Older Release Notes

SketchUp Desktop 2019.3

Released: October 14th, 2019

19.3.253 (Win 64-bit)
19.3.252 (Mac 64-bit)

Sign In Workflow Changes

What has changed?

Users will now sign into our desktop applications via an external web browser, instead of an embedded web browser. This change impacts both subscription and classic license users.

The change in 2019.3 that will impact classic license users: Users need to be signed in before accessing the 3D Warehouse, Extension Warehouse and Add Location, which they didn't need to do in previous builds. Accessing these features will go through the new sign-in workflow, which means classic license users need Trimble IDs (or Google IDs) to access them.


This past April, Google announced that it will no longer support Google Sign In through embedded browser frameworks. In order to continue supporting Google Sign In, we’re following one of Google’s recommended solutions: to have users sign in through their default web browsers and capture the sign in information via a web server on their local machine (

What does this mean from a user’s point of view?
  • All users need to be signed in to access the 3D Warehouse, Extension Warehouse, Trimble Connect and Add Location from within the desktop apps.
  • When a user selects a ‘Sign In’ command from within a desktop app, the user’s default web browser will open a new tab in order for them to sign in.
If you're using either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as your default browser then you may run into some issues with this new workflow. You can read about this issue along with some workarounds in our article titled Support for Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge Browser in SketchUp 2019.3 , please visit this article for more information.

SketchUp Release Notes


macOS Catalina Support

Added support for macOS Catalina, which included the following updates:

  • Implemented the notarization process that will be required for macOS Catalina.
  • Fixed an issue where the Welcome Window’s templates panel sometimes loaded slowly.
  • Fixed an issue where text was displayed with a black background on some configurations.
  • Changed our internet connection tests to work more robustly across the globe.
  • (Win) Updated libcrypto and libssl dlls to 1.1.1c.
SketchUp Desktop 2019.2

Released: July 18th, 2019

19.2.222 (Win 64-bit)
19.2.221 (Mac 64-bit)

Enhancing your professional workflow—it's the small things that count!

We are excited to announce our second desktop product update since releasing SketchUp 2019. We've been hanging out on the forum and researching at 3D Basecamp to get some insight into your workflows. With your feedback, we've worked hard to update some top features in SketchUp Pro 2019 and LayOut. Try out these new updates, and see how they impact your professional outputs and workflows.

What's new in SketchUp 2019.2

The name of the game (update) is ease of use. This release has made SketchUp more intuitive — and more fun to use. With more focus on improvements to imagery exports, usability, and a seamless LayOut connection — your professional workflow will greatly benefit. Check out the top features below.

Professional output enhancements

Exporting images. Exporting 2D graphics, raster files, and animations just got better. You can now control the overall line thicknesses of exported images with our new line scale multiplier, found in the export options dialogs. Before this change, line weights stayed the same as the viewport which could make the line weight too small or too large. So, if you are experiencing line weights that are too thick, you can make those line weights thinner. Also, .png images now export with transparency so you can see what is behind the material while compositing.

Customizable unit settings. Have you ever needed to use different unit measurements for a model? Now your model can be customized to show different unit measurements for area and volume. For example, in a model of a room, you can use inches for the wall and feet for volume. Available unit types: inches, feet, millimeters, centimeters, and meters.

Workflow improvements

Invert Selection. Just like the title suggests, it's the small things that help your workflow! This new feature will allow you to select anything, then invert the selection of objects. This makes it simple to select items and then perform actions on their inverse. The keyboard shortcut for this will be: CTRL + SHIFT + I (Windows) or CMD + SHIFT + I (Mac).

Importing files. The days of picking out your import file format from a long list are over. You can now drag and drop ALL supported file types directly into your modeling window. By default, you'll now see all supported file types available for import. Additionally, the DWG and DXF importers now bring in fewer duplicate and messy edges.

Eraser Tool. Have you ever accidentally erased too much in your model? To make your detailing workflow a little smoother and seamless, we added alt & cmd as modifier keys to remove any unnecessarily highlighted lines that you might have accidentally captured during your modeling efforts.

Section Planes. Cutting a model along a plane so that you can peer inside the model? We just made this way smoother. Section planes now ask the user to name them after placing them in the model. Simply place, then name.

Send to LayOut. Clearly, we want to make LayOut even better to use! You can now send your models directly to LayOut from the large toolset in the left-hand toolbar. If you haven't used LayOut before, you should check it out now!

Large Area Imports for Add Location. You can now easily import large sites at full resolution. How can you take advantage of this new feature? Simply zoom out a bit, then select the level from which you want to import. Be aware that, importing very large areas with lots of imagery can adversely affect performance in your SketchUp model. Check out our help center to be sure you're aware of how to best handle lots of data in your models. Note that this feature is only available to SketchUp Pro and Studio subscription holders.

What's new in LayOut 2019.2

The overall changes for LayOut can be summed up in a few words: improved overall interaction for construction documentation. We focused on making the usability of LayOut more natural and consistent with that of SketchUp. Check out these life-changing updates.

Professional output enhancements

Isometric dimensioning. It is now possible to make linear dimensions align with an isometric viewpoint. This one is huge! Since an isometric drawing is a primary type of drawing in LayOut, we wanted to make it smoother and more straightforward. You can now control extension lines, gap distance, and align dimensions with isometric angles.

Auto-text. Similar to “smart labels”, you can now add text to dimensions without breaking the automatic measurement. For example, let's say you create a wall dimension. You can dimension a wall, add the word “height”, and the dimension measurement will still update if the measurement changes. Pro tip: make sure your string has <> in it. For example, Height <>' will turn into 'Height 132in'.

Workflow enhancements

Rotating dimensions. Now, when your dimensions are off-axis, the bounding box will remain aligned with the object so you can continue to scale it in the right orientation.

Scaling dimensions. All connected dimensions will move and scale with the parent object. Just select the SketchUp model or Scaled Drawing or anything a dimension is attached to and connected dimensions will come along for the ride.

Quicker editing. Staying consistent with SketchUp usability, you can now hit the return key to edit SketchUp model views, groups, dimensions, or labels! Just select, press return, and start typing!

SketchUp Release Notes

Bug fixes/small features added

We have fixed a good deal of bugs with this release and added some small features, including:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when offsetting a chain of edges that resulted in a smaller number of edges.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when fixing validity errors in a model where the length in a dynamic component is set to infinity.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when copy/pasting certain section planes and saving the model.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when deleting a line with the Dimension, Rotate or Protractor tools active.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when offsetting open arcs so that they almost disappear.
  • [Win] Fixed a crash that sometimes occurred when changing scenes.
Model Display
  • Fixed an issue where guides that are coincident with a section plane were not drawing.
  • Fixed an issue where profile lines for softened back edges were displaying as solid vs with the dashed back edge stipple pattern.
  • [Win] Fixed an issue where SU could open with a blank workspace when using Intel graphics cards with certain Intel drivers.
  • [Mac] Fixed an issue where line weight thickness was sometimes rendered incorrectly on systems with two monitors.
  • [Mac] Fixed an issue where arrowheads incorrectly resized when clicking between low-res and Retina displays.
  • Fixed an issue where zoom could be too sensitive when zooming into a filled section plane.
  • Removed the display of radial lines and centers when offsetting arcs, circles and polygons to make interactions cleaner.
  • Fixed an issue where inferencing could not find an endpoint of a recently created edge.
  • Fixed an issue where, when offsetting a single painted face outward, the newly created faces did not inherit the material of the original face.
  • Fixed an issue where the offset could be larger than expected when offsetting a circle using the “allow overlap” modifier key.
  • Fixed an issue where, when offsetting a three pointed star, the offset could shift incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where drawing small rectangles on small faces could cause the loss of materials and/or faces.
  • Improved how the offset tool works with certain arcs to ensure arcs are retained in more situations after an offset operation.
  • Fixed an issue where the Measure tool still showed the units of a face's area when the display of units was turned off in Model Info.
Image export
  • Fixed an issue where sketchy edges in an image exported using the transparent background option could display with a white halo.
  • Fixed an issue where transparent faces in an image exported with the transparent background option displayed without transparency in other applications.
  • Fixed an issue where the width and height values in the Options dialog for image export would not update when edited.
  • Changed image export to give consistent results for text and dimensions regardless of the DPI of the display from which the export occurs.
  • [Mac] Fixed an issue where setting certain format-specific image export options had no effect.
  • Fixed an issue where extensions licenses could not be obtained for users with a SketchUp Subscription license. Extension licenses should be correctly obtained during extension installation in all cases now.
  • Added a warning message when SU launches and is not using an available AMD or NVIDIA graphics card.
  • Fixed an issue where guide points made by typing a length of 0 couldn't be selected.
  • Fixed an issue where sampling with the Material Browser's eye dropper picked the default material vs the sampled material when picking through a section plane.
  • Fixed an issue where the user could not import the JPEG file format.
  • Added timestamp and path name tool tip text to the Welcome Window's Recent Files tab.
  • Changed the messaging in the "Oops...That didn't look like valid licensing info..." error message for Classic licensing, to provide more precise instructions for resolution.
  • Updated the Trimble Connect extension to utilize a newer Connect API version.
  • Fixed an issue where the Help Center for errors on startup did not go to a language specific link.
  • Fixed an issue where the Unit combo boxes were editable in Model Info.
  • Improved formatting of file location tool tip text in the Welcome Window.
  • [Win] Fixed an issue where recovered files were sometimes deleted during a revert operation.
  • [Win] Fixed an issue where the SketchUp 'Send to LayOut' command did not work if LayOut was already open with certain configurations.
  • [Win] SketchUp now displays backup (.skb) files when the user selects File > Open.
  • [Win] Fixed an issue where the STL Import Option choices for units did not persist when closing and re-opening the Options dialog.
  • [Mac] Added the ability to save as older versions for Save A Copy As.
  • [Mac] Changed the "Length" label in Entity info to be more accurate depending on which entity type is selected.
  • [Mac] Fixed an incorrect Japanese translation in the Styles tray.

Known Issues

Certain extensions are not yet compatible with SketchUp 2019.2. We are not able to know every extension that is affected, but we don’t believe that the number of extensions affected is large.

We know that Thea is not yet compatible with SketchUp 2019.2. If you require Thea Renderer, we recommend that you not upgrade at this time, until they are able to release a compatible version.

Please see this SketchUp Forum post for more information.

LayOut Release Notes

Bug fixes/small features added

We have fixed a good deal of bugs with this release and added some small features, including:

  • Improved the way we handle selection and multiple select.
SketchUp Model View
  • Render Mode and Scene can no longer be changed when selecting multiple Locked SU model viewports.
DWG Export
  • Fixed an issue where a SketchUp model view that was grouped would export at 1:1 PaperSpace scale.
  • Addressed a problem where auto-render could cause an infinite loop or latency in the application when a model failed to render.
  • Fixed a problem where LayOut and Style Builder did not display offline Action Manager notifications.
  • Fixed an issue where the clipping mask would be lost after editing.
  • Improved Welcome Window load time.
  • Changed the warning message when a model fails to render to provide instructions on how to resolve the rendering failure.
  • [Win] Fixed an issue where the Welcome Window would not scroll.
  • [Win] Fixed an issue where the LayOut window would lose focus when using the label tool and multi component component names.
  • [Win] Corrected an inconsistency where the list of available versions in Save As were in a different order from the way they were displayed on the Mac or in SketchUp.
  • [Win] Removed the "All Files(*.*)" entry from the File > Save and File > Save As file picker dialogs.
  • [Mac] We have restored the “Space” and “List” functionality for text editing.

SketchUp API Release Notes

What's New?

Ruby Version Upgrade

The SketchUp application and the SDK have been updated to Ruby version 2.5.5. This was done to address an optimization bug in 'if' and 'jump' and to improve security.

Mouse Wheel in the Ruby API!

In addition to exposing new functionality in SketchUp we exposed the mouse wheel event to custom Ruby tools. This opens up new possibilities for interacting with the viewport and UI and could make for some exciting new Ruby extensions.

Textures - Export Performance and other Improvements

Exporting texture data and performance was a theme across both APIs. For anyone exporting textures, we fixed two specific issues.

  1. In the C API, previously we were re-writing all images, even if SketchUp itself was not altering the image (ie. with a colorization effect). This significantly increased export times. We've changed it to now just dump the original file.
  2. In the Ruby and the C API, we've made a change to how we export colorized png's. Previously we were using the highest (and slowest) compression setting. We've adjusted this setting to a more moderate compression. Our 4k x 4k image export test reduced from ~50 seconds to only ~6 seconds.

A number of missing "Remove" functions were added to the C API, further improving the feature parity with the Ruby API.

Ruby API Additions and Improvements
  • Added onMouseWheel event to the Tool interface.
  • Added Sketchup::Selection#invert
  • Added :scale_factor to view.write_image to allow the API user to control the scaling factor of viewport dependent elements such as line weights.
  • Added the new area and volume unit settings to Sketchup::OptionsProvider.
    • Added Sketchup.format_volume.
    • Added constants to the Length class for area and volume units to be used with the OptionsProvider.
  • Documented :source => :framebuffer option in Sketchup::View#write_image that dumps the current frame as drawn in viewport. This has existed since SketchUp 7.
Ruby API Bug Fixes
  • Update Ruby Version to 2.5.5 to fix optimization bug in Ruby 2.5.1.
  • Fixed possible crash in Sketchup::Entities#clear.
  • Added checks to prevent Image materials from being assigned to normal drawing elements. Doing so will now throw an ArgumentError.
  • It is no longer possible to assign Sketchup::Image materials to entities.
  • onViewChanged now triggers when the viewport changes size.
  • Dynamic Component no longer throws an error on deleted entity.
SketchUp C API Additions and Improvements
  • Added SUApplicationGetActiveModel
  • Added SULengthFormatterGetAreaUnits
  • Added SULengthFormatterSetAreaUnits
  • Added SULengthFormatterGetVolumeUnits
  • Added SULengthFormatterSetVolumeUnits
  • Added SUMaterialGetColorizeDeltas
  • Added SUMaterialGetColorizeType
  • Added SUMaterialSetColorizeType
  • Added SUMaterialGetOwnerType
  • Added SUModelGetAllMaterials
  • Added SUModelGetNumAllMaterials
  • Added SUModelGetGuid
  • Added SUModelLoadDefinition
  • Added SUModelRemoveComponentDefinitions
  • Added SUModelRemoveLayers
  • Added SUModelRemoveMaterials
  • Added SUModelRemoveScenes
  • Added SUStylesRemoveStyle
  • Added SUStylesSetSelectedStyle
  • Added SUTextureWriteOriginalToFile
  • Removed Deprecated C++ Com Interface.
  • Updated SDK docs on VC++ runtime versions.
  • It is now possible to use the C API to get the active model using SUApplicationGetActiveModel. This is for Read Only access to the model. Mac builds were missing the symbols for Live C API. They are now included in this build.
  • For more information about the Read Only Live C API, how to link correctly - read this forum post.
SketchUp C API Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where SUModelSaveToFileWithVersion and SUModelSaveToFile weren't updating the model's GUID.
  • Fixed SUStylesAddStyle where it would fail to load some .style files.
  • SUComponentInstanceFromEntity returns NULL if underlying entity is a Group
  • Fixed a performance regressions where SUTextureWriteToFile would rasterize non-colorized texture instead of just dumping the original file data.
  • It is no longer possible to assign Sketchup::Image materials to entities
Ruby API and C API
  • Increased performance of PNG image export for colorized materials. Previously, it used to use max compression. Now we use a more balanced compression setting. This affects SUTextureWriteToFile/Sketchup::Texture#write as well as the texture writer. We also added some general optimizations for SUTextureWriteToFile/Sketchup::Texture#write. On a 4Kx4K texture we saw the processing time drop from ~50 seconds to ~6 seconds.

