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SketchUp Conversion Promotion – Network License | 1-Year Subscription

What is the SketchUp Conversion Promotion for perpetual (Classic) Single user Licenses?

For each eligible SketchUp Pro perpetual license, instead of purchasing Maintenance and Support, a customer may purchase a single 1-year SketchUp Pro subscription with a 60% discount on suggested retail price.

A participating customer will retain the ability to use the SketchUp Pro (Classic) license, without the ability to receive Maintenance and Support.

A customer may purchase up to a maximum of 50 discounted subscription seats as part of this promotion.

Which SketchUp Pro perpetual licenses are eligible?

A perpetual license must meet all the following requirements to be eligible:

  1. Perpetual Network license of SketchUp Pro (Classic)
  2. Has not previously been used in any subscription promotion
  3. Is the most recent serial number (if previously upgraded/auto-upgraded)
  4. Is a registered commercial version
  5. Has a Maintenance and Support plan that is active or expired not longer than 3 years prior to the date of conversion;

Example a. Maintenance and Support term expires in 2 months: Is eligible

Example b. Maintenance and Support term expired 2 years and 3 months ago: Is eligible

Example c. Maintenance and Support term expired 3 years and 1 day ago: Is not eligible

No other license types qualify for the promotion. Each perpetual license may only be converted once.

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SketchUp Conversion Promotion – Single user License | 1-Year Subscription

What is the SketchUp Conversion Promotion for perpetual (Classic) Single user Licenses?

For each eligible SketchUp Pro perpetual license, instead of purchasing Maintenance and Support, a customer may purchase a single 1-year SketchUp Pro subscription with a 60% discount on suggested retail price.

A participating customer will retain the ability to use the SketchUp Pro (Classic) license, without the ability to receive Maintenance and Support.

A customer may purchase up to a maximum of 50 discounted subscription seats as part of this promotion.

Which SketchUp Pro perpetual licenses are eligible?

A perpetual license must meet all the following requirements to be eligible:

  1. Perpetual Single user license of SketchUp Pro (Classic)
  2. Has not previously been used in any subscription promotion
  3. Is the most recent serial number (if previously upgraded/auto-upgraded)
  4. Is a registered commercial version
  5. Has a Maintenance and Support plan that is active or expired not longer than 3 years prior to the date of conversion; 

Example a. Maintenance and Support term expires in 2 months: Is eligible

Example b. Maintenance and Support term expired 2 years and 3 months ago: Is eligible

Example c. Maintenance and Support term expired 3 years and 1 day ago: Is not eligible

No other license types qualify for the promotion. Each perpetual license may only be converted once.

FAQ

Can a SketchUp Pro perpetual license be converted to a different SketchUp product under this promotion?

No, the promotion is valid only on 1-year subscriptions of SketchUp Pro. It is not valid for use on other products or for alternative licensing options.

Will the promotional pricing apply to subscription renewals?

No, the promotional pricing may only be used for the initial term of the subscription and is not available for any subscription renewals.

What happens to the remaining term of Maintenance and Support?

The Maintenance and Support contract of the perpetual license is terminated as of the date of conversion and cannot be reinstated at a later date.

What happens to a perpetual license after conversion?

That particular license may still be used and may be installed on new devices if there are remaining activations, but is not eligible for updates or upgrades to a newer version.

What is the license conversion process?

  1. Customer submits its license (s) and other applicable information to the authorized reseller in its region (customer name, serial number/s, and registered email address)
  2. The reseller confirms eligibility with the customer
  3. Customer agrees to these Terms and Conditions
  4. Customer purchases discounted subscription (s) through the reseller
  5. Perpetual license is registered on Trimble systems as converted
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Same SketchUp you love, new way to buy

Today, Trimble announced a big change to how customers will be able to purchase SketchUp products—see the official announcement here.

As of November 4, 2020, SketchUp will no longer sell Classic Perpetual Licenses and Maintenance & Support renewal plans. SketchUp is transitioning to subscription-based products, which offer customers a range of options including a SketchUp Pro subscription — featuring one of the most affordable professional modelers on the market. 

