...I looked at Sketchup a while ago, but gave up without really trying. I am very comfortable with computers, but not with graphic art applications. At the time, Sketchup was an application that you downloaded and installed on your own computer. This thread caused me to take another look at Sketchup. I have a complex project that I might want to do, and paper and pencil are not working, yet. Sketchup skills would help.
Hey Tool Agnostic,
You know...??...I don't think Tony would mind if you started the thread at all. Then we could use your "complex project" as the boiler plate to learn off of...If your open for that?
I am not (nor do I claim at all...!!!!) to being an expert with the program...I'm simply not realy (by comparison) that good at all with it...LMAO..
What I can offer is the following:
1. My experience goes back to the year 2006 when Google launched a free downloadable version called SketchUp. I was trying to dedicate myself to not being so much of a "Luddite." Alas I still don't own or carry a cell phone...!!!...
...but I did start using a computer more and writing a lot more!!! By 2004 I was designing my timber frames and other projects with it...Though I still enjoy illustrations and traditional blue printing/drafting skills a great deal!!!
2. With that above 13 years of experience...I have now graduated to the "pro-version" of the program so I can have better interaction with architects, PE, and clients that have demands for full professional level blue printing of there projects in design and architecture...
3. This is my favorite...Teaching!!!...and I have helped teaching programs with populations from Kindergarten to folks like here on the forum. I would note that Sketchup was a Google Launch project for education...not money!!!...
Wiki has actually a very informative article on the origins and company that is a short and good read to understand its roots much better...Find it at: Sketchup on Wiki
...I don't (didn't!!!!) like it either...NOT ONE BIT!!!...and I thought it was a big pile of when they did it...
...-> I was surprised to find that the free version of Sketchup is online only, which I do not like. It runs in your browser. You work with it in your browser, and save your work on their servers on the internet. I don't like that.
Now, with that venting out of the way, I will share that I understand now why they did it from both a "good business" approach (more control-less logistical updating of to many versions)...and the academic since most schools are "connected."
What I can share is that if you down load the "free version" you get a "free" 30 day trial of the pro-version of the program (AWESOME!!!) but after those 30 days it will revert to "free desktop version SketchUp Make 2017" and that program will never be updated or change here forth...BUT...it is on your own computer with all the control in your hands...!!!
I recommend having both, the "virtual program" (with its updates and great support) and the desk top version so you are afforded the chance to not be "connected!"
...It was a challenging search to find the old free standalone versions of Sketchup ("Sketchup Make 2017") to download from Trimble's website, but I found them. (Don't be tempted by those download aggregator websites, who will install all kinds of malware on your computer!) Those 2017 versions are no longer supported with updates, etc.
...I installed the Mac version of Sketchup Make 2017, but I could not find a way to activate the free version. I was prompted to enter a Pro license, or I could activate a 30 day trial. No free offering was found. I have not yet tested the Windows version.
I'm not a "mac" based person...I actually HATE!!! the company Apple because of some their proprietary shenanigans and "built in" fail point engineering they do among other crap they pull...I can also share that many PE don't use "mac" for the "meat and potato" work they do...only for client interaction and some presentation work do they even own Apple products...
With that said, just down load the free version of Pro...and wait...it will revert to "Sketchup Make 2017" all on its own...
...As far as I can tell, it is no longer possible to obtain and activate a free version of the standalone Sketchup application, at least for Mac. I will test the Windows version later.
Let me know if I can help further...???...I think you can if you just get the pro version...and then wait...but if I'm wrong, that's new and I need to know it!?
...Does anyone know how to activate the standalone application, or is it not possible any longer?
See above...Good luck!!!