C++ API (SkpReader) Removal

We recently announced that we had done the work to remove the C++ API from the SketchUp SDK. This is our first release that does not support the C++ API. See this forum post for more information.
https://forums.sketchup.com/t/developer-announcement-c-api-removal/94943" target="_blank">https://forums.sketchup.com/t/developer-announcement-c-api-removal/94943

Who does this affect?

This change should not affect most people, as most people are using our C API. However, anyone that is still using the C++ API which has been included in the “deprecated” folder in the SDK since SketchUp 2013 will need to migrate their code to the C API. You will still be able to read and write SketchUp 2019 and earlier .skp files using the C++ API that we released with previous versions of SketchUp 2019. But you will not be able to add a custom exporter that uses the C++ API to SketchUp. The bridge that connects the C++ exporters to the SketchUp exporter interface has been completely removed in this and all future versions of SketchUp.

SketchUp Desktop 2019.1

Released: April 8th, 2019

19.1.174 (Win 64-bit)
19.1.173 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue where the classic and trial licensing information displayed to the user in the Welcome Window could be confusing. Specifically:
    • When a user enters a classic license alongside an active SketchUp trial, they are still be eligible to try other products in the Studio bundle.
    • The licensing panel now defaults to the Classic tab if the user has entered a Classic license.
    • If the user has entered a Classic license, we no longer show trial expiration text in the upper right corner of the Files panel.
  • Fixed an issue where exporting using AutoCAD 2018 file format would create a "Student Version" plot stamp for both SketchUp and LayOut when the file was opened in AutoCAD 2019.
  • Fixed an issue where text would not export with a 2D DWG/DXF export.
  • Fixed an issue where auto-save files did not persist on the Mac after a reboot or shutdown.
    • On Windows, recovered files are now saved here: C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\SketchUp\SketchUp 2019\SketchUp\working\SKETCHUP\RecoveredFiles
    • On the Mac, recovered files are now saved here: ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2019/working/SKETCHUP/Recovered Files
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where models would open slowly with the Materials dialog expanded.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the Add License button was not working for Windows OS usernames having an apostrophe.

LayOut Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue where LayOut could crash when opening a file. This was caused by corrupt paths not being removed when they were detected.

SketchUp API Release Notes

  • Fixed the accepted types for the "point" in entities.add_text
  • Fixed Model.save for VERSION_2019
  • Fixed crash when rendering_options["RenderMode"] = 4
SketchUp Desktop 2019

Released: February 5th, 2019

19.0.685 (Win 64-bit)
19.0.684 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Pro 2019 Release Notes

A New Way to SketchUp

Subscriptions and Classic Licenses

Users now have the choice to buy a SketchUp subscription or a classic license of SketchUp Pro for desktop. Learn more about our subscription offerings in this Help Center article.

Trimble ID

A Trimble ID (TID) will be the gateway to access any SketchUp products. A TID will allow you to download a trial, buy a classic license or subscribe. You can sign up using an existing Gmail account or you can create a TID using a valid email address.

Launch Experience

We’ve refreshed the launch experience on SketchUp’s desktop applications—SketchUp Pro for Desktop, LayOut, and Style Builder. To access these applications, just sign in with a Trimble ID or enter an active classic license.

30 day Trials

There are a number of products you can explore during your 30-day trial of SketchUp Studio. The free trial currently includes:

  • SketchUp for Web
  • SketchUp desktop applications: SketchUp Pro for Desktop, LayOut, Style Builder.
  • Trimble Connect Personal (5 collaborators, 2 projects, and up to 10 GB of cloud storage)
  • Sefaira (building performance analysis software).
  • Augmented reality viewing on SketchUp Viewer for iOS and Android
  • Viewing on XR applications: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Hololens, and HP Windows Mixed Reality

What’s New in SketchUp Pro for Desktop?

Welcome Panel (SketchUp Pro for Desktop + LayOut)

We’ve made some updates to our Files, Learn, and Licensing tabs to make it easier to manage projects and licenses. While we were at it, we added links to learning resources directly into SketchUp and LayOut.

Files tab: When you launch SketchUp or LayOut, you’ll see a Files panel where you can manage default templates and access new, recent and recovered files. To change to a different template when opening a new file, select the “New From Template” option in the File pulldown menu.

Learn tab: We are introducing a new portal for training content, appropriately named, the SketchUp Campus. This is the hub for both beginner and advanced learning through video courses that will eventually cover the entire SketchUp family and many professional industry work flows.

Licensing tab: You can still easily access your licensing information from within SketchUp and LayOut. When you select the licensing tab, you can choose to view either your classic license or subscription information.

Default Toolbar Changes

We’ve made some new updates to the toolbars in SketchUp Pro and LayOut. You’ll notice a “My Account” icon in the top upper-right hand side of the screen. Here, you can access your licensing information, sign in and sign out.


Solid lines don’t always tell the full story. Sometimes you need a dash pattern to convey your design idea. Whether you need to demarcate a property boundary, identify what is proposed, or identify walls for demolition, adding a stipple might be your best solution.

Supported Dashes in SketchUp (imperial and metric equivalents
Supported Dashes in SketchUp (imperial and metric equivalents

That’s why we’ve incorporated dashed lines into SketchUp Pro 2019. These dashes are properties of Layers and can be controlled from the Layers panel. Even better, components on layers will inherit the dash pattern. In LayOut, your dashes will show in the viewport at any screen scale and in all render modes with the ability to edit the dash width and scale.

When you’re ready to export, SketchUp can convert your dashed pattern into a bunch of file formats: PDF, EPS (vector), images (raster), and DWG/DXF.

SketchUp Tape Measure Tool

Upgrades to the Tape Measure tool mean less time you’ll spend opening up Entity Info or looking at the Measurements box. Now, you can get the length of edges, area of faces, and coordinates of midpoints and intersections straight from an inference tip.

Compatibility Mode for Windows 10

It is no longer necessary to run SketchUp in compatibility mode. Compatibility mode was employed for several SketchUp releases as a workaround for problems with older Intel HD 2000 and HD 3000 GPUs on Windows 10. These GPUs have been deprecated by Intel on Windows 10 and because this workaround introduced problems of its own, it has been removed. As a result SketchUp, LayOut, and Style Builder will no longer run with Intel HD 2000 and HD 3000 GPUs on Windows 10.

Support for macOS Mojave

Our QA team has smashed and banged on Apple’s newest operating system, macOS Mojave, enough to say that SketchUp 2019 is fully compatible.

What’s New in LayOut?

LayOut File Locking

We’ve made it harder to overwrite your LayOut files with unintentional edits. If you have multiple people working in the same file or if you’ve opened a file in two separate LayOut instances, we’ll temporarily lock your file and let you know it’s “read only.” Simple.

SketchUp Dashes Control

With the introduction of Dashes in SketchUp, LayOut now has the ability to modify how those lines styles are displayed. With the SketchUp model viewport selected, the SketchUp Model inspector will allow for modification.

LayOut’s SketchUp Model inspector
LayOut’s SketchUp Model inspector
Export for SketchUp feature

SketchUp has always played nice with others. We’ve been hard at work making it even easier for you to move between the software you need. In LayOut we have added a ‘Export for SketchUp’ feature to the DWG/DXF exporter that places all LayOut entities into the Model Space so that SketchUp can now ‘play’ with all LayOut data. As part of this feature Groups are sent over as SketchUp Components, Fills and Patterns are sent over as SketchUp faces for easy Push/Pull’n.

LayOut’s DWG/DXF Export Options dialog
LayOut’s DWG/DXF Export Options dialog
Plan and Elevation created in LayOut
Plan and Elevation created in LayOut
Plan and Elevation imported into SketchUp via the new “Export to SketchUp” option
Plan and Elevation imported into SketchUp via the new “Export to SketchUp

With the 2019 release, you can now import and export AutoCAD 2018 DWG files in SketchUp Pro and LayOut. In LayOut, we’ve made it easier to export to DWG, and added the ability to adjust the Model Space Units when you import a DWG.

LayOut’s DWG/DXF Import dialog
LayOut’s DWG/DXF Import dialog
Mouse Scroll Speed Controller

We now provide users the ability set their mouse scroll speed within LayOut. With so many variances in systems, this is a helpful way to improve your LayOut experience.

LayOut’s Mouse Scroll Speed Dialog
LayOut’s Mouse Scroll Speed Dialog

Bug Fixes/Small Improvements in SketchUp

In addition to the above, we’ve been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when exporting models with section planes to PDF.
  • Fixed an issue where deleting lines could cause invalid text entities that corrupted the camera view / made the model unusable.
  • Improved the overall stability of 2D and 3D DWG importing and exporting.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash that occurred when importing shortcuts with certain key combinations (including arrow keys, Ctrl -, Ctrl =).
  • (Mac) Fixed a very frequent crash that could occur when working with multiple documents, one of which has shadows on.
  • (Mac) Fixed a frequent crash that could occur when doing certain actions during scene transitions.
  • (Mac) Fixed a frequent crash that could occur when cancelling out of certain tools and switching documents.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when painting a face after closing a document.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that occurred on exit if a material was added to a material list created outside of SketchUp.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that occurred when exporting to IFC in JA.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that occurred when adding a new texture to a newly created materials list in Materials dialog.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash when deleting the values in the Style Browser.
Model Display
  • Improved the rendering of stipple patterns when there is rotation so that the stipple pattern is always perpendicular to the line.
  • Added anti-aliasing to stipple patterns.
  • Changed the alpha value for back edges.
  • Improved filled section cut rendering, allowing a section to be filled when one hidden face surrounded by two visible faces is cut.
  • Added the ability to allow soft profiles to be displayed as back edges.
  • Added a space between a number and metric units when formatting lengths displayed in SketchUp - e.g. 10 mm.
  • Fixed an issue where diagonal lines did not display well with faster transparency + 0x MSAA.
  • Fixed an issue where lines could be clipped/disappear when zooming in with a section cut.
  • Enhanced the Measure tool to show the length of an edge and area of a face in the “On edge” and “On face” tooltips.
  • Enhanced the Measure tool to show the coordinates of vertices in the Measurements toolbar (VCB) and a tooltip.
  • Fixed an issue where Offset could give unexpected results when offsetting shapes with rounded corners.
  • Fixed an issue where selection was slow on some Windows 10 machines.
  • Fixed an issue where you could not enter Imperial inches units into the Measurements toolbar (VCB) when model units were set to metric.
  • Fixed an issue where you would sometimes get an unwanted component origin inference.
  • Fixed an issue where you could pick up an unexpected "On Section" inference with a hidden section plane.
  • Fixed an issue where zooming could lag on some machines with Intel GPUs at higher MSAA settings.
  • Fixed an issue where zooming could be very slow when the mouse is not over any geometry.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rectangle tool where midpoints could not always be inferred when using locking.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rectangle tool where the alignment preview icon was incorrect when inside a rotated component.
  • Fixed an issue where the Offset tool sometimes based its offset on vertices and not edges.
  • Fixed an issue with the Measure tool where lines did not always turn bold when Shift or the arrow keys were used to constrain lines.
  • Fixed an issue with the Move tool where lines did not turn bold when the cursor was directly in front of the dashed lines when the arrow keys were used to move an object in one of the x,y,z axis directions.
  • Fixed an issue where the picking order was incorrect for a rectangle on top of an image, resulting in unexpected behavior when using the Text tool on the rectangle.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where some of our standard shortcuts unexpectedly changed the drawing mode for the Rectangle tool to “Draw about center”.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where 3D Text dialog checkboxes were difficult to use when scaling was greater than 100%.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the default extrusion value changed each time 3D Text was placed if not using units of Inches.
DWG Import

In SketchUp you now have the ability to Import and Export Materials improving interoperability for CAD and BIM workflows.

