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This year, we focused on data structures and modeling behaviors. We want to make sure we continue to be the more intuitive, easier (because we know no software is EASY) to use software that boosts your ability to crank out those stunning design projects.
SketchUp Pro 2020: your [3D] creative space
In an effort to increase model performance, you no longer have to create Layers upon Layers. You can do your main model organization straight within Outliner.
We recommend using this (and our friendly eyeball icon) to toggle between the major chunks of your model like main floor plans.
Grips on bounding boxes
This works with both the Rotate tool and Move tool. Fancy, huh? This will literally ‘transform’ your workflow. Don’t take our word for it: start positioning those objects in hard to reach places to see that SketchUp magic!
Announcing a big change to hiding objects in your models! You’ll notice in your drop-down menu that we decoupled 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)… yes, you can do that in SketchUp! Landscape architects, rejoice!
The SketchUp Universe : nomenclatures
After many conversations, we decided to update some of our naming conventions. This won’t change your workflow, but we want you to know that it’s not just you — we are talking about a few things differently now. We think they make logic a little more prevalent.
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. Now you can save those syllables for words like “stupendous” and “dapper” (Why, thank you! We think you are too.). Also, Layers are now referred to as “Tags”.
LayOut 2020: Document control
It’s all about taking back control… document control that is! We focused on improving the interaction between SketchUp and LayOut to save you time and [brain] energy. Way less going back and forth updating scenes in SketchUp to ensure your drawing comes out perfectly. Now you have more editing ability right in LayOut.
LayOut now understands a lot more about your SketchUp model and what you’ve overridden. Meaning, you can safely change a style or camera angle directly in LayOut without accidentally losing your changes.
When you make changes in LayOut, parts of the menu bar will go dark gray, alerting you that you’ve made an override. Don’t worry, 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 you need to.
Take those LayOut docs to the next dimension with different models and views.
You also have the ability to toggle tag visibility — straight in your LayOut doc.
What does this mean for my workflow? This means 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.
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We think that our latest changes in SketchUp 2020 let you make a few tweaks to really get your process humming along! We’ve changed a lot, but if you’ve got an awesome workflow that works for you, keep rolling with that. Happy Sketching!!
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