Which Version of SketchUp Do You Recommend?

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Forum topic by Terry posted 09-24-2017 09:33 PM 1433 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2017 09:33 PM

I’m thinking about downloading SketchUp and am not sure which product to get. I’m not really interested in 3D solid modeling since my projects are not very complex. I just want to put together some three view drawings and materials lists.



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#1 posted 09-24-2017 09:54 PM

It can do orthographic views but the way the
interface works is 3-d oriented. Thankfully
it’s not very hard to learn.

The free version is fine. You might find a
free CAD program suits you better. Personally
I find Sketchup easier to use than CAD
programs I’ve tried.

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#2 posted 09-25-2017 01:17 AM

The free one is fine for most woodworking stuff. Try it out and see if there is something you want to do that is only available as a paid feature before you shell out the big bucks for it.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#3 posted 09-25-2017 12:57 PM

I’ve had both. if you have a kid in school or a spouse that’s a teacher, you can get it cheap, like 50/year.

I did the professional one, for the layout tool to print full size templates easily and proposals.

I use a cnc and cad now so don’t need to print the templates, I just cut them on cnc.

I use the free one, to do the basics then import into my cad just because i know it well.

Get the cutlist addon, its wonderful for quickly scaling drawings and getting a ballpark on BF requirements.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#4 posted 09-30-2017 04:13 AM

I use the free version and it works well. There are some excellent tutorials and books directed at woodworkers.


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