  • Fixed an issue where polylines with arcs would import with extraneous geometry.
  • We now import entities on frozen layers as non-visible.
  • We revised the precision of our importer to better allow for import of small entities, faces and solids.
  • We revised our importer to adaptively calculate the scale factor on imported geometry.
DWG Export
  • We fixed an issue where geometry could get lost at a very small scale.
  • We improved the precision of Arcs and Circles so that they would be more accurate and created for most conditions.
  • (Mac) We fixed an issue where wide polylines were not being created when exporting 2D DWG with automatic width checked.
Vector Output (PDF export, Vector printing, Vector and Hybrid rendering modes in LayOut)
  • Fixed an issue where extra lines were seen when a section cut is coincident with a face.
  • Fixed an issue where extra lines were seen when extruded circles are cut along their center.
  • Fixed an issue where hidden divided edges on top of faces drew as if they were visible.
  • Fixed an issue where images incorrectly showed a border around them.
  • Fixed an issue where lines were missing with some plan view models.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue with .PDF Export where the actual line widths were not exporting correctly.
  • (Win) Simplified the .PDF and .EPS dialogs and added control over the Line Scale.
  • (Mac) Wording with Export to .PDF and the Print dialog has changed from ‘Line Weight’ to ‘Line Scale’.
Layers Dialog
  • Updated the active layer and visible icons in the Layers dialog to align across LayOut & SketchUp.
  • Adjusted layer panel column ordering to address issues where the active layer may be changed unintentionally for new users, and to reduce the prominence of the active layer controls.
  • Layer Name sorting logic has changed -
    • For context, this would occur when sorting by name previously:
      Now this will occur:
  • Fixed an issue where SketchUp models performed slowly in some models with a section plane.
  • Fixed an issue where the Entity Info "Toggles" icons did not update visually when tab was pressed.
  • Added the ability to edit a selected component by pressing Enter.
  • Fixed an issue where text/dimensions set with the “height” property scaled incorrectly on high DPI machines.
  • Fixed an issue where models with lots of construction points performed very poorly.
  • Fixed an issue where exploding a classified component instance produced an extra hidden classified entity.
  • Fixed an issue where Entity Info did not report area for surfaces.
  • Fixed a strange jump that could occur when editing component instances far from the origin.
  • Fixed an issue where Component Definitions in Model Info > Statistics were not updating properly when adding or deleting a component.
  • Fixed an issue where the shadows date and time controls do not scale properly on high DPI displays.
  • Fixed an issue where SketchUp would take focus during start up preventing work in other apps.
  • Fixed an issue where Add location terrain failed to import for some locations.
  • Fixed an issue where a "SketchUp Make" dialog was appearing in SketchUp Pro.
  • Fixed an Add Location issue where terrain import failed when a location has gaps in terrain coverage.
  • Added the ability to see a full shortcut description in the Preferences dialog.
  • Improved sorting of layers to be more intuitive.
  • Fixed an issue where Activating Shadows via the View menu would not require that the model be saved.
  • Upgraded the version of Chromium that SketchUp uses.
  • Updated error messages to refer to component definition instead of component name for consistency with Entity Info terminology.
  • Updated template names to reduce redundancy with Units specifications.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Enable length snapping" option could not be disabled when using the Architectural units format.
  • Fixed an issue where whole numbers were not displayed consistently when using the Engineering units format.
  • Fixed an issue where validity checking did not occur when saving/opening a SU 2015 or newer model in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue where you could have unexpected results when changing the number of segments of a polygon or arc.
  • Removed the ability to sign out from the 3D Warehouse and Extension Warehouse pages within SketchUp to avoid signing users out of SketchUp and thus losing access to their subscription.
  • Fixed miscellaneous language translation and truncation issues in localized builds.
  • Fixed an issue to provide dynamic block support for DWG imports.
  • Fixed an issue where certain .STL files would fail to load.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the Scene tab’s Rename item context menu was missing.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where SketchUp did not display area for curved surfaces.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in which a Tray context menu would appear when clicking within a context menu that was outside of the drawing window.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in which tray dialogs would flicker when resized.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in which 3D Warehouse and Extension Warehouse dialogs would flicker when resized.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the user was not alerted that autosave files existed when opening files via double-clicking.
  • (Win) Changed the “Length” label in Entity Info when circles, polygons and arcs are selected.
  • (Win) Changed the error message you see when running the CheckUp application and the RAM can’t be determined to be more accurate.
  • (Win) Updated the File > 3D Warehouse menu to show Share Component instead of Get Models.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where autosave files were not deleted after reopening SketchUp after a crash and taking actions.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in Image Export where the Resolution set by the user would not persist on Mac.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the user was not prompted to save an autosaved file after a crash.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue with the default file name supplied when downloading Unicode models outside of SketchUp.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where files saved to folder names containing special characters would cause autosave to fail.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which materials were temporarily displayed in 3d Printing library when a materials list was removed.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which user could overwrite their entire Templates folder.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the Soften/Smooth Edges dialog initially displayed angle of 360 degrees instead of 36 degrees.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where templates saved with names containing unicode characters displayed an incorrect template name.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where exported animation used the incorrect size.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the icon for the Section Fill button was missing in SketchUp Viewer.
  • (Mac) We changed ‘Line Weight’ to ‘Line Scale’ in the Print and Export to 2D Graphic… dialogs.
  • (Mac) We now allow assign entities color ‘Bylayer’ on 2D Section Slice.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the Aspect Ratio for Animation export wasn’t saving.
  • (Mac) Changed SketchUp to not reopen crashed models on re-launch.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the paint bucket cursor changed back to OS cursor after painting a face.
  • (Mac) Fixed issue in which 3D Warehouse window would show up blank when trying to access while offline. Now a message appears indicating you are offline.

Bug Fixes/Small Improvements in LayOut and Style Builder

In addition to the above, we’ve been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when rendering or re-rendering a SketchUp viewport in LayOut using Vector or Hybrid mode.
  • We had an issue where LayOut could lose the association to file references (SketchUp models and images). We found this to be related to the users temp folder being removed or over written possibly by an anti-virus utility or disk clean up process. This seemed to be most obvious when a copy paste was used to import files. To remedy this we have moved the active working file outside of your system temp folder.

    Your working LayOut files will now exist in the following location:

    Windows: c:\Users\<username>\AppData\local\SketchUp\SketchUp 2019\LayOut\working

    Mac: /Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2019/LayOut/working

  • We fixed a crash when opening a document with the units set to Points.
  • We fixed an issue where Path entities could get corrupt.
  • (Win) We fixed a crash when exporting to .PDF if the file type extension was removed.
  • (Mac) We fixed a crash if you would enter an empty value in the ‘Line Width’ field of the SketchUp Model inspector.
  • (Mac) We fixed a crash when purging file references.
  • (Mac) We fixed an issue where a crash would occur when accessing ‘Other’ on the Text Styles pulldown when rulers are active. We are preventing the accessory view from coming up and now Text edits can only be done from the Fonts panel.
  • (Mac) We fixed a crash in the Label editor flyout.
SketchUp Model View
  • We fixed an issue where the SketchUp actual font height would display at the LayOut Paper Space height.
  • We fixed the Hotspot on SketchUp models to better correspond with the cursor location.
  • Fixed an issue where internal lines would disappear when Vector rendering with the ‘Wireframe’ style.
  • (Win) Vector and Hybrid render has been improved to fix a number of issues where either the background color or the section fill color would ‘flood’ beyond the SketchUp Model view.
  • (Win) We fixed an issue where Raster rendered viewports would not display line weights correctly especially on high resolution monitors.
  • (Mac) We fixed an issue when exporting to .PDF where lightened images would be produced with Mac OS 10.13.4 and higher.
Table Tool
  • You can now copy and paste a pattern fill within a Table.
  • Copy and pasting Table data is now text and not an image.
DWG Import
  • We fixed an issue where Dimensions could get misaligned on import.
  • We fixed an issue where an import would fail if the Viewport layer was not visible in AutoCAD (off or frozen).
  • We improved our importer to better support non-rectangular viewports.
  • We fixed a bug where an import would fail with certain non-uniform scaled blocks.
  • We have improved our precision with small objects so that the import would not fail or produce strange artifacts.
  • We fixed how underlined text is imported.
  • We now respect the visibility state of a Dynamic View Block.
  • Fixed an issue where LayOut text with fill was not being converted to AutoCAD filled text.
DWG Export
  • Fixed an issue where text fill was not being exported on Text, Labels and Dimensions.
  • Fixed an issue where text was being exported too large.
  • We had a bug where text size was lost on user modified dimensions.
  • Fixed an issue where the text style and height within a Table would lost on export.
  • We had an issue where exported arcs could be drawn inside out.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash when exporting with an attached .PDF.
Vector and Hybrid rendering in LayOut
  • Fixed an issue where extra lines were seen when a section cut is coincident with a face when using Vector/Hybrid rendering in LayOut.
  • Fixed an issue where extra lines were seen when extruded circles are cut along their center when using Vector/Hybrid rendering in LayOut.
  • Fixed an issue where hidden divided edges on top of faces drew as if they were visible when using Vector/Hybrid rendering in LayOut.
  • Fixed an issue where images incorrectly showed a border around them when using Vector/Hybrid rendering in LayOut.
  • Fixed an issue where lines were missing when Vector rendering some plan view models in LayOut.
  • Fixed an issue where extension lines were not drawn when using Vector/Hybrid rendering in LayOut.
Scaled Drawing
  • We fixed an issue where the paper space dimension was being used with certain arc types.
  • We now allow users to convert the leader type on multiple selected dimensions from the rt. click context menu.
  • We fixed a bug where labels would not align text correctly.
  • An issue has been fixed with dimensions where the manual set scale would always default to Auto Scale.
  • We added a new ‘Hidden’ style dash pattern to be consistent with SketchUp’s dash patterns.
  • We fixed an issue where click dragging would pick up the transform gizmo.
  • An issue with the Path tool has been fixed where inferences would be lost if esc or undo was performed during input.
  • We fixed an issue where manipulating a copied Rectangle would give disproportionate results.
  • We fixed an issue where Rounded rectangles would not scale proportionally.
  • We fixed an issue where ‘Sample’ would go away during with the Style tool when the cursor was moved.
  • The text tool has been fixed to allow highlighted text to be underlined individually.
  • Fixed an issue where the Align vertical icon was not aligned vertically.
  • Fixed an issue where Run of Dimensions would display the wrong value with entities that are off axis.
  • (Win) We fixed an issue with the Text tool so that the Anchor point and Alignment correspond with start location and mouse sweep direction.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in presentation mode when changing pages would cause the display to zoom in when your resolution was set to anything but 100%.
  • (Win) A crash has been fixed when switching between inspectors.
  • (Mac) We fixed an issue where the Format option will not be visible on the exporter dialog when dialog is maximized on macOS High Sierra.
  • (Mac) We fixed an issue with Dimensions where editing the text color settings from the font panel would not take effect.

SketchUp and LayOut API Release Notes

Upgrade to Ruby 2.5.1

We have upgraded from Ruby 2.2.4 to Ruby 2.5.1. These upgrades tend to introduce subtle changes to the Ruby language that sometimes are difficult for us to find in our internal testing. Our testing has not found any major compatibility issues between Ruby 2.2.4 and the new 2.5.1 and we expect the upgrade for most developers should be relatively straightforward.


Stipples and dots and dotted stipples, oh my! SketchUp has added a Dashes feature that allows for unique line styles to be applied and controlled at the Layer level. We have exposed this new feature in the Ruby and C APIs. See the Improvements and Fixes sections of each API for a list of classes and methods we’ve added. See the documentation for each API for complete documentation on how to use these features.

Materials Bug Fixes and Improvements

The Extensibility team has done some code refactoring around how materials are named, created, and duplicated in both the UI and in the core SketchUp code. The main change that will be visible to developers is that we fixed a bug that was introduced in SketchUp 2018 where if Ruby tried to name a material to its current name ie: material.name = material.name it would fail, which was unexpected and unnecessary. There was also a bug where fetching a material by using its string name could fail due to a syncing error in the internally cached list of materials. We improved it so that scenario no longer fails. We also did some other code cleanup around disallowing duplicate material names via the UI which should not affect the Ruby API.

InstancePath Support for Dimensions and Text

In SketchUp 2019 we have added InstancePath support to our existing DimensionLinear and Text classes. Now when creating a Linear Dimension, or an attached Text object, you can attach it to a nested entity by providing a valid InstancePath object, or an array version of an instance path. This will allow you to create a dimension in model space, but attach it to a valid nested entity. The linear dimension or text will then be attached to that entity, exactly how it is when linear dimensions and text are created via the UI.

Ruby API Breaking Changes
  • SketchUp changed how it presents units. Now it adds a space between the number and the unit indicator. If your extension uses a method of your own creation to interpret strings formatted by SketchUp you might find it doesn't work anymore if you don't account for the extra space. For example:
    • Before 2019: "2.5mm"
    • Now in 2019: "2.5 mm"
  • Ruby Version Upgrade - Ruby 2.5 removed the method: Dir::Tmpname.make_tmpname If you were using that method, you will need to find an alternative
  • Entity.delete_attribute no longer returns “true” when attempting to delete a non-existing dictionary key
Ruby API Additions and Improvements
  • Update Ruby on Windows to use the right location for cacert.pem
  • Ensure Ruby uses a recent OpenSSL version
  • Fixed a regression on the Mac where renaming a material via the API will create duplicate materials
  • Upgraded ruby version from 2.2.4 to 2.5.1 for both mac and windows
  • Added Sketchup::Tools#active_tool that returns the active Ruby tool
  • Added import_materials option to Sketchup::Model#import for dwg importer
  • Added instance path support for Sketchup::Entities#add_text
  • Added instance path support for Sketchup::Entities#add_dimension_linear
  • Added Sketchup::LineStyles class
  • Added Sketchup::LineStyle class
  • Added Sketchup::Layer#line_style=
  • Added Sketchup::Model#line_styles
  • Improved String.to_l which parses a String into a Length is now able to parse strings that have a space between the number and unit. It can parse both "2.5mm" and "2.5 mm"
  • Improved Sketchup::InstancePath.new now accepts a path that includes a Sketchup::Image object
Ruby API Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a crash upon exit on Mac when a FrameChangeObserver is active
  • Fixed an issue where Sketchup::Model could become unusable after calling .singleton_class.
  • Fixed Ruby-created dimensions don't highlight when non-associated
  • Fixed Ruby-created dimensions don’t hide correctly when “Hide Foreshortened” is enabled
  • Fixed SketchUp crash when constructing Geom::PolygonMesh with negative values
  • Fixed Ruby DWG Importer units were not working correctly
  • Fixed Geom::PolygonMesh will not accept negative numbers as parameter
  • Fixed Extensions are loaded in a non-deterministic order on High Sierra
  • Fixed SketchUp crashes when attempting to load component made in newer version
  • Fixed typo concerning merge_coplanar_faces in the Importer Options documentation
  • Fixed regression in SU 2018 when renaming a material with the same name
  • This used to throw an error when it should have been a no-op
  • Fixed regression in SU 2018 were model.materials["MaterialName"] might fail
  • Fixed a crash when loading a component made in a newer version of Sketchup
  • Fixed an issue where the Ruby Console would fail with some ascii characters
  • Fixed UI::HtmlDialog such that non-resizable dialog doesn't use width and height from preferences.
  • View.write_image should throw an error if there are more than 5 params passed in.
  • Fixed: Advanced Camera Tools - Subsequent Frustums are additive and can get quite large.
  • (Mac) Fixed Extension Warehouse Icons appearing on web dialogs on Mac Mojave.
SketchUp C API Additions and Improvements
  • Added SUDimensionGetFont()
  • Added SUDimensionSetFont()
  • Added SUDimensionLinearGetAlignment()
  • Added SUDimensionLinearGetTextPosition()
  • Added SUFontFromEntity()
  • Added SUFontToEntity()
  • Added SULayerGetLineStyle()
  • Added SULayerSetLineStyle()
  • Added SULengthFormatterGetForceInchDisplay()
  • Added SULengthFormatterSetForceInchDisplay()
  • Added SULineStyleGetName()
  • Added SULineStylesGetLineStyleByName()
  • Added SULineStylesGetLineStyleNames()
  • Added SULineStylesGetNumLineStyles()
  • Added SUModelGetImageDefinitions()
  • Added SUModelGetLineStyles()
  • Added SUModelGetNumImageDefinitions()
  • Added SUTransformationIsMirrored()
  • Added Return value SU_ERROR_SERIALIZATION for method SUStylesAddStyle()
  • Fixed SUDimensionLinear bug with setting a hidden property
  • Fixed SUDimensionRadiaul bug with setting a hidden property
  • Fixed SUTypedValueGetArray bug where the 'out' param wasn't being set.
  • Fixed SUTypedValueGetArray memory leak.
DWG Importers and Exporters
  • Upgraded to TEIGHA 4.3.2
Layout Ruby API for SketchUp
  • Document.save will now throw an error if the file is already open in LayOut
  • Added Layout::Path#winding to get the current winding direction of the path. Returns one of the new constants Layout::Path::PATH_WINDING_NONE, Layout::Path::PATH_WINDING_CLOCKWISE, or
  • Added Layout::SketchUpModel#dash_scale to get the current scale value of stipples in a SketchUp Model Ref. A value of 0.0 indicates the dash scale is automatically determined based on the line weight.
  • Added Layout::SketchUpModel#dash_scale= to set the scale value of stipples for the SketchUp Model Ref. A value at or below 0.0 will cause the scale to automatically be determined by the line weight.
  • Fix documentation of Layout::Path#append_point. When appending a bezier path segment, the params should have been (control_1, control_2, point) and not (point, control_1, control_2).
LayOut C API Additions and Improvements
  • LODocumentSaveToFile will now return an SU_ERROR_SERIALIZATION when trying to save a .layout file that is currently open in LayOut.
  • Added LOPathGetWindingType
  • Added LOSketchUpModelGetDashScale
  • Added LOSketchUpModelSetDashScale
Chromium (CEF)
Chromium Version:

2019: Chrome/64.0.3282.119
2018: Chrome/56.0.2924.76

SketchUp Pro 2018 - Maintenance Release 1

Released: November 12th, 2018

18.1.1180 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp/LayOut Release Notes

Fixes for macOS Mojave:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur on startup of SketchUp.
  • Fixed an issue in LayOut in which the Export Options button overlapped the Format drop down preventing selection of a Format.
SketchUp Pro 2018

Released: November 14th, 2017

18.0.16975 (Win 64-bit)
18.0.16976 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Release Notes

What’s New?
Advanced Attributes

Advanced Attributes allow you to embed useful information into your model when creating and managing components. You can now define the Price, Size and URL attributes when creating or editing components, as well as defining Owner and Status attributes for each component instance via the Entity Info dialog.