SketchUp is shifting to a cloud delivery model for a few reasons. With a subscription, customers can always receive regular updates and improvements to SketchUp products, access from multiple devices at any time and enjoy simplified deployment and management as well as access to technical support.

We are not forgetting our valued Classic License customers and we want to make a special offer for you, limited time only!

Get SketchUp Pro subscription, And still can access your Classic License in perpetuity!

With the Pro subscription, you will get access to:​
Product updates and upgrades throughout 1-year subscription period​
Unlimited Trimble Connect Cloud Storage​
Professional desktop software (usable offline)​
Premium Online modeler​
Augmented Reality Mobile Viewer​
Compatible with XR Headset Viewing like Vive, Oculus, Hololens, WMR​

If you would like to purchase another Classic Perpetual License, don’t miss this  last chance! 

We know you probably have questions, here are answers to the top three most frequently asked and a handy guide for more detailed information.

Can I continue to use my existing perpetual licenses? Yes, you will be able to use the latest version you own for as long as you want.

Can I continue to use and renew my Maintenance and Support plan for my existing perpetual license? Yes, you can renew your Maintenance and Support plan until November 4, 2020. 

How will I be able to purchase SketchUp products after November 4 when perpetual licenses are no longer available? The SketchUp you know and love will be available via a subscription.

More questions? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you understand these changes along with any other product questions you may have. Just remember, November 4, 2020, is the deadline for purchasing SketchUp perpetual licenses and maintenance and support renewals.

 

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Last chance to buy SketchUp Perpetual Licenses​

Today, Trimble announced a big change to how customers will be able to purchase SketchUp products—see the official announcement here

As of November 4, 2020, SketchUp will no longer sell Classic Perpetual Licenses and Maintenance & Support renewal plans. SketchUp is transitioning to subscription-based products, which offer customers a range of options including a SketchUp Pro subscription — featuring one of the most affordable professional modelers on the market.

SketchUp is shifting to a cloud delivery model for a few reasons. With a subscription, customers can always receive regular updates and improvements to SketchUp products, access from multiple devices at any time and enjoy simplified deployment and management as well as access to technical support. 

We know you probably have questions, here are answers to the top three most frequently asked and a handy guide for more detailed information.

Can I continue to use my existing perpetual licenses? Yes, you will be able to use the latest version you own for as long as you want.

How will I be able to purchase SketchUp products after November 4 when perpetual licenses are no longer available? The SketchUp you know and love will be available via a subscription.

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7 Tips for Remote Collaboration

Feeling disorientated away from your usual work routines? Working remotely (from home or otherwise) can either be a dream-come-true, not-so-ideal, or your standard work mode. Whatever bucket our global SketchUp community falls into, we’ve got a few collaboration tricks up our software sleeves that will help you make the most of remote working.

Trimble Connect is a powerful tool within the SketchUp ecosystem that allows you to store all of your project files and information.

How to access Trimble Connect from SketchUp? If you have an active SketchUp subscription, Trimble Connect is already available to you. Simply launch SketchUp Pro, and click on File > Trimble Connect to launch the cloud toolbox. 

As the world navigates the global pandemic, our team has made the product available to anyone who wants to try it.

Now let’s dive into 7 tips that will help you stay productive and connected to your team while you #OrbitFromHome!

1, Take advantage of unlimited cloud storage

Yes, you read that right. That’s unlimited cloud storage for any number of files, of any size. With Trimble Connect you can securely store models, image libraries, project references, and work files in the cloud. All of this is immediately accessible to you and any collaborator you chose to share it with. Set up hourly, daily, or weekly syncs to ensure you always have the latest file versions.

Simply access Trimble Connect via SketchUp and sync your data straight to the cloud.

2. Keep track of model versioning

So you’ve downloaded a work-in-progress model from the cloud and are exploring multiple options. You need to keep track of a gazillion iterations — some are saved on your external hard drive, others on your personal computer and one with review notes that your colleague emailed over. 

