Podium Browser is now fully included with a Podium V2. Key Differences. I really enjoy Sketchup Pro so there really is not a whole lot that I can say that is a problematic about it. The new MacBook Air range has finally arrived. It is a functional architecture for drawing. Why upgrade to SketchUp Pro?
There is some confusion, mainly from new users because when you download and install SketchUp Make, it starts as a day trial of SketchUp Pro. Back when Google owned SketchUp you could download either version. The policy has changed a few times since Trimble bought SketchUp. The other thing that confuses people and it confuses me that people are confused by this is where to go to download SketchUp.
The process is straightforward from SketchUp, but they will try to steer you to the Pro version and you need to agree to the license terms. The license agreement has also changed in recent years. After the download and installation you will be using SketchUp Pro until the trial period ends.
After that, it will automatically revert to SketchUp Make. I think the price for SketchUp Pro is a real bargain, especially when you compare it to the costs of similar programs.
So what do you get for your money? The biggest difference to me is the types of files that can be imported and exported from SketchUp Pro. SketchUp Pro lets you bring in or put out vector graphics.
You can import an AutoCAD floor plan and model a building on top of it. You can send your model to Adobe Illustrator and create drawings that are ready to publish in a book or magazine. You can export the geometry of your model and send it to your CNC machine or 3D printer. If you make models with lots of detailed joinery, the solid tools in SketchUp Pro make it quick and easy.
The main functional difference is that SketchUp Pro includes a set of solid modeling tools. With those you can model a tenon on the end of one piece of wood or a set of dovetails and create the matching joinery in another piece of wood. With the solid tools, select an object, select the tool, click on the other object and presto!
This post discusses using the solid tools in more detail and shows how to make pins from the tails in a half-blind dovetail joint. Printing is possible from SketchUp Make this post shows you how to print a full-size pattern and my SketchUp book s discuss the process in detail. Layout makes a process that is convoluted and awkward in SketchUp Make easy.
With SketchUp Pro and Layout, you can set up pages with multiple scaled views and nice looking pages.