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What is SketchUp?

The most popular 3D modeling and design tool in the world, SketchUp users model everything from treehouses to intricate, energy-efficient buildings. Owned by Trimble Inc., an entrepreneurial company focused on leveraging technology to change the way the world works, SketchUp is both intuitive and powerful for professionals and creatives of all kinds.

SketchUp supports creatives of all backgrounds across a variety of industries, including architecture, engineering, construction, and much more.

Who Uses SketchUp?

SketchUp supports creatives of all backgrounds, from woodworkers to film and stage designers. Our primary users are in the architecture, construction, engineering, and interior design sectors.

SketchUp Software - Main interface
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Reviews of SketchUp

Average score

Overall
4.5
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.2
Features
4.3
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Chanaka
Chanaka
Civil Engineer in Sri Lanka
Verified LinkedIn User
Civil Engineering, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Made my design works very easy

5.0 3 years ago

Comments: Currently SketchUp is the best software for 3D modelling which is equipped with loads of features which are unavailable in alternative software. And requiring low performance while working very smooth is great. Some complications will occur if you do complex designs but for general purposes this is the best. Can be used even by a beginner without facing issues.

Pros:

I needed to design several buildings and used SketchUp to create a 3D model. Before I used SketchUp I thought 3D modelling was hard but with SketchUp, model was done easily and was able to experience how it would look after construction. And with 3D warehouse feature I was able to create very realistic simulation making the design process quite easier. Even as a beginner SketchUp was simple and effective tool. Got many tools to help users in modelling. Best feature is in SketchUp is walk around option which will give real life simulation how the final design will be. Also SketchUp got great plugins which will save both time and money of a designer. With 3D warehouse and extension warehouse a user can build any design using very little effort. What makes SketchUp the best 3D design software is unlike any alternative is ability to run smoothly in any computer. Most CAD software require a high-end computers with high performance system but SketchUp works fine in just any mediocre laptop.

Cons:

Using SketchUp through browser was lagging and very slower compared with installed version. And I faced issues with gaps in walls and floors if you meddle with it few times. Also SketchUp need to upgrade to create complex designs because presently it's hard to do so.

Carolina
Carolina
light designer in Spain
Verified LinkedIn User
Business Supplies & Equipment, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The easiest way to model

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: I've been using google sketchup since university, in a short time I was able to present my work in 3d, and I've been using it ever since, and it's been 10 years now.

Pros:

What I like most about this programme is the simplicity with which one starts modelling. In a short time you can reach an intermediate level of modelling, and there are many tutorials on the internet. If you add to this the large library of 3d objects available and all the plugins at your disposal, it is the perfect program.

Cons:

The only flaw it might have is that the pro version is paid, but it's worth it.

Colby
Associate Professor in US
Fine Art, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Sketchup Cloud Version

3.0 4 years ago

Comments: My review here is about the current, cloud-based free version of Sketchup, rather than the full version. But I will comment briefly on the full version. In general, Sketchup Pro is a good program for basic architectural modelling, and for the modelling of certain kinds of geometric forms, while having practically no functionality for organic modelling or sculpting. While the results can be 3D printed, the program was not designed for that purpose, and models should not be expected to be very precise or free of flaws. For many years, there was a downloadable free version that could do most of what the pro version could do, with the exception of "boolean" operations such as solid joining and subtraction. Several years ago it became harder to find the free version on the Sketchup site. Then the free version became a separate download and not available until one had tried the pro trial (the trial version used to default to a functional free version), and finally, the free option was switched to a cloud-based version. Presumably these changes have been made for financial reasons, but the end result is that we have a far more limited free version of the program, that is harder to use, and in my opinion less likely to attract users who would then switch to a paid version.

Pros:

While this is a significant downgrade from the previous free versions, at least it is still free. I think it is an acceptable option for creating things like simple virtual rooms, or rectilinear shapes.

Cons:

This is a substantially restricted version of Sketchup, and is harder to use in several ways. The user interface has been pared down, which makes the workspace visually cleaner, but makes it more difficult to find functions. Many of the most commonly used function icons are hidden behind other icons, and are only accessible by hovering and switching which one is on top. That makes it harder to teach newcomers how to use the software, since it adds multiple extra steps to tutorial instructions. Also, the choice of placing many functions in flyouts adds recurring pain points to the user experience, as one must continually swap out functions while working. All of this would be a moot point if there were a simple preference toggle that let one choose to have all functions display at once.

Cláudia
Architect in Portugal
Architecture & Planning, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Draft and easy 3D models of your ideas

4.0 2 months ago

Pros:

It is easy to learn, free to download (2017 version) and it can help you easily visualize your project.

Cons:

It is not very precise and it can sometimes be very frustrating to draw complex geometries, it takes some plugins to do it.

Gaby
Principal Designer in US
Design, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

One program for 2D and 3D for Interior Designers

5.0 10 months ago

Comments: I use SketchUp for everything. From the start of the project, importing cad files or drawing it on my own, to the very last detail with sections and schedules

Pros:

The ability to bring the drawing into layout and create a set of drawing for contractors to use

Cons:

Layout could be more designer friendly and have different drawings integration