largo de los años. Es fácil ponerse en marcha de inmediato, aunque tomarse un tiempo para comprender cómo va a valer la pena trabajar con capas y componentes, especialmente si ha utilizado capas en otros paquetes de software: no funcionan de la misma manera aquí. Recomiendo SketchUp para una visualización y modelado rápido. Los modelos más grandes y detallados pueden resultar engorrosos para trabajar.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp se utiliza para transmitir rápidamente una idea 3D a los clientes. Ademas contiene excelentes filtros de renderizado que pueden usar en diferentes proyectos, ya que proporcionar una buena base para la prueba de imágenes conceptuales.

SketchUp review by Scott B.
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"An excellent go-to for quick mock ups"

What do you like best?

SketchUP (both the free and paid versions) are great for planning out a 3D space quickly, without needing much 3D design knowledge. The SketchUp Warehouse is also an amazing extension that allows you to use pre-built assets from other users, speeding up the design process even more.

What do you dislike?

The default interface is not the most user friendly and most useful tools are hidden away in more advanced options. It's also not the most professional looking software and does not allow you to easily export any 3D objects for use in other 3D apps. However it should be noted that SketchUp should be used as a starting point to a design and not for the final result. You can quickly piece things together in a 3D space to get an understanding of how you want something to look, but there are many far superior 3D modeling and showcasing apps out there for final products.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at and experiment with the advanced tools rather than sticking to the basic starting set. Also be sure to get the Warehouse extension as it can greatly speed up your work flow.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp is best used to quickly convey a 3D idea to others. The ability to share and use others models from the Warehouse can also be useful when working alongside others, or for revisiting older assets to use at a later date. There are also some great quick render filters you can use across different angles that can provide a nice base for proof of concept images.

SketchUp review by Constance C.
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"Simple, direct, and perfect for beginners"

What do you like best?

Simple interface, easy to operate. It was my first tool to learn when I was entered architecture school. Deeply appreciate that Sketchup being a vastly open-sourced software. There're a lot of possibilities in 3D warehouse and extensions.

What do you dislike?

Sketchup is very good for massing, but the presentation quality of image/rendered exported is a bit lacking. They don't seem to be very crisp and clean. It depends on your expectations on graphic.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would call it as a stable for early design development tool, but I wouldn't use it for presentation quality stage. V-ray for sketch seems to be a different from Rhino and 3D Max...not sure it's because of missing features or other reasons.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's very fast and quick if you want to test out something. The interface is very intuitive and doesn't require much training to learn how to use it. It's quite different from other 3D modelling software.It's a software that everyone knows how to use.

SketchUp review by Stu M.
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"A great way to start in 3D or for people who just need to dip into 3D"

What do you like best?

SketchUp was apparently designed for users who are not experienced in 3D; it has a familiar a 'Photoshop-tools-palette' type interface (not millions of things on the screen like pro 3D apps) and tools that seem to mimic the way you think about 3D - the push/pull tool that lets you extrude objects is so logical and easy to use.

There is a massive online community and hundreds of tutorial videos and tons of content available to help you make your models.

Overall though, it's the simple approach to creating models that I love. Even though the concept of creating models is intrinsically complex, the tools and interface in SketchUp give inexperienced users a great way to get into 3D.

What do you dislike?

Really, for a free application that can do so much, I don't dislike anything.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need to create 3D models in-house for software testing; using external 3D skills resources would be too expensive. SketchUp gives us the ability to quickly create something perfectly suitable without much effort, and zero cost.

SketchUp review by Stacy B.
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"A simplified 3D experience in a intuitive platform"

What do you like best?

Not only this software is at a very low cost compared to most 3D softwares, it is the most fun and easy one. It has fast rendering performances for simple and even complex designs. Once you get the hang of it (a basic 3D knowledge is required) you can push it to the limits. I love the warehouse for sharing and getting models from all over the world by newbies and professionals.

What do you dislike?

In the free 2017 version, the warehouse is gone. If you want to keep the access to the warehouse, you have to download the 2015 version. Also, you should consider having your computer geared up for best performances or rendering will lack frequently, especially when using the shadow effects on complex designs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This software is easy to use and should be considered as a great solution to all your CAD projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use the Sketchup for our office new spaces and remodeling. It gives me the opportunity to create a real size mockup before the real architects do the final plans. By doing so, we save time and money by reducing the cost charges from a professional firm.

SketchUp review by Marianne K.
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"Simple and fast way to produce 3-d modeling "

What do you like best?

With SketchUp, you can generate 3-d modeling in the fastest and simplest way. Interface is pretty straightforward and the program itself is very easy to learn compared to other 3-d modeling programs. I personally learnt it in a few hours.

What do you dislike?

If it comes down to modeling something in complexity like organic shapes or something that needs an accurate dimension, SketchUp is not for you. Also, there is limit for rendering. Only tried V-ray plug in but it definitely lacks in clarity of image compared to other programs

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want simple and fast 3-D modeling, I would recommend SketchUp.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because our business deals with architectural design, it is beneficial for us to see several different types of prototypes and options in the fastest and the most efficient way, which SketchUp definitely is suitable for.

SketchUp review by Bryan W.
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"So fun to use (once you get past the learning curve)"

What do you like best?

Once you get the hang of it, SketchUp is so fun for drawing just about any kind of 3D object you can imagine. I love using it to draw rooms or houses for the purpose of interior design. Their 3D object library is also a huge help, saving time from having to draw all kinds of furniture, appliances, doors, wall decor, etc!

What do you dislike?

Doesn't play well with others - importing other file types it "claims" to be compatible with doesn't always work or save time. I often have to redraw the file I imported using SketchUp's drawing tools.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp is a cool product for quick design renderings worthy of use on sales presentations! I use this all the time to help clients see a more life-like view of their project versus having to imagine a 2D black and white floorplan.

SketchUp review by Philip L.
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"ripped off by Trimble"

What do you like best?

Easy to use 3d modeling software that's being ruined by Trimble.

What do you dislike?

I paid for sketchup pro which was advertised with a set of features. One feature was the "add location" tool which allows you to geolocate and pull in google earth imagery and terrain data. I just discovered that Trimble disabled this feature in the version I bought and the only way I can get the feature back is to pay them more money! This is robbery. Plain and simple.

If you bought a car with navigation and then a year later you go to use the nav and it says "we're sorry, you can't use this anymore. Please contact us". When you contact the dealer they tell you that you have to pay more money to use the nav. If a car manufacturer did that there would be a class action lawsuit in no time flat.

They offer ZERO solutions for this problem other than paying them more money which is NOT going to happen. They should have offered people who had the older version a free one time upgrade to the version that has that feature. Instead, their response is, sorry, those features don't work now. Complete and utter bs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Honestly, don't give them your money. They're greedy and evil.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the business problems I used to solve when the tool I bought actually worked the way it was sold to me as, was I could pull in geo data for the location of the project I'm working on. As of now, they disabled my ability to solve that problem and actually created more problems for my business. Thanks trimble you greedy A$$ hats.

SketchUp review by Duane K.
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"SketchUp: My 3D companion"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, online instruction and the development of plugins make this THE 3d software I can't live without.

What do you dislike?

The limited file export options for other software or applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Fastest growing support from third party developers is making SketchUp competitive with other CAD soft. Ease of use, community support and software updates continue to bring new functionality that makes this software a key component in building fast, accurately and efficiently for multiple applications such as rendering, 3d printing, BIM and VR.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Whether for product design, architectural presentation or creative ideas, SketchUp is bringing concepts to reality. Capable of animation (with plugins), it delivers to clients perspectives, solutions and views of their designs in the virtual before the investment of building their projects in the real world. From concept to finished design, SketchUp serves me to help bring ideas to reality.

SketchUp review by Forrest H.
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"Have used Sketchup as a quick modeling solution for the AEC industry for over 10 years."

What do you like best?

That it is free. I can do so much without having to upgrade to the Pro version. Its quick, easy to use and if modeled correctly, easy to edit. I use it to present my other 3d models as they styles really help create great marketing images of our 3D models.

What do you dislike?

It can be a little "organic" when modeling. I found the learning curve a bit steep to be able to create good quality models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

1. Buy the Pro version. Now that the modeling free version is only online, its horrible to use. The extra functions of importing/exporting other files makes all the difference for me.

2. When modeling, make groups... lots of groups. It will make editing your model a lot easier!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3D logistics modeling for General Contractor proposals. I can easily communicate our logistics plans in 3D and it is much easier for our potential owner to understand our proposal.

SketchUp review by Amanda P.
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"SketchUp Review"

What do you like best?

I love how easy SketchUp is to find, learn, and use. It's a great tool for 3D modeling beginners to get an idea of how to push and pull objects, faces, and manipulate images in a 3D environment easily.

What do you dislike?

I hate how you have to find and download plug-ins for this software in order to get the most out of it. On top of that, it's not always the easiest to figure out which plug-in is right for you, and the application you're trying to achieve. There's a lot out there to play around with, not a whole lot of direction.

Recommendations to others considering the product

try it, you literally have nothing to loose

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick sketching spaces and dropping the furniture in to give myself a better idea of how the room will look. I also like the ability to import pdf's and DWG files into the program so I can build off of them to create properly scaled models really easily. Drop in an elevation, push and pull the face, then rotate up and attach to the other elevation; easy!!

SketchUp review by Jacqueline D.
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"Great, Affordable, Easy to Use Modeling Software"

What do you like best?

