Trimble has announced the release of SketchUp 2016. SketchUp has been a popular 3D design software for several years as it is used by designers desiring an easy to use software to visualize a project in 3D. While I do not personally consider it a software to use for documentation purposes, it is a great tool for design and visualization and I know designers that do use it for project documentation.
Trimble has 2 versions of SketchUp:
- SketchUp Make is the version for personal use and is free. Note that it is not licensed for commercial work, so you cannot legally use it for professional services.
- SketchUp Pro is the version for commercial use and must be purchased if you plan on using the software to professional services. The price for the Pro version is $695.00.
If you have never experienced SketchUp, I recommend that you check it out at http://www.sketchup.com
Following is the press release from Trimble concerning SketchUp 2016:
Trimble Releases SketchUp 2016 with Trimble Connect Integration for Building Information Modeling Collaboration Anywhere, Anytime
New Version Simplifies Workflow and Enables Users to Better Share and Collaborate on 3D Models
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2015—Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today released SketchUp 2016, the latest version of the world’s most widely used 3D modeling software for architects, engineers, design and construction professionals as well as members of the global maker community. Along with multiple enhancements for driving efficiency and simplifying workflow, this release brings SketchUp users the power of Trimble Connect, a cloud-based collaboration platform allowing teams to access, analyze, manage and share project data from the cloud anywhere, at any time.
The interest among the SketchUp community to collaborate has amplified the need to work together and share data rich SketchUp models across the entire design, build and operate (DBO) lifecycle. To meet that need, Trimble Connect has been integrated directly into SketchUp Pro, allowing teams to more easily access, reference, share and collaborate on projects in the cloud. In addition, SketchUp 2016 offers several enhancements to its core modeling tools, streamlined reporting, increased overall usability and a tighter integration with 3D Warehouse, Trimble’s online platform for sharing and downloading free 3D models and materials. To see a full list and greater detail on new features and enhancements to SketchUp 2016, visit: www.sketchup.com/2016.
“We’ve placed great emphasis on enhancing SketchUp for improved workflow capabilities and usability, paying careful attention to even the smallest details around drawing, the fluidity of 3D navigation and the hand-off between tools in the overall design and BIM process,” said Chris Keating, general manager for Trimble’s Architecture and Design Division. “We’ve also worked on making it easier for the SketchUp community to share models and collaborate with others. The direct integration with Trimble Connect is one more step toward breaking down barriers and fostering collaboration—something we believe to be critically important for enabling open BIM and successful building and construction projects.”
Try, Buy and Use SketchUp
SketchUp 2016 is available now and supports a variety of operating systems including OS X® El Capitan and Microsoft® Windows® 10. Every SketchUp 2016 download starts with a 30-day trial of SketchUp Pro features. The 2016 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or a PC. Additional details and downloads are available at: www.sketchup.com. Information on licensing options may be found at: www.sketchup.com/buy/sketchup-pro.
About Trimble Buildings
Trimble’s SketchUp 2016 is a solution within the portfolio of Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble’s Engineering and Construction segment focused on solutions that optimize the complete Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. Trimble is dedicated to transforming the industry—increasing productivity, reducing waste and optimizing schedules, budgets and real estate portfolios—with powerful solutions that streamline communication and collaboration. These targeted solutions enable architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and occupiers to realize greater agility, efficiency and insight. Used in over 150 countries around the world, Trimble Buildings’ solutions are transforming the way the world designs, builds and operates infrastructure and buildings.
For more information visit: buildings.trimble.com.
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring positioning or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
For more information, visit: www.trimble.com.