3D Modelling & Performance> New Arc Tools
+ Faster Shadows in Large Models
+ IFC Export
+ Ruby 2.0
3D Warehouse> A new look for 3D Warehouse
+ WebGL Viewer
+ Direct model upload
+ Increased uploaded model size limit
+ New product catalogs
+ Smart labels
+ Improved vector rendering
+ Snappier performance in long documents
My favorite 3d modeling software has been upgraded! SketchUP 2014 hit the market today, and although the core SketchUP Pro features did not change that much, I like the fact Trimble keeps a steady update cycle with a great beta testing program. I just wish they focused on SketchUP just as much as Layout. 2013 was mainly a Layout upgrade, with 2014 they overhauled the 3d warehouse and more Layout upgrades… Trimble – Make 2015 a SketchUP Pro core upgrade only please! it is long overdue. I guess that bottom-line, the most valuable update in this release is the introduction of Ruby 2.0 for 3rd party developers.
“My favorite 3d modeling software! ” -Ronen Bekermann
3D Modeling & Performance
Now you can draw arcs using any of three different methods: the default 2-Point Arc tool lets you pick two end points and then a third that defines the “bulge.” Or, pick the center point of your arc and then pick two points on the edge, defining your arc by its angle. The Pie Arc tool works the same way but produces a wedge-shaped face.
Casting shadows is no longer something you’ll have to sacrifice when working on really big, complicated models. We dug deep into SketchUp’s shadow engine code (actual name: ShadowMaster) and found some optimization gems. Our tests on a dozen hulking, customer-derived models show an average speed improvement of 15x. Your results may vary.
Enrich your model with important metadata and improve its compatibility with other building information modeling (BIM) tools. Our new Classifier tool tags geometry with industry-standard object types: walls, slabs, roofs, and hundreds more. Work with existing classification systems, or crack open a fresh TXT and create your own.
Once you’ve classified the objects in your model, export an IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) file, wrapping up your project for use in another BIM application. Along with your model geometry, you’ll have access to all the valuable metadata you added in SketchUp Pro.
The Ruby programming language is the syntax that makes an entire universe of SketchUp extensions possible. In this release, we’ve brought our API up to Ruby 2.0 standards, giving developers a shiny platform for creating new SketchUp tools. Our API now offers improved support for non-English characters, section plane plugins, text and dimensions tools, and more.
For SketchUp 2014, we’ve rebuilt 3D Warehouse from the ground up. The new Warehouse is easier to use than ever and a million times better looking too. Find a model of anything you need, create your own collections for organizing content, and become a model citizen by sharing your work with the world.
Every model on the new 3D Warehouse now works with our integrated WebGL viewer. This means you can preview models in full 3D before downloading them into your own project. You can even embed 3D models on other web pages so visitors can explore projects using SketchUp’s standard navigation tools or your own pre-set scenes.
With the all-new 3D Warehouse, you can upload 3D models directly from your web browser—there’s no need to open them in SketchUp first.
We’ve increased the maximum size of models you can upload and store on the 3D Warehouse by a factor of five, from 10 to 50 megabytes.
Use Auto-Text tags in your documents to improve accuracy and save hours of repetitious work. Let LayOut automatically insert text using rules like “Today’s Date”, “Page Number” and “Project Title”. Choose from a list of preset tags, customize them for your own purposes, or make your own from scratch.
Just like in SketchUp, labels you add in LayOut are automatically pre-populated with relevant text. When you label a group or a component, its name appears. Labeling a face displays its area, labeling an edge provides its length, and labeling a point yields its coordinates.
Ho hum. Another version of LayOut, another 15x improvement in speed for your vector-rendered model views. When your drawing calls for it, vector rendering provides crisp, clean linework and better performance when you’re working with big viewports.
Get good fast
There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. Start by drawing lines and shapes. Push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Stretch, copy, rotate and paint to make anything you like. If you want to be productive within a couple of hours, you’ve come to the right place
Find a 3D model of anything
Why model everything from scratch? Whether it’s a chair for the room you’re designing or a rhino for your zoo, you’ll find almost anything you need in SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, the world’s biggest repository of free 3D models. And anyone can use 3D Warehouse to store and share models. Upload your best work and become a SketchUp legend.
Turn models into drawings with LayOut
At some point in most 3D projects, you’ll need to turn your model into a set of drawings that gets the point across. LayOut in SketchUp Pro lets you add model views to pages, choose drawing scales, adjust line weights, and add dimensions, callouts, and graphics. Make a change to your SketchUp model, and find it reflected automatically in LayOut. And when it’s time, export PDFs, images and CAD files.
You can see the full release notes on the What’s new in SketchUP 2014? page.