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We'd like to know what you think

Posted by Nicole Lundblad, User Experience Researcher

Knowing how folks use our software is a big part of how we make decisions about what's working, and what isn't. If you'd like to weigh in, we invite you to participate in a user experience research study for Google SketchUp. Please sign up and we'll contact you. Thanks!

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46 comments :

Boogy_j said...

Google SketchUp is a brilliant softwere.but when i going to install that it ask about dotnet.but i already install dotnet. with out downloading it won't allow to install the software.if i already install that dot net and why should i download it again and wasting my time.please remove that .if some body dont have dot net, then let him to download. i wish to google best of luck.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to save your models online but keep them private or share them with selected people so you can work together on stuff?

Anonymous said...

SketchUp is awesome software and its great to see it take its place out there as the defacto 3D tool of choice. What Google needs now is an Online SketchUp community with collaboration tools so that others can participate as per the last suggestion here. I've seen some interesting efforts from guys like AfterCAD with maps.aftercad.com but I think Google are the guys to embrace ideas like this and create a larger publishing scaffold for the community.

Stuart said...

At last - a drawing program I can actually use! I needed a simple 2D layout of my house, instead I ended up with a 3d model, in just an evening.

Please can we have a Linux version.

Anonymous said...

Google is a fantastic company !! in which everything is possible in a rational strategy

Anonymous said...

I really like SketchUp. It is the first 3D-Editor that really is user friendly. Unfortunately, it is not running that good using Windows Vista. Sometimes the refresh of the main window is messed up and a trace of all actions that I have done is showing simultaneously. Very confusing.

For the future (SketchUp 7?) I'd like to see curved surfaces using bezier-curves and a possibility to define bones. In my opinion it is not neccessary to do animations and inverse cinematics. But it would be nice to create the needed basics with SketchUp.

greetings,
Airlag (J.Reuther)

P.S.: here is my own german blog mainly filled with little tutorials for sketchup

Anonymous said...

Hi Sketchup is woderful, but does it have some sort of file size cap? Basically, I am working on a house with lots of details and everything was going along greats until one day, It won't print anything, (the printer prints, but the page is blank) I can no longer cut and paste the model, etc. Any ideas of what I should do?

Anonymous said...

Are we allowed to send complaints about the insanity going around on the 3D Warehouse? There's an overload of modelers who take up previous Warehouse space with poor models (cubes, lines, etc.) and they don't even try to improve. There's also a bunch of untrustworthy raters who rate even the best models 1-star.

It would be great if you guys could just anonymously remove all the squares and lines. It would also be nice if you could add a feature to "rate" user ratings, such as what they have at Youtube.

Anonymous said...

Ok,.. Sketchup is the most easy 3d to use. but
1.It can't work for big architecture detailing Project.i'd test for more than 25 mb file, surely always slow down my pIV core2 duo, maybe i lost something? , sometime Hang on tide =). I hope, I wish maybe next update, sketchup ready for bigger file size and geometry.
2. i'd love how the sand box work. But it be very usefull if the smoove tool can push pull in any direction.

anyway SKETCHUP is becoming my Fav.
Keep it free for people and SKETCHUP got a good karma =)
( other 3D software?,....)

Designer Svet K said...

Hi SketchUp team!
Thank u for this grate soft-it is (was) reali revolutionary way in 3d. Was because SU6 not so simple and optimal as su5, looks like strategy of team was changed =(((
I like su5 much more-only "3d text", "past in place" and "Matching to a photo" is useful in SU6. I think very important ability for SU7 is:
1 skale tool with nonuniform transformatin (like in photoshop)
2 Mirror copy
3 Freehand tool with Bezier mode
4 Tool to connect 2 geometrical figure in 1 shape (along path is a best way) may be combine it with followme tool.
5 Dimension tool for LayOut. It`s most useful way make dimension in 2D views of model

many people vote for these additions and try to make ruby scripts, so u can see what we need!
I hope the strategy made SU so popular will come back-and U will create powerful, simple in use software-as u did before! Thank You.

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Anonymous said...

All of us could do with a feature that enables moving objets, like cars on an highway, an fan, and such.

Hursty said...

I first started using SketchUp a few years ago, by chance. I was one of those kids who spent their summer vacations on the computer, making flash animations for sites like newgrounds.com

SketchUp was love at first sight. Being able to build simple 3D objects / landscape / perspective and then export that to Swift3D > Flash made everyone ask, 'how did you do that?'

I think the ability to switch to a simple 3D environment like SketchUp from any decent vector imaging environment should be standard. In things like Illustrator, Visio etc... You might need a simple 3D shape, like a box or podium. It would take 2 seconds to draw, pic a camera angle and go back to the 2D work environment...

SketchUp is a huge time-saver, useful for graphic designers, info-architects (3D isometric diagrams!) and around the house (seeing if the furniture you plan on buying will fit into your place).

pep said...

Multi-core and 64-bit support!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pep said...

.....oh I forgot some improvements...