Aggregation in Generate Report

We want to make the information in SketchUp models as useful as possible. In this release, we’re improving Generate Report to allow users to aggregate component data so you can extract and organize information contained in your models. That means you can configure Generate Report to sum parts and quantities for schedules and cutlists, or create detailed pricing estimates by listing prices by layer.

IFC Export Improvements

BIM doesn’t really work if information can’t move freely between applications. We’ve dialed in our IFC exporter to ensure that the attributes you bring in from other applications or manipulate in SketchUp stay with your work when it leaves SketchUp.

Named Section Planes

It seems simple, but naming something is the first step towards making it easier to find, organize, and edit that something. Now, even when your section planes are hidden, they’re right at your fingertips. Here’s how it works…

Create a new section plane and choose a name for it and a short symbol that will display in your modeling window. Your section plane is now a unique SketchUp entity that can be found in Outliner and manipulated in Entity Info. Use Outliner to quickly find, select and edit specific planes. Use Entity Info to edit naming conventions and organize section cuts into layers, then control the visibility of your section planes, cuts and fills via Styles.

Filled, Styled Section Cuts

We have added Filled Section Cuts to SketchUp 2018. To access, open Styles > Edit > Modeling and toggle ‘Section Fills’ on or off, and set your desired fill color. When section fills are toggled on, SketchUp will render a fill on top of cleanly modeled sections. We’ll even help you troubleshoot geometry problems that are preventing SketchUp from recognizing the section you want to fill. Access troubleshoot mode through the section plane context menu when Section Fills are on.

Section Plane Performance

While we were at it, we improved performance for models that use section planes to hide large amounts of geometry. Basically, the more geometry you section off, the more you’ll benefit!

Other Notable Improvements and Changes Outliner

While adding support for Section Planes, we also improved Outliner’s performance. Outliner no longer refreshes on many transactions that don’t need it. Additionally, we improved the sort order in Outliner. Changes include:

  • Sorting based on Component Instance and then Definition instead of sorting based on one long string. This also applies to Section Planes - it will sort first based on the Section Name and then the Symbol.
  • Sorting numbers in a more intuitive way.
  • Sorting is now case insensitive, which means a mixture of capitalized and lowercase words sorts in a more intuitive way.

Drawing Improvements

We made some small, smart changes that help you draw exactly what you want. Including:

  • Draw a rectangle about its center using modifier keys (Ctrl on Win and Option on Mac).
  • Employ quicker control for rotated rectangles. We switched the order of entry in the VCB so you can quickly enter a dimension with no angle.
  • Improved workflow with Tape Measure Tool. Edge length and face area are now instantly displayed in VCB as soon as user gets “On Edge” on “On Face” inferences.
  • Added color coding to Freehand tool. While drawing, it is colored the same as the axis it is perpendicular to.
  • Reduced display of arc/circle inferences after second click of any drawing tool.

STL Import/Export

The SketchUp STL extension is by far the most popular download from Extension Warehouse. Going forward it might not be, because now SketchUp natively supports the import and export of STL files (on both desktop and web).

Anti-aliasing on the Mac

For Mac users, we’ve added anti-aliasing settings. Go to SketchUp > Preferences > OpenGL to control the anti-aliasing sample count, which controls the smoothness of your geometry.

Preferences Location

The majority of preferences are now stored in two json files. There are still some OS controlled preferences that remain in the registry (Win) or plist (Mac). The json files are saved in the following locations:

On Win:
PrivatePreferences.json is saved to C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Local\SketchUp\SketchUp 2018\SketchUp SharedPreferences.json is saved to C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2018\SketchUp

On Mac:
Both PrivatePreferences.json and SharedPreferences.json are saved to /Users/[user name]/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2018/SketchUp

DWG Importer

The DWG Importer has been rewritten using our own C API. The goal is that the new dwg importer will work exactly the same as the 2017 version (improvements can come at a later time, now that we have code we can update and maintain more easily!). Ideally all files that imported previously will continue to import in 2018 and hopefully some files that used to fail on import will now import correctly.

Support for macOS High Sierra

Our QA team has smashed and banged on Apple’s newest operating system, macOS High Sierra, enough to say that SketchUp 2018 is fully compatible.

Bug Fixes/Small Improvements

In addition to the above, we’ve been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:

  • Fixed a very frequent crash that could occur when drawing lines.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred on startup if launching SketchUp on a machine with an old version of OpenGL.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when healing two faces.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Solid Tools on certain types of geometry.
  • Fixed a crash when offsetting a face on an imported DAE file.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when selecting Intersect Faces with two section planes selected.
  • Fixed an issue where SketchUp would crash on quit if the 3D Warehouse window was open.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using Outliner after importing a corrupt IFC file.
  • (Win) Fixed a very frequent crash that would occur on startup with older Intel drivers.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash that occurred when setting profiles > 2 on some ATI graphics cards.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash that could occur on startup if the default tray was docked with the Components dialog open and a floating tray had the second tab active.
  • (Win) Fixed a hang that could occur when cancelling the download of a component via the Components browser.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash that occurred if you entered Ctrl-N while in print preview.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash that occurred when you entered random values into the Print Preview units.
  • (Win) Fixed a hang that could occur when cancelling the download of a component via the Component Browser.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that occurred when closing the message dialog that pops up after searching for a component in the Components dialog with invalid characters or while offline.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that occurred if clicking Reset Workspace in the Preferences dialog with Instructor open.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur on exit when closing SketchUp with the Styles and Instructor dialogs open and multiple models with unsaved changes.
  • (Mac - High Sierra) Fixed a crash that could occur after resizing the Colors dialog on High Sierra. After the initial crash, users would continue to crash on launch.
Model Display
  • Changed nicer transparency to allow the display of anti-aliased edges.
  • Changed faster transparency to display a model in a predictable way (previously, a model could display differently each time it was opened).
  • Improved model visibility by changing SketchUp to no longer fade entities behind a section plane when editing a component.
  • Fixed an issue where hidden profile edges, with View > Hidden geometry turned on, displayed differently depending on how they were hidden.
  • Fixed an issue where softened sketchy edges were not visible during a copy.
  • Fixed an issue where, when using nicer transparency sort, edges behind multiple layers of transparent faces displayed when they should have been hidden.
  • Fixed an issue where a single selected section plane was not visible during a copy/paste action.
  • Fixed an issue where Color By Axis would not update colors if you changed the RGB colors in the Accessibility preferences.
  • Fixed an issue where non-profile lines hidden at the entity level incorrectly displayed with the dashed hidden pattern when edges were turned off and profiles were turned on.
  • Fixed an issue where setting profile thickness to 1 forced edges to be displayed.
  • Fixed an issue in which negative axes could render incorrectly on some Intel machines when orbiting with back edges on.
  • Fixed an issue in which negative axes could render incorrectly on some Intel machines when using certain tools.
Section Planes
  • Made a change to be able to select a section plane by clicking on the section plane arrow (symbol).
  • Fixed an issue in which section cut lines were temporarily visible after turning off hidden geometry.
  • Fixed an issue in which section cut lines didn’t dynamically update with multiple active cuts when either moving a plane or switching between scenes.
  • Made change to selection highlighting so now when a section plane is selected the section cut lines are also highlighted as part of the selection. If section fills are on, the fill is also highlighted.
  • Fixed an issue in which leader text was incorrectly positioned at origin when placed at intersection with a section plane.
  • Fixed an issue in which zoom extents zoomed to the full model with an active section cut instead of just the visible geometry.
  • Fixed an issue in which the export of a model in wireframe with section cuts did not match what was displayed within SketchUp.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the section plane toolbar buttons showed opposite toggle state. Dark gray background now appears when button is on similar to Shadows toolbar button.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the section plane toolbar buttons didn’t toggle state when changing the state in the Styles dialog or the View menu.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the component definition disappeared if attempting to rename a component in Outliner but not making any changes.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the image for a component/group in Outliner could switch to an incorrect image when either double clicking on the entity or right clicking and selecting to Rename.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which an entity in Outliner could remain highlighted blue after having double clicked to edit it and then clicking in Outliner to deselect it.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which you couldn’t directly single click in Outliner without Outliner first being active.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which the entity in Outliner wasn’t highlighted in blue after double clicking on an entity to edit it without Outliner first being active.
  • Updated cursors for the Circle and Polygon tools.
  • Improved ease of editing of component with transparent faces.
  • Fixed an issue in which an offset polygon became a curve. It is now maintained as a polygon.
  • Fixed an issue in which a line could incorrectly reset from an endpoint while using continuous line drawing and crossing over other geometry.
  • Fixed an issue in which an offset could show some z-fighting.
  • Fixed an issue in which the Protractor and Rotate tools could remain constrained to a plane after releasing shift with tool locked using arrow keys.
  • Fixed an issue where automatic edge and area measurements were incorrect for scaled component instances.
  • Fixed an issue in which you couldn’t just enter an angle in the VCB (Measurements Toolbar) if baseline was reset after second click.
  • Fixed an issue where dimensions attached to the center point of a circle/polygons within a group could become detached when moving them.
  • Fixed an issue where an incorrect inference to the origin could be seen when adding a dimension the first time in a model.
  • Improved scaling of tool cursors on high-DPI monitors.
Component/Group Origin
  • Updated tooltip to include more detail when hovering over a component origin that is on geometry.
  • Fixed an issue in which leader text attached to a component/group origin could temporarily point to model origin when double clicking to edit the component.
  • Fixed an issue in which the default text was displaying as “Enter text” instead of either the component definition or position within a group when adding leader text to a component/group origin.
  • Fixed an issue in which leader text pointing to a component/group origin could unexpectedly remain in place when moving geometry within the component/group.
  • Added a preference to workaround an issue in which selection could be very slow on some Win 10 systems. To set this preference open Command Prompt and enter:
    "C:\Program Files\SketchUp\SketchUp 2018\jsonpatcheditor" Preferences WorkaroundDrawXorRectUseGLFlushNotFlushDraw b true
    Note: If you installed SketchUp in a non-default location you will have to update the location above.
  • Fixed an issue in which letterbox bars render incorrectly during large image exports.
  • Improved terrain resolution for Add Location. Previously the grid for terrain was smaller than expected. It should now work the way it did which allowed up to 2500 points in the terrain mesh.
  • Implemented a cross-platform library for logging into 3D Warehouse and Extension Warehouse.
  • Added persistent IDs to scenes allowing LayOut or extension developers to reference scenes.
  • Added component definition name to the tooltip when hovering over component inferences.
  • Improved performance of models that contain hidden guides.
  • Improved performance when using color by axis.
  • Implemented a minimal face shader that improved performance on Intel GPUs with older drivers.
  • Fixed an issue where textures couldn’t be combined on vertical faces.
  • Added a new warning if a user tries to set a shortcut that uses a tool modifier key (e.g. arrow keys).
  • Fixed an issue where selecting vector printing would change zoom.
  • Upgraded the version of Chromium that SketchUp uses.
  • Fixed an issue where exporting as IFC removed Custom Property Sets.
  • Updated terminology from “Knowledge Center” to “Help Center” throughout application.
  • Fixed an issue where changing the number of segments of a polygon or arc could create a bad face.
  • Fixed an issue where a face was not created when drawing a rectangle that intersects two lines.
  • Fixed an issue where style thumbnails were incorrect when using hidden line mode with regular edges and no profiles.
  • Improved text cursor tracking when scaling is > 100%.
  • Fixed an issue where the X-ray opacity did not select the correct value until clicked on.
  • Fixed an issue where the wrong layer would be deleted when user was in edit mode.
  • Fixed an issue where models would sometimes contain two NULL (model marker) watermarks.
  • Fixed an issue in which you could get duplicate persistent IDs after push pulling a face that included an arc or placing 3D Text. Also, expanded validity check to catch these additional cases in which duplicate persistent IDs were created.
  • Fixed an issue where a duplicate section plane PIDs could be created that could not be fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where creating a component would not retain nested attributes.
  • Fixed an issue where a warning could pop up that a component name already exists after performing a Solid Tools operation and making the group a component.
  • Improved the Solid Tools ability to work properly on disconnected manifold bodies.
  • Fixed an issue where faces would not close on faces with dangling interior edges.
  • Fixed an issue in which inconsistent results could be seen when exporting an image with and without anti-aliasing.
  • Fixed an issue where thick profiles did not export correctly to an image format with some graphics cards (e.g. NVIDIA) which clamped their width.
  • Changed SketchUp to no longer allow the reloading of a locked component instance via the in model Components Browser context menu.
  • Added the capability to copy SketchUp version numbers directly from the About SketchUp dialog. On Win, open the Help > About dialog, click on it to give it focus, Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V. On Mac, open the Help > About dialog, select version number, Command + C and Command + V.
  • Fixed an issue where a more general error message was displayed on launch if hardware acceleration was unsupported.
  • Improved Midpoint inferencing for cases in which multiple Midpoints are in very close proximity.
  • Fixed a number of translation and truncation errors in localized builds.
  • Fixed a non fixable validity error that could occur when importing a geo-located component into a non geo-located model.
  • Fixed an issue where scenes excluded from animations were not indicated correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the axes plane for glued components was incorrect.
  • (Win) Changed our default multisample anti-aliasing setting for Intel graphics cards from 0x to 4x.
  • Fixed an issue where material thumbnails were displayed incorrectly.
  • Improved tool tip text for Entity Info icons.
  • Improved size and alignment of elements in Entity Info dialog.
  • Fixed several issues where the Styles browser and editor were not displayed correctly on high-DPI monitors.
  • Updated validity check to catch an additional case in which duplicate persistent ID’s could get assigned.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the swatch in the Material browser could fail to update after using the "Match color on the screen" functionality.
  • (Win) Updated the error message when selecting multisample anti-aliasing and fast feedback settings that your graphics card didn’t support and only reset these settings. Also, made Preferences dialog remain open after clicking OK to acknowledge the message.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where after a failed autosave, autosave wouldn’t kick off again until another change was made.
  • (Win) Updated the message you see if you delete a component definition directly in the Components dialog.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in which preferences weren’t carried forward if you skipped a version of SketchUp.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the wireframe rendering button in the Styles browser was incorrectly disabled when x-ray mode was selected.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where ground transparency settings in the Styles browser failed to immediately update when switching between scenes.
  • (Win) Fixed a formatting bug in the Toolbars dialog and updated the appearance of various dialogs.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the print preview image was distorted when resizing the window.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where SketchUp would allow non-numeric page sizes in print dialog.
  • (Win) Fixed a non fixable validity error that occurred if you selected a color or material from a library and didn’t paint with it.
  • (Win) Improved Entity Info toggle icon states and highlighting on hover.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where SketchUp would crash when attempting to save to Google Drive File Stream.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where models saved using the Save As… component context menu did not respect a folder's sharing permissions.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the Select tool didn’t work after selecting to "Set Component Axes" when creating a component.
  • (Mac) Added functionality to remember the last visited location when relaunching the 3D Warehouse.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which resetting all shortcuts cleared all shortcuts including the defaults and all prior shortcuts could return after relaunching SketchUp.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which shortcuts weren’t carried forward if you skipped a version of SketchUp.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which Entity Info didn’t initially snap to Instructor when opening Entity Info on first launch.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which File > Save became enabled after cancelling out of the Save As dialog on a locked file.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which you were not notified that an autosave file exists when launching SketchUp after a crash.
  • (Mac) Improved the display of file paths in the Preferences > Files dialog.
  • (Mac) Updated the Scenes and Styles warning dialog to only enable “Please don’t show this again” when “Do nothing to save changes” is selected. This is consistent with Windows.
  • (Mac) Fixed a typo in the “Glue to” drop down of the Components Browser.
  • (Mac) Removed the “resolution” option for image export dialog because all images are exported as 72-dpi.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where changes made to print settings persisted after clicking cancel.
  • (Mac) Added a "save the changes?" message when closing a modified file after "Save A Copy As".
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where SketchUp thumbnail previews were not always visible when saving models with File > Save and File > Save as.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where revert was incorrectly enabled for unsaved/unchanged models.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which snappy dialogs could break apart when a dialog was closed and SketchUp relaunched.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which reloading a component pointed to the incorrect directory.
  • (Mac - High Sierra) Fixed an issue where components, materials, styles, and templates sorted incorrectly on macOS High Sierra.

