Sketchup is a 3D modeling software for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It originally belonged to Google, but now it is owned by Trimble Inc. The program includes drawing layout functionality, allows surface rendering in variable "styles", supports third-party "plug-in" programs hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse to provide other capabilities (e.g. rendering) and enables placement of its models within Google Earth.

SketchUp comes in the following editions.

SketchUp Pro’s functionality includes importers and exporters to common 2D and 3D formats, access to LayOut (2D documentation software) and Style Builder (create custom edge styles for SketchUp models). It runs on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS.

SketchUp Shop is a web application that runs in a browser. It was created specifically for Do It Yourself designers, makers, and woodworkers. Among its features are interface with 3D printers, CNC routers and other shop machines.

SketchUp Free is a web app, which functionality allows users to save drawings to cloud.

SketchUp Make is a free-of-charge version for home, but there will be no further releases of it; users are expected to migrate to SketchUp free.

Supported formats

Import:

  • DWG
  • DXF
  • DEM
  • DDF
  • 3DS
  • DAE
  • KMZ
  • ACIS
  • STL
  • JPG
  • PSD
  • TIF
  • TGA
  • BMP

Export:

  • DAE
  • KMZ
  • 3DS
  • DWG
  • DXF
  • FBX
  • OBJ
  • WRL
  • XSI
  • PDF
  • EPS
  • BMP
  • JPG
  • TIF
  • EPX

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