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Trimble 推出租賃版 SketchUp 2019 之後,對於用戶所熟悉的傳統賣斷型式 SketchUp Pro (Classic),未來它的命運死活如何?實話實説會是 "We will phase it out eventually."(我們最終將逐步淘汰它!)這樣嗎?
在分享 Matt Donley 的這篇文章後跟帖討論裡面,看到即使 SketchUp Team 的幾位成員大咖跳出來闢謠的説法也莫衷一是,只能靜待時間來證明。
俗話説:"百鳥在林,不如一鳥在手",賣斷版的優點就是不會受制於軟體商,如果弄個軟體用跟每年繳房租一樣,年年漲價,不續繳的話時間一到就給房東掃地出門,多衰。未若賣斷版能讓你用到地老天荒,怎一個爽字了得。
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jbacus 的説法:
"We haven't announced any future end to our existing support and maintenance for perpetual (classic) licensing, so I wouldn't necessarily jump to the conclusion that we are actively working against your best interests. You'll have to decide if you trust us or not, I guess. "
Michellelw 的説法:
"Yes. We will phase it out eventually, but we do not have a timeline as to when the sunset will occur.
Currenly, we do not have a date when we wíll sunset the classic MBS upgrades completely. "
Bryaeosaurys 的説法:
"WOAH! This is absolutely not true. I’m very sorry everyone. We are a big team and wires got crossed here.
Rather than try to hide this I’ll simply say that it is not the true. No decisions have been made to phase out perpetual licenses. We will continue to let our customers and the market as a whole, inform us as to…"
他們共同的説法是:
"No decisions have been made to phase out perpetual lienses."
現在呢?大家該幹什麽還幹什麽去!
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《SketchUp 2019, Subscribe!》
Subscription vs Perpetual?
〔博文分享自 Matt Donley〕
(註:圖中 BricsCAD 是賣斷型軟體從無租賃版,不應列入比較)
By 柏基
SketchUp 2019, Subscribe!
MATT DONLEY FEBRUARY 7, 2019SKETCHUP TUTORIALS, TIPS & TRICKS54 COMMENTS

                               
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After an unusually long wait, SketchUp finally announces the next version of SketchUp. In a nutshell, they have added another way to pay for SketchUp through subscription via different bundles, but the (now called “Classic”) perpetual license is still available. Also, aside from numerous bug fixes and imrpovements, dashes have been added to SketchUp, and desktop VR is now available.
You can now subscribe to SketchUp
Like most of the software industry, Trimble has made the switch to subscription-based software. For those who are cringing right now, it is optional, so if you prefer the old way of purchasing/maintaining SketchUp, and you’re not interested in the extra software and services you get with the subscription bundle, you’re free to continue doing it that way. But if you choose to go with the subscription, you get quite a few additional bundled features.
Here is the lineup of SketchUp subscriptions:
  • SketchUp Free (Free for personal use) – The free version of SketchUp (The free version of SketchUp is now web-based. You use it right in your browser.) It includes a free Trimble Connect Personal subscription (5 collaborators, 2 projects, and 10GB of cloud storage). You also get the SketchUp viewer app for Android & iPhone for free. Access SketchUp Free right now in your browser. Get the SketchUp Viewer Android or iPhone app.
  • SketchUp Shop Subscription ($119/YR) – Premium web-based SketchUp modeling software for commercial use. Great for 3D printing, CNC, woodworkers, and other makers. More advanced import/export capabilities. You also get a Trimble Connect for Business subscription (Unlimited storage, projects, & collaborators), which includes unlimited storage. This subscription also enables the augmented reality feature on the SketchUp mobile app.
  • SketchUp Pro Subscription ($299/YR) – Includes SketchUp Shop (web), SketchUp Pro (desktop), LayOut(desktop), Style Builder, Trimble Connect for Business, Augmented Reality on SketchUp viewer mobile app, and the AR/VR viewer for desktop (Use with Vive or Rift). You will also have access to advanced customer support and SketchUps Learning Management System.
  • SketchUp Studio Subscription ($1199/YR) – Includes everything in the SketchUp Shop & SketchUp Pro subscription, but includes a license to Sefaira, Trimbles building performance analysis software.
Classic license still available
  • SketchUp Pro Classic (One-Time $695, then optional $119/YR) – Includes SketchUp Pro, LayOut, Style Builder, Trimble Connect Personal.
Remember, you can still purchase a perpetual SketchUp Pro “Classic” license for a one-time fee of $695, which includes one year of upgrades and maintenance. After that, you can pay an optional $119/yr maintenance fee to retain support and upgrades. But by not purchasing the SketchUp Pro subscription bundle, you will not have access to SketchUp Shop, AR SketchUp viewer on mobile, AR/VR desktop app, or Trimble Connect for Business.
classiclicense.png The pricing chart on the SketchUp page conveniently hides the classic license option at the bottom, as if to say, “Yeah, you can buy a perpetual license, but please don’t.” lol. Here’s a direct link to the classic license pricing chart: https://www.sketchup.com/products/pro-classic
If you are already a SketchUp Pro “Classic” license holder, go to
https://www.sketchup.com/license/renew to check your upgrade eligibility. There is quite a lot of confusion as to how existing license holders will be treated if they want to transition to a subscription plan. The recommended course of action is to contact the SketchUp team directly to work out a solution.
The big question is how long will the “Classic” perpetual license be offered? That answer to that question seems to be confusing even to the SketchUp team. Via jbacus & michellelw & Bryceosaurus:
classic-confusion-2-1024x1024 (1).png Coincidentally, Trimble had their Q4 2018 earnings call on the same day SketchUp 2019 was announced, and they seem to be hinting at a full conversion to a subscription model as well. You call read the full transcript at https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcripts/2019/02/06/trimble-navigation-ltd-trmb-q4-2018-earnings-confe.aspx
earningscall (1).png (ARR stands for Annual Recurring Revenue in this context.)
Subscription vs Perpetual?
If you’re wondering whether it makes sense to go with a classic license, check out the break-even chart I made below. Assuming Trimble will still offer the classic license far into the future (see above, probably not), you’d break even with the Pro subscription after only 3 years.
Remember, it’s not an apples to apples comparison, because the Pro subscription not only includes desktop SketchUp Pro and LayOut, but you also get the following:
  • Includes subscription to SketchUp Shop
  • SketchUp AR/VR desktop app (for Vive, Rift, Hololens, WMR)
  • SketchUp mobile AR viewer
  • Unlimited cloud storage with your Trimble Connect for Business account.
image-1.png Subscription Rant
Now, I would imagine that there’s a large majority of professional SketchUp users who have no interest in the web-based SketchUp Shop, and haven’t added a Virtual Reality headset to their toolbox yet. For those of you in this camp, you probably feel like the subscription isn’t worth it from a value perspective, and also feel like it takes away some of your leverage as a user of a piece of software.
Here’s a quote from John Bacus (SketchUp Product Manager), on the SketchUp forum, when he announced the new version.
johnquote.png “From our perspective, we have to earn your business over and over again every day you are under subscription. With perpetual licenses, we only have to convince you to buy once to satisfy our business model. The way I see it, a subscription is good for you because it keeps our performance as a team aligned well with your ongoing happiness. If you aren’t satisfied, you can cancel the subscription and move on to whatever alternative you find to be more satisfying.” – John Bacus, Product Management Director @ SketchUp
Now in my humble opinion, I disagree with this. You can read my response to his post here. Switching to a subscription service does not create more accountability for Trimble to continue to make SketchUp better, and actually does the opposite, especially when a user becomes dependent on the software.
If a user owns a classic perpetual license, they know that they will always have access to the version they purchased. If a new version comes out, and the user is not impressed, he can easily choose not to upgrade, and just keep using the old version he already has. This creates leverage and incentive on Trimble to make sure new versions are substantially improved upon to earn new purchases and upgrades.
On the other hand, if a user is a subscriber, and the user feels like the new version is not worthy of an upgrade, now the user has to decide whether to completely ditch SketchUp altogether. That is a much harder decision to make, because if he doesn’t continue his subscription, his license is not perpetual so he will completely lose access to SketchUp Pro.
A subscription-based software license gives substantially more leverage to the software company, not the user, especially once a user becomes dependent on the software. Although, it is more affordable for users up front.
Disclaimer/Hypocrisy: I do pay for several subscription-based software, including the entire Adobe suite @ $53/mo, so I find myself in this trap as well!
RANT over 🙂 🙂
Download the trial
Regardless of how you feel about the new pricing structure, you are entitled to a 30-day free trial. Get the 30-day trial at https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup
Trimble has slowly been rolling out their new training platform @
https://learn.sketchup.com/. So definitely check that out as well.
When you activate the trial, you will get a 30-day trial to SketchUp Studio. Here’s a screenshot of what my trial looks like on my account page. Check out that big list of goodies included. Remember, with a SketchUp Pro subscription, you’d get all of this, with the exception of Sefaira.
image.png New Feature(s) in SketchUp Pro 2019
The SketchUp team has done a lot of work improving all of the SketchUp products. This is evident by searching for the term “Fixed an issue” in the official release notes.
image-4 (1).png Every year, we always hope to see a ton of new features, but it’s important to remember the amount of work that goes towards making SketchUp more stable, reliable, and compatible with operating systems and hardware. Here are some other search terms to provide some perspective:
  • 11 hits for the term “improved”.
  • 146 hits for the term “fixed”.
  • ~42 hits for the term “added”.