I love how creative you can get with this software. Basically, if you can dream it, you can build it here. If you're trying to streamline the process, you can also choose from millions of different pre-made models from their warehouse. It's also fairly easy to learn and there's tons of online resources if you get stuck.

What do you dislike?

The program sometimes freezes when file sizes get too big. There are some glitches but I can usually google the problem I"m having and figure it out myself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the free version, or use a free trial and play around with it. It just takes time and practice to master the program. There are tons of videos and online resources that you can use to learn and help yourself!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I build my clients rooms in Sketchup to show them their project options. This is especially helpful to visualize the space. My clients love seeing their spaces' true potential before undergoing renovations.

SketchUp review by Anthony P.
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"SketchUp Experience"

What do you like best?

Simplicity and Speed. The program starts up quickly and developing ideas is very fluid.

What do you dislike?

Unstable on the Macintosh. The software tends to crash on closing a file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start with the basic program prior to adding a bunch of plugins. The extensions created by other users and companies make this a very successful program. There is likely a plug-in for any task you are trying to accomplish. The extensions though can be overwhelming. Learn how to manipulate using the basic program and add to your plugin set as you advance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design furniture and wall systems for a major airline. I am able to develop concepts and insert into real environments without having to use multiple software packages or lengthy design time.

SketchUp review by Rommel L.
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"One of the best modeling systems"

What do you like best?

I liked how they supported their masterpiece.

What do you dislike?

I kinda don't like their licensing agreements

Recommendations to others considering the product

To the people who are looking for better modeling applications, this one is worth to try. You'll not regret trying this application for this app can give almost everything you ever imagined. There is a pro version of this though, but for me, I have made a model of my project building with just this application. Amazing eh?! Try it, you won't regret it. With this I am able to create every detail of every single function rooms of my project company. Well I started so hard, but with time I am able to be legible enough to understand each and every function of the application. Thanks to their overwhelming support, from their websites, google, and youtube. You can look up several tutorials to get you started. Well some schools offer lessons as well better take some classes to learn this stuff! You'll be amazed! Everything you imagine is possible. Think in 3D, Draw in 3D it is!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helped my make a model of my project site. A building soon to rise. I'm not gonna tell you what building for privacy purposes

SketchUp review by User in Design
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"Easy to Use"

What do you like best?

Sketch Up has been a wonderful platform to project architectural and interior design ideas in. It is so easy to use and easy to learn. If there is a tool or something that I don't know how to do there is always a free tutorial you are able to find online. I do multiple projects in a week and need a program where you can import cad files or jpeg floorplans, quickly select walls and build up. This is a great because I can use quick shots of the different views in my presentations.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the lines get "sticky", trying to push and pull an item sometimes results in the object being distorted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this program, especially for freelance interior designers or small companies (even large). It is compatible with many rendering software and you can create almost realistic renderings from the model.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In school we heavily focused on programs such as Revit, AutoCad 3D. They are very expensive programs and the learning curve is pretty steep. At the last semester they introduced SketchUp into the curriculum as a 10 week course since so many smaller to medium sized companies were transitioning to SketchUp for quicker turn around.

SketchUp review by Sergiu B.
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"Sketch Up software!"

What do you like best?

Best is that I`ve assimilated it in a couple of weeks for basic use.

What do you dislike?

The most are top resources that it`s needed when you load more objects in it. I`m using an I7 with 8 GB RAM and it`s weird when you need to wait a long time for loading big projects. Also the export jpeg 2D is not the best!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best to use for fast drawing maps and festival Sites. Easy to assimilate

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Main we designing Festival`s Sites. And the benefits are pretty clear you can i advance show a planned Festival with distances and all that is needed for future use of technical teams!

SketchUp review by User in Real Estate
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"Very quick - Great for fast presentations!"

What do you like best?

It's definitely the easiest program to learn for 3D modeling and it's been really helpful to us when we're asked to show a concept really quickly. I really love that everything is so self explanatory from the tool icons to the settings.

What do you dislike?

The quality of the rending is still really not that great and I personally have to use a plug-in to have presentable screens (but it works really great with the plug-ins I use like Podium and V-Ray!). I think it would be great if the quality of just even the lines could be improved so we don't get that "fuzzy" and ragged looking shapes when exporting. I'm also really sad that they took away the option to import an actual CAD file as that was one of my most used file when modeling in Sketchup. It works just as fine with PDF but it was really great when I could just directly use my CAD and not have to export it to another file type!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sketchup is really great if you're looking for a program to make 3D models with but you don't have the time to learn a new program and you need the finished product FAST.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's really a problem when your supervisor asks you to 3D model really fast because they don't realize how much time it takes - Sketchup really solves this problem for me. They want to see the idea fast - I can give this to them with this program!

SketchUp review by User
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"SketchUp"

What do you like best?

Easy to use. Affordable. The new updates are generally significant improvements, sketchUp Warehouse is also an incredible extension that allows you to use pre-built files from other users, further accelerating the design process.

What do you dislike?

The only thing that has displeased me since I use the program, is that without files that you put different materialities to make a renders the files become very heavy and the program takes a long time to make them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SketchUp is used to quickly convey a 3D idea to customers. It also contains excellent rendering filters that can be used in different projects, as they provide a good basis for testing conceptual images.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp is the easiest-to-use 3D modeling software I've used and has really added some great features over the years. It's easy to get up and running right away, although take some time to understand how it's going to be worth working with layers and components, especially if you've used layers in other software packages: they do not work the same way here. I recommend SketchUp for quick visualization and modeling. Larger and more detailed models can be cumbersome to work with.

SketchUp review by Benjamin W.
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"Great preliminary design tool!"

What do you like best?

I like the ability of the program to allow me to design simply and quickly. Having these tools at my hands really quickly allows for me to show a client or a design associate the idea of what the project or product can be. I also like the ability for this program to be exported into files that other programs to use so that the design can be articulated further.

What do you dislike?

I do not like the some of the problems with this is not being able to save forward. You always have to have the latest to have the correct file type. However you can save down, but if someone has the file and saves it in a new version, you have to upgrade or have them save down and when communication is a problem, it can take quite some time and be very frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program really helps the preliminary design of the product or project and when the client sees a 3D model of their design, the more apt they are to want to move forward and are impressed with your skills as a designer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to use this program to do preliminary massing and design to show clients if we are headed in the right direction before we actually put the time to put it in another program that adds more details.

SketchUp review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"More then meets the eyes"

What do you like best?

fast and simple.

software loads fast. unlike other 3d software sketchup allows you to truly sketch in 3d, no limitation. no setting a working plane or adding a modifier, just click and draw with easy to set and use axis control. I wish 3ds max had a sketchup plugin.

smart and easy component system allows you to replicate building elements across the project and keep everything consistent without making you file big or complicated.

What do you dislike?

it is hard to create complex and organic geometry. sketchup is best at orthogonal shapes.

below average memory management, models become heavy and hard to manipulate fast. basic components are low poly and not good for professional presentation.

no built in render engine, not even a basic one.

no built in external reference system. everything loaded on the same file makes it heavy.

THAT SAID - you can still do allot with add ins and plug ins, often free or cheap plugins are easy to add and allow you to do almost anything any other software can do. both on organic shapes and external models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if your first to 3d modeling this is a good place to start. no other software is easier and faster to learn and start working on.

if you're creating mainly contemporary architectural models sketchup is faster then any thing else on the market.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

its a great tool for initiail design before going into drawing cad using complicated software, start with sketching your idea, fast and easy in 3d.

easy and fast to make basic presentations and some size calculations.

SketchUp review by Chris C.
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"Excellent tool to quickly start modeling."

What do you like best?

The shear simplicity is probably it's best draw to users. It was one of my first pieces of software to model in 3D and continues to evolve into a more and more powerful program. The ability to quickly make boxes and push-pull into 3D is very intuitive. I've helped many people who aren't familiar with modeling programs and most of them catch on very quickly. Also, the plugin community is HUGE! There are so many talented developers making extremely powerful plugins, from automatic fences, to complex curve creators, and more.

What do you dislike?

Some basic tools and features have been missing or have required odd workarounds since the early days of the software. Mirroring, "sticky" points when moving, and others are constant annoyances. Also, the graphic display options are fairly limited. In order to produce "professional" looking images, you really need to export the base model into another program like Photoshop or Lumion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an extremely easy way to get started designing due to the low learning curve and low price. You'll inevitably start to hit some limits if you begin to use it as a full-time drafting tool, but most problems have workarounds and there's a huge support community out there with videos and tools to download to help out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can quickly mock up ideas in Schematic Design before we even get to a CAD program, and since it has a low learning-curve, we can transition the model to others with little loss in time.

SketchUp review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Low barrier of entry, hit useful ceiling quickly"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is one of the first 3D modeling software packages that architects starting out learn to use- and for good reason. It's easy to pick up, linked to a useful database of community-built models, and importantly, free for the basic package.

What do you dislike?

Its modeling capabilities run out very quickly once you get into more complex geometry, particularly when dealing with curves and smooth surfaces. All surfaces are faceted, and curves are not true curves but rather, segmented lines, which is fine if you want to build a disco ball but not so useful if you're creating a curved architectural feature that needs to be smooth.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not invest heavily in this software - while it's easy to pick up and mass up ideas as a student or someone new to architecture, you will find that it runs out of usefulness very quickly. Spend that time developing skill in more sophisticated programs such as Rhino or Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since we stick with more advanced modeling software in the office, SketchUp has been mostly used only for its ability to link models into Google earth in order to see buildings in their context. We do not use it for modeling.

