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#1 posted 02-19-2018 02:21 PM

No need to buy it download is free for anything the average person will use or need!

- Andre

+1. Free version ( 2017 download, not the new web version) has most of what you need for personal or small business use. When you activate it, you get the pro-features free for 30 days so make sure that you check them out before then to see if they are anything you will use regularly. I think that styles and the ability to export plans to PDF and a few other formats are couple that could come in handy but are easy for a hobbiest like myself to do without for the steep price tag.

If you haven t learned a package yet, you might also look at Autodesk Fusion 360. It is also free for personal or small business use, though without loss of features, and seems to have some features that Sketchup doesn t but because its interface is so different can be frustrating to switch to after learning Sketchup first. Because Sketchup seems to be moving their free version to the web (which is awful IMO), I would probably go with Fusion 360 if I was picking one to learn first.

If you do go the Sketchup route, do their online tutorial and then checkout Mathias Wandel s ( YouTube tutorial. I found his tutorial to be the best intro for new users interested in woodworking designs. Also, Fine Woodworking magazine has some good free blog entries for Sketchup tips, especially related to drawing joinery into your plans. BTW a very good free add-in for Sketchup is the Cutlist tool. Very handy for generating a list of components when you are ready to buy materials and build.

- Lazyman

Technically, if you are a small business you have to buy the Pro version. Sketchup licensing sucks. I am going to go all in on Fusion360 because I am not dropping $700 on a program that I don’t really like.

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