Sketchup Reviews

Easiest 3D modeling tool

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Google Sketchup is (in my opinion) the easiest 3D modeling tool. It has a clear workspace and Google itself provides good tutorials for it on Youtube.
It's a shame there's no Linux version of it though.

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After having tried more than a dozen tools to visually plan how to furnish an apartment, Sketchup remains the only really usable one. Which is saying something, considering it's buggier than a rat's nest! Freezes, memory leaks, access violations, you name it, it's got them all. The number of times this program crashed on me (rarely in the same way twice) while preparing the layout of just one apartment is amazing. Luckily, it has an auto-save feature, so I never lost more than a few minutes of work. Still, I advise you to hit Ctrl+S after every 2-3 actions you do.

The modelling is very intuitive while still being flexible. The push/pull method of extruding is almost addictive. You'll probably get a few very weird surfaces sometimes when it's not clear which direction you're dragging in, and what you're dragging, but nothing a simple Undo won't fix. It can be confusing to know which edges to handle in what way to get the result you want, and sometimes the program's main intent just seems to be to explore every option except the one you have in mind (especially if the over-zealous snapping starts kicking in, which for some reason wasn't impressed at all when I tried turning it off in the project settings). But you'll probably get there in the end and have fun doing it. Besides, there's some pretty good documentation and an active, helpful community if you're in trouble.

The main advantage it has over the competition, though, is that it's a real desktop application, while most free alternatives seem to be web apps. I don't know about you, but I don't want to keep getting Google Translate suggestions just because I clicked a toolbar "button" one too many times, or drag and drop an object, and lose my work because the end of the drop happend to be on the "New..." button. Web interfaces are horrible and absolutely inadequate for tasks like this, and it's simply infuriating trying to battle a browser so it maybe ends up just barely working. Let alone the fact that your work is saved on someone else's remote server and you probably can't save, backup or load it again later.

Give me a real, if unstable, desktop application like Sketchup over that web crap any day. At least you'll be in control of your work, and not pull your hair out because you're waiting for a long-dropped XHR response and end up reloading/restarting your work for the fifth time in half an hour.

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Good app

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I'm working as house designer and I use this app on every-day basis. I found it very useful, it has simple interface and powerful functionality which matched all my needs as a designer. Good app!

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Great for mocking up floor layouts

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I used this to make a 3D model of a house I was looking to buy. I traced over the 2D floorplans provided by the vendor and then simply 'lifted' the walls out of it, then placed furniture everywhere. Really handy for figuring out where to put things. There's a good online marketplace for furniture models etc and a lot of it is free, or you can pay for professional packs of props if you wanted to use this professionally.

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I used SketchUp to make buildings for Earth

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It's the easiest program to create different shapes, also balls, once you understand how to do it.
I typed on YT: game, Sketchup, and found out, that Uncharted was made by using Sketchup.

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