SketchUp review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"great for quick sketchs in 3D"

What do you like best?

the simplicity of it . just like the name of it, we use it to quickly make 3D sketches of ideas and simple ways of apply material.

What do you dislike?

its only used for a sketch. whatever we build in SketchUp is not translated directly and must be drawn again in AutoCAD

Recommendations to others considering the product

it is a great program to use to do quick sketches. I don't think that the program is also very easy to learn/ teach. The only downfall is that whatever detail we have in SketchUp needs to be drawn again in AutoCAD since the two are not linked. that's why REVIT seems to be the way to go nowadays. it takes care of everything in the architecture/ construction side.

If its just mainly for show and for simple visuals and that is the end goal sketch up is a great and easy tool for anyone to pick up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

to show the client what it might look like without doing photo-realistic views.

SketchUp review by Nathan A.
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"SketchUp in the Classroom"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that SketchUp is free and easily accessible. It makes for an easily sharable resource with a low entry-level skill requirement, and a moderately high skill ceiling that rewards hard work and experimentation with results.

What do you dislike?

There are very few things about SketchUp that I dislike, but one of them would have to be how the reference points have no way of being customized. I have some students with vision problems and having those reference points be so tiny is hard to see.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To those who are first starting to use SketchUp, I would say that you should do your research as to what kind of CAD you will ultimately be doing. SketchUp is a great freeware application with a tremendous amount of features, but is limited in the functions it can perform like automated sculpting and distributing build features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my organization, I use SketchUp to teach spatial awareness in addition to using it as part of my class curriculum.

SketchUp review by Matthew Z.
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"Fantastic software for CAD working"

What do you like best?

Very full featured software. There is a "online demo" that is practically a full version that most anyone can use for personal projects. Basic CAD, and architectural drawing is not that rare, but SketchUP can also be used for wood workers! It's this last use where I first learned about it. It's just wonderful to be able to bring a piece together prior to cutting anything.

What do you dislike?

The personal "demo" used to be available to download and run without an internet connection - that appears to have been discontinued. I can understand why - but I wish they still had either a free local install or a reduced cost local install vs pro (which has the normal price tag of professional software).

Like many such programs, it also be a little daunting to first pick up and start using. Tutorials and / or in-person help is paramount. Unless you have previous CAD experience, don't think you can just bluster your way through.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Like any other professional software, set aside time and / or budget for training. Don't think you're going to pick it up over night.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The extremely rare ability to draft wood crafts digitally prior to trying to cut / fabricate. This allows very professional looking "sketches" along with fail safe measures (i.e. matching corners, sizes, etc) in prototyping a piece.

SketchUp review by Nick K.
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"A great design tool for early building design"

What do you like best?

What makes this software perfect is the ease of use (as many of the principals at our firm can use it). The program is fairly easy to install and allows for a network license to allow flexibility.

What do you dislike?

Since SketchUp Pro 2015 has rolled out, the license management for network users has been non-existent. They are working on this option but I have a very difficult time verifying that we have the maximum licenses utilized (and therefore need to buy more licenses). Compared to our big design software (Revit), I am often frustrated at how locked down SketchUp is when it comes to licensing and log files (BugSplats).

Recommendations to others considering the product

SketchUp is quite useful but you might have to jump through hoops if you are trying to deploy the software and track license usage. Obviously it doesn't translate 1 for 1 if you want to bring this 3D data into Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because our primary design software (Revit) is a bit tedious to utilize with the initial design of buildings, SketchUp solves this issue. The software is flexible and works well for presentations and quick design options to show clients.

SketchUp review by Arron D.
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"I am GIS Technician and I use sketchup for work."

What do you like best?

I like that in the program you can create 3D designs to represent what you want to make as almost a blueprint and you can show them in an a real setting of what thing or place could look like. I have created several presentations of representations of buildings and space from using this program. I like that you can add an aerial and build and create a topographic map out of those features then build from there.

What do you dislike?

It takes a bit of getting used too. There are keyboard shortcuts that take a little while to completely learn but after you remember them it makes the process a lot of creating smoother.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, You can build just about anything from places to buildings.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my work I try to visualize the space and make it look like an attractive place to be when other people like developers or the community sees it. With Sketch Up I can accomplish this really well.

SketchUp review by Andrew J. W.
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"Designing with SketchUp is a great sales tool."

What do you like best?

The ability to quickly and easily design and present to customers. I currently use SketchUp to design photo voltaic solar installation for home and business owners. Being fluent in architectural design, SketchUp allows me to visualize a design with my customers through a webinar presentation to render a layout that they approve with me no matter where I am in the world.

What do you dislike?

Thinking about what I dislike, I cannot think of anything. I have been design and working within SketchUp for many years. The interface is very user friendly. I always customize the toolbar settings and find that SketchUp provides me with everything I need. I can import and export design files easily for the needs of my projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

From simple product design to very complex Engineering and Architectural design plan sets, SketchUp offers every level of needs to get there. SketchUp is not an out of the box product, you still need to know how to operate the program. As I have over 10 years of experience using SketchUp, to me it is the most simple and easy to use design program out there in comparison to AutoCAD, Revit and other CAD type products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving a major problem in the United States, energy use, specifically electricity production. With a solar photo voltaic installation on businesses and homes, solar created renewable energy for the direct user and also sends electricity back to the electrical grid. Every state and electrical provider is different, but the end result is still benefiting from electricity production.

SketchUp review by Scott C.
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"SketchUp Review"

What do you like best?

I love the large catalog of presets, images, and plug-ins that are available! It is easy to use, and the personal liscense is free, so anyone can get it and learn.

What do you dislike?

Lack of detail, but I really would use another program for that. The quality gets my point across easily enough. There is a learning curve, so if you know your way around GUI for design software, or have knowledge of your 3-D surroundings, you will catch on quick.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is free for the personal use, so learn it. You will not regret it. I use it for Wayfinding projects in buildings and offices, and hospitals and it is a godsend. I definately recommend it. Even if you never used 3-D software. It is fairly easy to learn, and with plug-ins and accessory catalog, it really helps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3-D Visualization, quick mock-ups without the time wasted in other 3-D software

SketchUp review by User
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"User-Friendly, Fun To Use & Versatile "

What do you like best?

I've been using SketchUp everyday in my line of work for over three years now. It is one of the easiest CAD programs I've used/learned as well as one with some of the best support and communities I've participated in. There are tons of models in the 3D warehouse to learn from or integrate into your own creations. It's for more than just architectural and interior design; I've even used it for animations, pattern making and film!

More importantly, I'm still able to import/export files types outside of SketchUp's. It accepts dwgs, dxf.

What do you dislike?

Due to the simplicity of the software, there is no easy way to create a curved line on a plane that is not standard (vertical or horizontal face). Pushing or pulling the 2D shape into the 3D world, creates a bunch of small straight segments of lines rather than maintaining the smooth curve.

With SketchUp Pro, you can utilize Layout...but are not able to actually export/print out drawings to scale (you won't be able to print something and just grab your Architect's ruler) . Thus, I always have one drawn on my designs for a general idea of the size of the design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Can run on even the most basic computer. But if you want a higher-poly count when it comes to the 3D rendering, I would suggested a more powerful PC.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the major benefits is obviously the ease of creating and rendering a model with a quick turnaround time. I am able to turn a project around in the fraction of the time it would take me in Solidworks or AutoCAD.

SketchUp review by User in Sports
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"great for quick presentations"

What do you like best?

faster to use than rhino, easier to use and basic features that allow you to quickly render or project your design into a 3-d model. The best part is that it's completely free, so no need to pay expensive fees for a 3-d modeling program unless you want that professional look and extra features that come with rhino, revitt, etc. but for people using programs paid out of their own pocket, this is one less fee we have to worry about, which helps especially considering the costs of every other program out there.

What do you dislike?

It's too basic at times, so any detailed things you would have to use another program. it also does not look quite as professional, as the graphics are a little lacking. I usually make the 3-d model and then I bring it into photoshop to render for a better look.

Recommendations to others considering the product

it's free, so definitely get acquainted with the product anyways. it's a neat program to add to your skills, and helps in a pinch when you need to show something in 3-d.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it's easy to draw up something quick or do 3 d modeling without too much commitment.

SketchUp review by Diego R.
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"great for 3d modeling"

What do you like best?

the thing i like the best of ssketh up is that its very easy to use i use it to make 3d models of houses and i import the blue prints from anpther software and right then i start doing the walls wondows doors cealings etc you can make a model in one day even hours its great

What do you dislike?

i dont really like the commands its complicated to change from one to the other i think it can improve

Recommendations to others considering the product

give it a try you can have a free trial just download it and its really easy to use try simple things like making a dog house or something you will see its easy

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i shortened time of work it took me days to make a 3d model but now i just invest at much four or five ours and the i can start rendering that helps me with the clients normally you ask for two weeks to complete a job but now i can do it in a week

SketchUp review by Chris B.
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"More intuitive than it may appear to be"

What do you like best?

Sketchup is the most intuitive cad software i've come across. It's easy to make basic shapes and even easier to find useful tutorials for branching out into more complicated designs.

What do you dislike?

It's not really a huge drawback, but I did find that the items library took a bit of work to become familiar with. Sometimes creating edges and curves was not as easy as I would have liked it to be.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would try something like Tinkercad if you're using this and find that it's too complicated.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have it installed on our branch's laptops so that teens can use it when we have open lab hours.

SketchUp review by User in Higher Education
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"Easy as 1 2 3"

What do you like best?