More fixes and improvements than additions… Unfortunately, the added features leave a lot to be desired.
Dashed lines….layers only?
This is the big new feature of SketchUp Pro 2019. We now have the ability to apply dashed lines to the edges in our model.  Good news is that if you were exploding your site boundary viewports once they were imported into LayOut in order to apply a dash style to them, you no longer need to do that. You can keep the viewports linked to your model. This feature is ideal for things like property setbacks and other boundaries. You can also use it to add dashed lines to your window and door components to indicate swing.
dashed-lines-1-1024x534.jpg To add dashed edges in your model, follow these steps:
  • Create some geometry, Triple-click > Right-click > Make Group.
  • Add a new layer, assign the group to that layer via the Entity Info Panel layer dropdown menu.
  • Click in the Dashes column in the Layer you just created, select a dash style from the dropdown menu. All the edges in the group should now display the dash style you selected.
image-9.png (You don’t want to change the dash style of Layer0, because then ALL of the edges in your model will be overridden to display that dash. If you leave Layer0 with Default dashes, then edges will inherit the dash style of whatever layer is assigned to the group.component they reside in. This is a good thing.)
There is a global dashes visibility toggle in the Styles panel. So you can configure some styles to show dashes, and have other styles only show solid edges. By default, all styles have dashes enabled. You can change this in your style by going to the Styles panel > Edit > Edges > and checking the Dashes checkbox.
2019-02-07_9-27-47.png Dashes are pretty limited in how they were executed.
  • First of all, edge “dashes” are a layer property, instead of an entity property. So instead of having edge dashes work like how materials are applied to faces, you have to assign entities to a specific layer in order for the edges to have the dash style appear. Imagine if you could only change a face’s material by changing the layer the face was assigned to?
  • Having dashes as a layer property will encourage users to assign entities to something other than Layer0, which is strongly discouraged because it can cause geometry to unexpectedly change even when a layer is hidden. This will be especially tempting for new users who aren’t familiar with the struggles of keeping Layer0 active.
  • This will cause an increase in the number of layers used in a project, instead of a decrease. In general, it’s better to have as few layers as necessary to keep things simple.
  • There is no way to control the thickness of the edge dashes individually. It’s still a global setting applied to the style, affecting the entire model. So if you like displaying your construction boundaries at different thicknesses in LayOut, you’re still going to have to stack multiple viewports in LayOut. But this only works if you are showing edges that stack well in a two dimensional layer stack. If you have anything tricky where parts of the model are supposed to obscure parts of the dashed edge, you won’t be able to use this method.
However, if you want to have different colors for your edges, you can always use the “Color by Material” style option on edges. (Did you know that you can apply materials directly to edges?)
CAD-import.png That’s the end of the list for “new features” in SketchUp Pro 2019! Aside from a redesign of the Welcome Screen, everything else has been bug fixes or improvements to existing functionality, such as:
  • Now that your Trimble ID has become more important, you’ll notice that there’s an additional icon in the toolbar for you to manage your account.
  • DWG Imports/exports materials. Entities on frozen layers import as non-visible.
  • PDF export options have been simplified.
  • 3D Warehouse can now search by category.
  • Rename scenes by right-clicking the scene tab.
  • Changed some icons in the layers panel and shuffled some columns.
  • Tape Measure tool now displays coordinates when hovering over points, and shows a tooltip with the measurements so you don’t have to look at the measurements box.
  • Fixed slow zoom issue when your mouse isn’t over any geometry.
  • Added a space between number and unit.
  • Tweaked filled section cut rendering, which allows a section cut to be filled if there is a hidden face surrounded by two visible faces being cut.
  • Added ability to edit selected component by pressing Enter.
  • A whole bunch of bug fixes.
Side Note: To prevent the welcome panel from appearing every time you open SketchUp, go to Preferences > General > Startup. In LayOut, you can turn it off in Preferences > Startup.
New Features in LayOut
In LayOut, we of course have gained some controls over the new SketchUp dashes that were introduced. You can change the line stroke width and dashes scale while a viewport is selected in the SketchUp Model panel.
dasheswidth (1).png The Line Weight control that used to be under the Styles tab has moved to a sticky location on the panel and renamed to Line Scale, and they added a global multiplier dropdown menu to control the length of dashes in your model.
line-control-2.png File Locking – If you try to open a file that’s already open, you’ll see a message indicating that it’s read-only.
Export to SketchUp – There is now an export to SketchUp option in LayOut, which will turn everything into model space so you can edit it in SketchUp.
Mouse Scroll Speed Controller – Go to Edit > Preferences > General > Scroll Speed to adjust the speed of your zoom in LayOut.
Improved DWG import and Export – Added the ability to define model space units when importing dwg.
What’s the deal with Trimble Connect? image-5 (1).png
The Trimble Connect extension for SketchUp has been around since at least 2014, so it’s not a new product, but it’s being marketed more strongly in 2019. I believe it gets installed automatically when you install SketchUp Pro 2019, but if I’m wrong, you can get it here. You can get 10GB for free, but with a Shop, Pro, or Studio subscription, you get unlimited storage and more collaboration features. So what does Trimble Connect actually do?
  • Cloud Storage for your models. This works pretty seamlessly for SketchUp Free and SketchUp Shop, as it’s the default save location when you save a model on any of those two SketchUp for Web platforms. Trimble Connect also connects to the SketchUp Viewer for Android and iPhone. I’ve found Trimble Connect to work kind of slow in SketchUp Pro. It has improved a little bit, but still feels a little sluggish.
  • Model Reference Management So, I’ve had some trouble testing this. Every time I imported a reference model, then published the main model back to the cloud, the imported references would disappear the next time I downloaded the model. I’ve had some discussions with the SketchUp team on this and apparently I’m using the feature wrong. So I will have to dig deeper on this feature to see exactly how it works.
  • Cloud Collaboration Platform When you publish a SketchUp model to Trimble Connect, it becomes accessible in the cloud by any collaborators you invite to the project. Your project team can then access the collaboration platform in their browser at https://app.connect.trimble.com, on their phone using the mobile app (iPhone, Android), or on the desktop software, where they have 3D navigation, measurement, markup tools, issue tracking, attachments, commenting and task assignment. Trimble Connect is cross-platform, and can accept a number of different file formats.
  • Clash Detection – You can perform simple clash detection on Trimble Connect. (Just to be clear, this functionality exists in the Trimble Connect website, not through the Trimble Connect Extension inside SketchUp Pro.)
Here’s the help section on how to use Trimble Connect.
Mobile AR Viewer
Trimble has had a mobile AR (Augmented Reality) feature for some time now, which was free to use during beta testing. But with the release of 2019, it has been repositioned as a premium feature for SketchUp Shop, Pro, and Studio subscribers. The Premium AR feature is actually built into the free SketchUp viewer app for mobile. Get it for AndroidOR Get it for iPhone. The feature unlocks when you log into a Trimble account that has it enabled.
ARapp.png I’ve got to say, it’s pretty darn cool, and really provides a new way to communicate with others about your design, in a much more interactive way. The fact that it is built into the SketchUp mobile app really makes it accessible, not only to you, but to your clients as well.
Desktop AR/VR viewer
With 2019, the desktop AR/VR viewer has been released. For some reason, there hasn’t been much talk about it. The Hololens app has existed for some time now, but it appears that it has been merged with this new SketchUp Viewer program. With this desktop program, you can view your SketchUp model with your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality headset, or the Microsoft Hololens. Personally I have the HTC Vive, which I love, and was able to test out the new SketchUp VR app.
desktop-vr.png After the convoluted initial setup, requiring you to take off your headset and log into your Trimble account in your browser, then go back to your headset, you’re met with a tutorial walk-through on how to use the large in-VR menu.
From there, you must navigate through the menu to select the model you want to load, then you position it in 3D space. You can switch to a full scale mode where you can walk around the model in VR. You do have full control over your layers
The implementation of the menu is kind of strange. It just sort of floats around, trying to position itself in a convenient location as you look around in the model. But when you actually try to look at the menu, it will just start floating away to the right unless you keep your controller cursor hovering over it. I much prefer the more common implementation of menus that are physically attached to the controller.
I’m going to be a much more in depth review of the VR app, but overall, I’m a little surprised at how the VR was executed. The core value of SketchUp is simplicity. I kind of expected the official SketchUp VR app to be similar to how Enscape’s VR feature works. (Enscape is my absolute favorite SketchUp VR implementation so far.) It’s one button, that you click from inside SketchUp, and boom, you’re inside your model in VR. It renders beautifully, and it’s a live link to your model! Any changes you make to your model are immediately shown while you are still in VR! It’s really awesome.
But the official SketchUp VR app feels clunky, especially with how the menu floats around. But just the fact that a tutorial walkthough is needed just to get you oriented to how to use it makes me a little disappointed.
Final Thoughts
Let’s back up a little bit. SketchUp is an awesome program. A lack of new features does not make it any less valuable than it was last year. It’s also important to remember just how much value you are getting when compared to other software. SketchUp beats pretty much all other premium 3D modeling software as far as cost, when you look at annual subscriptions. Of course you can’t forget about free software such as Blender.

