LAS VEGAS (Trimble Dimensions) - SketchUp has been though a few owners over the last few years. After talking with the SketchUp team, I believe that with Trimble at the reins, we can expect great things from SketchUp.
Here are a few items that Trimble has in store for us in SketchUp Pro 2015:
- SketchUp is now a 64 bit application in both Windows and the Mac. This will allow you to take full advantage of your PC and allow you to work on much larger models than you could before.
- SketchUp now has an official tool that allows you to create 3D rotated rectangles.
- A 3-Point arc tool is finally added to SketchUp, allowing you to draw arcs with ease.
- Layout label tool as been overhauled to allow you to create two-segmented leaders labels, and you can spell check in LayOuts as well (Windows 8.x is required for spell check)
- Not only can you export to IFC but now you can import IFC files directly in to SketchUp
- Using technology from Trimble's V10 rover, you can import geo referenced photos directly into the 3D model seeing exact existing conditions. You must see it to believe it.
- Trimble has also simplified licensing for SketchUp.
During the SketchUp session I learned that the power of SketchUp is in its extensions or apps. When I tried SketchUp for the first time I remember thinking how primitive it is, but after the session and seeing what you can do with the right extensions I think I will give it another try.
About the Author
Bill Debevc is an expert in Autodesk software and IT, currently specializing in private BIM cloud technologies. He has over 24 years of experience using, supporting, and customizing Autodesk AutoCAD and Revit software. As a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), he uses his extensive IT experience to implement industry leading IT solutions for the AEC industry. Recently, as the Technical Manager for USCAD, Bill now shares his knowledge about private BIM Clouds to help the AEC industry reduce costs, increase productivity, and allow production teams work productively from anywhere on any device. You can find Bill at Bim9.com.