SketchUp is a deceptively simple, amazingly powerful tool for creating, viewing and modifying 3D ideas.
- Version:16.1.1450 32-bit / 17.2.2555 64-bit
- License: Shareware (480 minutes evaluation)
- OS: Windows XP/7/8
- Publisher: Trimble Navigation Limited
SketchUp is a deceptively simple, amazingly powerful tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas quickly and easily. SketchUp was developed to combine the elegance and spontaneity of pencil sketching with the speed and flexibility of today’s digital media.
Developed for the conceptual stages of design, SketchUp, this powerful yet easy-to-learn software will allow for quick and easy 3D form creation, the result is an interface that supports a dynamic, creative exploration of 3D form, material and light.
SketchUp will combine a compact yet robust tool-set with an intelligent guidance system that can streamline the 3D drawing process.
Here are some key features of “SketchUp”:
· Our Patented Push/Pull Tool
Push/Pull, as the name implies, enables you to click on a shape and simply push or pull it to create your desired 3D geometry. Much more than just an extrude tool, it allows you to create complex forms quickly and efficiently.
· “Sketchy” Rendering
Sometimes, when you’re just working things out at the beginning of a new design, too much precision in your drawings can be a bad thing, slowing down your thought process. SketchUp’s realtime renderer lets you visually “soften” your drawings with rendering effects like jitter lines, extended edges and dynamic profiles.
· Material Exploration
The relationships between color, texture, form, and light are subtle and cannot simply be inferred from monochromatic models and paint samples. That’s why SketchUp makes it possible for you to experiment with color and texture directly on your model. And for those who are more technically savvy, the surface area of any material is always available for material quantity management and cost estimates.
· Accurate Realtime Shadows
When designing outdoor structures, SketchUp’s real-time shadow casting lets you see exactly where the sun falls as you model, allowing unprecedented dynamic solar planning.
· Interactive Sections
Sectional views have been a part of the designer’s toolbox since the Renaissance. SketchUp’s Section Tool allows you to place cutting planes interactively, and to move them around as you are modeling to dynamically reveal inner details of your model. Once placed, you can export 2D section views of your model in any supported file format for use downstream in your workflow.
· Versatile Component Architecture
Quickly organize geometry for convenient selection, while keeping it isolated from other lines and faces in your model. You can also nest components, providing both complex relationship management and double-click access to any geometry you want to edit at any one time. Once placed, you can edit all instances of a component in your scene simultaneously and interactively, without having to explode or redefine them.
· Dimensions and Annotation
Design for the real world requires accurate communication, so SketchUp gives you a simple but powerful set of tools to pull out dynamic dimension strings as you work, or call attention to a special feature.
· Imports and Exports
No design program works in a vacuum today, and we’ve worked hard to make sure that you can use your SketchUp models in a wide variety of different workflows. With SketchUp, you can import a DWG/DXF site plan as a starting point for design, work up a quick 3d model, then export back to DWG/DXF to create construction documents. SketchUp also exports 3DS, VRML, PDF, EPS, JPG, TIF, PNG and a variety of other file formats for use in all kinds of projects.