Posted by Allyson McDuffie, Education Goddess
As the new school year begins, we of the SketchUp for Education department are busy as bees answering questions and fulfilling SketchUp licensing needs for the educational community. Here are some handy tips and links for having a smooth transition, whether you're getting started with a new SketchUp license or renewing an old one.
For school networked labs:
- Check now to see if the license you were using last year has expired. You can check on your license's expiration date by choosing License > Authorize from the Help menu while you're in SketchUp Pro. If you're on a Mac, choose License from the SketchUp menu.
- Be sure to install and test your license early.
- Don’t panic. If something goes awry, you can always use either the default free version (and worry about Pro features later), or use the 8 hour trial version of Pro until help arrives.
- Pretty much every question you might have is answered in our 24/7 online help center; it’s like having one of our tech support guys with you day and night (only better).
- This just in! Until September 21st, all schools that order a 25 seat (or more) Networked Lab License will automatically receive a copy of Google SketchUp For Dummies.
- Be sure to check now to see if the license you were using last year has expired. Student Licenses expire one year from their original date of generation. You can check on your license's expiration date by choosing License > Authorize from the Help menu while you're in SketchUp Pro. If you're on a Mac, choose License from the SketchUp menu.
- You can order a new Student License in two ways: If you have an email address ending in “.edu” you can order directly from our web site. If you DON'T have an ".edu" email address, fill out this form and send it to us via fax or email with proof of your student status and we’ll generate your license and email it to you in about four days.
- If you're using your instructor’s Pro license on your home computer, please be aware that we can't offer tech support to you. Also note that Educator Licenses are single-user and network-aware, which means you probably won't be able to use your instructor's license while you're on your school network. If you need to use SketchUp Pro while you're on your school's network, you'll probably have to buy a Student License for yourself; the above paragraph describes how.
- All Educator Licenses generated before April 1, 2007 have now expired. To get a new one or to renew, you need to fill out this online form. An email will be sent instructing you to provide proof of educator status via email or fax. A new license will then be generated and sent via email within two weeks.