                               
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A few years ago, Trimble decided to invest in a completely new platform to build SketchUp Free and SketchUp Shop that can run in your browser. They developed an app for Hololens, Vive, Rift, WMR. They created the SketchUp mobile app. That decision has taken a lot of developer resources away from the desktop software, SketchUp Pro and LayOut. Trimble has made a bet that creating an ecosystem of interconnected software will provide more value to its users than simply sticking with one, main desktop platform.
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In my opinion, I would’ve rather seen more commitment to improving SketchUp Pro and LayOut, and continue with SketchUp Make, the old free, desktop version. It was really disappointing to learn that free users will no longer have access to extensions, and that the “new free version” of SketchUp has many features removed. But hopefully we will see more commitment from Trimble moving forward, with this latest shift in their business model.
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  • Duane KempFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 2:46 PM
    The best write up I’ve read yet. Excellent coverage and unbiased as is needed. Thank you for posting… I’m definitely sharing this one. Good job, Matt.


  • Mario cortesFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 2:48 PM
    greetings from Costa Rica. First of all I want to say that I use skp since 2005 so I love this program. When I opened the page to see what SKP 2019 brings, I found a great animated presentation and I thought, waw they have incorporated something new and it looks great !, but seeing the SKP2019 I see that it does not bring new nda in that sense, so I have two concerns:
    1- because it promotes such a magnificent image that was undoubtedly made at the beginning with skp but it is another program that performs the magic. Is not this dangerous, as soon as they lose credibility to be able to understand that the program makes these effects and does not really do them?
    2-It would be great to teach how they did, really very hopeful to think that one comes to make this type of presentation using only SKP.
    I want SKP, that’s why I consult.



  • Tony FranklinFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 2:55 PM
    Deeply disappointed by all this and frankly it’s not good enough.
    With a small one man architectural design business I seriously have to question the added value in the new offering and frankly I have already started to look at Blender…Au Revoir Sketchup!?



  • Jim M.FEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 2:56 PM
    Wow Matt, since the announcement (or lack thereof through all channels), I have to say that you are probably the only person thus far, to put everything into clear, concise and intelligent perspective. I’ve watched the vids on Youtube and have read the subsequent backfire of angry posts from people around the net (I chimed in at one point but gave up, throwing my hands in the air), but anyways, as I see it, being a user of the Pro version 2018 (with a less than 24-hour upgrade to 2019) that yeah, we’re just getting more of the same of what we already had, but it appears that the Trimble team now have a solid enough base (through sales telemetry), that they can dedicate more resources on their end to start “field testing” new features (via the subscription model), instead of stick the “perpetuals” with something they’ll never use and ponder why they paid what they did for it. On the other hand, and one I side with, i like having the software “in hand”, like the good old days and subscriptions are annoying (intrusive pop ups during a session, letting you know updates are available) and then subsequently stopping your work to see what is new in the update and then choosing whether to do it now or later.
    Cost is a HUGE factor here, and being the Pro user with an active M&S with Trimble, I’ll hold out as long as I can with renewing the M&S at $120/yr, because in truth, it is a better value and I don’t necessarily feel I need the latest and greatest (plugins tend to fill in the blanks for me), but IF and WHEN Trimble decides to cut the cord on the M&S (or raise the cost), I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
    In any case, thanks for the in-depth article, it’s worthy of the read.


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      Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:25 PM
      Yeah, thanks for the feedback. It’s just really becoming clear how Trimbles “master plan” that was started back when they launched the web version of SketchUp, is aimed at creating an ecosystem of products that can be bundled together at different price points. It seems like they are trying to create more separation between other modeling solutions, in order to create a unique, niche market. I would’ve preferred seeing them double down on improving SketchUp Pro and LayOut, and continue with SketchUp Make. And they do have a sweet spot as far as pricing and what they offer.
      Btw, I just find it weird though, how Trimble Connect is being marketed as if it’s some new thing that’s been created for 2019, when in fact, it’s been around for YEARS, and has never really worked right. Hoping we’ll see some positive changes from this moving forward.



  • JamesFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:07 PM
    Thanks for your honest assessment. I have been a fan of Sketchup for around 6 years. I like the collaborative outlook of the many free extensions and the 3D warehouse. From what I have read over the last 2 days Sketchup 2019’s introduction of the subscription approach will be the end of loyalty to Sketchup for many users.


  • Bill AdamsFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:08 PM
    I do theatre set design but not so much as I used to. SketchUp has been great for this and I’ve used it for years and it’s all I use the program for. These days I don’t get paid for my designs; it’s all volunteer work. So when I hear about Trimble’s shift in policy, that would require me to go to it’s subscription model with expensive annual upgrades, I am not happy. Let me stick with a version that works for me, (SketchUp Pro 2018). It’s all I need. I don’t want to get pushed into a position where I have to dump the whole program because it got too expensive – because I am not profiting from it.



  • Mike LuceyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:12 PM
    Thanks for this review Matt. As ever it’s to the point and fair.



  • Dale MartensFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:13 PM
    Great article, Matt!
    Awesome job in breaking down the subscription options and new products. Best of luck as you launch back into creating more cool SU content. I always enjoy reading your stuff.



  • marcFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:18 PM
    Some clarity…. thank you!


  • Scott RaymondFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:21 PM
    Subscription models do two things:
    1. Guarantee income and profit projections for corporations
    2. Breed complacency
    Adobe is an exception, who continues to innovate and improve. Autodesk, by contrast, seems to come out with ever more lackluster updates actually valuable to the working Architect. They’re too busy chasing the next shiny VR object than acting on the hundreds of of truly useful User Requests made over the past two decades.
    Agreed that SU is still a supremely useful product. but has seen little in the way of true value improvements since the @last days. Google and Trimble have done little to bring genuine ‘evangelist’ improvements to core users.