The good news? Instead of juggling files in all those different locations, you can publish your models straight from SketchUp into Trimble Connect. By creating a single ‘point of truth’, you can easily keep track of file versions, share models with your team, and avoid working on outdated files. (Win!)

3. Model collaboratively

Working remotely shouldn’t lead to collaboration hiccups — you can stay anchored whilst working with other specialists, consultants or colleagues. By importing a reference model from SketchUp to Trimble Connect, you create a fixed spine around which each collaborator contributes.

4. Centralize your library of SketchUp assets

Bring home the files that make your workflow quick and seamless. Architectural entourage, scale figures, groups, and components can be managed and shared as a central library of assets, all within Trimble Connect.

Instead of linking your SketchUp components folder to a central server location that might be inaccessible when working remotely, sync it straight to a folder in Trimble Connect. Access and update it from anywhere.

5. Maintain effective project communication

Team discussions don’t have to be sacrificed just because you’re not collaborating in-person.

Annotate shared models, review and respond to comments, and keep track of project progress. Use Views (think of these like Scenes in SketchUp) to share a specific aspect of your project with stakeholders to visually communicate a detail, change, or to-do. 

Unlock new levels of coordination by managing file permissions, giving access to the right collaborators, and even creating groups for particular tasks with specific edit-rights.

6. Access on all devices

We’re all for a healthy work-life balance. If however you’re hit by a stroke of genius during your downtime, you can continue to make progress on whatever device is within reaching distance from your desk, sofa or garden table. Pull models down from the cloud to your desktop or laptop for edits, or make annotations and review comments on an iPad.

7. Get set up without any IT hassle

Getting on remotely without a whiz tech team? You can start using Trimble Connect with SketchUp without an elaborate VPN set up or hi-tech device requirements. All you need is an internet connection and your SketchUp access – quick and easy! 

Tried it yet? Hashtag your SketchUp projects #OrbitFromHome and tag us for a chance to be featured on our social channels. Happy remote working!

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User-friendly updates to SketchUp Pro 2020

Freshening up SketchUp Pro

Scenes Panel. Now that you’ve had some time to enjoy better toggling visibility with hidden geometry and objects, this feature just got even better. Hidden geometry and hidden objects are now split up so you can select and save them separately on a Scene-by-Scene basis. You will see a new checkbox in the Scenes panel that lets you save the visibility state of hidden objects, not just hidden geometry. This gives you better visibility control per Scene.

Section Planes & Scenes. In the new version of SketchUp, you can save Section Plane visibility in every Scene.  Since Section Planes are grouped with objects, we want to make sure they behave like objects. What’s the value here? Before this change, only top-level visibility could be saved per Scene. Again, more control in your Scenes and consistency across functionality.

Hidden objects are now editable. Editing invisible things might sound like a superpower, but it’s really just a great new feature in SketchUp Pro. When you select a hidden object in Outliner, it will now appear as a mesh. This means that you can make more precise edits to hidden objects with ease. Check out this Quick Win to see how it’s done.

Side note: Did you notice how much faster it is to work in SketchUp when Outliner is open? SketchUp 2020.1 includes a few performance improvements to speed up your workflow that we think you’ll like. 

Improvements to Grips. You can now cycle through ALL Grips of an object when using the Rotate tool — just like the Move tool! This provides a more instinctive modeling experience while switching in between the tools.

Check out this Quick Win from our 2020 release to help you understand Grips.

Empty object. Picture this: you are working up a new table design and quickly model a lamp to make it look more realistic but oops!   you did it too fast and forgot to group your lamp and table separately. Now, everything is glued together, creating editing reworks and wasted time.

The solution? Now, you can create a grouped object or component by right-clicking on an empty space. No more triple-clicking to select and then group, or drawing it elsewhere just to place it where you want it. Pro tip: you can also use the ‘G‘ shortcut to create a new component and speed up your workflow. (Shortcut win!)

One last added bonus! When you create a new component from scratch, a window will immediately pop up allowing you to name it. Say hello to better model organization. 