LayOut and Style Builder Release Notes

What"s New? Better LayOut, Much Better Drawings

LayOut is where people harvest their 3D work in SketchUp to produce excellent drawings. Without apology, our commitment in LayOut is to help professionals make much better drawings, much quicker, and with as much control as they need.

  • Your existing user preferences will now migrate when upgrading.
Scaled Vector Drawing

Now you can use LayOut"s vector illustration tools to draw in 2D at scale. Use your SketchUp model as a scale basis to create blocking details. Or create your own scaled illustration to add details not necessary in your 3D model: dashed lines or blocking, for instance. Re-set scales as you wish and your work will resize as necessary. As you would expect, your scaled drawings are fully supported by LayOut"s Dimension and Label tools.

  • Create from scratch via the Scaled Drawing Inspector
    • Enter Make Scaled Drawing, select a scale entities will be displayed at and then begin drawing at full size 1:1.
    • User can also select existing entities then enter Make Scaled Drawing and the selected entities will be placed in the Scaled Drawing.
  • Create via existing group
    • Select an existing group, context click and select the Scale.
DWG Imports One reason that drawing in 2D at scale is important is that a lot of LayOut users are trying to work with imported AutoCAD geometry via the DWG format. So in this release, we"re introducing LayOut"s ability to import DWG files as native LayOut entities. DWG projects import at scale and support the pages, titleblocks, and blocks that your partners have created. Even better, LayOut users can now help themselves to the vast world of free DWG libraries.
  • Paper Space
    • Paper Space is the default setting on the importer that will bring in AutoCAD Paper Space data 1:1 and Model viewport data (if available) at the predefined scale. If the incoming AutoCAD drawing has multiple Paper Space options, the user has the ability to select a different one via the dropdown menu.
  • Model Space (Only)
    • Checking the Model Space (Only) option will bring in only the Model Space data at full size 1:1, place it in a scaled group that is then fit to the current paper size. This is an arbitrary scale and can be changed to whatever scale you choose.
  • SketchUp model reference
    • Checking the SketchUp model reference option will bring in the viewport and the Model Space (Only) data as a scaled SketchUp model reference.

All imported data is brought in at the scale and units based on the AutoCAD file. AutoCAD files that contain a perspective view either in the Model Space or within a Viewport are brought in as a SketchUp model reference by default.

Group Edit

To support scaled drawings, we made a juicy change we think LayOut regulars will notice right away: Editing grouped entities in LayOut now works just like it does in SketchUp including single entity groups. That means it"s wayyyy easier to draw and manipulate grouped entities. LayOut users can also control “rest of document” visibility when editing within a group. Does anyone else smell a new custom keyboard shortcut?

Drawing Tool Improvements

In this release, we have made a number of improvements to how you are able to draw. To keep track of them all we have listed them out.

  • Selection Improvements
    • New Add and Subtract Selection Modifiers that match SketchUp"s
    • ESC key now will cancel a Move, Scale or Rotate operation
    • With a revised Move to Layer rt. click context UI, you can now move entities to a locked layer
  • We now allow for Array operations in the Offset Tool
    • Define offset distance (imperial or metric) or offset quantity, including whether to insert additional offset paths in between the original entity (#/) or not (#x).
  • "Centerpoint" snaps are now available for all un-joined Arcs
  • We defined a separate "Object Center" snap
  • 2pt Arc Tool improvements:
    • "A" now defaults to the 2pt Arc Tool
    • A "Tangent" snap is available
    • Ability to add a "Fillet" - Define a fillet radius at the 3rd point
    • Able to add a "Chamfer" - By entering a radius of 0 at the 3rd point
  • Refined our Inferencing to make them more intelligent
  • Path Manipulator improvements:
    • Ability to select and move multiple points or line segments - taking advantage of the new selection improvements.
    • Ability to numerically move points or line segments
    • New vertex and segment highlighting
    • New "Add Vertex" icon
    • Delete key will now remove selected points or line segments
  • Path Tool improvements:
    • Option to disable Auto Join Lines via a rt. click context menu
    • You are now less likely to accidentally add a Bezier segment when using the path tool to create straight lines.
Multi Viewport Dimensioning

What sounds like an enabling physics concept for teleportation is actually a pretty simple LayOut idea. You should be able to draw dimensions across SketchUp viewports in order to create an excellent section detail like this…

Precise Dimensions

You can set the same level of dimension precision in the LayOut Dimension Style panel as you can in SketchUp. You can now be as precise as SketchUp dimensions. That"s up to 0.000001 inches. Do the math: that means LayOut can show the decimal equivalent of 1/64” (0.015625”).

Advanced Attribute Labels

Like all of the information in your model, SketchUp"s new advanced attributes are available when you draw LayOut labels.

Other LayOut Improvements Entity Locking

Similar to group editing, locking entities is fundamental to how many people organize and navigate projects (both models and documents). Now you can easily lock individual LayOut entities to cut down on accidental edits or selections. We can"t guarantee you"ll be less awkward at parties.

Bug Fixes/Small Improvements

In addition to the above, we’ve been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:

  • Fixed an issue with RTF Text objects would cause a crash with certain files.
  • Fixed a crash when pasting certain images not containing size information.
  • Fixed a crash in the Offset tool with certain complex shapes.
  • Improved overall selection performance.
  • Style Builder would crash changing width from 16 to 8.
  • We have improved the ability to successfully open certain damaged files.
  • (Win) A crash could occur setting certain font types, Modern, Romans or Script.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where Style Builder would create two file folders on system.
  • (Win) Fixed a file save error when doing multiple document saves.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash when deleting text within a dimension.
  • (Win) We fixed a crash with the Table Manipulator.
  • (Mac) Improved the way we handle pdf import.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue related to moving an inspector dialog would cause a crash.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash when using text edit on the new MacBook Pro touchpad.
  • We fixed a crash when text was inserted over Label Text.
  • Users could experience a crash when updating a SketchUp model reference.
  • We made a performance improvement when transforming dimensions.
  • We fixed a crash when changing from Raster to Vector or Hybrid rendering.
  • We had a crash exporting to .dwg if Ignore Fills was unchecked.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where our File Open dialog could get lost when user navigated to a different application then back to LayOut.
  • (Win) We fixed a crash when changing the file units from Meter to Millimeter.
SketchUp Model View
  • Active SketchUp scene is displayed in the inspector on import
  • Renaming a SketchUp scene will retain the previous scene and not revert to ‘Last Saved SketchUp View’.
  • Fixed an issue where resizing a viewport would prevent accurate snapping.
  • Down saved SketchUp file would display Autotext incorrectly.
  • Moving a Labeled SketchUp model will now move the labels correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where user would not be able to snap to a SketchUp model viewport edge, if viewport was clipping any part of the model.
  • Labels and Dimensions can now connect to LayOut entities on top of SketchUp models.
  • We inference section cuts much better.
  • Fixed an issue where Dimensions would be incorrect when a SketchUp model view was rotated orthogonal but a non standard view.
  • Hovering over a SketchUp model will produce “Model” inference points indicating you are connecting to the model. LayOut entities will continue to display the standard inference points.
Offset Tool
  • Fixed an issue where the offset tool would flip the direction of an entity.
  • Offset display improvements.
DWG Export
  • We now provide the option to export raster-rendered SketchUp models as hybrid-rendered.
  • We now place exported images on an ‘Images’ layer.
  • We now place viewport borders on a no-plot and off ‘Viewport’ layer.
  • We now place exported fills on a ‘Hatch’ layer
  • Fixed an issue where locked layers were exported as un-locked.
  • Suppressed units are no longer being exported.
  • Fixed an issue where perpendicular aligned Dimensions were being flipped.
  • Fixed an issue where fills were being applied when ‘Ignore Fills’.
  • (Mac) Previously defined export values now persist.
  • (Mac) Exported page range was not being respected.
Table Tool
  • Fixed a text alignment issue preventing certain .xls files from being inserted.
  • Fixed an issue where cell fill on one sheet of an imported .xls file would show up on another.
  • Fixed an inconsistency between inserting data into an existing table and a new table.
  • We fixed an issue where the cell fill would be off if the text was rotated.
  • Fixed a focus issue when inserting data in Table Manipulator.
  • Fixed an issue with imported EXCEL decimal point formatting error.
  • We fixed an issue where alignment would be off with imported EXCEL files with merged cells.
  • Fixed an issue where it was too easy to create a bezier curve during line input.
  • Style Builder is now capturing BugSplat data.
  • Fixed an issue where the layer created in Presentation Mode was displayed incorrectly.
  • Better support for some extended character sets when exporting to PDF.
  • Fixed an issue where LayOut text would shift when exporting to PDF
  • Fixed an issue where line spacing was too big on SketchUp text when exported to PDF.
  • Fixed an issue where a hidden layer would become active by changing pages.
  • Fixed an issue when object snap was on during precise move than grid snap wouldn't work.
  • A number of Localization and truncation issues have been fixed.
  • Inferencing an Arc center on a SketchUp model would cause a soft disconnect.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where user was not prompted to save when a file ‘Sent to LayOut’ was closed.
  • (Mac) Updated the Preferences window so that the content fills all the available space.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where selection would be lost when switching focus to another application and then back to LayOut.
  • (Mac) Fixed the ctrl+lt mouse functionality within the SketchUp model editor.
  • We fixed an issue where filled ellipses would either export unfilled or not at all in our PDF exporter.
  • A number of translation truncation improvements.

SketchUp and LayOut API Release Notes

What’s New? LayOut Ruby API for SketchUp

This is a new Ruby based API for SketchUp that allows developers to read and write LayOut files using the regular SketchUp Ruby API. We’ve taken the existing LayOut C API and wrapped it with a Ruby layer and then included that inside SketchUp. This is proving to be a great working model for how to expose API functionality to our base C API and then expose that exact functionality to a ruby layer without duplicating code.


Along with the LayOut Ruby API for SketchUp we added the ability to open LayOut files with the LayOut application. This gives developers the ability to write a SketchUp extension purely in ruby that parses the SketchUp model, writes a LayOut file and opens the LayOut file in LayOut in one smooth motion. This helps create a stronger connection between SketchUp and LayOut and can improve user workflows through the use of developer created extensions.


Hello Ruby API developers, meet Sketchup::ImageRep. This new class exposes a data structure internal to SketchUp called an ImageRep. ImageRep is an in-memory representation of an image (as opposed to a reference to an image inside the SketchUp model). This class exposes a number of image reading and manipulation tools to the Ruby API. Now you can get the color of a pixel at a specified uv coordinate from an ImageRep, get an array of all pixel data from an ImageRep, set pixel data in an ImageRep, save an ImageRep out to disk, and more. Of course we’ve also included utilities to convert an in-model texture to an ImageRep, and assign an ImageRep object directly to a material as the material’s texture. This new class opens up a lot of opportunities to read and manipulate images in the model. Check out the ImageRep class in Ruby API docs for more information.

Exposed Importer/Exporter Options to Ruby API

We have exposed all the options for our native importers and exporters to Ruby. See the Ruby API documentation on Sketchup::Model.import and Sketchup::Model.export.

New SketchUp Features in the API

A big round of applause for the SketchUp Core team for the improvements they have added to the SketchUp application. Well, we also wanted to make sure that these new features were accessible to our developer community. We have introduced new API features for Named Section Planes and Filled Section Cuts. Awesome!

Ruby Documentation

You’ve probably already seen this feature in action at ruby.sketchup.com. We have been working to improve our Ruby API documents and the publication process. At the beginning of the year, we switched from an internally tweaked and maintained version of RDoc to YARD for our documentation generation. In the process we had to make many alterations to our documentation in the source code. We made a specialized YARD template to suit our needs. The Ruby documentation will be available to Beta testers within the Resources section of CenterCode. If you are especially interested in helping with our Ruby Docs, you can even fork our repository, make changes, and submit them to us via a pull request and we can incorporate those changes back into our source code and they will go live the next time we update the online docs.

Ruby Handling of Advanced Attributes

SketchUp core added a feature called Advanced Attributes. This adds some new attribute dictionaries and attributes to Component Instances and Definitions by default on every model. It should be noted that we have blocked the ability to delete the dictionaries via ruby. This should not be possible, please let us know if you find a scenario where you are able to do so. You can however delete the key/value pairs. The UI will recreate those key value pairs if they do not exist.

