SketchUp

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Release date: 2000–now
Made by: (past) @Last Software
(past) Google
Trimble
Runs on: Browser
Windows
Mac OS
Imports: .SKP, .STL
Exports: .PNG, STL


'SketchUp is an intuitive, daring-like, 3-D modelling program. It's changed developers a few times over the years, and currently has a pricing model that makes it difficult to recommend. The only free option now is very restrictive with file formats, not allowing extensions, and requiring an always-on Internet connection.

Extensions[edit]

The easy way to install extensions is by loading the extension warehouse from within SketchUp. If you want to download them with your browser you'll need to add the downloaded bundle via the Window>Preference or SketchUp>Preferences menu items. For more details see the official instruction page.

File Types[edit]

If you're using the free version of Sketchup with Unity etc. it's a bit of a pain RE file types you can export. OBJ and FBX are 'advanced', and 'professional' versions only, for example. Your only option is DAE with plugins, I think. I remember having problems and having to use a export plugin :(

The file types listed in the info box to the right are the only ones supported in all versions. For completeness, the full list is:

Import[edit]

  • .3DS (Advanced +)
  • .BMP (Professional)
  • .DAE (Advanced +)
  • .DEM (Advanced +)
  • .DDF (Professional)
  • .DWG (Advanced +)
  • .DXF (Advanced +)
  • .IFC (Professional)
  • .IFCZIP (Professional)
  • .JPG (Professional)
  • .KMZ (Advanced +)
  • .PDF (Mac only) (Professional)
  • .PNG (Professional)
  • .PSD (Professional)
  • .SKP (Basic +)
  • .STL (Basic +)
  • .TGA (Professional)
  • .TIF (Professional)

Export[edit]

  • .3DS (Advanced +)
  • .DAE (Advanced +)
  • .DWG (Advanced +)
  • .DXF (Advanced +)
  • .EPS (Professional)
  • .FBX (Advanced +)
  • .IFC (Professional)
  • .JPG (Professional)
  • .KMZ (Advanced +)
  • .OBJ (Advanced +)
  • .PDF (Mac only) (Professional)
  • .PNG (Basic +)
  • .SKP (Professional)
  • .STL (Basic +)
  • .TIF (Professional)
  • .VRML (Advanced +)
  • .WRL (Professional)
  • .XSI (Advanced +)

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