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Comment by joshuapetersen
about Sketchup and Blender · Aug 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I'm in a weird position on the alternatives here.

Initially, I agree with a lot of the comments on Blender that it and sketchup are in two VERY different categories of 3d development suite. Blender is the massive powerhouse for pros, sketchup is the 3d design equivilent of microsoft paint.

Comparing the two is like suggesting Photoshop as an alternative to MS Paint, the former just being too much of a skill level jump to be considered a viable alternative.

That said, there IS an addon (that includes instructions on how to install it) located here: .

It basically includes the core simple tools like those of sketchup into Blender, making Blender COMPLETELY capable of "stupid simple" 3d design like sketchup (and at a much lower pricetag... the addon is only about 20 bucks to extend an open source program as opposed to the $700-$900 price-tag necessary to do anything with sketchup commercially.)

WITH the addon, I'd say blender moves from not being an alternative to sketchup to being THE alternative to sketchup (and superior to sketchup at that, as you do still have access to all the more complex tools once you eventually need them.) In fact, I'd go so far to say that I prefer Blender with the addon over both sketchup AND over 3DstudioMax (with a few more addons), moving Blender to the top of the ease/capability charts for a 3D editor.

"moving Blender to the top of the ease/capability charts for a 3D editor."

Sorry, Blender's interface does not allow it to move to the top of any "ease of use" charts. It works great for some and is a botch-job for others.

They are indeed VERY different categories of 3D development tools. But not for the reason you mention. They are different because they address a different set of problems, not because one is simpler than the other. Of course, Blender allows you to define complex shadings, model smooth shapes, and render ultra-realistic scenes, which Sketchup can't.
But you don't need that at all when you are an architect, or when you need to design a technical part/assembly. What you need in this case is to efficently and accurately place the elements against each other, usually with some geometric constraints. For example, you must ensure that this specific point of this part is located exactly at the cross of this plane and this imaginary line, itself defined by those two points, etc... And you will also need to measure things all the time, eventually look things through a section cut, etc... And I know of no other tool that does it more efficiently than Sketchup.
I whish there was an open-source equivalent os Sketchup, but there actually isn't. Because, although I know Blender, I wouldn't use it to design a technical assembly.

Comment by SarvesvaraDasa
about Sketchup · Nov 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

It is no more 'google'...


i tried downloading it...

Comment by jubjub99
about Sketchup · Sep 2012 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The downloads successfull but It did not work on my tablet. I'm using android galaxy tab7", 4.0 ice cream sandwich.

[Edited by jubjub99, September 27]


Sketchup output formats

Comment by hugmyster
about Sketchup · Nov 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Sketchup is very easy to use once you get the hang of it. Sometimes it's just a question of thinking outside the box! One problem is that I need to generate an ASE file and it only does SKP and KML formats. Is there either a converter or a similar program which will give ASE format?
Even better, one which will take SKP or KML input and save me redesigning my project!

Many thanks,


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