- an easy to use bevel/chamfer option (by selection lines/edges)
- an easy union/subtraction/intersection tool with an automated remove "the rest" function. It's very not-handy to remove all the rest parts with the eraser tool...

that's all, keep on sketching

Anonymous said...

As for anonymous, there is a plugin for Sketchup, called Sketchyphysics, that can enable moving cars, fans, motors, etc. It is very easy and useful.

Anonymous said...

A Linux version

zordsdavini said...

I'd like to remove pirate version of Windows of my parent computer but I have problem - my father loves this program (I like it's simplecity, too, but I don't have there to release it)...
Please port for Linux

chillrender said...

Hi to all SU users im also avid fan for this kind of machine, waiting for the SU 7 when? And also fan of Vray
you can visit my blogs for the sample
output www.chillrender.blogspot.com

ariahna said...

Sketchup is awesome the only thing I can't get is how to make text bigger?

adldesigner said...

A port for linux. This software is awesome, as is. We just want it to run on linux -without the whole wine thing-.

Paul Lee said...

The next step for sketchup is a 2d construction information plugin. I have a workflow for doing this using SU6. Are there any ruby programmers out there who would like to collaborate?

Marcus said...

"an easy union/subtraction/intersection tool with an automated remove "the rest" function."

I second this - it would make a huge difference to my work flow, and would make SU much more powerful.

Donz said...

Will you or will you not create a Linux version?

Jeff Myers® said...

I would like to see a faster upload to the 3D warehouse and less crashes on Mac.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have an idea when the next version of SU will be released? At our office we're really waiting on it(i presume with multicore support etc...)!

Grtzzz and thnx!
Pep

John Hines Jr. said...

Ubuntu/Linux support would be awesome. I toyed with your software on an older Windows PC, but I've moved on. You should, too.

joakimpaz said...

sketchup made a revolution on 3d design,
and will make AutoCAD obsolet,
no doubts about that...

I just wouls like to upload some of my models to Warehouse, and I find it impossible(it seems it accepts Google Earth extensions...
why?

Jean-raoul said...

I like my job when i make models ith sketchup ... But one thing should begreat in a future version :
BOLEAN OPERATIONS !!! Okay, the "intersect" fontion is quite nice, but, intersection or addition or soustraction of 2 groups or components, in a dynamic way should be a plus !
Thanks !
JR, Architect, France.

SpaceCow said...

Please make a linux distro. Sketchup 7's ruined me and my school because it doesn't provide a Windows 2000 distribution. If I cant have a 2000 distro, a linux distro would be just as good for my school and I.

Anonymous said...

Well folks SU 7 is here! And ALL our wishes came true!!!

....I miss @Last....they had good intentions....

grtzzzz

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jack said...

I've been asking for this for at least three or four years. Can we please have a Linux version? I've no intention on going backwards in time to a Microsoft platform

Anonymous said...

use a mac perhaps

Jon said...

I'd like to see sketchup developers include the option of modeling in conjunction with a 3d augmentation software such as mr planet 2.0
Sketchup being already the most user friendly 3d software out there, drafting nerds such as myself would really enjoy a sketchup image floating over our coffee table.

manni.reies said...

I have successfully used Sketchup as a student in various classes.
In my mathematics classes, I create figures better than the book.
In high school, for a computer networking class, I created a capstone portfolio encompassing everything I learned.

I use it for presentation, and it definitely impresses.

Anonymous said...

Ill give you some feedback when I get a linux port. I am a linux only user, and so is most of the people in the company.

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ch said...

how's that linux support coming along? I'd even pay for a premium version.

Steve said...

Great software. With 24+ years of Autocad experience, I would like to see a native Linux version. This would then me allow to work without Windows.

Miraculist said...

Please take a look at Linux users, please port it to linux

IThas2Bme said...

3D Warehouse needs something like craigslist where if enough people view an idiotic model and flag it "inappropriate/complete waste of space" it gets automatically removed.

I keep looking for a good place to upload this suggestion and figured i'd start here.

Guse said...

I am just learning Sketchup. It is one of the most amazing pieces of software I have ever experienced. Simply brilliant. I have two requests.

1. A version that works natively in Ubuntu / Linux would be MUCH appreciated. I've had mixed luck getting it to run under Wine. I would even pay for it.

2. In XFig, one can export images as .pstex files which can then be imported into latex documents. It would be great if one could do the same in Sketchup.

SnowTiger said...

RE: We'd like to know what you think

I have tried clicking on the "Sign Up" link a few times but keep getting a "Cannot Find Server" error.

I am interested in participating in this survey.
Please send survey to "SnowTiger" (Google SketchUp Help Groups and Blogspot nickname).

Aris said...

Yeah great software i would use it more
if it had a LINUX version!

Katya said...

the sign up link up above doesn't work for me. Wish it did. I seem to be the only one in my town who is pursuing putting the town on the map, and I have some questions about whether or not i can charge to model and place on GoogleEarth people's businesses.