Check out this Skill Builder to see how to use this feature in your workflow.

Performance improvements in LayOut

This release focused on improving LayOut’s deletion and selection capabilities. Read as: they’re much faster now! 

Improved Select Tool

Make intentional not accidental moves with your crossing and window-selection workflows. Now, when you click-drag to create a crossing or window selection, you won’t mistakenly move anything. If you’ve encountered this, you know what we’re talking about… and you’re welcome! 

If you’re wondering, “how do I move an object now?” just pre-select an entity and move from there. Also, selections and moves now occur when clicking on the actual object, rather than the object’s bounding box, strengthening that intentional workflow.

Download the new version, play with the latest improvements and let us know what you think. As always, we will be there listening, responding, and getting great ideas for new updates. See you on the Axis!

All of the 2020.1 features are available to Classic license users with active Maintenance & Support, and active SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Studio subscription users.  Upgrade today to start using new features!

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SketchUp: Orbit from Home – 11 Days Training

Dear SketchUp Community,

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by COVID-19. We’ve all had to make adjustments to keep our communities safe, and we are here for you while you’re at home and adjusting. We’ve put together a few ways you can take advantage of your time at your home office while we recover from the pandemic. 

While your work in SketchUp might not win you international and neverending respect, sharpening your 3D modeling skills might win you some elbow high-fives in the office. Check out our ten ways to take advantage of the time spent social distancing:

  1. Learn the fundamentals in our home-grown SketchUp 101 self-guided course! (ps – it’s free!

    2. More experienced at SketchUp? Dive into our Skill Builder video collection and really polish your 3D ninja status.

    3. Discover our Podcast, SketchUp Talk! A great listen while you’re orbiting away on the axis.

    4. More the studious type? Check out some of our favorite presentations from the 2018 3D Basecamp!

    5. Only have a little more free time while working from home? Binge our Quick Wins, all under 60 seconds long – and packed with power skills!

    6. Always wanted to become a true SketchUpperLearn how to make your very own 2D Component! 

    7. Try out some other products you have access to as a SketchUp Pro Subscriber! Share your projects with Trimble Connect, model online with SketchUp for Web, or check out SketchUp Viewer for your mobile device!

    8. Curious about how others are using SketchUp? Learn about new workflows in our customer case studies.

    9. Looking for new ways to customize your workflow? Explore our Extension Inspections to find the perfect plugin.

    10. See it all live! Tune in to our live model challenges – every Friday at 12 pm MT. Don’t have time to catch it live? Watch the recordings.

    11. Looking for a laugh? Check out some of our world-famous April Fools jokes, like SpeakUpUsing Advanced Templates, and my personal favorite, Adventure Mode.

    12. *BONUS!*
    Share the ways you’re using SketchUp over the next few weeks. Hashtag your SketchUp projects #OrbitFromHome and tag us for a chance to be featured on our social channels!

Whether you’re using your free time to become more proficient & efficient at SketchUp, getting workflow tips from other SketchUp users, or laughing at Adventure mode, we hope you’re staying healthy and taking care of yourself & your loved ones. 

Looking forward to seeing you on the Axis, and at 3D Basecamp in September.

Yours,

The SketchUp Team

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SketchUp 2020 is here.

We spent a lot of time in 2019 learning more about what you, the user, wish SketchUp did better. So…thanks for speaking up! You helped us discover what you need to improve your workflow.

The result? Some exciting improvements in SketchUp 2020. Read on to learn more.

SketchUp Pro 2020: your 3D creative space

Introducing Outliner

A BIG model organization change: Outliner. In an effort to increase model performance, you no longer have to create Layers upon Layers. Manage and organize your model straight within Outliner. Use the friendly eyeball icon to toggle between the major sections of your model, such as main floor plans and furniture.

New grips on bounding boxes

When you grab a point that is obscured in an object (such as a back corner or center point) and start to move it, your object will automatically go transparent when something in your model interferes with the object you are moving. This works with both the Rotate tool and Move tool. This will literally ‘transform’ your workflow. Don’t take our word for it: start positioning objects in hard to reach places to see what happens!

