SketchUp

3D design tools for AEC professionals and interior designers

About SketchUp

SketchUp is a 3D modeling tool. Architects, engineers, interior designers, and construction managers leverage SketchUp to visualize quickly, document clearly, and coordinate easily. From residential renovations to complex commercial projects, SketchUp helps professionals get from design to done, faster. The software offers both 2D and 3D designing tools allowing users to visualize, plan and communicate planned construction projects.


Key benefits of SketchUp

-Visualize and iterate on your designs quickly with SketchUp’s intuitive, powerful 3D modeler.

-Turn your 3D model into accurate, detailed 2D construction drawings with LayOut.

-Avoid rework during schematic design by leveraging, PreDesign, a web application that gives you critical site information before you start modeling.

-Immerse your clients in your designs at 1:1 scale with SketchUp’s mixed reality viewing applications.

-Manage multiple files, assign to-dos, and leverage unlimited cloud storage with Trimble Connect.


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SketchUp Software - SketchUp's desktop modeler is designed to behave like your hand, so you can draw and extrude geometry quickly.
SketchUp Software - SketchUp's organization tools help keep your complex projects clean. With Tags, you can access components of your model quickly and control visibility in bulk.
SketchUp Software - Turn your 3D models into detailed documents. With LayOut, you can customize your views, add details and dimensions, and create title blocks. The best part: when your 3D model updates, so do your drawings.
SketchUp Software - Connect the dots between climate and concept design at the start of your project. PreDesign gives you design recommendations based upon
weather and building type, so you can steer your project forward with confidence.
SketchUp Software - Customizing 2D documents is a cinch in LayOut.
SketchUp Software - Add real-world context to your projects by importing high-resolution aerial imagery into your 3D models.
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SketchUp Software - SketchUp's desktop modeler is designed to behave like your hand, so you can draw and extrude geometry quickly.
SketchUp Software - SketchUp's organization tools help keep your complex projects clean. With Tags, you can access components of your model quickly and control visibility in bulk.
SketchUp Software - Turn your 3D models into detailed documents. With LayOut, you can customize your views, add details and dimensions, and create title blocks. The best part: when your 3D model updates, so do your drawings.
SketchUp Software - Connect the dots between climate and concept design at the start of your project. PreDesign gives you design recommendations based upon
weather and building type, so you can steer your project forward with confidence.
SketchUp Software - Customizing 2D documents is a cinch in LayOut.
SketchUp Software - Add real-world context to your projects by importing high-resolution aerial imagery into your 3D models.

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Overall rating

4.5 /5
(1,016)
Value for Money
4.3/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support
4.2/5

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Fayeba
Fayeba
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

It make 3D Arts simple and easy

Reviewed on 24/11/2021

As of now SketchUp is the best programming for 3D displaying which is furnished with heaps of...

As of now SketchUp is the best programming for 3D displaying which is furnished with heaps of highlights which are inaccessible in elective programming. Also, requiring low execution while working extremely smooth is extraordinary. A few entanglements will happen assuming you do complex plans yet for general purposes this is awesome. Can be utilized even by a novice without confronting issues.

Pros

I expected to plan a few structures and utilized SketchUp to make a 3D model. Before I utilized SketchUp I thought 3D demonstrating was hard however with SketchUp, model was done effectively and had the option to encounter how it would take care of development. What's more, with 3D stockroom include I had the option to make exceptionally sensible reproduction making the plan interaction very more straightforward. Indeed, even as a novice SketchUp was straightforward and powerful instrument. Got many devices to help clients in demonstrating. Best component is in SketchUp is stroll around choice which will give genuine reproduction how the last plan will be. Additionally SketchUp got extraordinary modules which will set aside both time and cash of an originator. With 3D stockroom and expansion distribution center a client can assemble any plan utilizing next to no work. What makes SketchUp the best 3D plan programming is not normal for any option is capacity to run as expected in any PC. Most CAD programming require a top of the line PCs with superior execution framework yet SketchUp turns out great in any average PC.

Cons

Utilizing SketchUp through program was slacking and extremely more slow contrasted and introduced rendition. Furthermore, I confronted issues with holes in dividers and floors in the event that you interfere with it multiple times. Likewise SketchUp need to move up to make complex plans on the grounds that as of now it's difficult to do as such.

