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post #1 of 11 Old 04-25-2010, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Free or purchased Sketchup?

What are people using here? The free version of the purchased version? Is the free version capable of doing a full design on the workshop/garage I want to build? Does it do a material takeoff? Where is the best place to learn about using it?

I know that is a lot of questions, but I know nothing about it other than I downloaded the free version from Google.

Thank you so much in advance for your help.

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Free works great for me.

http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/t...ew_to_gsu.html

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free works great for design but it doesn't do a materials list ... don't know if the pro version does either.

Keep in mind that there are a TON of already-done drawings out there for free that you can incorporate into your own SU stuff

You can never have too much pepperoni on your pizza or own too many clamps.
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Logically speaking, why would you start out by buying a program you can try out for free ? Give the free version a run... then decide if you want or need the added bells & whistles the Pro version offers.

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Logically speaking, why would you start out by buying a program you can try out for free ? Give the free version a run... then decide if you want or need the added bells & whistles the Pro version offers.
You are preaching to the quior. I did download the free version. I am just trying to find out more about it and which version most people are using.
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I don't remember anyone here saying they use the pro version

You can never have too much pepperoni on your pizza or own too many clamps.
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Front Porch

Iam in the early stages of building a Very large front porch, will SketchUp help with the drawing stage of the project

After doing a search on it, I can and it will help alot, Thanks....

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pro has LayOut which does 2d sketches for construction.... BUT...

check out the FREE user designed addons ... there is a cutlist addon made by someone on another forum. just google sketchup + addon + whatever-you're-looking-for .... avoid paying the $400 or so for pro which may not even do exactly what you want (without someone elses addon)
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These guys are the SketchUp pros.
http://forums.sketchucation.com/viewforum.php?f=262

Here are a couple of places to find plug-ins,( consider them tools to use within SketchUp)
http://www.smustard.com/scripts/
http://sketchup.google.com/download/plugins.html#ruby

Here's one that will do a material cutlist.
http://lumberjocks.com/daltxguy/blog/5143 oops, I see now someone already posted this one.

Here is a good place to learn some things about SketchUp and woodworking.
http://www.finewoodworking.com/item/...has-a-new-home

I have been using the free version for a couple of years, I am now getting ready to upgrade to the pro version.

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Go the free version! My friend has the pro version which he gave me a copy of and really I have not found it to be any different in the way of wood working as apposed to the free version. From what I can see it is just about the same. He thinks the same thing as well.
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I changed my mind. I am doing work experience at a large (very large) architecture firm in the City at the moment and today I had the oppurtunity to use sketchup pro! I loved it! It has a larger tool set and more!

I would still suggest for people to start with the free version as there is plenty to learn on that, but if you can afford the pro version go for it. Though I would still prefer to buy tools with the money. Luckly I have a friend who is good with computers and has about 5 or 6 different CAD systems, all legal of course .
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