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All about LayOut 2.1

Now that SketchUp 7.1 is out the door, I thought it'd be a good idea to tell you a little bit more about its 2D, Pro counterpart: LayOut 2.1 is more powerful than ever. We added features that should let you use SketchUp Pro for an even larger chunk of your workflow:


Dimensions!
LayOut isn't just for presentation documents anymore. LayOut 2.1 gives you the ability to add precise dimensions to your work. Use the new Dimension tool on any inserted SketchUp model to produce a set of dimensioned drawings quickly and easily. But enough tooting our own horn; here's what some of our esteemed beta testers have been saying over the last few weeks:

"To all the Googies! Dimensioning in LO is the best thing since sliced bread and eating half a loaf a day this is SO welcomed! Getting fat though!" – Richard Jeffrey
"Thank you, thank you, thank you for the dimensioning tool in Layout. We’ve been praying for this for a long time. I can’t adequately express how much it means to my work process." – rdwilkins
"When Google introduce Layout, I asking myself what to do with it. Then I use Layout for a building permission and get congratulation from the mayor of the city. Then, I burn the license of the bad 2D CAD program I use with SketchUp." – Christophe H├ębert
"I have just attempted my first set of construction dwgs with LO. Although a simple project it was good to see how the new dimension tool in LO would help." – Andrew Carter
"...Dims in LO is fantastic. I am now taking LayOut VERY seriously as a Con Doc Production app rather than just a presentation app as I had been doing until now." – "Mayor" Mike Lucey

"AutoCAD and I just broke up!" – Eric Schimelpfenig

You can watch a short video I made about Dimensions in LayOut 2.1, then check out this how-to video from Tyson:



Snap to SketchUp Model
Elements like lines, labels and dimensions automatically snap to points in the SketchUp models you insert in LayOut 2.1. When Object Snap (Arrange > Object Snap) is enabled, colored point inferences appear as you hover over edges, endpoints and faces in inserted SketchUp model views. Elements you create while snapped to points in a model are sticky; they remain attached when the underlying model view is moved around on your page. Naturally, this applies to dimensions, but it also works with labels and shapes (like door swings).

Improved Freehand tool
We tweaked the Freehand tool to make it even easier to draw smooth, perfect vector lines with a mouse. As you draw, LayOut figures out where to put the control points so that your shape stays recognizable but editable. Now you can draw things like scale figures, free-form graphics and foliage right inside LayOut.

Bulleted and Numbered Lists
LayOut 2 makes it easy to include lists – bulleted or numbered – in your text. Before, only Mac users could do this. Now, everyone can.

Improved Grids
In LayOut 2.1, you can choose to display your grid as dots instead of lines; sometimes this makes it easier to see what you're doing. You can also tell LayOut to draw your grid (dots or lines) in front of your drawing elements. After all – what good is a grid if you can't see it?

Improved Copy/Paste
We've made it easier to move elements like graphics and text between LayOut 2 and the other programs in your design toolbox.

Tweaks and other goodness
Needless to say, we didn't just add a bunch of new features in 2.1. Our crack team of amiable nerd-types have been squashing bugs and fiddling with code for months. And as always, many thanks go out to the selfless beta testers who've helped make LayOut better with every release.

Posted by Aidan Chopra, SketchUp (and LayOut) Evangelist

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12 comments :

Mark said...

While everyone is wowing over dimensions, Lists are huge. Major happy about them, but wish you could do a quick video to explain it to my less technical savvy draftsmen.

jamsog said...

Great to see accuracy and simplicity in Layout for much better annotating of documents.

Gives designers so much more, and makes them think of wider possibilities in using SketchUp and LayOut.

Would love to see an Export DWG,DXF from a Layout Page!

William said...

What about property or boundary lines in site plans?

When will these line types be available in Sketchup where modeling is done 1 to 1 rather than only in Layout where they are available now?

Sean said...

Great!.....but how do you dimension circles, arcs and angular walls?

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gregb said...

New dimensioning features helpful- thanks. But I'm still a bit frustrated concerning two data import/export issues. It would REALLY make the link between SketchUp Pro and Layout seamless and useful if:

1) you could import Layout docs into SketchUp as the base of a 3D object

2) if you could export layout docs into .DWF or .DWG

Thanks

A.A. said...

y ¿de que sirve?, sino funciona en Linux!!!

Nick said...

Two steps forward, one step back. LayOut is very nice, but as a big user of circles and arcs, how can I produce drawings with dimensions?

Back to scenes for me...

(SU on Ubuntu / Wine btw)

Oliveira, Carlos said...

Layout is nothing without export to Sketchup !

It should be the official google foorplanner, but without export it cant.

It's said.

Andrew J said...

UGGGH!!!!! I am juggling water!!

1.) I have a multi sheet document and every time I update a drawing, all of the other sheets update to the current view instead of just the selected drawing!

2.) I have created scenes which have specific color and black & white styles. when I insert the drawing and change to the scene it defaults to the standard color style and I can not convert to my new style!!!!

3.) Frustration sets in...I am thinking of buying a gun!

bjanzen said...

Andrew:
1. You have Auto (rendering) checked in the SketchUp Model Inspector. Uncheck this (Window->SketchUp Model, bottom of the panel). Now you can control what gets re-rendered by selecting only the models you want and clicking "Render". If you NEVER want them updated, explode the model, and if it's raster rendered, it'll become a PNG image and if it's vector rendered it'll become a group of vectors.
2. Make sure the style has been saved (no update arrows over the style icon), and then you update the scene, and then save the file (in that order), and it should come through. SketchUp allows you to try style changes without saving them. That's fine, but it's hard for LayOut to determine what you want when you have modified but unsaved styles.

Barry

bjanzen said...

Andrew:
1. You have Auto (rendering) checked in the SketchUp Model Inspector. Uncheck this (Window->SketchUp Model, bottom of the panel). Now you can control what gets re-rendered by selecting only the models you want and clicking "Render". If you NEVER want them updated, explode the model, and if it's raster rendered, it'll become a PNG image and if it's vector rendered it'll become a group of vectors.
2. Make sure the style has been saved (no update arrows over the style icon), and then you update the scene, and then save the file (in that order), and it should come through. SketchUp allows you to try style changes without saving them. That's fine, but it's hard for LayOut to determine what you want when you have modified but unsaved styles.

Barry