Better control of hidden objects

You’ll notice in your drop-down menu that we separated hiding objects from hiding geometry. How will this change your workflow? Well, this will give you the ability to better manage hidden geometry and hidden objects for an even easier modeling experience. For example, let’s say you want to edit hidden edges in a landscape or smoothed surface, but you still want to be able to hide objects that are nearby (like trees, bushes, or a building)…well you can do that now!

Updates to your SketchUp dictionary

We have a few updates to the naming conventions we use when talking about SketchUp. This won’t change your workflow…but we want to make sure you know we are saying a few things differently now.

Here’s the run-down! Objects are now a collective term for: groups, components, and dynamic components. This just means we don’t have to say “groups (slash) components” anymore 😀. Also, Layers are now referred to as “Tags”. Keep in mind that these two terms are merely naming conventions and won’t influence your workflow.

LayOut 2020: document control

It’s all about taking back control…document control that is! The focus for LayOut was on improving the interaction between SketchUp & LayOut to save you time and [brain] energy. This means way less back and forth in SketchUp updating scenes to ensure your drawing comes out perfectly. Now you have more editing ability, directly in LayOut.

More power to adjust model views

LayOut now understands a lot more about your SketchUp model and what you’ve overridden. This means you can safely change a style or camera angle directly in LayOut without accidentally losing your changes (!!).

How do you know what’s different in your LayOut viewport versus your model? When you make changes in LayOut, parts of the menu bar will go dark gray, alerting you that you’ve made an override. Keep in mind: just because you made some changes in LayOut, doesn’t mean you’re stuck with those. You can always resync your viewports back to your SketchUp model if needed.

Improved customization of your drawings

Take those LayOut docs to the next level with different models and views. If you have one SketchUp model that exists across several viewports, you can now relink just one of those viewports to another SketchUp model. Previously, you had to delete that viewport, insert a new SKP model, and reset all your scale settings and viewport sizing. More efficient now? Yes!

And that’s not all! You also have the ability to toggle Tag visibility — straight in your LayOut doc! What does this mean for your workflow? You don’t have to create extra scenes just for your LayOut files, saving you a ton of time going back and forth between LayOut and SketchUp. 

Start using 2020 today!

We hope that our latest changes in SketchUp 2020 offer a few tweaks that will have a big impact on improving your workflow. Happy Sketching!

Want to test out the new features? Try SketchUp free for 30 days.

Ready to go Pro? Buy SketchUp.

These new features are available to users with an active SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Studio subscription as well as Classic license holders that are active with Maintenance & Support.

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How to showcase interior design projects with SketchUp

In part 1 of this series, we revealed how to create winning interior design options in SketchUp. Now that you’re finished modelling, what’s next?

We show you how to present your vision to customers and blow them away with your designs. Pssst…sign up to watch a live demo of this workflow in our upcoming webinar.

A SketchUp Pro subscription includes a powerful ecosystem of products to help you communicate your creations. Let’s explore!

Add custom Styles to your design

Adding your personal style is an important part of showcasing designs. StyleBuilder allows you to create customised line styles using imported digital or hand drawn strokes. Think crisp pen lines, wavy pencil marks or marks from a fat stick of graphite. Combine line styles with unique textures, colours and watermarks to inject your creative flair into models, renders and animations.

In SketchUp, you can create and edit styles. Apply your preferred style settings with a single click.

Create stunning 2D drawings and branded presentation documents

Now that you’ve added a style, it’s time to insert the model into LayOut. When you import a 3D model, a viewport is placed on the page. Good news, the scenes you set up in your SketchUp file are ready to use in LayOut.

Combine model views with text and 2D vector illustration to present design details, materials and design options. Many of the tools in LayOut work as they do in SketchUp. That means you can quickly get to drawing, resizing, adding details, making copies and changing styles and scale.