Simple interface and easy to navigate for a 3D software. Not the most powerful but it delivers the essencial for daily 3D use. Excellent for a quick prototyping or a 3D sketch of a space. Photorealistic renderes can be done with third party plugins (not de ideal) but very handy with you do not have another dedicated software to render. Files size are decent and easy to open in different versions.

What do you dislike?

Not able to use for complex surfaces and detailed modelling. Rendering options are limited and needs third party plugins for it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't expect high-end modelling from it. It's ideal for a quick prototyping or not complex shapes. Although that could be done, I would rather use PRO softwares for those heavy tasks. For the price, and an easy-to-use tool for basic tasks, I keep Sketchup with my essentials 3D softwares.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick 3D prototyping tool and for visualization of spaces.

SketchUp review by User
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"The BEST Free 3D Modeling Software"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is a wonderful tool used by design professionals and everyday people to created simple but effective digital models.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that some of SketchUp's tools are hidden and not visible without some digging.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sketch-Up is a great way to "get your feet wet" in the design world. It has a free version that can allow you to create watermark free designs. If you need advanced features, there is also a Pro version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

While I am no longer working in a design specific company, I use SketchUp to create quick and efficient mock-ups of ideas I have for my operation. For example, I used Sketch-Up to create a desk layout mock-up before meeting with my CEO to ask for a budget to revamp our operational workspaces.

SketchUp review by Ayanna N.
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"Simple and Effective"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is very easy to use once you've got the hang of it, and it's uses are pretty broad. Whether you need an accurate reference for perspective drawings of made up worlds or a mockup background for a store layout, it really comes in handy to keep in the software arsenal.

What do you dislike?

It is a simpler software, so there's only so far you can get with really complex shapes and details.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a broader range of features, definitely check out the higher versions of this software before looking elsewhere. It's easy to use and comes in handy in a range of ways.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp helps streamline the reference process for more technical graphics, so it really does save time when you can create your own simple reference file and place it as a template.

SketchUp review by Alex B.
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"Build 3D models like a boss. Easiest way to impress your employer and friends!"

What do you like best?

I have been using SketchUp for almost a decade now. It came into use on many occasions both for personal and professional use. I like the fact that it is easy to learn and that there is a huge community of users and youtube videos to help out whenever you get stuck.

You don't need a monster computer to run this program either. It will work with any computer.

The 3D model warehouse is very handy too!

The best part of it all though, is that you get the most of SketchUp software and features for free!

What do you dislike?

The toolset layout is scattered and always moving around. I wish there was a way to neatly stack them similar to what Adobe CS is doing.

Another thing that is a bit annoying is that when upgrading you loose al the plugins you have previously installed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't get discouraged if you find it too complicated at the beginning. There is a steep learning curve we all go through. After a couple projects it will get A LOT easier!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps me quickly visualize what the end result of a project would look like. I used it for graphic design projects, 3D renderings, laying out my furniture in my home, woodworking projects, interior design etc.

SketchUp review by Grant F.
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"Best 3D Modeling software for beginners, tinkerers, and hobbyists."

What do you like best?

While most 3D Modeling softwares are complex and are not very functional for first time users. SketchUp is built from the ground up to be a unique modeling system where anyone can create anything without having to focus on unnecessary components. People who don't want to do a precisely measured model don't need to use the complicated system in other modeling systems, they can just draw and model to their ideas. It's so simple and easy to use that it's essentially the Microsoft paint of the 3d modeling world. (Sorry, but paint3d really doesn't hold contender to anything.)

What do you dislike?

I dislike the way SketchUp tries to get money through mobile availability. They sell their mobile viewer for 10 times or than I would pay for a full mobile 3d modeling software. The HoloLens viewer is even worse, selling for almost a third of the device itself. Nothing outside the actual software at fair prices.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the free version unless you really need the extra softwares.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SketchUp for basic concepts prototyping before making final designs

SketchUp review by User in Higher Education
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"SketchUp Review"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is easy to use, but a little harder to master. As an example, my four-year-old like to draw very imaginative creations in SketchUp. I have used it for educational and professional purposes. Overall I would call it an entry level visualization tool for the architectural professions. The model library is a great resource and time saver. The interface is really easy to understand.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit buggy with larger files, sometimes with pieces of the model disappearing. You really need to make sure that you group elements to that they do not get "stuck" together while you are working with them. Sometimes the icons are not intuitive, which is not so big of a deal because you can try and if it is not what you were looking to do you can simply "undo' and you are quickly set right.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp is a valuable tool for 3d visualization. It better helps architects and landscape architects, students and professionals alike, understand space in their designs. Often, a new student cannot understand scale and size unless they are to model it. This can be done with traditional modeling materials, but SketchUp is easy enough and then can be rendered for a more final presentation level visualization.

SketchUp review by Roman N.
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"Limited but very easy to use. Go to for smaller projects!"

What do you like best?

Very easy to learn and teach software. Produces relatively small files. I love the plugins and model libraries allowing for a huge amount of models produced by users. Very fast to sketch or plan smaller projects

What do you dislike?

Not great for precision work. Can sometimes select and drag additional points or lines thus messing up other geometry

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try the free version! It's a great software and fast to use. Serious users should think about buying Sketchup Pro

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Very easy to draw and sketch quick plans. Great for starting out planning and project layouts.

SketchUp review by Jake T.
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"Simple, accesible 3D Modeling"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is free and simple enough to use. Plus, there's a TON of resources out there to support you.

What do you dislike?

Like any 3D modeling program, it can be a giant pain to use, particularly when creating more complex shapes and curves.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Here's the deal: SketchUp is free and there's a ton of free training stuff out there online, plus a giant database of existing, already modeled objects out there.

I'm sure other CAD programs are better, but you can't beat the price with a stick.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used SketchUp to mock up trade show booths as well as demo models for 3D printing.

SketchUp review by Benjamin C.
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"Pretty good for quick modelling"

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface

Shallow learning curve

Ease of manipulation

Shadow diagrams very useful

What do you dislike?

It is a dumb modelling program - this is both good and bad

LayOut is not an equivalent (still) to a 2D CAD programme, so sketchup has only been used as a 3D programme for me.

Needs ability to turn off snapping

Recommendations to others considering the product

Until Layout improves, I would stick with SketchUp as primarily a 3D modelling programme for quick modelling exercises.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick modelling / massing exercises

3D perspectives of projet to show clients

Shadow diagrams

SketchUp review by Edo M.
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"Simple and fast 3d design for everyone"

What do you like best?

Many features made me a aithfull user of this program: simple to use, fast drawing, diferent type of finishing, cross-sections, user-friendly interface, 3d warehouse for models and extensions, diferent ways to achieve same results (by multyplaying or by dividing, by pulling or following,...), plenty of options and many special features that came in recent versions as "projection and perspective view" or " photo matching".

What do you dislike?

Simple designs and 3d models are done in no time. For anything modestly more complex You need several hours looking tutorials and any manual with 300+ pages is a good start. Options are not visible, there is little help from program and novice user can't understand that are so many ways to solve a same problem. Also changing axes can be frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Whoever needs a good and fast sollution for 3d sketching or designing and that have no time to learn a full CAD software this is software for You. Fast, several options and with diferent ways to achieve results (You decide how You want to work with).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All sort of designs (interior and exterior), 3d modelling, and building placement in space, controling logistic plans.

SketchUp review by Jack W.
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"Great 3D modeling for Architecture"

What do you like best?

Intuitive 3D modeling for rectilinear Architecture and product design models. Amazing community, consistent updates, powerful plugins, intuitive navigation and manipulation.

What do you dislike?

Support for more powerful modeling functions would be nice. Complex curves and sweeps/extrusions would make the program more powerful. Parametric design tools like Grasshopper for Rhino would be an amazing addition, or at least smarter geometry like editing the profile of an extrusion. For Architecture, the ability to calculate floor areas for a component mass would be great, especially if this information could be placed into a schedule with other options. Most of these things are possible with plugins, but it would be nice to have a first party solution that receives regular updates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sketchup may not be intuitive at first to users that are accustomed to traditional 3D CAD software (AutoCad, Rhino), so I would recommend a quick tutorial online or in person.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural design, concept massing through detailed visualizations and animations.

SketchUp review by Heather F.
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"Google's Free Answer to CAD Programs"

What do you like best?

I love that SketchUp is so easy to use and learn. I have used this program as a teaching tool to students looking to get their feet wet in architecture and design and they pick it up so fast. I am not formally trained in the program, but the internet has endless forums to answer any question you may have.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how simple it is - you get what you pay or don't pay for. Since it is free, there are limitations and it is not good for any professional use. It is a wonderful teaching tool though!

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need something simple drawn up in 3D right now, SketchUp is the program to use. It's fast, easy, and the program is very intuitive to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp allows anyone to be able to use a CAD program. It is super easy to learn and could definitely help bridge the gap between those that may not be able to verbalize or draw out what it is that they have in mind.

SketchUp review by User in Design
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"A Firm Favorite : But Not For Me... "

What do you like best?

I like the simplicity of modeling in SketchUp. It is incredibly easy to draw lines, make shapes, and turn them into forms. I find SketchUp to be great for simple massing studies. There is also a good amount of content readily available online, if someone like myself is using the software and does not want to create components themselves.

What do you dislike?

