SketchUp

RATING:

4.5

(1016)

About SketchUp

SketchUp is a 3D modeling software that is designed for businesses in several industry segments, including architecture, construction, urban planning, woodworking and interior designing. It enables designers to create, store and automatically convert 3D models into 2D designs. The software offers a user-friendly interface and was specifically designed to work for both beginners and professionals, offering both 2D and 3D designing tools. SketchUp allows staff members to provide potential clients with virtual reality (VR) based walkthrough videos via external tools, such as Oculus, Microsoft HoloLens and HTC Vive. With the built-in drawing tools, employees can create draw, extrude, move, combine, isolate and subtract complex 3D geometrical shapes. Additionally, it enabl...

SketchUp Pricing

SketchUp is available to users for free and offered across three pricing plans, outlined below. Pricing starts at $119/year and scales with each tier. For personal use: -SketchUp Free: Available for personal use for free -SketchUp Shop: $119/year For professionals: -SketchUp Pro: $299/year -SketchUp Studio: $1,099/year For higher education students and educators: -SketchUp Studio: $55/year

Starting price: 

$119.00 per year

Free trial: 

Available

Free version: 

Available

SketchUp layout tool

SketchUp Reviews

Overall Rating

4.5

Ratings Breakdown

Secondary Ratings

Ease-of-use

4.5

Customer Support

4

Value for money

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Most Helpful Reviews for SketchUp

1 - 5 of 1,017 Reviews

Barry

Information Technology and Services, 2 - 10 employees

Used less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

5

Reviewed October 2021

Sketchup - Beginners or Experts can use it

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Carolina

Verified reviewer

Business Supplies and Equipment, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

5

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

5

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed August 2022

The easiest way to model

I've been using google sketchup since university, in a short time I was able to present my work in 3d, and I've been using it ever since, and it's been 10 years now.

PROS

What I like most about this programme is the simplicity with which one starts modelling. In a short time you can reach an intermediate level of modelling, and there are many tutorials on the internet. If you add to this the large library of 3d objects available and all the plugins at your disposal, it is the perfect program.

CONS

The only flaw it might have is that the pro version is paid, but it's worth it.

Reasons for switching to SketchUp

The google sketchup interface is much simpler and more intuitive.

Robyn

Architecture & Planning, 1 employee

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

5

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

4

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

3

FUNCTIONALITY

4

Reviewed February 2021

SketchUp: A good place to start your 3D modeling experience.

Apart from the occasional hiccup, my experience with the software has been great. Most of the challenges that I've faced was due to user error and due to habits that were hard to shake after switching to SketchUp. SketchUp is great for beginners and professionals alike.

PROS

Compared to other 3D modelling software that I've tried, SketchUp is by far the easiest to learn and even master. Though it comes with less tools and features than most other software, those that are there are exceptionally focused to to create simple models in an efficient manner. The 3D Warehouse is one of this software's best features for at the click of a button, you have access to a wide variety of models ranging from simple doors to incredibly detailed light fixtures. The user interface can be customized to your comfort and the wide range of plugins available in the plugin warehouse makes your modeling possibilities nearly endless. All the free videos that can be found online makes it really easy to learn the software without having to spend any additional funds.

CONS

With the existing features, one is limited to only creating simple models for the software doesn't handle complex curves very well. Though there are plugins that can help, there is only so much you can do. You'd want to keep your file size as small as possible because the program does lag when there is too much information to process. The software is very temperamental. On multiple occasions I've lost progress due to it crashing.

Reasons for switching to SketchUp

I struggled a lot with learning to create 3D models in AutoCAD. I needed a software that is easier to learn and helps me be more efficient.

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Tom

Verified reviewer

Architecture & Planning, 1 employee

Used daily for more than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra
This review was submitted organically. No incentive was offered

OVERALL RATING:

1

EASE OF USE

1

VALUE FOR MONEY

1

CUSTOMER SUPPORT

2

FUNCTIONALITY

1

Reviewed February 2020

Rubbish upgrade

No benefits, only problems that weren't there in the version used previously. Someone explain why this is referred to as an 'upgrade' please?

PROS

Absolutely nothing other than being able to get full access to warehouse.

CONS

Usual rubbish - take a product that you're comfortable using, (I've used since 2010) force users into an upgrade they don't want it need, charge them for it, lose the template & configuration that your happy and used to using & provide a product that is no better, crashes endlessly with 'bug splats', loses files and needs time & energy getting it to how it was before. Why do tech companies feel they need to alter & if we are forced into an upgrade, let it copy the same template as previously used & make it seamless. So far, my £228 investment had lost me 6 hours of time in setting up, crashes & trying to iron out bugs. I will now have to spend another few hours tomorrow contacting my 'support' to sort out the latest cock up from the 'improved' version.

Reason for choosing SketchUp

Used for over 10 years - all work in that time still accessed & therefore required

Joelle

Animation, 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra
This reviewer was invited by us to submit an honest review and offered a nominal incentive as a thank you.

OVERALL RATING:

4

EASE OF USE

5

VALUE FOR MONEY

3

FUNCTIONALITY

5

Reviewed November 2023

I Used SketchUp for a College Project

I used the trial version of SketchUp back in 2017, to create the skeleton for 2 sets of environments (a fur-trading fort and a longhouse village). Prior to this, the only 3D program I had used was Sculptris, and I was looking for something that was better with inorganic structures. I enjoyed my time working in the program , and found it relatively easy to pick up and use. That said, I only scratched the surface of what was possible. For context, I only created the exteriors of the buildings, as my end goal was to have 3D references I could then pose and draw over for my project. This also meant that while I built the structures as closely as possible to the real things, I didn't need any of the measurements to be exact.

PROS

It was perfect for what I wanted to do; building design and camera posing.

CONS

I can't remember any big issues, but I only used the program for a short while and to create general 3D references.

Reasons for switching to SketchUp

It was actually a side-program related to Zbrush, called Sculptris (Sculptris was not an opton in the list). Sculptris is better with organic shapes and sculpting. I wanted to test out something that was made for more structural 3D work.