SketchUp

SketchUp 18.0

Create 3D drawings
4.1  (79 votes)
18.0.16975 (See all)
Use the 3D Wearahouse to find 3D models for common items, add dimensions, weights drawing scales, etc. and create awesome 3D drawings.

SketchUp is a 3D modeling solution designed for professionals, comprised of various utilities, such as a layout designer, a style builder for customizing models, or a powerful editor.
The GUI is very intuitive in a manner that even a novice user would be able to use it, despite not having the knowledge to edit and create 3D objects. The Actions Menu has well-crafted icons that are very descriptive, but the interface could've had a more modern color theme. The actual color scheme reminds of early 2000s.

The features, as I said in the beginning, are very well represented. First of all, with the built-in editor users can design 3D objects from scratch, customize models with different styles, or combine 3D models.

The program supports the import of data from DS, DWG, KMZ, JPG, PNG, PSD, TIF, TGA, and other file formats. With the DWG import into LayOut, users can take advantage of DWG libraries, and find illustrations that are already scaled to paper size.

Moreover, now it's easier to embed projects with more useful information, such as price, URL, size, or type thanks to the advanced attribute feature.

Also, you can now generate reports that aggregate component data, so you can create detailed estimates or reports about sum parts and quantities for cultists.

In conclusion, SketchUp is a complete 3D modeling program that has a highly intuitive layout, thousands of 3D models and descriptive toolbars. It lacks more architectural options like a wall tool, it's not built for users who have no 3D knowledge, has a high memory usage and it seems a bit too pricey even though it's a professional tool.

John Saunders
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Review summary

Pros

  • Provides thousands of 3D models
  • Has well-crafted icons that are very descriptive
  • Allows embeding useful information into components
  • Supports the import of data from DS, DWG, KMZ, JPG, PNG, PSD, TIF, TGA

Cons

  • The color theme is outdated
  • Uses a lot of system memory
  • Lacks more architectural tools
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