What is SketchUp?

SketchUp is a 3D modeling tool. It's leveraged on projects big and small, from custom homes to complex commercial jobs. Owned by Trimble Inc., an entrepreneurial company focused on changing how the way the world works with technology, SketchUp is intuitive and powerful. Learn why architects, engineers, construction managers, and other professionals around the world leverage SketchUp to get their projects underway.

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.

Where can SketchUp be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based, Mac (Desktop), Windows (Desktop), Windows (On-Premise), Linux (On-Premise), Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

About the vendor

  • Trimble Inc.
  • Located in Princeton, US
  • Founded in 1978
  • Phone Support

Countries available

United States

Languages

English, Swedish

About the vendor

  • Trimble Inc.
  • Located in Princeton, US
  • Founded in 1978
  • Phone Support

Countries available

United States

Languages

English, Swedish

SketchUp videos and images

SketchUp Software - Main interface
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SketchUp Software - Main interface
SketchUp Software - Layout tool
SketchUp Software - Landscape contouring tool

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US$119.00/year
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Features of SketchUp

  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • Annotations
  • BIM Modeling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Component Library
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • For Architects
  • Project Management

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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
Verified Reviewer
Designer in Canada
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great Design, Sell and Build Tool!

5 3 weeks ago New

Comments: My SketchUp has been great. The software is continually upgraded and getting better at handling larger models than it used to. We could not be without it in our business.

Pros:

SketchUp plays an important role in the design, sales and construction of most of our high end residential landscape projects. The integration of SketchUp with DynaScape and Lumion make for an excellent lineup of tools that are crucial to our business. SketchUp's ease of use makes 3D modelling quick and as accurate as you like. 3D modelling makes selling projects much easier than 2D designs. The ability to then push the model into Layout makes creating construction details a breeze.

Cons:

SketchUp's subscription method is not the easiest to use and can be a bit frustrating. It will log you out every once in a while and make you sign in. It used to not let you open newer version models but now it just warns you.

Gregg C.
Gregg C.
President/CEO in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Sketch up good for basic design

3 2 weeks ago New

Comments: We used Sketch up before we fully implemented Revit and another plug in to create photo realistic renderings.

Pros:

It’s easy to implement, moderately priced and simple learning curve.

Cons:

The quality of renderings does not come close to meeting the needs for our presentations.

Deden saepul A.
designer in Indonesia
Design, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

sketchup

5 4 months ago

Comments: well overall this application it was very helpful for all design in the world

Pros:

i really like this application for modeling my project, easy to understand the tools and

Cons:

sometime i cant solve the problem of this application

Johannes R.
Freelancer in South Africa
Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Sketchup

5 2 months ago New

Comments: Sketchup is a very useful software to have if you are doing Interior Design. The functionality of the program is excellent and there are a lot of YouTube videos that can give you a quick crash course to use the program. It is a very useful 3D program and the navigation is excellent. I will not use another program other than Sketchup.

Pros:

You won't get lost using the X, Y and Z reference lines. There are a lot of models to use and you can download more if you want to. You don't need to be an architect or engineer to use the software, it is very easy to use.

Cons:

It can be a bit tricky to find all the tools. The package prices can be a bit high for a beginner. You do need a lot of RAM and a very good graphics card.

Rajnish H.
Rajnish H.
Management Intern in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Civil Engineering, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Best and easiest software for making 3D Models.

4 3 weeks ago New

Comments: Overall. I had a good experience with SketchUp and I am looking forward to use it in future.

Pros:

The best thing about SketchUp is that it is extremely easy to draw 3D Models using the software. All the basic options like shapes, arcs, push-pull are easily available. Also other options can be added conveniently. Another good thing is that there is a 3D Warehouse which has readymade models of commonly used items. Another thing that I like is that I can easily convert a 2D outline to a 3D model using push-pull option. Also Sketchup has a higher compatibility with other CAD softwares and animation softwares.

Cons:

The only thing I disliked about Sketchup is that 2D drawings are not precise and accurate. It is quite difficult to draw floor plans of buildings in Sketchup because it lacks a few important features required in 2D drawings.