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      Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:56 PM
      Yeah, I’m on the hook with Adobe, but I use Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Lightroom, Lightroom mobile, After Effects, AND Dreamweaver. I get all that (and more programs that I could never find time to learn) for $53/mo. They update the programs so frequently, and it would cost a fortune to pay for all those programs outright (if that’s even still possible?) It’s a lot of value for what I’m getting. And the technology changes so frequently, that I can understand paying for ongoing improvements. I’ve got numerous other Saas apps that I pay for to run my business too, so I’m not totally against subscriptions, but don’t tell me that subscriptions are better for the user because it makes you earn our business every single day. That’s just not true.



  • Mike NFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:22 PM
    Nice review – and without histrionic ranting. 🙂 I was hoping SketchUp would one day become a White Knight alternative to the nightmare that is Revit, but that will never be the case. Software vendors would rather emulate the “gotcha” model of Autodesk than offer a better alternative. Keep up the good work.


  • Bob McCarterFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:27 PM
    Good write up, Matt.
    I haven’t even downloaded the 2019 version yet, but from what I’ve read, “underwhelming” comes to mind. And you’re completely on target with your comments about the subscription vs purchase option. If you decide to cancel the subscription, you no longer have access to the software. I’ll stick with 2018 Pro, or maybe upgrade to 2019 (I’m in no hurry and the differences aren’t that compelling).
    Sketchup is a good program, but there are so many things about it that need to be corrected, and these get ignored for years. Multiple layers “m”, for instance, because enter key doesn’t release a text field, LIKE EVERY OTHER PIECE OF SOFTWARE THAT I’M AWARE OF. Yea, I’m on a Mac. Sluggishness with large models – mine are always around 150 megs and the software gets very iffy at that point. There are lists of gripes out there that have noted these same issues for years.
    I’ll stick with SU because I’m way to busy trying to find work to have time to put the effort into learning new software that I’ve put into SU over the years. But I sure don’t have a lot of confidence in the future of it. I hope I’m wrong.



  • steveFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:28 PM
    Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas.
    Apologies but parts of your article do feel a little like that.
    For eduction the students can work on pro in class but then have nothing outside of class given that the web based solution is just awful for them. Trimble seem to be missing the point that the next generation of users is being overlooked.
    Short-term view for short-term rewards.


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      Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:47 PM
      Hi Steve, I don’t really understand your “Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas”comment, lol, but I’m also disappointed that Trimble decided to discontinue SketchUp Make, and replaced it with the web-based SketchUp Free. I think the entire web-based version of SketchUp has taken a lot away from the desktop software development resources.



  • John HamiltonFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:30 PM
    Like you, I’ve built my business around Sketch-Up. Rather disappointed in Trimble – feel it’s a slap in the face. That being said, I’m somewhat confused about the subscription vs. the old licensing. If I’m reading this correctly, I’m paying $695 for a product I’ve been able to formerly upgrade to for about $130. Please, somebody correct me if I’m wrong – and I want to be. That’s a slap in the face to loyal users like me who have used SketchUp since version 1 with @Last software.
    I’d gladly upgrade to SU2019 by not at a highway robbery price and a promise to do better in the future. What are you thinking Trimble?
    I’ll subscribe to the subscription model if I see a better commitment by Trimble to the product to be the best. My wallet is closed (for now).


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      Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 3:45 PM
      Hi John, There are MANY MANY people confused as to how a transition from a “classic” license to the new subscription license would work, including myself. The good news is that right now, if you are an existing SketchUp Pro user, you are not being forced to change anything. You can continue with your classic license and the $120/year maintenance fee, and continue with SketchUp Pro 2019 and LayOut 2019. (If you’re already under a maintenance plan, you actually don’t have to pay anything right now.) You can check the status of your license at https://www.sketchup.com/license/renew. But if you did decide you wanted to get the additional benefits of subscribing to the $299/yr plan (Trimble Connect Business plan, SketchUp Shop access, AR features on Mobile, VR desktop app) I get the impression that they are willing to work out some sort of transition deal for existing customers, but I haven’t seen anything official on that, other than to individually contact support. https://help.sketchup.com/en/contact-support



      • JamesFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 4:30 PM
        Sketchup 2019 discussions raise another question for me. Why when Sketchup states perpetual Sketchup Pro perpetual annual maintenance and support fee is $120 US dollars am I being charged £120 UK pounds (plus VAT making a total of £144) for my annual maintenance and support? Can you explain why in the UK we don’t pay the same $120 fee, which even with the current poor exchange rate is only around £90? (and with VAT should be just £108 annually?) I have ben paying £144. Have I been overcharged for several years? Does this mean a subscription in the UK would not be $299 but in fact £299 pounds sterling (plus VAT)? It gets worse.


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          Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 4:40 PM
          Hi James, I wish I had an answer for you. But I’m interested in knowing as well.



          • IanFEBRUARY 8, 2019 AT 6:30 AM
            Hi Matt, big fan of your work. I sent a reply to James about his UK subscription cost of £120 , plus 20% VAT, total cost £140 UK pounds. My UK subscription was renewed in November 2018 at a cost of £199, plus VAT, total cost £238 UK pounds! Too annoyed at the moment to look at this cost in dollars but it clearly makes no sense at all.
            When I queried the cost I was told it was the figure that Trimble/SketchUp had put on the next upgrade. I’ve gone back to my supplier asking for an explanation.



        • IanFEBRUARY 8, 2019 AT 5:23 AM
          Don’t know how you did it James but my UK maintenance and support subscription was renewed in November 2018 at a cost of £199.00+VAT (£238.80), when I queried the amount I was told that the cost was governed by Trimble/SketchUp. It was always the case that if you didn’t renew your annual subscription and you ever wanted to upgrade at some point you were back to square one, having to pay the full cost of SketchUp. So as a loyal SU ‘upgrader’, non-VAT registered, sole practitioner, ‘conned’ is the way I’m feeling right now.



          • JamesFEBRUARY 8, 2019 AT 10:01 AM
            Hi Ian,
            I renewed maintenance and support in August 2018, maybe that’s why it was cheaper? I think it’s dodgy that the price we pay in UK (or any other country) isn’t based upon the dollar exchange rate at the date of purchase/renewal of chosen product. What do other people think?






  • Michael BolsterFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 4:13 PM
    Thanks Matt. Very good and balanced analysis. Really appreciate your insights. Subscription-based business models seem a growing if not inevitable trend in almost every aspect of consumer life. It seems fairly clear this latest move by Trimble is a ‘profit’ move rather than an ‘improved product’ move. Obviously the two moves do not have to be exclusive of each other but it appears Trimble has chosen the former. A future step by Trimble, easy to imagine, is to monetize the Warehouse. Revenue sharing with original artists for every download. Nevertheless, still a great & inexpensive product. Viva La Classic.


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      Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 4:28 PM
      That’s another thing that gets me. The justification that a subscription payment model “enables” Trimble to deliver updates more frequently. That’s completely unrelated. There’s no reason they can’t keep a perpetual license model, and continue to charge for maintenance and support annually, while delivering as many updates as they want throughout the year. If they needed to increase the annual fee for the maintenance in order to justify additional development hiring and resources to pay for getting more features produced, I think most people would understand that. But to say that the “only way” we can deliver updates throughout the year is to make it so you lose your license when you stop paying us, makes no sense.



  • Scott RaymondFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 4:43 PM
    Supplement to previous Comment:
    As Matt accurately stated previously, SU is still an awesome and valuable product. An ongoing subscription at $120 a year is fair and reasonable for a product, even with marginal improvements. I currently spend over $4000 a year in professional subscriptions between Autodesk Building Suite, SketchUp, Adobe Suite, Lumion (about $1000 every two years), MS Office and so forth.
    Aside from Lumion, these are probably the minimums for any Architectural office, so not cheap, but necessary. The least we expect from our software providers is good faith in the form of practical and requested improvements, quick response to questions, continued troubleshooting of bugs and errata.
    Where is the incentive to improve when income is guaranteed? There is none, unless it is deeply embedded in the company culture, as it was at @Last 18 years ago. I see little to none of this at Trimble. Most of the ‘new features’ are simply an excuse to raise rates and offer no real value to the day-to-day SU users. Change my mind.


