SketchUp

Cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) software

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SketchUp Overview

What is SketchUp?

SketchUp is a cloud-based computer-aided design (CAD) software designed to help businesses create, publish, and store 3D model designs of buildings, furniture, interiors, and other objects on a unified platform. The centralized dashboard allows organizations to streamline the entire project lifecycle, from quickly sharing alternative designs with clients to managing approval processes in real-time.

Features of SketchUp include collaboration, 3D printing, VR model viewing, client management, design templates, image rendering, analytics, and more. Architects and civil engineers can utilize the LayOut module to create 2D drawing sets, elevations, construction documents, and presentations by using animations, images, and videos. It provides a reporting module, which allows businesses to generate reports related to cost estimates and bill of materials (BOM).

SketchUp offers an API, which lets businesses integrate the system with several third-party platforms such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and more. Administrators can use the model library to quickly view, access, and sort user-generated design models in various filters including, relevance, popularity, date of creation, and more.

SketchUp Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$119,00/year

Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

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, outlined below:

For Personal:
• SketchUp Free - Available for personal use for free
• SketchUp Shop - $119/year - Made for home-hobbyist, DIYers, and woodworkers

For Professional:
• SketchUp Pro - $299/year
• SketchUp Studio - $1,099/year

For Higher Education:
• SketchUp Studio - $55/year


SketchUp Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 5 others, India, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Mexico
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German and 7 others, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Media

SketchUp track Library
SketchUp stacking views
SketchUp dashboard
SketchUp 3D modelling
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SketchUp Reviews

SketchUp Reviews

Overall rating
4,5
/
5
Excellent
388

Very good
228

Average
39

Poor
3

Terrible
3

Value for Money
4,3
Features
4,3
Ease of Use
4,4
Customer Support
4,2
93% recommended this app
Jeremy K.

SketchUp is the Ultimate!

I absolutely love it! I use Sketchup Pro for small projects but just love the detail I can get with the program giving me a full blown idea of what my models will look like before anything has been physically constructed.


Timmy T.

Advanced Software for 3-D Rendering Rookies

Anytime a 2-d layout or 3-d model needs to be rendered with great detail, but faster than any computer-assisted designers are available, this program has been extremely useful. It allows us to greatly reduce our time spent wondering if a design will "work" and more time actually implementing and testing the design.


Abhishek W.

Quick, Easy but goes the mile

Great, I have used it for over 10 years and I will probably continue to use it over my lifetime.


Colby P.

Sketchup Cloud Version

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.


Anees R.

SketchUp - Unveil your imagination easily

Overall :
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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.


Jeremy K.
Industry: Entertainment
Company size: 2-10 Employees

SketchUp is the Ultimate!

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/02/17
Review Source: Capterra

I absolutely love it! I use Sketchup Pro for small projects but just love the detail I can get with the program giving me a full blown idea of what my models will look like before anything has been physically constructed.

Pros

What can I say, the first time that I heard about Sketchup Pro was a few years back when I was developing a Haunted House attraction believe it or not. I needed a 3D modeling software that could help give me and idea of what it would be like to walk through and build it before anything was purchased. It allowed me to go through and find holes in the design plan that would have been very costly if I did not simulate it later down the road.

The ease of use is so easy, any one from absolute beginner to expert level CAD designer can plug and play into Sketchup Pro! I also want to mention that it is a FUN product to use as well and the amount of features is incredible! From the 3D wear house to being able to make 3D renderings turn into 2D schematics is such an amazing feature.

I have enjoyed using sketch pro so much that I have even taken a few online courses on how to become better and it makes the software my go-to for all my modeling needs. Anyone from small real estate firms, architectural and engineering businesses, down to the home haunter like myself, Sketch Up Pro is the one stop shop for all of your needs!

Cons

I really enjoy Sketchup Pro so there really is not a whole lot that I can say that is a problematic about it.
The one thing that does stick out (and may be its only flaw) is the price tag attached to it for one license is a little steep. Now, even though I say that, the value and ROI of Sketchup Pro far surpasses the initial price tag. It really comes down to what you want to use it for, but no matter the case, it really is worth every penny that you pay for it!