Anees
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

SketchUp - Unveil your imagination easily

Reviewed on 25/09/2020

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If you are using SketchUp for 3d models and building plan it’s a great...

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If you are using SketchUp for 3d models and building plan it’s a great software, and i find this too much user friendly and as easy as MS paint.
But if u want to use this software for drawing sectional details and working drawings, u need to be an expert in getting output.

Pros

1) The biggest pro i like is less hardware demand i.e. You don’t need a heavy machine to use this software, a general configuration laptop does the work quite effectively unlike other softwares. You can import the finalized design in lumion and get a realistic render in no time and.
2) One good advantage of using SketchUp is the u can easily pull push the walls and apply the desired changes instantly and things gets finalized very fast. Whatever you want to imagine, you can apply instantly from painting to cladding to railing designs and wallpapers.
3) Being a designer, the biggest hurdle is the changes client wants, but in SketchUp the visualization and applying changes is super easy, you can sort it out in a meeting or two. It made around 30-40 percent increase in client understanding and project approval.
4) Another plus point i realized is the real time working screen is no less than a simple render other softwares have. And if you have time and know how to use SketchUp, you don’t need an interior designer for some scale projects as the library itself suggest you some great ideas.

Cons

1) The rendering part and you need to install different plugins for different works.
2) The library is great but limited, if u want to attach a luxury couch in the drawing room you will not have many great options.
3) Attaching a component to a certain place is bit time consuming as it takes at least 2 angles to see whether the component is fixed accurately or still have some space left here or there.

Steph
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

SketchUp used to be great

Reviewed on 12/11/2019

After 15 years, we are going with another product. I was willing to work with SketchUp to get my...

After 15 years, we are going with another product. I was willing to work with SketchUp to get my issues fixed but their lack of customer support and customer service has left me missing multiple deadlines and they do not care. That is a deal breaker.

Pros

It used to be my end all be all for project design and deliverables.

Cons

Zero customer service
Zero customer support
Program is no longer a good fit for Mac O/S - crashes, lags, freezes

Alternatives Considered

Revit, AutoCAD and ARCHICAD

Reasons for Switching to SketchUp

SketchUp is getting the boot.
Luca
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  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Metaverse in a glance

Reviewed on 11/12/2023

Sketcup allow us to simplify and speed uòp the creation and realization of AR/VR solution within...

Sketcup allow us to simplify and speed uòp the creation and realization of AR/VR solution within the company thanks to the huge amount of 3D content and the simplicigy in the usage of the solution they provided.
We did not need to invest in training of legacy software solution or costly hardware. We did easily everything in the Sketchup platform

Pros

We started company journey on Augmented and Virtual Reality recently. The big obstacle was the contect creation, that even if it was not so complicated slow down significantly the speed to market of the solution. In fact it request a big knowledge skill on dedicated software not always simply to use.

Cons

Price of a single 3D object to import sometimes is too high

Jennifer
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The modeling software with the most complete library

Reviewed on 15/08/2019

Especially when I want to model architectural interiors, sketchup is the best option, because it...

Especially when I want to model architectural interiors, sketchup is the best option, because it allows me to detail each scene with the most usual and unusual objects that I would find in it.

Pros

SketchUp has the most complete library of modeled objects. From complete projects, to the smallest details useful to set a model.

Cons

Sometimes SketchUp closes unexpectedly without saving automatic changes, which causes you to lose hours of work.

Alternatives Considered

Revit

Reasons for Switching to SketchUp

I choose SketchUp for its wide and varied object library.
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SketchUp FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for SketchUp.

SketchUp offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$119.00/year
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

SketchUp is available to users for free and offered across three pricing plans, outlined below. Pricing starts at $119/year and scales with each tier. For personal use: -SketchUp Free: Available for personal use for free -SketchUp Shop: $119/year For professionals: -SketchUp Pro: $299/year -SketchUp Studio: $1,099/year For higher education students and educators: -SketchUp Studio: $55/year

SketchUp has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

SketchUp supports the following languages:

English, Swedish

SketchUp supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

SketchUp integrates with the following applications:

Trimble Connect

SketchUp offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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