  • Michael SimpsonFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 4:54 PM
    I feel like I am watching an old friend die. I have used Sketchup since its earliest versions and in the early days it was an incredible tool and step forward–but they haven’t made enough improvements and now they introduce a subscription program that does nothing for me except escalate costs. Time to move on.


  • NENO LENNARDFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 5:07 PM
    Good review but pretty politically correct…
    I’ve been with Sketchup since 2003… It’s the infinite expectation that finally, they’ll do something with it as it needs a complete re-write.. Tips and tricks is not enough to make this hollow, solid-less toy a proper BIM as some claim, UI utter Mickey Mouse, Relationship Between Sketchup and Layout super retarded, layers!!!, scenes, hide-unhide, constant confusion. Group, ungroup, component, explode, double click and click a million times… It does not seem that they care about a few “professional users” who are desperate for a truly integrated BIM solution that can deliver a spanking set of construction documents as it should. On the contrary, I am sitting with super-duper PC that Sketchup doesn’t “see” at all, Layout doesn’t utilize GPU…Waiting, waiting, waiting…10 years ago maybe but today this is utterly unacceptable…
    Matt, I know that 2019 is far below your expectations and I feel for you as you have invested a great deal of time and effort, not to mention enthusiasm that is pushing you forward. Most probably in Dire-Straits. Sadly, they have failed us in a big way..New licensing just reiterates the fact that money (big-brother control) is the governing factor for the future direction, not software development..So much real stuff is missing and 1st time I feel pretty disillusioned about the future prospect and quite frankly utterly disappointed with their mumbo-jumbo…This donkey as it is will never race as a thorough bread. But in the end, who cares..
    Bumped into this – Edificius is the BIM software for improved architectural design :
    https://www.accasoftware.com/en/bim-architectural-software?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl_aSos6q4AIVSSrTCh0lGAawEAAYASAAEgIYo_D_BwE
    Funnily enough, it’s dancing with Sketchup!



  • Joe DrafterFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 5:11 PM
    thanks Matt for the nice resumé. It almost feels good to see so many loyal users with businesses depending on SU, just like you and I, who have the same opinion. And all their reaction in this in a short amount of time. I just hope that Trimble will catch the message and do something about it. The last thing I want is seeing SU goes but with what just happened, if Trimble ignore the “event”, I’m scared the structure will collapse eventually and even if we grip the boat, we will sunk one day. I saw the popularity and reputation of SketchUp raising every year but it’s still fragile. and now I have the feeling the all thing drop down overnights. That will unfortunately takes a lot of time to be forgotten. I’m not pissed, I’m sad and worried!


  • T_omFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 5:11 PM
    Matt, I have always enjoyed your instruction videos on SketchUp. And I am a long-time SketchUp user myself.
    But the hand writing was on the wall when SketchUp 2018 was released and virtually killed any reason hobby users would bother with it any more. Removing plugins from the online “Make” version killed its usefulness and also screwed all the plugin developers that spent countless hours developing plugins for a wider audience than just Architectural drafting pros.
    There are SO many more options out there now that I strongly believe you would be better served by exploring and documenting “How To” guides in something like Fusion 360 than hanging on to SketchUp. The main window into your target userbase appears to be YouTube. That’s not where the pros are going. You would have a larger base by dumping SketchUp now while the time is ripe and going another direction.
    Doesn’t sound good, I know. It’s hard to change the trajectory of an arrow in flight when it is going to miss its target.
    But I (and many others I know) are done with SketchUp. Let Trimble grub for money from someone else.


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      Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 5:34 PM
      I was definitely disappointed when they killed SketchUp Make. As for myself, I truly believe in SketchUp and what it could become, despite what we’re seeing before us. I should also say that I have personally met most of the SketchUp team, and they are brilliant, talented people. I think it’s more of a problem with upper upper management, (like, maybe some big wig in a Trimble headquarters somewhere, not even in the local SketchUp office in Boulder) making high level decisions that are directing SketchUp to move this direction. idk, maybe I’m wrong.



      • Bob McCarterFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 9:13 PM
        No, you’re spot on, Matt. Its definitely some accounting department big wig, far away from the crew in Boulder and farther away from the Sketchup community.
        Same as it ever was.




  • Chuck SullivanFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 5:20 PM
    Thank you for the great analysis and well written clarification of what was in the SketchUp subscription release. When I first read the Trimble release information I could not figure out what it meant to me in my small architectural practice. You helped me understand, but if did not fix the negative feelings I now have towards Trimble because of how their SketchUp release information appears to think of and treat me as a long term customer of theirs.
    I am a not very proficient, but very long-time user of SketchUp in my architectural practice. I dutifully purchased a copy of SketchUp many years ago and paid for the annual maintenance subscription plan (just renewed). Similarly, 29 years ago + I purchased an AutoCad package and pay for the annual maintenance plan.
    Autodesk has changed both their emphasis of support towards the Revit product and they have gone to the subscription model. I have not benefited by the Autodesk model. It leaves the long-time AutoCad users to worry about when we will be left without our AutoCad package and the cost and learning curve a new Cad program will require.
    SketchUp is following this model. I am not sure of the value of what SketchUp has added to the package. I likely won’t use the AR/VR package in the near future, I don’t know what Shop and Connect for Business are, etc. So paying another $180.00/yr does not make sense.
    One of SketchUp’s clear benefits is the sharing between all of the SketchUp community. Will that remain?
    The email “conversation” with JBacus makes it clear SketchUp really is planning to cast their long-time user by the wayside as part of their future focus. The JBacus response statements substantiate this belief.
    So I guess those of us who were happy with benefits of the “old” way and the ever present qualities and improvements to SketchUp will now have to sit like Damocles, under the sword, waiting for the next release shoe to drop.
    Thank you again Matt


  • Neil StansburyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 5:57 PM
    I for one won’t be renewing my license this year, and am now actively examining Fusion360.
    I am frankly sick to death of the bugs in SU, the crashes, poor inferences and inconsistent behaviors. I reluctantly upgraded to 2018 and will go no further. Layout has always been an obvious ‘bolt-on-afterthought’ and its work flow shows it everyday.
    Views and layers have always been staggeringly badly designed and poorly implemented and even though I know how they work intimately, they continue to annoy me incessantly.
    I now find myself regularly swearing at 2018 for refusing to do things it did 10 minutes ago, or just flatly refusing altogether, and I still can’t do simply basic things like import linked child models into a parent for reuse.
    It was a fun whilst it was fun, but now it just isn’t. With Fusion360’s great support for 3D printing and FEA simulations I already know where I’ll be going…


  • Jeff MacCabeFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 6:06 PM
    Good info and informed opinion Matt. As a user for 18 years it’s pulling on my heartstrings too… I, however, function in a corporate setting where resources are a bit freer and a non-issue in this case. The issue for me is feeling un-heard and undesired as a customer. I love SketchUp, we all do, and we all want to see it grow. More and more I’m finding myself seeking out other software that is able to accomplish what I’m trying to do as SketchUp fails to rise up to the task. Clients are demanding ever more complex, data-rich, beautiful deliverables and I find myself heartbroken that my favorite modeling program doesn’t always meet the bill. I am a SketchUp fanboy… and always will be so I appreciate your thorough assessment Matt and am will be curious to see what effect this “negativity” may have on the matter. Looking forward to your video.


  • George GekasFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 6:50 PM
    I don’t care to be beholden to any corporation. If I must I’ll just go back to sketching…pencil and paper never breaks.


  • MarkFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 6:52 PM
    Nice write-up, Matt. I personally saw this coming a year + ago when they came out with the 2-18 version and killed off ‘Make” in favor of the anemic and crippled web based version. Per that, I still use my 2017 desktop version, with all the bells and whistles that the plug-in community have so graciously provided. Thank you Plug-in developers!
    Now, I get that Trimble is an architectural based firm and that the SU user base is probably greater than 75% in the architectural field. Me, Im a “Maker”, primarily scale models, movie props, and sometimes jewelry. Its a hobby, and comes nowhere close to the income I would need to live off of. I quite frankly could not do what I need to do with a web based version that has no plug-in support. There are so many other industries and hobbies out there that could benefit from the use of this so very easy to learn piece of software. Trimble – Bring back the “Make version”, hell, make it 3 versions back if you want to, the hobbyist and weekend users all feel like you have abandoned them. Your subscription model does not benefit us in the slightest! When @Last Software first created this, they had in mind so many uses. You should remember that and not abandon some of your most loyal users.
    ***Rant over.***
    Thanks again Matt for your review and insight.


  • Chipp WaltersFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 7:24 PM
    Hey Matt, Thanks for taking the time to write this review. By far the clearest and easiest to understand of any reporting done yet!
    Especially interested in your reactions to Enscape and VR/AR as that’s where I’ve spent a lot of time lately, but rather with Unity and Blender. Love my Vive as well.
    Good stuff?
    If I may impose, could I ask you to contact me at chippATchippDOTcom ? I have a couple further questions.



  • Rich MontenaFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 8:18 PM
    I think the biggest problem SU/Trimble has is it’s less than superb way of communicating and rolling out its products. Fortunately I am not invested in SU pro as a way of earning my living (I bought 2018 Pro because I want to be able to produce professional drawings of my small house and gain permission to build it).
    The first change in product that effected me directly was when we lost the GREAT ability to import 3D site data from Google earth. After 5 years I would think that an agreement could have been worked out. One day we had it; the next day it was gone 🙁
    Yesterday’s announcement re: subscriptions and packages required some discussion with another sole user. I think I will be able to complete my work but I am not assured that Trimble’s ongoing support will be there. I am a realistic person who does not believe in the eternal or permanence but reliance on software that effects ones ability to perform tasks dependably under contract seems rather important. I’m sure that Trimble’s legal team is risk averse and users’s concerns may guide their actions but to us on the outside is does not seem that the ramifications of poorly worded and confusing communications supports the Trimble mission. Tx
    .


  • Mark DongenFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 8:27 PM
    I have lived through the time of inception and developing software and hardware, where companies would bring out revisions of their software not as an enhancement but to repair deficient and ignorantly written software, but we had to pay for the initial deficient software then pay for the fixes. Then they had the temerity to bring in laws against software piracy. Like you make a mistake and you must pay and when I make a mistake you must pay. Billy Goat Gates got very rich by this method to the envy of Trimble and other software pedlars.
    We were forced to pay for their mistakes and their shortcomings. Eventually, they run out of ideas ala Microsoft/Adobe there is nothing more that can be done for that line of software and in order to maintain their income stream they switched to a user rental system. The next step will be “pay as you go”.
    The software will be entirely web based it will never be sold to anyone. Every time you open the software you will be charged a small amount but you will have to pay for every minute that it is open – so is the intention of Trimble.
    We have paid for the development of their software paid for their fixes paid for the updates to conform to new operating systems, although they are now at the limit of what can be done for their line of software which is not flawless nor fully competent. What have they actually done, they have acquired freeware and set about turning it into a very profitable business?
    What is really new in SKU 2019, really new, other than many fixes and a few gimmicky aspects which we have already done without; what can be done in SKU 2019, that one could not do with SKU in 2014?
    3D Warehouse is contributed to, freely by outsiders, but it is pushed by Trimble as one of its attributes. The extensions are by and large put into the market to cover for deficiencies in SKU or enhancements not otherwise available; another much-heralded attribute.
    The best tutorials are presented not by Trimble but outsiders.
    Why would I buy SKU Pro when SKU Make does not operate all that well and your creations on the very dumbed down version of SKU Free are never yours. We have paid for its development and now are being charged to use our funded product.


  • MattFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 9:40 PM
    Matt, as usual, you nailed it. I too as a annual Pro user have been disappointed more and more since about 2016. Trimble Connect is a joke. AR/VR looks cool, for about 5 minutes, then I need the multi-core power of Sketchup Pro instead (except we don’t get that with our annual maintenance upgrades). Layout and Sketchup integration…I follow you the master on this topic using your book, but I’m convinced, like you said about reference models, “I must be doing it wrong” … I mean, obviously, it cannot be the software is simple non-user-friendly. Anyway, thanks for taking the extensive time to write this blog. I just downloaded 2019 Pro (M&S or Classic or whatever the hell it’s called now) and will go the agony of once again migrating all my free and bought extensions in the coming weeks. Oh, there’s a cool feature they could have introduced in 2019…extension manager that actually manages extensions between version upgrades! No, I mean actually manages the transition. 🙂


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      Matt DonleyFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 10:17 PM
      Regarding extension migration/management in 2019, it does actually handle this pretty well. See my post on the forum https://forums.sketchup.com/t/migrating-extensions-to-su2019/87220/7?u=matt It’s a one button click to install all your plugins (as long as the developer has made the extension compatible for 2019.
      I am interested in exploring Trimble Connect more. I think there is some potential there, although my experience with it over the past few years hasn’t been great. Hoping it’s better now that it’s a highlighted feature.



  • AdrianFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 10:20 PM
    Impressive summary and analysis. As a Sketchup teacher myself I am somewhat dismayed at the direction development has been heading over the past few years (let’s not forget the loss of Google Maps and replacement with an inferior aerial photograph service in 2017), but maybe that provides an opportunity for a new 3d software developer to come in and steal the market from under them…


  • KeenanFEBRUARY 7, 2019 AT 10:57 PM
    Good job distilling the new release. I think your last part about hopefully seeing more commitment from Trimble to the desktop version and layout is unrealistic. This is what you want, what I want, and what every professional SketchUp pro user using it in business wants but 2019 isn’t the first or the second year we’ve seen Trimble focus on other things like VR and the web version instead. To think that they would stop releasing flashy things and go back to what thigh end users want is rediculous at this point.
    Like you, I built my career around SketchUp but I’m starting to wonder if I ought to learn a different software like blender, rhino or something.


