The 2013 and 2014 versions of SketchUp were introduced within a very small time interval (an unusual strategy in the software industry), and our SketchUp Pro 2013 Step by Step book had just been released. This little book is just about the new features; We hope you’ll enjoy reading it and using SketchUp Pro 2014!
During the period it was part of Google, SketchUp evolved in the direction of integration with Google’s own applications and services, such as Google Maps, Google Earth and Street View.
It was at this time that 3D Warehouse, the free 3D model hosting and collaboration service, was launched. Such innovation helped catapult SketchUp to a market leader position, by creating a type of service that today is almost mandatory for any software that wants to remain relevant. For instance, we can think of Autodesk Seek services for AutoCAD, Revit, and others, or Bimcomponents for ArchiCAD, among other existing “warehouses” on the internet.
However, innovation has stopped there, as the goals set by Google for SketchUp didn´t go much beyond that. The result was stagnation of the software, which went three years without a major upgrade.
Hence in the middle of 2012, the Trimble Group, a global leader in the GPS market, agriculture, engineering, transportation, logistics, and software, purchased SketchUp, as it did with other relevant software to the BIM production chain (as Tekla’s for structural design and compatibility, and Vico, for construction management).
It is only natural that Trimble intended to turn SketchUp into an increasingly professional solution for creation and development for the AEC industry.
The first step was taken in this version. With SketchUp Pro 2014 you can classify objects according to the standard IFC and export your model to other software in that format. This inserts the SketchUp definitely into the BIM world. Another important novelty of 2014 was the introduction of automatic texts in SketchUp LayOut, a resource that can be used to streamline the production of labels, stamps and even act like Revit´s notable tags.
We believe that, under Trimble´s administration, SketchUp Pro should be increasingly oriented to the creation and production of models and drawings to meet the AEC market needs, while SketchUp Make will continue with its classic features that made it one of the easiest 3D modelers to use.