Present your ideas with SketchUp Viewer

Are printed drawings or a pdf the only way to showcase your work? Of course not! SketchUp Viewer for Mobile gives you the power to view and share your portfolio on iOS and Android devices. Take advantage of Augmented Reality to evaluate design options in real-world scale. Switch between scenes to showcase designs on the go while retaining your model’s style.

Model on the go with SketchUp for Web

Not all CAD tools are fully editable on the web, SketchUp is! Handy if you need to make on-the-fly changes when you’re away from your desktop computer. Let’s say you’re in a meeting at a client’s office and they want to see a project with a revised furniture layout. Open a model to SketchUp for Web directly from Trimble Connect on any web device to make the changes in real-time. Save the file to Trimble Connect for easy access back at the office.

Create rendered images with Trimble Connect visualizer

We’ll wrap this up with something that we are very excited about. Rendering! With a SketchUp Pro Subscription, you can create simplified renders using Trimble Connect for Desktop and the brand new Trimble Connect Visualizer. Note: this feature is currently available for Windows only.

Step into AR/VR to experience designs before they’re built

Do you have access to a VR or Mixed Reality device? If your answer is yes, you can bring 3D models to life in mixed or virtual reality. Step into a powerful new way to explore, understand, and share your work. The best part? It’s part of a SketchUp Pro Subscription.

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How to win interior design projects with SketchUp

Pitching for a new project is one of the most exciting parts of the design process. Creativity needs to flow but deadlines are around the corner. You want to get ideas out of your head quickly and turn them into winning results that will wow your client, boss or team.

Leverage the full power of a SketchUp Pro subscription at every stage of your creative process to deliver impactful concepts, quickly. Watch us do it live by signing up for our upcoming webinar (and keep reading for a sneak peak!)

In Part 1 of this series, we’ll teach you how to start from scratch and create design options with ease. In Part 2, you’ll learn how to showcase those designs in their best light, leaving your audience mesmerized. The examples used are interior design focused but don’t worry, these concepts can be applied to almost any industry!

Get started with a 2D sketch, floorplan or photo in SketchUp Pro

There are a few different ways to bring your project into SketchUp right from the start. Don’t be afraid to use what you have depending on the project, whether a sketch, photograph (check out how to use Match Photo) or a 2D plan:

    1. Working from a hand-drawn sketch? Import the hand drawing as an image and start tracing with the Line tool to create a floorplan. This is an easy (and thus popular) way to bring a floorplan into SketchUp.
    2. Have a set of plans? Import a floor plan in CAD, image or PDF. Draw the outline of your project by scaling and drawing from the plan as a reference.

Bring the outline into 3D

Once you have an outline, you’re ready to draw exterior walls. This workflow highlights how to use imported CAD geometry as your starting point.

Create multiple design options using 3D Warehouse

It’s time to bring your space to life. Apply colors and textures with materials to add detail and realism to your models. Visualize your design ideas fast by importing real products from 3D Warehouse.

SketchUp lets you quickly work through configurations and build upon the ones you like. Show off options for furnishings or add in various types of greenery to brighten the space and give your design some personality.

The key to showcasing and organising design options for your projects in SketchUp is use of Layers and Scenes. Layers help you organise your model, and Scenes help you present designs easily by adjusting layers, objects, styles and more!

Save your project to Trimble Connect

Now that you have your design options in hand, it’s time to save your project to the cloud. Trimble Connect offers you unlimited cloud storage with full version control. The best part? It’s included in a SketchUp Pro subscription.

Part of a design team?
Working together just got a little easier with Trimble Connect. Let’s say you’re working on the interior design at the same time another team member is working on the MEP design.

You can import a reference model into SketchUp from Trimble Connect. You won’t be able to modify the model, but you can use it as context to more easily coordinate the project. This is useful when you have a team of designers working on different areas.

Invite other people to your project, create groups with different permissions to control which files members can access. You can also utilize version control to track project history and progress.

Flying solo?
Each time you upload a copy of your design file, Trimble Connect will keep track of the versions. Use version control to manage different iterations of your model and share those as design options with your client. Assign to-dos and quickly work through client feedback, all within Trimble Connect.