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admin 发表于 2019-2-11 12:42:01
经过漫长的等待,SketchUp终于宣布了SketchUp的下一个版本。简而言之,他们通过不同的捆绑包添加了另一种通过订阅支付SketchUp的方法,但是(现在称为“Classic”)永久许可证仍然可用。此外,除了许多错误修复和imrpovements之外,SketchUp中还添加了破折号,现在桌面VR也可用。
观看视频或继续下方。
您现在可以订阅SketchUp
与大多数软件行业一样,Trimble已经转向基于订阅的软件。对于那些现在正在畏缩的人来说,它是可选的,所以如果您更喜欢购买/维护SketchUp的旧方式,并且您对订阅套装中获得的额外软件和服务不感兴趣,您可以继续使用这样做。但是,如果您选择使用订阅,则会获得相当多的附加功能。
以下是SketchUp订阅的阵容:
  • SketchUp Free(免费供个人使用)  - SketchUp的免费版本(SketchUp的免费版本现在基于网络。您可以在浏览器中使用它。)它包括一个免费的Trimble Connect Personal订阅(5个合作者,2个项目,和10GB的云存储)。您还可以免费获得适用于Android和iPhone的SketchUp查看器应用程序。立即在浏览器中访问SketchUp Free。 获取SketchUp ViewerAndroidiPhone应用程序。
  • SketchUp Shop订阅($ 119 / YR)  - 基于Web的高级SketchUp建模软件,适用于商业用途。非常适合3D打印,CNC,木工和其他制造商。更先进的导入/导出功能。您还可以获得Trimble Connect for Business订阅(无限存储,项目和协作者),其中包括无限存储。此订阅还可以在SketchUp移动应用上启用增强现实功能。
  • SketchUp Pro订阅($ 299 / YR) - 包括SketchUp Shop(网络),SketchUp Pro(桌面),LayOut(桌面),Style Builder,Trimble Connect for Business,SketchUp查看器移动应用程序上的增强现实以及AR / VR查看器桌面(与Vive或Rift一起使用)。您还可以访问高级客户支持和SketchUps学习管理系统
  • SketchUp Studio订阅($ 1199 / YR) - 包括SketchUp Shop和SketchUp Pro订阅中的所有内容,但包括Sefaira的许可,Trimbles构建性能分析软件。
经典许可仍然可用
  • SketchUp Pro Classic(一次性$ 695,然后可选$ 119 / YR) - 包括SketchUp Pro,LayOut,Style Builder,Trimble Connect Personal。
请记住,您仍然可以购买永久SketchUp Pro“经典”许可证,一次性费用为695美元,其中包括一年的升级和维护。之后,您可以支付可选的$ 119 /年维护费用以保留支持和升级。但是,如果不购买SketchUp Pro订阅套装,您将无法访问SketchUp Shop,移动设备上的AR SketchUp查看器,AR / VR桌面应用程序或Trimble Connect for Business。
SketchUp的页面上的价格图表方便地隐藏在底部的经典许可证选项,好像在说,“是的,你可以买一个永久许可证,但请不要。”哈哈。以下是经典许可证定价图表的直接链接:https//www.sketchup.com/products/pro-classic
如果您已经是SketchUp Pro“Classic”许可证持有者,请访问
https://www.sketchup.com/license/renew以检查您的升级资格。如果他们想要转换到订阅计划,现有许可证持有者将如何对待,会有很多困惑。建议的行动方案是直接联系SketchUp团队以制定解决方案。
最大的问题是“经典”永久许可证需要多长时间?这个问题的答案似乎让SketchUp团队感到困惑。通过jbacusmichellelwBryceosaurus
巧合的是,Trimble在2019年SketchUp 2019宣布的2018年第四季度财报电话会议上,他们似乎也暗示完全转换为订阅模式。您可致电阅读完整的成绩单,网址https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcripts/2019/02/06/trimble-navigation-ltd-trmb-q4-2018-earnings-confe.aspx
(ARR代表此背景下的年度经常性收入。)
订阅与永久?
如果您想知道使用经典许可证是否合理,请查看我在下面制作的收支平衡图表。假设Trimble仍将提供经典许可证遥远的未来 (见上文,可能没有),只需3年后你就可以获得Pro订阅。
请记住,这不是苹果对苹果的比较,因为Pro订阅不仅包括桌面SketchUp Pro和LayOut,还可以获得以下内容:
  • 包括订阅SketchUp Shop
  • SketchUp AR / VR桌面应用程序(适用于Vive,Rift,Hololens,WMR)
  • SketchUp移动AR查看器
  • 使用Trimble Connect for Business帐户无限制地存储云端。
订阅Rant
现在,我认为大多数专业SketchUp用户对基于网络的SketchUp Shop不感兴趣,并且尚未在他们的工具箱中添加虚拟现实耳机。对于那些在这个阵营中的人来说,你可能觉得从价值的角度来看,订阅是不值得的,并且也觉得它会剥夺你作为一个软件用户的一些杠杆作用。
以下是SketchUp论坛上 John Bacus(SketchUp产品经理)的一句话,当时他宣布了新版本
“从我们的角度来看,我们必须在您订阅的每一天都一次又一次地赢得您的业务。凭借永久许可证,我们只需说服您购买一次即可满足我们的商业模式。我认为,订阅对您有好处,因为它使我们的团队表现与您持续的快乐保持一致。如果您不满意,可以取消订阅并转到您认为更令人满意的任何替代方案。“ - John Bacus,产品管理总监@ SketchUp
现在以我的拙见,我不同意这一点。你可以在这里阅读我对他的帖子的回复。切换到订阅服务不会为Trimble继续使SketchUp更好地产生更多责任,而实际上则相反,特别是当用户变得依赖于软件时。
如果用户拥有经典的永久许可证,他们就知道他们将始终可以访问他们购买的版本。如果出现新版本,并且用户没有留下深刻印象,他可以轻松选择不升级,并继续使用他已有的旧版本。这为Trimble创造了杠杆和激励,以确保新版本得到实质性改进,以获得新的购买和升级
另一方面,如果用户是订户,并且用户感觉新版本不值得升级,则用户现在必须决定是否完全抛弃SketchUp。这是一个更难做出的决定,因为如果他没有继续他的订阅,他的许可证不是永久性的,所以他将完全失去对SketchUp Pro的访问权限。
基于订阅的软件许可证为软件公司而不是用户提供了更多的杠杆,特别是一旦用户变得依赖于软件。虽然,它对于用户来说更实惠。
免责声明/虚伪:我确实支付了几个基于订阅的软件,包括整个Adobe套件@ $ 53 / mo,所以我发现自己也陷入了这个陷阱!
RANT结束  
下载试用版
无论您对新的定价结构有何看法,您都有权享受30天的免费试用。在https://www.sketchup.com/try-sketchup上进行为期30天的试用
Trimble已经慢慢推出他们的新培训平台@
https://learn.sketchup.com/。所以一定要检查一下。
激活试用版后,您将获得SketchUp Studio的30天试用版。这是我的帐户页面上我的试用版的截图。查看包含的大量好吃的东西。请记住,使用SketchUp Pro订阅,您将获得所有这些,Sefaira除外。
SketchUp Pro 2019中的新功能
SketchUp团队在改进所有SketchUp产品方面做了大量工作。这是通过搜索术语明显的“修正了一个问题”官方发行说明
每年,我们总是希望看到大量的新功能,但重要的是要记住使SketchUp更稳定,更可靠并与操作系统和硬件兼容的工作量。以下是一些其他搜索术语,以提供一些观点:
  • “改进”一词的11次点击
  • “固定”一词有146次点击。
  • “添加”一词约为42次点击。

