SketchUp

3D design tools for AEC professionals and interior designers

About SketchUp

SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world. 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.

Pricing starting from:

US$119,00/year

  • Free Trial
  • Free Version
  • Subscription

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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Pricing starting from:

US$119,00/year

  • Free Trial
  • Free Version
  • Subscription

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SketchUp's desktop modeler is designed to behave like your hand, so you can draw and extrude geometry quickly.
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.
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.
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.
Customizing 2D documents is a cinch in LayOut.
Add real-world context to your projects by importing high-resolution aerial imagery into your 3D models.
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SketchUp screenshot: SketchUp's desktop modeler is designed to behave like your hand, so you can draw and extrude geometry quickly. SketchUp screenshot: 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 screenshot: 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 screenshot: 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 screenshot: Customizing 2D documents is a cinch in LayOut. SketchUp screenshot: Add real-world context to your projects by importing high-resolution aerial imagery into your 3D models.

Features

Total features of SketchUp: 36

  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Imaging
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Management
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Applications Management
  • Architectural Symbol Library
  • BIM Modeling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Communication Management
  • Component Library
  • Content Library
  • Data Import/Export
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drafting
  • For 3D Printing
  • For AEC Industry
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Landscape Design
  • Mobile Access
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Presentation Tools
  • Project Management
  • Projections
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Search/Filter
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Virtual Tour

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,5 /5
(701)
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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Alain jove R.
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Sketchup and 3D Modeling made easy

Reviewed on 2021/01/04

Overall, the functionalities are great and the price is just right for it. Although it just takes...

Overall, the functionalities are great and the price is just right for it. Although it just takes time to learn the tricks but it is worth it. Also, I had a few exchanges with support and was pleased they gave me the answers in a timely manner. I was inquiring about using a house decoration in my design. Just making sure what the permissions from the owner of the model allows me..

Pros

I like Sketchup because it makes 3D modeling easier. I used to think that similar apps on 3D modeling is complicated and to the point that you'd have to be an architect or engineer yourself to do it. For me, hearing CAD designing is somewhat a complicated process. But with this, I'm happy to have those house designs materialize. It is easy and you won't lose your way basing your reference lines on the X,Y, and Z axis. It is also awesome because you can snap your lines to align with any axis. These are models for windows, doors, appliances to decorate your home with, and you can even download for more. And the best part for me is to have that guy model walk around your house design to give you a feel of your finished product.

Cons

Using the browser can be a bit of a pain sometimes as I had a few times of lagging when your design details accumulate. But the app works seamlessly. I'm not sure with other browsers but I tried it with Chrome and Firefox but haven't used it with Opera and Edge. In the apps, there are just a very few times when the lines don't align and there can be gaps on the walls if you mess around a lot with skewing and stretching the surfaces but it can be fixed and you can initially lock the lines into groups so that you can ensure it stays the same and locked in place, and also for ease of duplication.

Anees R.
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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 2020/09/25

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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.

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

Sketchup mi software favorito

Reviewed on 2021/02/23

Lo uso desde un poco antes de entrar a la universidad, he alcanzado por mi misma sin ningun curso...

Lo uso desde un poco antes de entrar a la universidad, he alcanzado por mi misma sin ningun curso niveles de detalles impresionantes y cada dia mejoro mas mis imagenes de proyectos. La verdad me parece una herramienta de primera necesidad para la arquitectura y espero en algun momento poder tomar alguna capacitacion para perfeccionarme en su uso, es el programa que yo siempre elijo.

Pros

Me gusta la facilidad que tiene para el diseño de proyectos de arquitectura, es muy muy facil de usar, tiene una variedad de herramientas impresionante, puedes alcanzar detalles sorprendentes y puedes modelar en 3d proyectos enteros en mucho menos de lo que te tomaria en otros softwares de modelado 3d.
Es mi herramienta favorita a la hora de trabajar en proyectos y al complementarlo con V-Ray realmente puedes alcanzar un nivel de renders excepcional, recomiento Sketchup en un 100% sobretodo si se usa para la arquitectura o el diseño, es un programa que definitivamente prefiero sobre cualquier otro.

Cons

Lo unico que no me gusta de este software es que para hacer esferas, circulos o curvas en general el nivel de detalle no es muy bueno, puede complementarse con extensiones para mejorar esto, pero po si solo no tiene muy buen nivel de detalle en eso. Otra cosa que quiza no es tan buena del programa es que la opcion de cotas que tiene no es muy buena esteticamente hablando, fuera de eso es mi software favorito.

Colby P.
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  • Industry: Fine Art
  • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

Sketchup Cloud Version

Reviewed on 2020/03/14

My review here is about the current, cloud-based free version of Sketchup, rather than the full...

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.

Robyn H.
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  • Industry: Architecture & Planning
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

SketchUp: A good place to start your 3D modeling experience.

Reviewed on 2021/02/16

Apart from the occasional hiccup, my experience with the software has been great. Most of the...

Apart from the occasional hiccup, my experience with the software has been great. Most of the challenges that I've faced was due to user error and due to habits that were hard to shake after switching to SketchUp. SketchUp is great for beginners and professionals alike.

Pros

Compared to other 3D modelling software that I've tried, SketchUp is by far the easiest to learn and even master. Though it comes with less tools and features than most other software, those that are there are exceptionally focused to to create simple models in an efficient manner. The 3D Warehouse is one of this software's best features for at the click of a button, you have access to a wide variety of models ranging from simple doors to incredibly detailed light fixtures. The user interface can be customized to your comfort and the wide range of plugins available in the plugin warehouse makes your modeling possibilities nearly endless. All the free videos that can be found online makes it really easy to learn the software without having to spend any additional funds.

Cons

With the existing features, one is limited to only creating simple models for the software doesn't handle complex curves very well. Though there are plugins that can help, there is only so much you can do. You'd want to keep your file size as small as possible because the program does lag when there is too much information to process. The software is very temperamental. On multiple occasions I've lost progress due to it crashing.

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SketchUp offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$119,00/year
  • Pricing model: Free, 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

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SketchUp has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

We do not have any information about what languages SketchUp supports

SketchUp supports the following devices:

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

SketchUp integrates with the following applications:

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SketchUp offers the following support options:

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

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