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Timmy T.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 1 001-5 000 Employees

Advanced Software for 3-D Rendering Rookies

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/06/12
Review Source: Capterra

Anytime a 2-d layout or 3-d model needs to be rendered with great detail, but faster than any computer-assisted designers are available, this program has been extremely useful. It allows us to greatly reduce our time spent wondering if a design will "work" and more time actually implementing and testing the design.

Pros

I loved that this software pulled no punches when it came to number of features or the complexity of the layering, tie-point, and drawing tools. There was nothing stopping me from doing a deep-dive in to advanced 3-d modeled surfaces besides the fact that the menus are expansive.

Cons

There are no tutorials with this software, and there is also very little explicit integration into other programs that deal with rendered files (such as Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, or AutoCAD software). I feel like this software operates on an island- nothing interfaces natively.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Abhishek W.
Industry: Architecture & Planning
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Quick, Easy but goes the mile

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/10/13
Review Source: Capterra

Great, I have used it for over 10 years and I will probably continue to use it over my lifetime.

Pros

Intuitiveness: Its an incredibly intuitive and easy software to learn and use. I learned sketchup when I was 14 years old for fun and 10 years later I'm using it for work!

The software is incredibly quick at making models, but can also get detailed if you put the time in. The scenes feature is great for architectural presentations and paired with a rendering software like Enscape or Lumion it works like magic.

also workshop and all the add-ons are amazing

Cons

Nothing. It knows its place in the market and fits that mold impeccably. Its a little too simple for hyper complex projects but that's not what its used for, nor is it really used for BIM and data modeling.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Colby P.
Industry: Fine Art
Company size: 501-1 000 Employees

Sketchup Cloud Version

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/03/14
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 3.0/10

Anees R.
Industry: Architecture & Planning
Company size: 2-10 Employees

SketchUp - Unveil your imagination easily

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/09/25
Review Source: Capterra

Overall :
==========
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.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

User recommendation
8,6/10
Based on 661 user ratings
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SketchUp Pricing

SketchUp Pricing

Starting from
US$119,00/year
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

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, outlined below:

For Personal:
• SketchUp Free - Available for personal use for free
• SketchUp Shop - $119/year - Made for home-hobbyist, DIYers, and woodworkers

For Professional:
• SketchUp Pro - $299/year
• SketchUp Studio - $1,099/year

For Higher Education:
• SketchUp Studio - $55/year

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, outlined below:

For Personal:
• SketchUp Free - Available for personal use for free
• SketchUp Shop - $119/year - Made for home-hobbyist, DIYers, and woodworkers

For Professional:
• SketchUp Pro - $299/year
• SketchUp Studio - $1,099/year

For Higher Education:
• SketchUp Studio - $55/year

Value for Money
4,3/5
Based on 661 user ratings
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SketchUp Features

SketchUp Features

API
Accounting Integration
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Customer Database
Customizable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Invoice Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration
Features
4,3/5
Based on 661 user ratings
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Additional information for SketchUp

Additional information for SketchUp

Key features of SketchUp

  • Document Management
  • Project Management

SketchUp FAQs

SketchUp FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for SketchUp.

Q. What type of pricing plans does SketchUp offer?

SketchUp offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$119,00/year

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Not 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, outlined below: For Personal: • SketchUp Free - Available for personal use for free • SketchUp Shop - $119/year - Made for home-hobbyist, DIYers, and woodworkers For Professional: • SketchUp Pro - $299/year • SketchUp Studio - $1,099/year For Higher Education: • SketchUp Studio - $55/year

Q. What are the main features of SketchUp?

SketchUp offers the following features:

  • Document Management
  • Project Management

Q. Who are the typical users of SketchUp?

SketchUp has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Freelancers, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does SketchUp support?

SketchUp supports the following languages:

Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Q. What type of pricing plans does SketchUp offer?

SketchUp has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does SketchUp support mobile devices?

SketchUp supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone, iPad

Q. What other apps does SketchUp integrate with?

SketchUp integrates with the following applications:

IrisVR Suite, Live Home 3D, SYNCHRO Pro, Shapr3D, Trezi, Trimble Connect, Trimble Connect

Q. What level of support does SketchUp offer?

SketchUp offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base