Ruby Improvements and Fixes
  • Added method: UI.refresh_toolbars
  • Added constants to Geom::PolygonMesh:
    • Geom::PolygonMesh::MESH_NORMALS
    • Geom::PolygonMesh::MESH_POINTS
    • Geom::PolygonMesh::MESH_UVQ_BACK
    • Geom::PolygonMesh::MESH_UVQ_FRONT
  • Added method: SketchupDefinitionList.remove
  • Added Sketchup::Page methods:
    • include_in_animation?
    • include_in_animation=
  • Added Sketchup::SectionPlane methods:
    • name
    • name=
    • symbol
    • symbol=
  • Added SketchUp::ImageRep class:
    • load_file
    • save_file
    • initialize
    • bits_per_pixel
    • size
    • data
    • width
    • height
    • row_padding
    • colors
    • color_at_uv
    • set_data
  • Added Sketchup::Materials.unique_name
  • Added Sketchup::Texture.image_rep
  • Added Sketchup::Image.image_rep
  • Added Sketchup::Material.texture= to accept Sketchup::ImageRep object as one of the data types it uses.
  • Added rendering options support for filled section cuts:
    • RenderingOptions keys added:
      • SectionCutFilled
      • SectionDefaultFillColor
    • RenderingOptionsObserver constants:
      • ROPSetSectionCutFilled
      • ROPSetSectionDefaultFillColor
  • Added Sketchup.send_to_layout
  • Added options for all 3D exporters and imports
Bug Fixes
  • Breaking Change - Fixed a bug in Sketchup::Material.name= which allowed the API to create materials with duplicate names. Now it will raise ArgumentError if it's not unique to the model.
  • Breaking Change - Changed Sketchup::Color class to be common between LayOut and SketchUp. The potentially breaking change is that Sketchup::Color changed to now compare RGBA values instead of the ruby objects.
  • Breaking Change - Changed Geom::Transformation.identity? So that it now properly returns true in all cases where the transformation matrix match the values for the identity transformation.
  • Fixed Geom::Transformation.scale(float) and Geom::Transformation.new(float) to not set the 15th component of the matrix, but instead adjust the other fields.
  • Fixed a crash when trying to call Sketchup::View.animation from Animation.stop
  • Fixed a crash when calling UI.menu with empty string.
  • Sketchup::Page.erase_page will now correctly delete the Scene tab, like the UI does.
  • Fixed a bug in Sketchup::ArcCurve.end_angle where it sometimes added 360 degrees to the returned value.
  • Fixed an issue where a Ruby Importer could cause the Import file dialog to render the drop-down items incorrectly under Windows due to pipe characters in the description.
  • Fixed a crash when using -RubyStartup command line argument with a file that raises errors while loading.
  • Fixed a crash in UI.create_cursor that would happen if the length was less than 4 characters.
  • Fixed a rare crash in MaterialsObserver.
  • Removed the Break Edges option in Windows for DWG importer
Documentation Note: When an HtmlDialog is closed, all callbacks to that instance are cleared. Re-attach them if you need to open the dialog again.
SketchUp C API Additions and Improvements

We added new classes and functions to the SketchUp C API in 2017 to provide greater benefit to our developers and as part of our continued effort to fully deprecate and remove the old C++ API. We are continuing to add more until we gain enough coverage to consider the C API at feature parity with the deprecated C++ API. Reference the versions.txt file within the SDK to see the new additions. The preferences dll in the SDK is now required to use the C API. A change from previous versions.

Additions with a * indicate that there were multiple functions added in that class.

  • Added SUAttributeDictionary*
  • Added SUBoundingBox3DGetMidPoint
  • Added SUComponentInstance*
  • Added SUColor*
  • Added SUEntities*
  • Added SUEntity*
  • Added SUImageRepGetColorAtUV
  • Added SUImageRepGetDataAsColors
  • Added SULengthFormatter*
  • Added SULengthFormatRef
  • Added SULengthFormatType
  • Added SULengthUnitType
  • Added SULoopInputRef
  • Added SUMaterialIsDrawnTransparent
  • Added SUModel*
  • Added SUPlane3D*
  • Added SUPoint2D*
  • Added SUPoint3D*
  • Added SUScene*
  • Added SUSectionPlane*
  • Added SUText*
  • Added SUTextureGetAverageColor
  • Added SUTransformation*
  • Added SUVector2D*
  • Added SUVector3D*

Fixed SUMaterialSetName: now returns SU_ERROR_INVALID_ARGUMENT if the material is owned by a model and the name is not unique

LayOut C API Additions and Improvements
  • Added SU_ERROR_ENTITY_LOCKED error codes to applicable LO*Set* methods to support LayOut’s new Entity Locking feature
  • Changed LO*SetName methods to return SU_ERROR_UNSUPPORTED if the name string is an empty string
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_SERIALIZATION) in LOImageRepSaveAs
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_NO_DATA) in LODocumentCreateFromTemplate
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_NO_DATA) in LOStyleGetDimensionUnits
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_OUT_OF_RANGE) in LOStyleSetStartArrowType
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_OUT_OF_RANGE) in LOStyleSetEndArrowType
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_OUT_OF_RANGE) in LOStyleIsArrowTypeFilled
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_OUT_OF_RANGE) in LOStyleSetSubEntityStyle
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_OUT_OF_RANGE) in LOStyleGetSubEntityStyle
  • Added documentation for an undocumented return possibility (SU_ERROR_UNSUPPORTED) in LODocumentRemoveAutoTextDefinition
  • Added LOAutoTextDefinitionListRef, which is an object that can be used to iterate over all of the LOAutoTextDefinitionRef objects belonging to a LODocumentRef
  • Added LOAutoTextDefinitionGetMandatory
  • Added LOAutoTextDefinitionGetIndex
  • Added LOAutoTextGetDocument
  • Added LODictionaryClear
  • Added LODictionaryGetNumberOfKeys
  • Added LODictionaryGetKeys
  • Added LODictionaryRemoveEntry
  • Added LODocumentAddReference
  • Added LODocumentGetAutoTextDefinitionByName
  • Added LODocumentGetAutoTextDefinitions
  • Added LODocumentGetActiveLayer
  • Added LODocumentSetActiveLayer
  • Added LODocumentGetInitialPage
  • Added LODocumentSetInitialPage
  • Added LODocumentGetLengthFormatter
  • Added LOEntityGetLocked
  • Added LOEntitySetLocked
  • Added LOFormattedTextGetDisplayText
  • Added LOGroupGetScaleFactor
  • Added LOGroupSetScaleFactor
  • Added LOGroupGetScaleUnits
  • Added LOGroupSetScaleUnits
  • Added LOGroupRemoveScaleFactor
  • Added LOImageRepGetDPI
  • Added LOLayerGetDocument
  • Added LOLayerInstanceGetIndexOfEntity
  • Added LOPageGetDocument
  • Added LOPathAppendPathTo
  • Added LOTableGetBorderStyle
  • Added LOTableSetBorderStyle
  • Added LOTypedValueGetString
  • Added LOTypedValueSetString

Modified LOLinearDimensionCreate to set the initial leader line type to LOLinearDimensionLeaderLineType_Bezier instead of LOLinearDimensionLeaderLineType_Hidden.

Breaking change to LOFormattedTextGetStyleRunAtCharacter. This was previously mis-implemented. It now takes in a starting character index and a length, and returns a LOStyleRef object with style attributes for the specified run of characters.

Breaking change to LOSketchupModelGetExplodedEntities - an exploded raster-rendered model will now wrap the LOImageRef in a LOGroupRef.

Modified behavior of LORectangle and LOEllipse after ApplyTransform - previously these entities would incorporate the given transform by adjusting their intrinsic position to match the transform. As a result, invoking GetTransform after a SetTransform would return a recalculated transform matrix. With the new behavior, these entities will preserve the transformation matrix sent to SetTransform.

Known Issues:

Sketchup::Material.name= has a regression bug where setting the name to the existing name will also raise an error. (unintended). And that renaming the material via the UI might prevent the API from reusing the name until the model is reopened.

Recommended new pattern for setting material name:

material.name = materials.unique_name('Hello World')
SketchUp Pro 2017 and SketchUp Make 2017 - Maintenance Release 3

Released: September 21st, 2017

17.3.116 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Release Notes

Fixes/Improvements for Mac High Sierra (10.13):
  • Fixed a crash when snappy dialogs were minimized, moved, opened, closed...
  • Fixed an issue in which stacked snappy dialogs became unstacked when moved.
  • Fixed the ability to move Ruby toolbars.

LayOut Release Notes

Fixes/Improvements for Mac High Sierra (10.13):
  • Fixed the ability to launch LayOut 2017.
  • Fixed a crash when inspectors were open, closed or expanded.
SketchUp Pro 2017 and SketchUp Make 2017 - Maintenance Release 2

Released: February 15th, 2017

17.2.2555 (Win 64-bit)
17.2.2554 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Release Notes

Fixes/Improvements Stability
  • Fixed a frequent crash that could occur when inserting components and doing other actions (e.g., renaming a component, deleting entities, changing component properties).
  • Fixed a frequent crash that could occur when copy/pasting geometry that needs to be merged with hidden geometry.
  • Fixed a frequent crash that could occur when doing a copy/rotate after having cancelled out of a previous copy/rotate by activating another tool.
  • Fixed a frequent crash that could occur on some systems with AMD/ATI graphics cards.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening/working in some models with unfixed validity errors.
  • Added a fix for a non-reproducible crash that could occur when using the Rectangle tool.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where simultaneous Component Browser searches led to SketchUp crashing.
Tools and Inferencing
  • Made updates to Measurements toolbar entries for tools:
    • A closing bracket is now added automatically when an opening bracket is entered for both square and angle brackets related to point and delta input such as [nn,nn,nn] and (in US locale).
    • (Win) SketchUp now recognizes both the decimal and list separators that are set within the Windows OS.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rotated Rectangle tool where entries in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) were not working as expected after the second click.
  • Fixed an issue in which Dimensions or Text would snap to a sub-component origin instead of the component origin.
  • Fixed an issue with the Tape Measure tool in which a model would not rescale when measuring two points on a face and entering in a value in the VCB (Measurements toolbar).
  • Fixed an issue with the Tape Measure tool in which you could not infer from a face to create a guideline along another face.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue with the Tape Measure tool where guides would toggle off when using Ctrl + Z to undo a previous operation.
  • Fixed an issue where materials on faces could be lost or faces could be flipped after modifying geometry in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue where an offset of an ellipse would sometimes offset as a circle.
  • Fixed an issue where color swapping/pixelation would occur on very small textures.
  • Improved Checkup’s messaging for graphics cards that report inaccurate memory information.
  • Improved our ability to get diagnostic data on startup crashes.
  • Fixed an issue where the letterbox bars were displayed incorrectly when the Advanced Camera Tools’ aspect ratio did not match the current window.
  • Fixed an issue where Advanced Camera Tools did not correctly export 2D images.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where users on certain iMacs were not able to export to 2D graphic containing transparent backgrounds.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where exporting a 2D graphic with a transparent background would produce jagged edges on certain iMacs. These artifacts could also be seen in LayOut.

LayOut Release Notes

Fixes/Improvements Stability
  • Fixed a Raster and Hybrid Rendering crash that would show up during DWG export.
  • Fixed a crash related to the Text Edit.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash with DWG export when the file being exported was in use or the user does not have write permission.
  • (Mac) Fixed a Style Builder crash on quit.
DWG Export
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where exporting an individual page would export the following page.
  • Fixed an issue where inserting certain Excel files would fail, we have expanded the ability to insert a wider range of Excel formatting.
  • Fixed an issue where the user would not be able to update a table when the external file was lost.
  • Fixed an issue where Excel formatting was used when the ‘Use Excel Formatting’ was unchecked.
  • Fixed an issue where entering a new dimension after exiting Edit 3D View would produce a wrong measurement.
  • Fixed an issue where current camera position would be lost when switching to a scene with no camera properties.
  • Fixed an issue where Classification attributes were not showing up in the Label auto-text dropdown.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the SketchUp model text can appear too big within LayOut.
  • (Mac) LayOut now uses SketchUp’s mouse scroll direction. An issue has been fixed where the paperspace and modelspace zoom directions were reversed when set to mac’s ‘Natural’ scroll direction.

SketchUp API Release Notes

Fixes/Improvements General
  • (Mac) Fixed issue where SKM files lost attribute dictionaries when saved from ‘In Model’ to local library.
Ruby API
  • Fixed an issue with HtmlDialogs where SketchUp would crash when the dialog was closed before all callbacks were processed.
  • Fixed an issue where extensions with multiple periods in filenames would not load.
  • Fixed an issue where BSTRToUTF8() returned unreliable data.
  • Added SUGetColorOrder() to allow for a platform dependent way to get the indices indicating the ordering of color data within 32-bit bitmap images.
  • Added SUTextureWriterGetImageRep() to allow for a way to export ImageRep from TextureWritter.
  • Added SUModelCreateFromBuffer() to allow for the creation of models from the bytes buffer.
SketchUp Pro 2017 and SketchUp Make 2017 - Maintenance Release 1

Released: November 17, 2016

17.1.174 (Win 64-bit)
17.1.173 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Release Notes

  • (Win) Fixed a crash that could occur on startup on some machines.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in which UI::Notifications didn’t appear within localized builds of SketchUp.
  • (Win) Added Chromium Developer Tools.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which SketchUp could not be launched due to an OpenGL error on some machines.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which layers were not sorting correctly when sorting by visibility in the Layers dialog.

LayOut Release Notes

  • (Win) Fixed an issue when inserting an Excel file containing unicode characters on the sheet tab title the file would fail to load.
SketchUp Pro 2017 and SketchUp Make 2017

Released: November 07, 2016

17.0.18899 (Win 64-bit)
17.0.18898 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Release Notes

What's New?
Graphics Pipeline

With SketchUp 2017, we have completely reworked our graphics pipeline - i.e., the way we display SketchUp models. This was a massive change that will allow us to innovate far beyond what we have been able to do in the past.

This new graphics pipeline has stricter hardware and software requirements than in previous versions of SketchUp. To run SketchUp, you will need:

  • A 64-bit operating system.
  • A graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or above.
  • A graphics card that supports Hardware Acceleration. We will no longer support software rendering!
  • A graphics card that passes a series of tests that are run by SketchUp 2017 to assure that your card is capable of rendering SketchUp models. These tests include checks like compilation of SketchUp's GLSL shaders and support for OpenGL framebuffer objects.

If your machine does not meet these requirements, you will see an error dialog when launching SketchUp, LayOut, Style Builder, and Viewer that lets you know which requirement you did not meet and which will prevent you from running SketchUp until you fix the error. If you see this error dialog, try upgrading your graphics card driver - upgrading your driver is a good first troubleshooting step and often solves the error.

High DPI Support for the Modeling Window

The SketchUp 2017 modeling window is now “DPI aware”. In SketchUp 2016, we scaled the User Interface (toolbars, cursors, etc). In SketchUp 2017, we are now scaling content in the modeling window so that you can better see the masterpieces you are creating! This work includes larger, scaled inference graphics and linework and updates to our inference icons.

Extension Manager

The Extension Manager is the new way to manage how extensions interact with SketchUp. Users will be able to install, uninstall, enable, disable and update extensions from this new dialog. In addition, users can set their extension loading policy through this same dialog. This is a complete replacement for the extension and extension loading policy areas previously found within the System Preferences dialog. The Extension Manager can be found within the Window menu on both Windows and Mac.