I dislike many things about SketchUp, but so many others in my firm and profession love this program so I may be an anomaly. While it is a simple program to learn, there are many complexities in using this program efficiently. Things that are easier to model are no problem, but I find it faster to model more complex things in other programs. I also do not like the grouping mechanisms as I also find these inefficient and frustrating to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My firm utilizes SketchUp for many renderings. It is a great program to quickly model and get 3D views to our clients. The renderings can range from being on the "sketchier" side to being a more finished product.

SketchUp review by User in Real Estate
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"Sketchup "

What do you like best?

I like how simple the tools are and it's self explanatory for basic model building. I also do enjoy using this program to see how the space would look like. I can quickly build a desk to show a client and we can both create edits together.

What do you dislike?

Some user interface can be upgraded to be more simple. Entering materials requires a lot of trial and error by clicking and going back. The lighting portion also requires a lot of rendering and re-rendering. Wish there was more customization or instructions provided to make it easier for the user.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Benefits we have is that it is affordable to anyone. I'm not facing any problems with Sketchup, but keeping it free to students would be a plus.

SketchUp review by Trevor D.
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"Sketchup is a really useful tool"

What do you like best?

Its fairly simple to use, draw a shape, push pull and you have the start of a building.

What do you dislike?

The frustration of line work, sometimes it makes a box sometimes it doesn't.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its really simple to use, we now use Revit, but I feel like sketch up has taught me and my team valuable lessons for Revit.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick sketching or solving space problem. It allows us to get something done quickly without spending a lot of time detailing out a building or space.

SketchUp review by Vanessa S.
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"SketchUp = Your Best Friend"

What do you like best?

Everything. I love how you can take just simple shapes or lines and create an entire building of your dreams. The simple shortcut commands make for mindless hand motion and your focus can be translating what you envision in your head and translating it to screen. Commands & tools are all straight-forward and make for quick-learning for beginners.

What do you dislike?

There is really nothing about the SketchUp program that I dislike. I suppose when you are overworking and the screen automatically bugsplats...thats rather annoying but at times it is probably understandable for the amount of time spent building a model. Or a small problem is the license expiration is a strong dislike. I wish that a student license could be bought longer than a year because I always remember it would expire on the worst possible moment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend always opening and playing around with Sketchup to familiarize yourself with the program before jumping in with tutorials. SketchUp is a great, user-friendly software that you can teach yourself the program without having to search far for help. YouTube everything.. someone else has had the same question and it is easy to find while using SketchUp for the first time!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp solves the business problems of taking a 2D idea and giving it 3D lifelike quality. It's the perfect visual tool to aid a set of plans or presentation. What you can build and create, then render and photoshop beautifully is what really will sell the idea--2D black and white plans take longer to get excited about.

SketchUp review by Jinny P.
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"Sketchup is great for 3D renderings"

What do you like best?

It is quick to build, easy to see the materials, very convenient to see the 3D space quickly.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it's hard to get the materials right to look realistic.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I wish it is easier to use the plug ins for rendering, it's hard to work with lighting to get the materials look the way we want.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using Sketch up to build 3D model to have internal meetings. The best benefit is that it's quick to use, which doesn't take a long time to build.

SketchUp review by User in Religious Institutions
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"Love it once you learn it."

What do you like best?

Sketch up is a fantastic product for people looking to do some hobby drafting. It has plenty of functionality for most home users and has a great directions for people unfamiliar with similar products.

What do you dislike?

There definitely is a learning curve. Sketch Up can take multiple hours for people not already using cad or other drafting software to learn the process of building a 3d rendering of something.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial, it is worth trying out. The product will let you do a lot, maybe more than you want or need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Sketch up to draw simple plans of my home and my work. This has allowed people less visually oriented to be able to see concepts in a more finished state.

SketchUp review by Rosanna D.
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"Sketchup solves our business problems"

What do you like best?

The 3-D aspect for rendering drawings of the duct work that we design for customers. It's easy to use and to learn.

What do you dislike?

I wish there were a few more options for easy customization versus having to jump through several different menus and templates.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are an industrial duct work company and we use the software to create 3-D models of facilities and how the duct will flow and drop from the ceiling to the machinery. We use it mostly in conjunction with GoToMeeting in order to fully realize a customer's plan.

SketchUp review by Ogulcan A.
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"A fast way of making three dimensional forms that I envision and make sketches"

What do you like best?

During a design process of an architectural project, I start to make sketches. After that I want to see my ideas / building how they look ike. At this step, I use SketchUp. By using SketchUp, I make three dimensional models in order to understand the proportions of the project. It is very beneficial to look at your conceptual model during your design process. Also, in advanced stages of design process, I can model all the technical details (fitting, lighting equipments etc.) of my project. Using and trying different 'styles', I take many images from SketchUp. By the way, using the three dimensional model I take elevation, section, site plan drawings. Because I can easily export 2D images (JPEG, PDF or AutoCad drawing.) from my 3D model. Moreover, sometimes I create short videos that show our projects thanks to SketchUp. These videos are very functional for us to make presentations to our customers! All these qualifications that I mentioned are very useful for me!

What do you dislike?

If I model a very very large area such as a big part of a city, SketchUp starts to cut my model! In order to see the details, I have to change my view into 'Parallel Projection'. If I zoom in my 3D model with 'Perspective' view, the software doesn't show some part of the model... I think, this problem should be solved immediately...

Recommendations to others considering the product

SketchUp is the most fuctional and fastest three dimensional modeling software so I recommend it to all the architects and architecture students.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Before we -as an office- use SketchUp Pro, we were using SketchUp. We couldn't export 2D drawings from the 3D models but after buying SketchUp Pro, this problem solved and now instead of drawing technical drawings, we can esily model construction details using SketchUp.

SketchUp review by Jen L.
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"Great 3Dmodeling Program"

What do you like best?

Easy to model, apply textures, great library of components already built by many suppliers and users, reasonably priced, and quickly visualize spaces in 3D. Even without using more sophisticated programs you can help communicate a design to clients much better than more traditional 2D drawings.

What do you dislike?

Limitations on certain tyes of modeling- doesn't handle curve geometry as well as some programs. Models supplied by others aren't always created in the most functional,way to easily manipulate. Requires specific work flow processes to be able to use models created in other programs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a number of great plug-ins also available including rendering and BIM applications. If you plan on using for architecture and design, you really need the Pro version to have access to all capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quickly helping clients visualize space aids in selling a design to them. They gain a better understanding of your design intent whichs gives them confidence before the construction process begins.

SketchUp review by Faith B.
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"Great for a free product and Great warehouse resource available"

What do you like best?

I like that it is fairly simple. The fact that it is free made it available to many of me and my classmates as students. We were able to create massing models and take perspectives, from there we would sketch over details, landscape, scale figures etc. to make a convincing drawing.

The fact that you can geolocate the model to get accurate shadows for that location, at any time of day or year, is super interesting.

What do you dislike?

It can be very finicky about connecting shapes and shadows and lines. And it's hard to model anything curved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Play around, and use a lot of groups and components. It makes it easier to edit things. If testing out multiple views/options, make sure to use the layers correctly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We also like to use Sketchup along with Kerkythia to get realistic rendering views. Being able to show our houses in ways we weren't before helps us stay somewhat up to date with the modeling world of BIM.

SketchUp review by mauricio l.
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"Great architectural design tool, if used the right way"

What do you like best?

Very intuitive and easy to use. Free. It is possible to achieve a great amount of precision and detail in a design with a highly organised model structure, much like any other paid CAD or BIM software. In the pro version, with the addition of Layout, it is possible to document the whole thing for publishing and printing for a fair and accessible price.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes Sketchup lacks the power to maintain a smooth navigation when the model has large amounts of geometry. The Same goes to Layout. The Model structure is a little different from other CAD and Modeling tools - instead of working with real 3D solids, the model is composed of lines and planes, witch is nice for the usual stuff, but turns the modelling of more organic shapes a challenge.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sketchup has a nice learning curve. On a first try you can do stuff, witch is awesome, but in a while everything can become a mess. Though, once you get to know the platform, and I should notice it comes with a nice assistant/tutorial, you can manage a well structure model. With some time, and the help from the Extension Warehouse, it is possible to design almost anything.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I currently use Sketchup in the design of buildings. I work with a high level of detailing of prefabricated components, and the software helps me to visualize the working design and solve its problems. I can keep records of these components quantities and, with third-party extensions, generate reports that lead to cost analysis.

SketchUp review by Cassidy S.
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"SKetchup"

What do you like best?

The rendering capabilities are far beyond what Revit's. Using this for a schematic design and renderings really help us achieve the clients wants/needs. It is easy to use and easy to learn. It is functional for all aspects of design.

What do you dislike?

Dislike some commands. I wish you could draw walls. One thing to easily export out of revit and not end up with a ton of extra lines and clean up after you import.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is an incredible rendering tool used for design

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving design problems. We have realized the clients needs/wants at the beginning of a project may not be all there. So schematically setting this up with Sketch up really benefits us.

SketchUp review by Michelle T.
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"Great 'go-to' software"

What do you like best?

Its a very intuitive software that almost anyone can use. I've worked at large and small firms that like to use it for conversational 3D Modeling since its so easy to manipulate objects. Out of the box its great for rough renderings but if you want more photo realistic images its a program that you can easily bring into 3DSMax or get plug-ins for, like Vray and Podium.

What do you dislike?

I do wish that I could create floorplans like Autocad. I know this isnt what the program is meant to do and it seems like the developers were trying when they came out with Layout a few years ago but its not really good for anything to be honest. The developers should spend more time focusing on the 3D portion than on the 2D.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the plugins. They are worth it. and dont use the materials out of the box. Find some good ones on the internet with better tessellations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If my company is in a time crunch we turn to sketchup for fast renderings and fly arounds. Its easy. Most people know how to use it and it really wows the clients.