比添加更多的修复和改进......不幸的是,添加的功能还有很多不足之处。
虚线...只有.layers?
这是SketchUp Pro 2019的一大特色。我们现在能够在模型的边缘应用虚线。好消息是,如果在将网站边界视口导入LayOut后将其爆炸,以便将破折号样式应用于它们,则不再需要这样做。您可以将视口保持链接到模型。此功能非常适用于属性挫折和其他边界。您还可以使用它在窗口和门组件上添加虚线以指示摆动。
要在模型中添加虚线边缘,请按照下列步骤操作:
  • 创建一些几何图形,三击 > 右键单击 >创建
  • 添加新图层,通过“ 实体信息面板”图层下拉菜单将该组分配给该图层。
  • 单击刚创建的图层中的Dashes列,从下拉菜单中选择一个破折号样式。现在,组中的所有边都应显示您选择的破折号样式。
(您不希望更改Layer0的破折号样式,因为那时将覆盖模型中的所有边以显示该破折号。如果您使用默认破折号保留Layer0,则边将继承任何图层的破折号样式分配给他们居住的group.component。这是一件好事。)
“样式”面板中有一个全局破折号可见性切换。因此,您可以配置一些样式以显示破折号,并使其他样式仅显示实心边缘。默认情况下,所有样式都启用了破折号。您可以通过转到“ 样式”面板>“编辑”>“边缘”并选中“虚线”复选框来更改样式
破折号在处理方式上非常有限。
  • 首先,边缘“破折号”是图层属性,而不是实体属性。因此,不像边缘破折号如何将材质应用于面,而是必须将实体分配给特定图层,以使边显示破折号样式。想象一下,如果你只能通过更改面部分配给的图层来改变面部的材质?
  • 将破折号作为图层属性将鼓励用户将实体分配给Layer0之外的其他内容,强烈建议不要这样做,因为即使隐藏图层,它也会导致几何图形意外更改。对于不熟悉保持Layer0活动的困难的新用户来说,这将特别诱人。
  • 这将导致项目中使用的层数增加,而不是减少。一般来说,最好只需要尽可能少的层来保持简单。
  • 无法单独控制边缘破折号的厚度。它仍然是应用于样式的全局设置,影响整个模型。因此,如果您希望在LayOut中以不同的厚度显示构造边界,则仍需要在LayOut中堆叠多个视口。但这只适用于显示在二维图层堆栈中堆叠良好的边缘。如果你有任何棘手的问题,模型的某些部分应该模糊虚线边缘的部分,你将无法使用这种方法。
但是,如果要为边缘设置不同的颜色,则可以始终在边缘上使用“按材质着色”样式选项。(您知道可以将材料直接应用于边缘吗?)
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将破折号作为图层属性的一个很酷的事情是,结合对SketchUp DWG导入器的一些新改进,DWG中的图层线样式将自动转换为相应的图层破折号样式。
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这是SketchUp Pro 2019中“新功能”列表的结尾!除了重新设计欢迎屏幕之外,其他一切都是错误修复或对现有功能的改进,例如:
  • 现在您的Trimble ID变得更加重要,您会注意到工具栏中还有一个额外的图标供您管理帐户。
  • DWG进口/出口材料。冻结图层上的实体导入为不可见。
  • PDF导出选项已经简化。
  • 3D模型库现在可以按类别搜索。
  • 右键单击场景选项卡重命名场景。
  • 更改了图层面板中的一些图标并拖拽了一些列。
  • 磁带测量工具现在显示悬停在点上时的坐标,并显示带有测量值的工具提示,因此您无需查看测量框。
  • 修复了鼠标悬停在任何几何体上时的慢速缩放问题。
  • 在数字和单位之间添加了空格。
  • 调整填充剖面切割渲染,如果有两个可见面被切割的隐藏面,则允许填充剖面。
  • 添加了按Enter键编辑所选组件的功能。
  • 一大堆bug修复。
侧注:要防止每次打开SketchUp时出现欢迎面板,请转到“首选项”>“常规”>“启动”。在LayOut中,您可以在“首选项”>“启动”中将其关闭。
LayOut的新功能
在LayOut中,我们当然已经对引入的新SketchUp破折号进行了一些控制。在SketchUp模型面板中选择视口时,可以更改线条笔划宽度和破折号。
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线宽曾经是下控制样式选项卡已移动到面板上粘的位置和重命名为线纹尺,和他们增加了一个全球性的乘数下拉菜单来控制你的模型破折号的长度。
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文件锁定 - 如果您尝试打开已打开的文件,您将看到一条消息,指示它是只读的。
导出到SketchUp - LayOut现在导出到SketchUp选项,它会将所有内容转换为模型空间,以便您可以在SketchUp中对其进行编辑。
鼠标滚动速度控制器 - 转到编辑>首选项>常规>滚动速度以调整LayOut中缩放的速度。
改进的DWG导入和导出 - 添加了在导入dwg时定义模型空间单位的功能。
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SketchUp的Trimble Connect扩展程序自2014年以来就已存在,因此它不是新产品,但它在2019年的销售更加强劲。我相信它会在您安装SketchUp Pro 2019时自动安装,但如果我错了,你可以在这里得到它。您可以免费获得10GB,但通过Shop,Pro或Studio订阅,您可以获得无限存储和更多协作功能。那么Trimble Connect实际上做了什么?
  • 适用于您的型号的云存储。这对SketchUp Free和SketchUp Shop非常有效,因为当您在这两个SketchUp for Web平台中的任何一个上保存模型时,它是默认的保存位置。Trimble Connect还连接到适用于Android和iPhone的SketchUp Viewer。我发现Trimble Connect在SketchUp Pro中的工作速度有点慢。它有所改善,但仍然感觉有点迟钝。
  • 模型参考管理  因此,我在测试时遇到了一些麻烦。每次我导入参考模型,然后将主模型发布回云,导入的引用将在下次下载模型时消失。我已经与SketchUp团队进行了一些讨论,显然我使用的是错误的功能。所以我将不得不深入研究这个功能,看看它究竟是如何工作的。
  • 云协作平台  将SketchUp模型发布到Trimble Connect时,您邀请加入项目的任何协作者都可以在云中访问它。然后,您的项目团队可以通过https://app.connect.trimble.com在他们的浏览器中使用移动应用程序(iPhone,  Android)或  桌面软件访问其浏览器中的协作平台  ,在那里他们有3D导航,测量,标记工具,问题跟踪,附件,评论和任务分配。Trimble Connect是跨平台的,可以接受多种不同的文件格式。
  • 冲突检测 - 您可以在Trimble Connect上执行简单的冲突检测。 (为了清楚起见,此功能存在于Trimble Connect网站中,而不是通过SketchUp Pro中的Trimble Connect Extension。)
以下是有关如何使用Trimble Connect的帮助部分。
移动AR查看器
Trimble已经有一段时间的移动AR(增强现实)功能,可以在beta测试期间免费使用。但随着2019年的发布,它已被重新定位为SketchUp Shop,Pro和Studio订阅者的高级功能。Premium AR功能实际上内置于免费的SketchUp查看器移动应用程序中。获取它为Android获取它为iPhone。当您登录启用它的Trimble帐户时,该功能会解锁。
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我必须说,它非常酷,并且提供了一种以更加互动的方式与他人沟通的新方式。它内置于SketchUp移动应用程序中的事实确实使其不仅可以访问您,还可以访问您的客户。
桌面AR / VR查看器
随着2019年,桌面AR / VR查看器已经发布。出于某种原因,没有太多关于它的讨论。Hololens应用程序已存在一段时间了,但它似乎已与这个新的SketchUp Viewer程序合并。使用此桌面程序,您可以使用Oculus Rift,HTC Vive,Windows Mixed Reality耳机或Microsoft Hololens查看SketchUp模型。就个人而言,我有HTC Vive,我很喜欢,并且能够测试新的SketchUp VR应用程序。
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在复杂的初始设置之后,要求您摘下耳机并在浏览器中登录Trimble帐户,然后返回耳机,您将获得有关如何使用大型VR内菜单的教程演练。
从那里,您必须浏览菜单以选择要加载的模型,然后将其放置在3D空间中。您可以切换到全比例模式,您可以在VR中模拟模型。您可以完全控制图层
菜单的实现有点奇怪。它只是漂浮在周围,当你在模型中环顾四周时,试图将自己定位在一个方便的位置。但是当你真正尝试查看菜单时,它会开始向右浮动,除非你将控制器光标悬停在它上面。我更喜欢物理连接到控制器的菜单的更常见实现。
我将对VR应用程序进行更深入的评论,但总的来说,我对VR的执行方式有点惊讶。SketchUp的核心价值在于简约。我有点期待官方SketchUp VR应用程序与Enscape VR功能的工作方式类似。(目前为止,Enscape是我最喜欢的SketchUp VR实现。)这是一个按钮,你从SketchUp内部点击,然后繁荣,你就在你的VR模型中。它呈现精美,它是您模型的实时链接!当您还在VR中时,会立即显示您对模型所做的任何更改!真的太棒了。
但官方SketchUp VR应用程序感觉很笨,特别是菜单如何浮动。但只是需要一个教程才能让你了解如何使用它让我有点失望。
最后的想法
让我们回顾一下。SketchUp是一个很棒的程序。缺乏新功能并没有使它比去年更有价值。与其他软件相比,记住您获得的价值也很重要。当您查看年度订阅时,SketchUp在成本方面几乎胜过所有其他高级3D建模软件。当然,你不能忘记像Blender这样的免费软件。
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几年前,Trimble决定投资一个全新的平台来构建可在浏览器中运行的SketchUp Free和SketchUp Shop。他们为Hololens,Vive,Rift,WMR开发了一款应用程序。他们创建了SketchUp移动应用程序。这一决定使得许多开发人员资源远离桌面软件SketchUp Pro和LayOut。Trimble打赌,创建互联软件生态系统将为用户提供更多价值,而不仅仅是坚持使用一个主桌面平台。
在我看来,我宁愿看到更多承诺改进SketchUp Pro和LayOut,并继续使用旧的免费桌面版SketchUp Make。得知免费用户将无法再访问扩展程序并且SketchUp的“新免费版本”删除了许多功能,这实在令人失望。但希望我们将看到Trimble更多的承诺向前推进,这是他们商业模式的最新转变。
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