Tool and Inference Improvements

As always, we are looking at ways to improve our core modeling tools and inferencing. This release is no different. Here's a brief description of what's new:

Improved Offset tool: Previously the Offset tool would create overlapping or self-intersecting geometry. We've changed the tool to automatically trim these overlaps to create clean boundaries with no overlaps. The old functionality is still available via a modifier key.

Rectangle tool plane and shape locking: The Rectangle tool now works with arrow keys to lock the plane normal to an axis or surface. This includes the ability to lock off-axis planes using the down arrow key. Now the Rectangle tool matches the inferencing capabilities of the circle and polygon tools. Additionally, pressing shift can now lock the proportions of a square or golden section.

Rotated Rectangle tool plane locking improvement: The Rotated Rectangle tool now respects a locked plane across all steps for the tool. If you chose a surface to lock the tool to at the beginning, this orientation will persist throughout creating your rectangle.

Perpendicular to Face inference: We added the ability to hover over any surface and then find an inference for the direction perpendicular to the face. The drawing line and reference surface will be highlighted in magenta and a new “Perpendicular to Face” tooltip will be displayed. Note it is not possible to force this inference using the down arrow key but it can be locked once it appears by holding shift.

Component Origin inference: We added a new “Origin in Component” inference point which now provides the ability to find and snap to a component's origin. This inference shows up whether there is geometry on the origin or not and has higher priority over other inferences. It shows up automatically when you hover over a selected component or group with a drawing tool.

Persistent IDs

Persistent IDs for entities have been added to SketchUp 2017. This feature is useful to developers and allows us to improve interoperability between LayOut and other products. A unique, persistent ID number is now internally assigned to geometry when it is added to a model. This includes unique IDs for edges, vertices, faces, and more that will be maintained even if the geometry is moved, rotated, or scaled.

Colorblind Accessibility

It is now possible to customize SketchUp's red, green, blue, magenta, and cyan inference colors. If you have trouble distinguishing red from green or would simply like to customize your SketchUp colors, it is now possible under SketchUp Preferences > Accessibility. If you change these settings, you may notice that the axis colors will get brighter to match your selected direction colors exactly. In SketchUp 2016 and earlier versions, the axis colors were slightly muted relative to the inference colors. Also note that if you adjust your colors, SketchUp will continue to refer to red, green, and blue axis directions in tool tips, the status bar and the Instructor. Inference Icons (end-points, mid-points, on edge, etc... ) are also unaffected by this feature and will remain their original colors but we have updated the shapes to improve visibility.

Additionally, a new “Color Blind Style” has been added to the “Color Sets” styles library. Use this style as a base for dialing in your custom colors and shades. It is intended to help maximize people's ability to see when inferences appear. Since there are many different types of colorblindness, you may need to edit this style to best fit with the colors that work for you. Once you are done, don't forget to set up a template with your new style.

Smarter Graphics Card Settings

When you launch SketchUp, we are now much smarter about choosing the ideal graphics card settings (i.e., the ideal “Pixel Format”) to make SketchUp run the best it can. Previously, we sometimes selected settings that didn't allow models to display as well as they could have and which had a negative impact on performance.

As part of this work, we have made it easier for you to change your multisample anti-aliasing settings in Preferences > OpenGL on Windows. Note though that we have chosen the setting that we think is ideal for your graphics card and that if you choose too high of a setting, performance and possibly stability may be affected.

We have added a “Warning“ section to Preferences > OpenGL > Graphics Card Details to show any potentially negative conditions related to your graphics card so that you can take actions to improve your situation. Note that if your graphics card shows warnings, you will see a big warning icon on the Preferences > OpenGL dialog with some text that explains you need to click the Graphics Card Details button for more information.

Standardized Product Content Locations

We have standardized where product content, stuff like collections of components, materials and styles are stored on the file system.

On Windows, we moved the default content that comes with SketchUp (Components, Materials and Styles) out of the Program Files directory and placed them in the ProgramData directory. And on both Windows and Mac, we created Components, Materials, Styles and Templates folders for your user related content. By default, these folders are in the following locations:

Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\SketchUp\SketchUp 2017\SketchUp
Mac: Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2017/SketchUp/

Note that if you store your content in these folders, it will show up in the Components, Materials and Styles browsers without you having to do anything and your templates will show up on the Templates pane as well. Additionally, users no longer require special privileges in order to modify the contents of these folders.

We have made it easier for you to access your content by adding new functionality to the Preferences > Files pane on Windows and we added this Preferences pane on the Mac. Simply click the Open in Explorer/Finder buttons to access your content vs. having to remember the folder locations listed above.

Improved Group to Component workflow & Component handling with Solid Tools

We now present the create component dialog when converting a group to a component. This allows users to set the full range of component attributes when converting instead of having to go back and edit the resulting component in Entity Info or the Components dialog. This workflow helps a great deal when using the Solid Tools on components. The Solid Tools still create groups but it's quick to use the create component option to redefine your desired component definitions.

Support for macOS Sierra

Our QA team has smashed and banged on Apple's newest operating system, macOS Sierra, enough to say that SketchUp 2017 is fully compatible.

Trimble Connect Extension

The Trimble Connect Extension has been rewritten to utilize changes to the Trimble Connect and SketchUp Ruby APIs. Updates and new features include:

  • Sign in: You can now use a Trimble ID or a Google account to sign in.
  • Improved File Management: We've reworked the Open and Publish dialogs to make it faster to browse through your projects on Connect.
  • Collaboration Manager: A new dialog which allows you to create and manage ToDos, manage reference models and add comments about a model. The buttons across the top allow you to see the various panes: ToDos, Comments, Reference Models and Launch Trimble Connect
    • ToDos - Create and Manage ToDos from the Collaboration Manager. Note that in order to view ToDos they must be associated with the model you are working on in SketchUp. If you want to view all the ToDos in a project use the full Connect web interface by Connect Icon in the upper right of the collaboration manager or accessing Connect in a web browser.
    • Comments - Click the icon showing two speech bubbles to view the comments pane. There you can view the comments for a model and add new comments.
    • Improved Model Referencing - Click the chain link icon to view the Reference Model pane. At the bottom of the Reference pane there are buttons for importing a new reference model as well as deleting or updating all existing reference models. Click the arrow next to a specific reference model to edit its alignment and save that adjustment back to a project. You can also individually update a reference model by clicking the Cloud + arrow icon next to the reference model's name.
Bug Fixes/Small Improvements

In addition to the above, we've been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:

  • Fixed several crashes that could occur when opening or working in models that had a texture with no associated texture image.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when printing a model with sketchy edges.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when printing large models with textures.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when exporting an animation that has watermarks and scenes with different edge styles.
  • (Win) Fixed a very frequent crash that could occur when modeling in SketchUp on machines with an Integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 graphics card.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash that could occur when exporting animation as .webm or .ogv with a specified custom frame size.
  • (Mac) Fixed a frequent crash when opening models which have the sun direction nearly perpendicular to the eye direction.
  • (Mac) Fixed a frequent crash that could occur when importing a wide image or when opening a model that has a wide image.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when uploading a model after canceling the upload of a component to 3D Warehouse.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that occurred when closing a file with either the Dimensions tool or Texture Position tool active.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where SketchUp would sometimes crash after adding a location to a new model.
  • (Mac - Sierra) Fixed an intermittent crash that could occur when quitting and discarding changes with multiple documents open.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when closing a document after switching between documents.
Model Display / Image Export
  • Re-wrote how we display transparency, including making the following changes:
    • Improved performance significantly.
    • Improved the accuracy of the appearance of the model.
    • Removed “Medium” transparency from the Transparency Quality dropdown. Pre SU 2017 models which use “Medium” transparency will now default to “Faster” transparency.
    • Added an “X-ray opacity” slider which applies when x-ray mode and nicer transparency are selected (defaulting to 65% for nicer transparency and remaining at 50% for faster transparency).
    • Improved the enable/disable behavior on the Face tab of the Styles dialog so that the controls are enabled only when they will actually change the model.
  • Fixed an issue where shadows on face me component flashed in exported animations.
  • Fixed an issue where, when using color by axis, lines could incorrectly display as if they were on axis when they were not.
  • Fixed an issue where the selection highlight for a nested section plane looked wrong.
  • Fixed an issue where alpha images did not display when using the wireframe face style (when other images did display).
  • Fixed an issue where the leader for view-based text drawn close to faces drew incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where sketchy edges could appear blurry when using the Maximum Texture size option.
  • Fixed an issue where the face selection highlight did not display correctly when using the Fade Similar Components option.
  • Fixed an issue where nested section planes did not always cut geometry as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where components in large models degraded to bounding boxes / other display elements dropped out of the model faster on AMD cards than other graphics cards.
  • Fixed an issue where materials incorrectly displayed as transparent when material transparency was off and x-ray was on.
  • Fixed an issue where the ground plane could z-fight with faces when in top view.
  • Fixed an issue where, when turning off section cuts, the foreground image of a matched photo was not always displayed.
High DPI / Cursors
  • Elements in the modeling window (e.g., edges/edges effects, inference icons/linework, selection highlight, the matched photo/texture position grids, the model/component axes, guides, text/dimensions and the component bounding box) are now scaled and should look better on high DPI monitors
  • Select region for edges and general “snapping” is now scaled and should improve selection on high DPI monitors. This will change the way SketchUp “feels” on larger resolution screens or when the display has been scaled in the OS preferences.
  • Updated inference icons graphics including new “Origin” inference icon.
  • Updated Position Texture tool icons.
  • (Win) Fixed issue where tool cursors would not show up when using shortcuts until the mouse was moved with Instructor dialog open.
Tools and Inferencing
  • Added the ability to create guidelines from “On Face” inferences with the Tape Measure Tool.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rectangle tool in which dimensions displayed in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) did not always match the actual dimensions.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rectangle tool where a square or golden section could not be found when there was an active From Point inference.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rotated Rectangle tool where the protractor remained visible when moving the cursor out of the drawing window.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rotated Rectangle tool where an invalid input message was not received when entering invalid input in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) in some specific cases.
  • Fixed an issue with the Rotated Rectangle tool where an invalid input message was displayed when entering the same dimensions in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) after rectangle was drawn.
  • Added Instructor content for Rotated Rectangle to reference click and drag functionality.
  • Fixed an issue with the Circle/Polygon tools in which they could snap to axis inferences that didn't exist when off axis.
  • Fixed an issue with the Circle/Polygon tools in which they seemed to disappear during drawing and couldn't be completed when the radius was aligned with the axis normal to the circle/polygon.
  • Added error checking when entering number of segments in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) for Arcs/Circles/Polygons.
  • Removed the visual cues (endpoints and center) for Arcs/Circles/Polygons at small pixel views. Zoom in to see the cues if they are not visible.
  • Fixed an issue where an arrow key axis constraint was not released as expected if the last visited edge was outside the locked plan for protractor based tools.
  • Fixed an issue with protractor based tools where the locked/unlocked plane tooltip would continue to show and highlighting would not reset after pressing escape.
  • Fixed an issue where a parallel inference was lost after escaping out of Arc, Pie, and Move tools.
  • Fixed an issue where the Line, Tape Measure, and Move tools would lock a direction using arrow keys before first click.
  • Fixed an issue with the Move tool in which the angle value in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) did not always update appropriately when rotating with the Move tool while on an inference.
  • Added ability to inference original selection set when using rotate/copy.
  • Fixed an issue where an inference remained locked when panning followed by orbiting after having released shift.
  • Fixed an issue with the Scale tool in which Reset Scale did not redraw the scale boundaries correctly.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with the 2 Point Arc in which it would incorrectly highlight magenta when constrained with an axis arrow key after second click.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with the 3 Point Arc in which the line connecting the endpoints would lose axis coloring if the arc was a quarter, half, or three quarter circle.
  • Updated the VCB (Measurements toolbar) label for the Move tool from “Length” to “Distance” to more accurately describe the action.
  • Standardized references to shift in Instructor content for protractor/plane based tools.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue with Rotated Rectangle in which it could snap to an angle that was one degree off of what was expected.
Groups, Components and Solid Tools
  • Updated labels for Components/Groups in Entity Info (“Name” changed to “Instance”) and Create Component Dialog (“Name” changed to “Definition”) for added clarity.
  • Group Instance name is populated as the Component Definition in the create component dialog when converting a group to a component.
  • Revised message when editing or reloading a component with locked instances to clarify what will occur.
  • Fixed an issue in which the file name could be truncated when trying to reload a component that was previously imported or downloaded from 3D Warehouse.
  • Added ability to modify one instance of a component with Solid Tools and have all instances reflect that change by leveraging the updated group to component workflow. After modifying with a Solid Tool, right click and select Make Component, choose the definition name to be overwritten and this will then replace all instances of the component.
Add Location
  • Fixed an issue where Add Location buttons could overlap each other.
  • Fixed an issue where the Add Location dialog could display poorly at high DPI.
  • Fixed the Add Location window from resizing when grabbing consecutive locations.
  • Fixed the error message that was displayed for expired private network licenses.
  • Fixed an issue in which a license was unable to be activated if there was an ë character in the username.
  • Updated the message seen when launching SketchUp with all of the network license seats in use.
  • Updated the message seen when launching SketchUp while offline with a network license.
  • Updated the message seen when an offline checked out network license has expired.
  • Updated the message seen when trying to check out a network license that has no checkout days associated with the license.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in which some SketchUp Make users could not run SketchUp Make due to a licensing error.
Mac Improvements
  • (Mac) Added the ability to toggle the scroll direction for zooming. This option is available under the new “Compatibility” pane in SketchUp Preferences.
  • (Mac) Added the ability to show model previews in Finder.
  • (Mac) Added ⌘, shortcut to display SketchUp Preferences.
  • Improved performance of move/copy operation with multiple copies of a component.
  • Made a change in which a modified style that has not yet been updated will revert to the original style when switching scenes or clicking on the same scene.
  • Changed the default value in the warning message you see when adding a new style to “Save as a new style”.
  • Fixed an issue with the Components and Scenes dialog in which the list views did not resize properly when the dialogs were resized.
  • Fixed an issue where long layer names did not display when in the Layers toolbar.
  • Added a Persistent ID validation to the validity check to check for duplicate or missing Persistent IDs.
  • Potentially fixed an issue where, on a few configurations, saving a model caused a hang which could only be fixed by running a special registry script.
  • Darkened the Instructor text to make it easier to read.
  • Fixed an issue where non-Administrator users could not save templates.
  • Improved error message when trying to import a model into itself.
  • Added an error message when attempting to reload a higher version component and revised the message when attempting to import a higher version file.
  • Fixed an issue where file paths with Unicode characters could not be exported/imported via Preferences > Files.
  • Fixed an issue in which animation exports were skipping section plane animations.
  • Fixed an issue in which the length of an ellipse or a copied ellipse was reported incorrectly.
  • Removed Endpoints and Extension edge settings from the Architectural Design Style.
  • Fixed a typo in the Interior and Production Design template descriptions.
  • Removed an unused “Material1” from the 3D Printing templates.
  • Updated our Welcome dialog and product images.
  • Improved an issue where SketchUp would incorrectly display offline Learn tab content when online.
  • Added a Polish build.
  • Fixed a number of translation and truncation errors in localized builds.
  • (Win) Added the ability to view .skm and .style thumbnails.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the File Locations folder would open to the wrong directory in SketchUp Preferences after importing new Preferences.
  • (Win) Fixed issue in which the Section Plane icon on the Section toolbar was missing text.
  • (Win) Updated “System Preferences” dialog title to “SketchUp Preferences”.
  • (Win) Removed Cancel button from delete tray warning dialog since it is redundant with the No button.
  • (Win) Removed commas from the invalid tray name message to improve clarity on what characters are invalid.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where a SketchUp model could be deleted when opening it as read only and saving it with the same name.
  • (Win) Optimized the size and position of some of SketchUp's web dialogs.
  • (Win) Updated the rendering mode used for the Dynamic Components extension.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where snappy dialog containing Entity Info could break apart when selecting entities or could show a gap when switching between documents.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the desktop would switch unexpectedly when using multiple desktops.
  • (Mac) Moved the “Component/Group Highlighting” bounding box option to the new “Compatibility” pane in SketchUp Preferences for consistency with Windows.
  • (Mac) Fixed issue in which SketchUp would overwrite a read only file on save. A warning message now appears when attempting to save a read only file.
  • (Mac) Added file locking so that if a file is open and then an attempt is made to open it in a separate session or version of SketchUp on the same machine, a message will pop up indicating it will open as Read Only.
  • (Mac) Fixed an inconsistency in the Choose Watermark dialog text.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where SketchUp did not show user created material folder if they were named the same as our standard material folders.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which a material could be replaced unexpectedly when in edit mode and selecting a different In Model material.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the icon for the Trim tool was incorrect.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where SketchUp could get confused when moving your cursor between two open models while drawing.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where fonts printed larger when Vector Printing was selected.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where a material's HSB values were not refreshed to show the values for the material being edited.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the Preferences dialog could disappear behind the SketchUp drawing window when clicking in the drawing window.
  • (Mac - Sierra) Fixed an issue in which a crash message appeared when toggling section planes or section cuts from the View menu.
  • (Mac - Sierra) Fixed an issue in which you could see duplicate icons in the dock when launching SU and File > Send to Layout was grayed out.