SketchUp review by David E.
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"Modeling and drawing in 3D made to be an uncomplicated process."

What do you like best?

Sketchup is an easy to use and intuitive 3D application for 'swiftly' creating models. It's famed 'push and pull' and other basic tools boasts fluidity when whipping up conceptual forms and documenting 3D models.

The LayOut feature enables the simple drafting of floor plans and 2D illustration. Also, many visual styles are available to display scenes in interesting visualizations; we have here line art to shaded styles. These 'Styles,' depending on choice, may let Sketchup run smoothly.

There's the 3D Warehouse that grant's accessibility to vast collection of free 3D models ranging from complex buildings right down to the simplest kitchen utensil.

Sketchup also comes in both 32 and 64 bit variants. The later offering measurable levels of speed as there's access to more available memory (RAM). However, there isnt a distinctive difference in performance comparing both versions.

What do you dislike?

Though the interface is well laid out, a few niggles does exists. For instance, moving objects along an axis (x, y, z co-ordinates) could prove tricky to handle as compared to a traditional pivot tool you'll find on popular 3d applications.

Sketchup isn't the most ideal tool for organic modeling as it's excels more with structural forms. But this can be remedied by the use of extensions that provide added functionality in this regard.

From experience, there are issues with importing 3d models from programs such as 3ds Max or high poly models acquired from the web. Using the pro optimizer modifier in Max takes the poly count down while preserving the mesh integrity. A 'lighter' 3d model is usable in Sketchup when imported as obj (via a free or paid extension) or a 3ds file.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sketchup is a program to start off with for beginners. If there plans to gradually move to more robust 3D software, Sketchup in some capacity, still be of use in the production pipeline.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The quick creation of 3D models for architectural and product visualization. Proposed building projects, specifically interiors can be rendered in due time using models from the Warehouse or building from scratch. The resulting visuals can be deliberated upon with colleagues and prospective clients.

2D drawings, illustrations, floor plans e.t.c plans can have 3D properties added. This makes for a more understandable presentation.

SketchUp review by Miguel M.
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"One of the easiest modeling software for beginners"

What do you like best?

The best use of this tool is how easy and intuitive is for new users who are just beginning to experience 3d modeling, tools and menus are very easy to find and customize,

What do you dislike?

The downside of this software is that the pluggins are made by community users, some of these plugins should come by default, in order to obtain them we must create a google account or login with an existing one, and then download them from the plugin warehouse. Also, they really must explain how making components work because I have seen many users who work without this amazing feature cause they don't know it exists.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Explore the models warehouse aswel as the plugin warehouse, there are very interesting things to find there, all made by the community itself!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The main benefit is to learn how to handle 3d models, visualize ideas very easly in 3d, architecture is very easy to handle with this, models can be totally customizable, since its a sandbox-like tool you can design basically anything you can think of.

SketchUp review by Takahiro T.
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"I could make all architectural drawings with SketchUp & LayOut."

What do you like best?

Three-dimensional modeling possible with minimal primitives.

Be able to edit points, lines and surfaces directly.

Two-dimensional CAD command that can utilize three-dimensional space.

What do you dislike?

The fact that the naming called SketchUp can not be associated with Building Information Modeling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was able to create all drawings related to architectural design with SketchUp & LayOut.

By adding information to individual 3D models, BIM could be realized at low cost.

SketchUp review by User
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"Extremely intuitive and easy to use"

What do you like best?

SketchUp support numerous file types you can import existing designs and export those you’ve created using in other 3D and CAD software, has a huge community that makes the help center really full of useful information, as well as vast store of ready-made templates that you can use and modify er various uses: 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com

plus it has a wide range of tools for all sorts of things: extensions.sketchup.com

a tool that I love is Geo-location, Connects directly to google heart to download the geography of a portion of existing ground

What do you dislike?

like every software has some downsides, natively it has many drawing tools, today the fundamental ones, so for things compplesse must download them from: extensions.sketchup.com

Sometimes modeling is a bit mechanical and difficult, but as long as you remain in the branch of architecture, never mind.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The layout is intuitive and easy to use, warehouse and extensions is a great resource.

Some architectural tools are not plentiful, but SketchUp is still a wonderful program for designing and editing 3D models and designs.

SketchUp is proof that 3D programs can be easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sometimes I find in 3dwarehouse.sketchup.com models that I need, so I can take them modify them and use them at my leisure.

I have the ability to model simple architectures in a short time and make simple sketches in a short time

SketchUp review by Keely B.
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"A Useful Modeling Resource "

What do you like best?

SketchUp allows the user to create a 3D model with an approximate scale that allows for the ability to visualize and conceptualize designs in the real world. Particularly useful is the ability to import google earth maps into a SketchUp creation to visualize not only how a space looks within itself, but also with surrounding buildings and landscape. The program is easy to learn, extremely creative, and allows for complete customization. Another great resource is the access to other's models, such as people, cars, buildings, trees, etc., which allows users to be inspired by other's designs as well as use them to create the best models possible.

What do you dislike?

Unless you have an absolutely amazing computer, say a computer made for high performance gaming and graphics, SketchUp models will begin to slow down quickly due to the large file size, creating delays in response to commands and moving through the model, especially when using 3D items over 2D items. Also, SketchUp can sometimes be difficult to move, stretch, or rotate objects, but this is generally solved by taking a quick break from the model, or saving and closing down to reopen and try again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend trying out the free version of SketchUp at your business, along with experimenting with available plug-ins for the program. This way, you're able to feel out the program before committing to the paid full version, SketchUp Pro, which adds many more useful functions to the program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp is useful in the modeling of conceptual ideas to present to clients. Sometimes, clients have trouble visualizing from 2D CAD/Adobe Suite graphics and SketchUp is a useful tool to help them visualize how a space is and will function and it's relation to its surroundings. A benefit of SketchUp is the ability to export a 2D image of your model, and them import that image into another program such as Adobe Illustrator of Photoshop for further rendering, allowing one to create a very realistic perspective to present to clients or other outreach meetings.

SketchUp review by Grant A.
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"Fantastic and easy to learn and use CAD program that you can do a lot with"

What do you like best?

It's very easy to get your bearings and quickly learn how to manage the work space. It is the easiest tool out there to quickly mock up 3D designs and models without extensive training or experience. There are extensive videos and training courses out there, which can provide very valuable education on how to handle the more finicky ways SketchUp handles its models. Finally, there is an extensive amount of extensions that are user created, some free some paid, that add additional functionality. And if you know Ruby you can develop your own extension if you're not finding what you want.

What do you dislike?

Some of the concepts unique to Sketchup were initially difficult to get a hang of like unique components and making parts separate from one another, and I sometimes find myself being bit by not making a component unique after I copy and paste it. Camera management can sometimes be pain as the mouse has to be over certain areas to properly zoom in or out. Also it would be nice to have some automatic camera positioning similar to what Fusion360 does.

While SketchUp can do complicated machine and part modeling, it's not particularly well suited for it, especially if you're wanting to use it for 3D printing application.

Some useful tools that make composite shape editing easier (i.e. combining shapes, slicing pieces) are only available in the PRO version (which is quite pricey)

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the best tool to start out in CAD design and modeling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it primarily for my woodworking hobby and love how I'm able to quickly design something up and have something that I can easily print out and carry to the workshop.

SketchUp review by User
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"Sketchup is the holy grail"

What do you like best?

I like how quickly I can build a model and then be able to export the model into other programs such as illustrator and rhino

What do you dislike?

I wish Sketchup didnt slow that as much as it does when you input texture.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it with ease, Sketchup can start to build up very quickly and lose its speed, you begin to miss out on swatches as you move around the model. For simple use I highly recommend sketchup to help amplify your designs or to get a concept across to a client

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving design problems by quickly being able to create visual examples

SketchUp review by Hannah G.
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"Design for everybody"

What do you like best?

I have actually been utilizing SketchUp everyday in my kind of work. It is among the most convenient CAD programs I have actually utilized, along with one with a few of the very best assistance and neighborhoods I have actually taken part in. There are lots of designs in the 3D storage facility to gain from, or incorporate into your very own developments. It's for more than simply architectural and interior decoration.

What do you dislike?

It's too standard sometimes, so any in-depth things you would need to utilize another program. It likewise does not look rather as expert.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

easy to develop skatches for costumer preview

SketchUp review by David B.
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"Beginner friendly!"

What do you like best?

I love all the tutorials and free community resources SkethcUp provides. It made learning the interface very easy for my students.

What do you dislike?

Exporting to other platforms can be tricky for newbies. Sometimes the x,y,z, coordinate systems did not match the intended platforms import settings

Recommendations to others considering the product

YouTube has it all, to learn and do anything you want with Sketchup.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Medical body parts for nursing education. This provided a large library of objects created by others that we are able to leverage to our benefit.

SketchUp review by User in Real Estate
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"Sketchup - Architecture "

What do you like best?

The interface. Hands down, this is the best and simplest interface I've worked with. Is just so simple and clean, and very "first time" user-friendly. In my personal experience, I started using it at work, without any previous experience (not even in school), and I had to meet a deadline and I was in a test period, so the only thing I could've worked with was SketchUp, so I decided to learn and do my work at the same time, and I even got a day to play with some tools and extensions left. With that being said, Sketchup is just the simplest tool for either architecture or any artist to use, and the best thing about it is that is a free software, you only need to worry about learning and having time to use it. Also, if you are really into it, there's always the possibility to get a PRO version wich is similar to the free one, but with some other features like making plans out of your model and sections, etc. PRO is just like a BIM product from Google, but with the same simplicity and easy as the FREE version. My recommendation would be to try SketchUp before any other software for architects.

