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Forum topic by AM420 posted 06-16-2018 02:16 PM 653 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AM420

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06-16-2018 02:16 PM

I just started using sketch recently with the online free version, but was annoyed I couldn’t print out my designs for taking into my “shop” (garage) and it seemed like my only current options were the $100+ subscription to Sketchup Shop, which is the free web version with a few extras, or the Pro version that is $700!

Both sound way too expensive for hobby work and the free version just seemed to limited. But after some digging around I found out that you can still download the old Sketchup Make version from their site. They just don’t advertise it. To get it you have to go to the url sketch.com/download/all and from there you can still download the 2017 Make desktop version that

It has some helpful things missing from the free web version like Outliner, printing, scenes, etc.

Just thought I’d drop this in as a tip in case anyone else is looking into using Sketchup and are unhappy with the web version like me.


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 06-16-2018 03:49 PM

The web version stinks. If you are just starting out to learn it, you might want to consider also trying Autodesk Fusion 360. It is free for hobbyist and businesses with < $100k revenue (I think that is the number). Might be a little more complex to learn but also more powerful. It is also harder to learn Fusion after you have mastered Sketchup, for me anyway.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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lew

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#2 posted 06-16-2018 04:19 PM

You are right, Sketchup Make 2017 is available for downloads. Unfortunately it will no longer be updated but there are tons of models and tutorials out there that should keep it alive for years to come.

The on line version, as you noted, is woefully inadequate for the typical Sketchup user. Trimble promises to keep working on it but I wonder how many people will become disillusioned and go back to the earlier Make version.

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AM420

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#3 posted 06-16-2018 04:28 PM



You are right, Sketchup Make 2017 is available for downloads. Unfortunately it will no longer be updated but there are tons of models and tutorials out there that should keep it alive for years to come.

The on line version, as you noted, is woefully inadequate for the typical Sketchup user. Trimble promises to keep working on it but I wonder how many people will become disillusioned and go back to the earlier Make version.

- lew

Yeah, I had just assumed they took away some features in the web version so they could make more sales on the subscription and pro version. I doubt they’ll be keen to build it up any more and undercut their own sales.

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htl

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#4 posted 06-16-2018 11:39 PM

If you just want to print something off the screen quick try Windows 10 snipping tool.
Just select the part of the screen you want and hit print.

Here’s a screen save.

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AM420

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#5 posted 06-16-2018 11:55 PM


If you just want to print something off the screen quick try Windows 10 snipping tool.
Just select the part of the screen you want and hit print.

- htl

That’s a good tip. Macs have a similar function. It’s a nice workaround for printing, but other SketchUp functions like Outliner are also very handy to use to keep a project organized.

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Lazyman

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#6 posted 06-17-2018 12:01 PM


The on line version, as you noted, is woefully inadequate for the typical Sketchup user. Trimble promises to keep working on it but I wonder how many people will become disillusioned and go back to the earlier Make version.

- lew

It only took me about 15 minutes to become disillusioned. The web version IS handy if you want to pull up a sketch while away from home to show someone the model and perhaps make very minor tweaks but they didn’t make it compatible with mobile browsers like the iPad so if you are going to have to lug you laptop with you anyway to do that, you might as well use the the desktop version. If I was not already comfortable using Sketchup and just now learning a tool, I would just go with Fusion 360.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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