What do you dislike?

Compatibility with 3D Softwares is a little weird, and not always the models turn great. I guess is an issue with the compatibility with design companies or something like that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A must learn software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Less time, good quality and ease of use. Even for you to provide the client with the model.

SketchUp review by Vivek T.
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"This is one of the easiest softwares to work on."

What do you like best?

The ease with which you can make 3d and edit is the best part of SketchUp. Once you have basic plan drafted in Autocad the massing model can be done in a matter of minutes. I have used Sketchup at an Urban Planning scale to a building scale both of which have given me the desired quality output. The material library has developed a lot over the last two years and are very helpful.

What do you dislike?

Two thing I dislike about the SketchUp are the inability to edit and manipulate poly-lines which are easier in AutoCAD. Poly-lines with curves tend to be in segments which may be a problem while selecting it as the selection process becomes tedious at times as you tend to miss out on a few segments resulting in an open surface there by unable to extrude with desired output. The second aspect is in regards to the accuracy as I have noticed in some cases you are not able to get the precise measurement as compared to AutoCad.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try sketchup for your modeling and it will make your like easier

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Prior to using SketchUp I have used both AutoCad 3d and 3ds Max. Although both these softwares gives a much higher end product the time required is much more than SketchUp. Making and manipulating conceptual 3d models are a lot more easier when using SketchUp and you do not require a high end graphic laptop or desktop to work on. Any basic system can help you work while you on the move and this saves a lot of time. Not all project requires a high end render an this is when SketchUp has proven to be most effective. The shadow feature is an added benefit as it gives you a better understanding of the site and how solar angle affects your building orientation and other openings whilie designing.

SketchUp review by Chris M.
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"Easy to build and render spaces with great community support. "

What do you like best?

Sketchup is the best way to quickly build an environment after applying essential keyboard shortcuts for better organization. The ability to organize each component or group is essential for any necessary future edits. This also allows ease of applying materials for rendering. Community support is fantastic with nice key plugins written. Maxwell render plugin is one of the best tools I've worked with for rendering in Sketchup. Great new program is offered to existing license holders to upgrade our license at a fraction of the cost.

What do you dislike?

Sketchup has the potential to close-out without a save if the file is very large or corrupt. Also, when upgrading to a new version, we typically wait until the initial bugs are all eliminated to upgrade licensing to the new version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Organize the project properly, use community plugins, worth it to include rendering plugins or model exporting plugins to other platforms.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we need to build content or renderings for high-profile projects, Sketchup and support plugins help make virtually anything possible. In addition, it looks highly professional/realistic when completed and correct materials are applied.

SketchUp review by Erik N.
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"Ultimate 3D model software"

What do you like best?

I love using Sketchup due to the fact that its like drawing cartoons. It adds a fun aspect to building useful models. I use Sketchup in conjunction with Infraworks Software from Autodesk. I use it to add buildings, cars, people, utilities, and basically anything else you can think to add.

What do you dislike?

One thing I dislike is the implementation of texturing. I think it could be more user friendly, especially on the export end. I run into problems where some textures don't come through when I export to another format. I usually see this issue when importing files to Infraworks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy they license. There are so many more options than the free version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making proposal documents look and play better. My Infraworks software only has so many built in 3d Models. With Sketchup I have endless possibilities by either building my own, or using the data warehouse. I have even worked in conjunction with others using Sketchup.

SketchUp review by Anh Tuan N.
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"Only for sketching purpose"

What do you like best?

The ability to develop idea at the beginning stage when the design hasn't been defined yet. It is also can be use in later stages but it is not very easy to be controlled in term of dimension and components.

What do you dislike?

The fact that everytime you draw something, all the faces stick together

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very useful for sketching which is its name, obviously. It is also useful for a speedy design of some simple concept. When it comes to a complex design, it is still useful but hard to control.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

architecture

SketchUp review by Роман .
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"a great tool for the architect"

What do you like best?

Sketchup - a very simple program for 3D modeling, even children can understand it. However, it has a depth - if you want in this program, you can do serious projects. I like the high accuracy of modeling, a large number of files to be imported. AutoCAD files are imported, even better than the 3DS Max!

You can also visualize your projects and through third-party plug-ins, such as Vray and achieve almost 3ds max rendering quality.

What do you dislike?

Only downside I can mention the outdated engine, which can not handle with a very heavy models. Progress goes from the version to version there, but not too big.

I would I also wanted to export more files and more quality import from third-party applications. Sometimes there are problems

Recommendations to others considering the product

A wonderful product that performs all the necessary functions

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Architectural modeling, architectural sketches.

The main advantage - quick work with typical objects. Very high accuracy of modeling.

SketchUp review by Darek O.
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"SketchUp the Easy Modeler"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is very user friendly. It is supper easy to download, open an new file and start modeling. The models can be taken to varying levels of complexity. Should one choose the model can be refined, materials can be added and very nice models can be created.

What do you dislike?

Because SketchUp is so easy to use it leaves a little bit to be desired in accuracy. It is not a drafting program, although I have seen a lot of people use it as such.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sit down and start playing with it. The more you do with it the easier it is to use. SketchUp is very forgiving so don't be afraid that you will mess something up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp is super easy to build quick massing models and to quickly play with design ideas. An experienced user can easily have a study model up and rotating around it in a few minutes.

SketchUp review by Matthew E.
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"Great for certain applications"

What do you like best?

Simple direct-draw interface without a separate "sketch" step, which sometimes confuses users who are new to CAD. Great flexibility with keyboard shortcuts.

What do you dislike?

Limited functionality due to relatively simple interface. No export for 3D printing in free version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For more power that is also free, including export for 3D printing, look at AutoDesk Fusion 360. Longer learning curve, but well worth it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing parts for 3D printing. Sketching larger designs for assembly (mostly for dimensional lumber-scale projects). Architectural design and floor plan layout are also doable, but specialized software for these applications are typically more user-friendly and produce a more polished work product.

SketchUp review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"Architect"

What do you like best?

The speed in generating useful images and models and then being able to share this with Clients. The fact that everyone is familiar with this platform makes this program easy to use, especially with new clients.

What do you dislike?

The simple (free) version limits the ability to generate images with shadows. The other issue is the need for precision on more complex models that sometimes make editing difficult; again I use the program for its sped and simplicity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Can't beat it for speed and ability to generate useful model to help in the design process.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Pushing developed ideas to a Client to win them over so that they can share your vision. Very good sales tool!

SketchUp review by Jakub C.
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"The simpliest 3D software"

What do you like best?

I like that it's simple yet effective, good enough to most modelling I need.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it's simplicity is disadvantage - it's hard to get full control over elements with this interface.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't need very specialized modelling and rendering software SketchUp would be great. It's very simple and intuitive and you can achieve great effects.

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It's great for modelling and rendering things quickly. It was easy to use from first try - opposite to other 3D software I used like 3ds Max which requiers hours of training before you can create good quality renderings.

SketchUp is just great for 3D sketching and visualizing ideas. And it's free!

SketchUp review by Leandro L.
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"Fast, accurate and with a lot of posibilities "

What do you like best?

The interaction with AutoCAD and 3ds Max. I always start modeling in sketchup and then jump to 3ds max. The way you can do the sections and export then a 2d drawing to autocad.

What do you dislike?

Is not accurate in product modeling such as furniture pieces and double curvature objects, For this I prefer 3ds max or solid works

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you dont want to get into Revit and want to build architectural buildings fast, you should use SketchUp!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As an Interior designer, I simulate the architectural parts in SketchUp to later do renders in 3ds max. That' s the core of the presentation that I do to the client.

SketchUp review by Matthew R.
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"Powerful Yet easy to use 3d modeling. "

What do you like best?

Capable of virtually creating design in 3D. Ease of use. Not too many confusing functions, can easily resolve any issues I have rather quickly.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes lines appear to be connecting, but are actually a fraction of a milimeter off, so they dont connect and cannot create a plane. It would be great if there was some kind of feature to automatically connect points that are close, or alert and show locations that are slightly off.

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There hasnt been too many improvements over the years, but maybe thats a good thing (no need to fix something that isnt broken)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Often use to show what their design will look like in 3D, has had great benefit to resolving unknown issues that dont always appear in normal 2d cad drawings.

SketchUp review by Viviana R.
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"very easy to use"

What do you like best?

is a very useful tool to work 3d models and renders, easy and fast to use

What do you dislike?

Some pluggins may work incorrectly or may not be available for all versions of the program

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is very easy to use and helps to carry out jobs quickly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it allows me to work quickly, it's a good way to bring the plans from 2d to 3d without complications

SketchUp review by Kim B.
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"Good for Design Buildout Modeling & Documentation"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is a simple tool with which you can get amazing results. I often compare it to Lego bricks in that with only a few tools/pieces, there are endless ways to build. At our rapidly expanding (albeit small) company, we cherish this program that can be picked up in an afternoon, but really mastered over time. If you are trained in architecture, design, engineering, or planning, you probably already think in 3-dimensions. SketchUp is the drafting equivalent of that spatial intelligence - the tool that brings those abstract ideas into reality.

What do you dislike?

We use SketchUp Pro to model complex buildings, complete with finishes, furniture, lighting, equipment, etc. We use LayOut to memorialize our designs as Construction Documents. Our team has found several issues and inconsistencies with the two programs. Many are a matter of opinion, or could possibly pigeon-hole the program into the architecture- and design-for-construction field, but there are frustrations nonetheless. Also, with high-functioning and well-established programs out there like Adobe InDesign, I would really encourage Trimble to tear a page from their playbook when it comes to Layout. To be specific, and borrow terminology from the Adobe CS, a more approachable way to package a LayOut document would be beneficial, as would as the ability to place more than one or two file types into a document. Inherent guides (vertical center, horizontal center, edge of page, etc) would be helpful, and larger symbol previews in the scrapbook pane would reserve some sanity. Then there is the issue of file size. Obviously not educated in the field, I cannot recommend a solution for the slow save times, constant crashes, and file deletion (yes, it's happened to multiple people on multiple machines in our office), but I hope it's addressed in upcoming versions/updates. A very small side note about working with SketchUp on a PC - if you have your preview pane open in Windows Explorer and select the model you'd like to open, SketchUp will give you an error message that the file is already open. An easy fix (just turn your preview pane off), but causes a lot of confusion if you don't know the source!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch any video or tutorial you can (we're obsessed with Nick Sonder) and figure out what works best for you and your team the old fashioned way - trail and lots of error! Just because it's a simple program doesn't mean it is simple to master!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company is design-focused. Where others have turned solely to production and profit, we still believe in a balanced aesthetic, good architecture, and smart detailing. For this reason, we often build upon the drawings of trusted engineers and architects, adding our own spatial branding from partition plans all the way through finishes and signage. SketchUp has given us a means to do this efficiently, creatively, and clearly (in the eyes of our GC).

SketchUp review by User in Higher Education
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"SKETCHUP"

What do you like best?

Easy drag and drop features. Large number of pre-designed models, and scenes available through the online community. The 3D features enable zooming into the specific aspects of the model or the scenes and customize it according to your imagination or specifications for the project. The look around, walking features and saving the frames at specific animation frames makes 2D cartoon project very easy.

Lighting (ambient) according to the time of the day and adding shadows to characters makes the background scenes and the models very realistic. The expert users can create their own models but the beginners can start with in-built pre-designed models (2D or 3D). The help tools provide some basic training to get started. Overall, it is lightweight 3D software for creating realistic 3D still images and cartoons and partially animated videos e.g., for building complexes and architectures.

What do you dislike?

It does not provide complete animation such as in Autodesk MAYA or 3D-STUDIOMAX. But those are heavy weight software and very expensive. As a free software Google SketchUp provides a very good hang of using a 3D animation software to start with.

Building simple structures such as a sphere or a cone needs more than an average skill for the beginners.

Importing pre-designed models and scenes can sometimes be messy because they may be out of proportion to the existing models or out of place. Resizing and repositioning can be difficult at times. There may not be too many online pre-designed models or scenes if the user wishes to be too creative.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are thinking of drag and drop 3D tools for free, SketchUp might be helpful. It is also very useful for architects, CAD and designing machines and tools and anything that does not involves character animation as in MAYA or 3D STUDIOMAX.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have worked on some 3D cartoons for non-profit organizations to promote community awareness about social norms among youths and children.

SketchUp review by Ed H.
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"Great tool for 3D modelling"

What do you like best?

I use SketchUp to design furniture and fixtures and I can develop 3D models with precise measurements and develop very accurate materials lists.

What do you dislike?

SketchUp requires a good bit of time invested in learning the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating accurate project plans for building projects and working out the engineering and assembly problems digitally before cutting any wood!

SketchUp review by Jason T.
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"Great Architectural Software"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is fun and easy to use, great for beginners and experts alike. You can create amazing drawings and 3D sculptures with the only limit being your imagination.

What do you dislike?

It would be great to have more customization added to SketchUp, I would love to be able to add custom icons and switch my toolbars to how I would like them to be exactly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would recommend eventually getting my a 3D mouse to use with SketchUp, it makes your drawings easier and faster!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work for and Architectural firm and we create rough drawings of building blueprints and sometimes import them into Revit or other software. SketchUp is by far the easiest way too get this done. It is simple to use and supports third party mouses to which I also use for the ease of use.

SketchUp review by User in Architecture & Planning
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"I have worked with adobe sketchup for years and have found much value in the product"

What do you like best?

I love the quick sketch ability, and ability to do those sketches in 3D easily for clients.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the pro version cost, and limitations there are to the free version. Would love to be able to pull in CAD drawings to the free version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely try the pro version to see if those features will be more helpful for you, and weigh out the options when deciding if you want to just keep the free version instead of upgrading.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to work quicker with sketching and solving problems for clients right there in a meeting.

SketchUp review by Tim O.
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"First time experience with CAD and it's very simple"

What do you like best?

SketchUp Make is free, and with a very small investment in learning you'll be able to create some impressive drawings. There are a few videos on their site that makes getting started much easier.

What do you dislike?

It wasn't immediately intuitive for me, although the learning curve wasn't bad. If you have CAD experience I'm sure it will be a much easier transition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Check out the simple videos on the website. I was able to start drawing a bit before I saw them...and realized I could do everything I had just done in a tenth of the time with much better results. Access to the 3D warehouse really fills out the look of the sketch. Many of the models in the 3D warehouse are nothing short of amazing, and are easily added from within the application. LayOut and Style Builder also come with SketchUp Make, but I have yet to use either one. I have also seen the option of matching a photo within SketchUp (presumably you can upload a photo to SketchUp and build your model on top of it – but I have not used it). It's certainly a risk-free option if you need a simple CAD software without paying an arm and a leg.

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I'm currently using it to represent mock crime scenes for use in postgraduate studies.

SketchUp review by Hector R.
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"Great Easy Software Package"

What do you like best?

Google Sketchup is a free software that can be used for quick 3D modeling. There are many plug-ins available that can also speed up the workflow for a quickly rendered concept.

What do you dislike?

Compared to full 3D packages, I wish some of the tools in Sketchup came in within the package rather than downloading plug-ins.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For concept artist wanting to get into a 3D package that is very easy to pick up, Google Sketchup is a nice software to use, especially since it is a free software package.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to quickly create concepts that can later be worked on in more detail, the main one being plotting out perspective and multiple views.

SketchUp review by Johnnie V. L.
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"SketchUp - The most user friendly CAD software anywhere"

What do you like best?

Ease of Use, Intuitive, able to display in many different styles, ability to show variety of realistic materials and colors, works with many rendering software packages, ability to extend the program's capabilities by using add-ons.

What do you dislike?

There are very few negative aspects in the software. One minor issue is that when upgrading to a new release, all toolbars need to be repositioned, Another minor attribute is that curved elements and circles are displayed as straight line segments rather than true curvilinear entities. This is of little consequence because it is relatively unnoticeable in the 3D model's graphic depiction

Recommendations to others considering the product

I strongly endorse using SketchUp. I have used ACAD, Vectorworks, ArchiCAD and Revit extensively. Although each of these products perform well, I find SketchUp to be much faster to learn, easier to use, generally more fun to work with, has a very responsive user community support base and it does all of the things the other programs offer for a much more reasonable cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to provide rapid design solutions to clients; models can be placed into 3D Warehouse and accessed by anyone, Clients can view real-time animations showing the model from various vantage points.

The primary benefit accrues from allowing my firm to communicate and work with clients using the internet as the prime access. This has allowed our small firm to pursue and obtain clients not only locally, but nationally and in other countries as well.

SketchUp review by Nathan S.
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"Architect's review of SketchUp"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is a very versatile design tool. It is great for early 3D studies of a design and for producing quick renderings to show a concept or idea to a client. Exporting 3D images and rendering quick animations are very useful when communicating a design to a client.

What do you dislike?

SketchUp does not have great photorealistic rendering capabilities unless you use a separate plug-in or different rendering software.

Also, as SketchUp models get larger (i.e. an entire masterplan or multi-phase project) the program tends to slow down significantly. Using best practices by working with components/groups helps speed things up a bit, but rendering times can become longer than a few minutes with larger models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the free version of SketchUp until you understand the advantages and disadvantages of the program and whether or not it is right for your application. Once you are better acquainted with the program, you may want to consider purchasing the SketchUp Pro version of the software for more modeling capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SketchUp can be used by almost anyone in our office and even by our clients. SketchUp is a very straightforward 3D modeling program that everyone can become proficient in a short amount of time.

SketchUp allows our designers to produce and render 3D models in a much shorter amount of time than in other 3D modeling programs.

SketchUp review by Jennifer S.
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"Intuitive Interface with Shallow Learning Curve"

What do you like best?

SketchUp is one of the easiest CAD programs to learn. The interface is simple, straightforward, and easy to manage. Once you get a grasp on the commands you can literally learn as you play. SketchUp's 3D capabilities far outperform those of other design programs. Where other CAD programs' 3D commands are overly complicated and "user-unfriendly", SketchUp's 3D is equally as simple and easy to use. The ability to share models and ideas via the SketchUp Warehouse is an amazing, and free, asset to any designer.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that SketchUp divides lines into segments. I wish there was an option to keep a line as a whole instead of breaking it up by intersection.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SketchUp is free to try out. Download it and play around with it and you will see how easy it is to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company designs a lot of light residential outdoor spaces. SketchUp has allowed us to create quick, affordable renderings for our clients that may have a difficult time picturing what the end result will look like. We can insert landscaping, furniture, etc. to really show them a polished rendering.