LayOut and Style Builder Release Notes

What's New?
Native Tables

Create a table: For LO 2017 we have added the much requested and necessary Table tool. You can now create a multiple row and column table that is easily customized to fit your needs. So, if you need to create a schedule, cutlist or legend look no further than the new Table tool.

Table Editor: Double click to enter the table manipulator where you will be able to enter text, merge cells, add/delete rows or columns, change the size/spacing, rotate text or split the entire table. You can further customize your table by editing the Shape Style settings for lines and cell fills. These styles can be applied to other tables with the Styles Tool.

Insert Table Data

You can now import .csv, .tsv and .xslx spreadsheet files into LayOut as… you guessed it: Tables! Spreadsheets imported to LayOut are dynamically referenced just like SketchUp models and image files. If your linked file changes, you can update the reference to display the new data or re-link to an updated spreadsheet. From XSLX files, you can import any sheet you like and also formatting you've already dialed in. An intentional bonus: it's now pretty easy to create beautiful tables from the data in your SketchUp model. Use Generate Report (or an extension like Cutlist) to generate a .csv for your LayOut document.

If your tables typically use a certain style, you can save a styled table in a scrapbook. When you're ready to create a new table, bring in your sample from the scrapbook. You can then enter data in LayOut or insert data into the table from an external file.

When inserting .xlsx files, you can import and update just the data, or the data and the formatting.

High DPI Support for the Drawing Window

LayOut's drawing window is now DPI aware by scaling the inference graphics appropriately.

Persistent IDs

As stated in the SketchUp portion, Persistent IDs will benefit LayOut by providing a unique, persistent ID to keep dimensions and labels attached to the desired geometry even when the model changes. When an existing file that had been labeled and dimensioned prior to our implementation of PID's is opened, LayOut will attempt to connect to the object directly below.

Soft Disconnect: When attempting to connect a dimension or Label cannot be achieved automatically, LayOut will display what is called a “Soft Disconnect”. These disconnects will be shown with a non printable red box around the text. “Reconnecting” dimensions or labels can be done by either selecting the object(s), rt. click and select “Reconnect to Model” or entering the “Dimension Editor” (a double click on the dimension), and moving the disconnected endpoint(s) so that it reconnects to an object. These highlighted “Soft Disconnects” can also be suppressed by navigating to the View pulldown, Warning Symbols and unchecking Disconnected Annotations.

Dimension Improvements

We have updated dimensioning to be more fluid with ‘Flexible Dimensions'. Now you can drag the dimension line without affecting the dimension's offsets or connections.

Offset Tool

What started as a fun ‘hackathon' project is now being released to the public. The long awaited and often requested feature is now in your hands. Offset away on lines, arcs, rectangles, circles, polygons and objects with boundaries.

DWG/DXF Exporter improvements

We have heard the complaints and felt your pain with our previous DWG/DXF exporter so we have done some major rework on it.

One DWG file: You can now export your multiple page document and it will be contained in one DWG file. LayOut objects will be contained in paperspace while non-perspective SketchUp objects will be placed in a scaled modelspace viewport. Perspective views will be hidden line drawings contained in the paperspace.

Native DWG Objects: Circles, Arcs and Dimensions, (Linear and Angular along with Labels) will now export as native DWG objects, so your dimensions will not be exploded, and circles and arcs will no longer be segmented splines by default. Our new Table entity is also exported as a native DWG table. You can always uncheck this option if not desired.

Color by layer: We now support Export Entities as Color by Layer. If the user checks the color by layer option, we disregard all LayOut's color information and assign an index color to each LayOut layer. All entities on a layer are exported as one color.

If the option is unchecked, black is exported as index 7. Other colors are exported as true colors.

Linetypes: Defined linetype scales are now being respected.

Clipping Masks: Clipping masks over images and SketchUp viewports are now exported instead of being ignored.

Annotation: Text and how it is exported has been revised to be the correct font, location and scale.

Progress Bar: We added a progress bar during export

Select Tool Modifier Key

In previous versions of LayOut, it's been easy to inadvertently move things when attempting to do a click-drag selection. We've added a modifier key (Cmd on Mac, Alt on Win) to allow you to click-drag without moving anything!

Graphics Pipeline

LayOut has been updated to take full advantage of the new Graphics Pipeline work completed within SketchUp. In order for us to do this we had to do some major work under our hood. As a result, we will also have the same restrictions mentioned in the SketchUp Graphics Pipeline section. The original COM based viewing library has been torn out and replaced with a new version built on top of the SketchUp C API.

Colorblind Accessibility

LayOut will pick up SketchUp's colorblind preferences. The colors you set in SketchUp will show up as inference colors in LayOut.

Standardized Product Content Location

LayOut uses SketchUp's new Standardized Product Content Location for our Styles files but everything should work as it has.

View Settings for Warning Symbols

We added commands in the View menu to hide or display the warning symbols for clipped text (red overflow arrows), unrendered skps (yellow caution triangles), and disconnected dimensions + labels (highlighted red text). These view settings should be saved with the LayOut file.

Bug Fixes/Small Improvements

In addition to the above, we've been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:

  • (Win) Fixed a crash if not online and user had scrapbooks contained on a network drive.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where Style Builder would experience an unhandled exception error when saving a file twice.
  • (Win) Fixed various crashes when shutting down StyleBuilder.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue with the Scrapbook where if you had a stamp active and then accessed a different scrapbook you could crash.
DWG/DXF Export
  • Fixed an issue where a file exported to DWG would move the position of text and require a lot of post export work.
  • Fixed an issue where custom rtf indentations were lost when exported to DWG/DXF.
  • Fixed the issue where exporting hybrid viewports, would export the image with 'edit' quality setting.
  • (Mac) Certain common fonts not exported to .dwg.
  • (Mac) Certain text attributes (bold, italic, underline, etc.) could have been lost when exported to .dwg.
High DPI / Cursors
  • Updated the inference hints to be High DPI aware.
  • (Win) The about LayOut… dialog has been updated for High DPI monitors so that the background image is no longer distorted.
  • Fixed a bug where transparent faces would change hues if the background was toggled off.
  • Fixed an issue where opening a file that was created on Windows in Mac would add a blank space at the end of a text string.
  • Fixed an issue when creating a tray that an incorrect message was displayed.
  • Fixed an issue where you will lose the ability to open an inserted .rtf in an external text editor if you have given the .rtf box a fill or stroke.
  • Fixed a signing issue with the SDK.
  • Standardized the Shape Style tray on localized builds to use the “pt” label.
  • We have reworked the default size of our warning dialogs so they do not appear so small when viewed on HiDPI monitors.
  • We have fully implemented ‘Suppress Move' by adding the modifier key Alt+ on the PC and Cmd+ on the Mac.
  • Fixed an issue when using the Shift key to extend a selection.
  • Fixed an issue where dimension units were being translated incorrectly on JA builds.
  • We revised the Endpoint and Midpoint inference icons to better match SketchUp's new icons.
  • Fixed an issue where the group manipulator would remain active when adding/changing pages.
  • Fixed an issue where changing the page when after entering skp edit for a model within a group, the group's bounding box can be seen on the other page.
  • We have improved the behavior when double-clicking to exit SketchUp edit.
  • We have fixed "Check for updates".
  • We have made a number of translation and truncation fixes for our localized builds.
  • (Win) Revised the PT-BR Style Builder truncation issue in the header of the Sets panel.
  • (Win) LayOut now supports 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing by default during Edit 3D View.
  • (Win) Fixed the 'Styles' folder icons so that they are not small and have black backgrounds.
  • (Win) Open Source Credits have been added to the About LayOut… dialog.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue that caused us to get incomplete BugSplat data for LayOut crashes.
  • (Mac) We fixed a bug where viewing a SketchUp model in x-ray mode would display incorrectly.
  • (Mac) We have removed the built in Mac specific rtf table tool from the Text -> Table…. menu. The new LayOut Table tool should be used instead.
  • (Mac) Retina Mac Only: Fixed an issue with zooming while in Edit 3D View on a external monitor would not zoom at the mouse cursor location.
  • (Mac) We have fixed some misaligned text on Export PDF dialog.

SketchUp API Release Notes

What's New?

For a complete list of all new features and bug fixes, see the Release Notes page that we maintain for developers here: http://ruby.sketchup.com/file.ReleaseNotes.html.

Ruby 2.2

Yes, its that time again - time to update our Ruby Interpreter. We have upgraded to Ruby version 2.2.4. We're hopeful that extensions that use pure ruby will be able to upgrade to Ruby 2.2 with little difficulty. Please note that any compiled C extensions will need to be rebuilt.

Embedded Web Framework

One of the developer features we are most excited about for SketchUp 2017 is a new Web Dialog framework. For SketchUp 2017 we are bundling the Chromium Web Browser with the SketchUp installer. What?! Yes, now SketchUp comes pre-packaged with a single web browser for both Mac and Windows clients. No more trauma from banging your head against the wall while trying to make your web pages compatible with Internet Explorer 8-11 and Safari.

In order to maintain backwards compatibility, we have implemented a new HtmlDialog class in the Ruby API and we have not altered the existing WebDialog class. Extensions that use WebDialogs should continue to work with no changes required.

New Ruby API Documentation

We have been working to improve our Ruby API documents and the publication process. We switched from an internally tweaked and maintained version of RDoc to YARD for our documentation generation. In the process we had to make many alterations to our documentation in the source code, we made a specialized YARD template to suit our needs. What we have now is a simple way to regenerate the documents in a matter of seconds, and we can push them to a git repo, where they are immediately available publicly. A process that used to take hours of manual html editing and special access to our Sketchup.com webserver, has been reduced to about a 10 minute process to generate and publish the documentation.

SketchUp C API Parity - continued

We have focused on adding features to the SketchUp C API in 2017 to provide greater benefit to our developers and as part of our continued effort to fully deprecate and remove the old C++ API in the future. A complete list of functions that we have added for 2017 can be found under the developer release notes here: http://ruby.sketchup.com/file.ReleaseNotes.html. We are continuing to add more until we gain enough coverage to consider the C API at feature parity with the deprecated C++ API.

Updated Compilers

We updated our compilers for Windows and MacOs. On Windows we are now using Visual Studio 2015 SP1 (targeting Windows 7). On MacOs we are using XCode 7.2.1 (with deployment target 10.10).

SketchUp Pro 2016 and SketchUp Make 2016 - Maintenance Release 2

Released: September 20, 2016

16.1.2418 (Mac 64-bit)

General Note:

Mac: This update for SketchUp 2016 for Mac is to address a number of issues which arose with the release of Apple MacOS Sierra (10.12)

SketchUp Release Notes
  • Fixed a crash which occurred when closing a tab in fullscreen mode.
  • Fixed some resources in SketchUp which didn’t display as translated.
LayOut Release Notes
  • Fixed a crash which occurred when editing rich text.
SketchUp Pro 2016 and SketchUp Make 2016 - Maintenance Release 1

Released: February 29, 2016

16.1.1450 (Win 32-bit)
16.1.1449 (Win 64-bit)
16.1.1451 (Mac 64-bit)

General Note

Windows: This maintenance release fixes a Windows-only bug introduced in the first release of SketchUp 2016, also known as “M0” [version numbers 16.0.19912 (Win 64-bit); 16.0.19911 (Win 32-bit)] where uninstalling SketchUp resets your default Internet browser. To avoid running into this issue, leave SketchUp 2016 “M0” installed prior to installing this update - i.e., install SketchUp 2016 M1 over your existing version of SketchUp 2016 M0. See this article for more details on this issue.

OS X: This maintenance release is for both Windows and OS X and addresses a number of issues. Please read below for further details.

SketchUp Release Notes

  • Fixed a crash when saving a model after importing a .dwg file that had a component definition name the same as one already in the model.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when auto-folding certain geometry and using an arrow key to lock direction.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when opening a new file or switching documents while in the middle of some operations (including importing a 2d image, viewing an image igloo, or using the Dimensions/Text tool).
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that occurred by deleting an in model component’s definition name or description via the Components browser dialog.
Tools & Inferencing
  • Fixed an issue where SketchUp was incorrectly parsing negative lengths for specific formats such as feet and inches (e.g. -2’ 8”) and fractional (e.g. -15 1/2”) when entered in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) or the Ruby Console.
  • Removed Shift + Press Alt (Win) and Shift + Press Command (Mac) functionality from Rotate and Protractor tools which freed the center of the protractor. Shift + Alt functionality clashes with the Windows shortcut default setting that changes keyboard language on Windows if multiple languages are installed. The down arrow key provides the same functionality.
  • Fixed an issue with the Protractor and Rotate tools in which the protractor jumped to the corner of the screen when making multiple slope entries in the VCB (Measurements toolbar).
  • Updated the Section Plane tool so it is colored based on the axis it is normal to when being placed (for consistency with other tools). Also, added a tooltip to indicate “Unlocked plane” or “Locked plane”.
  • Added ability to Circle/Polygon tools to use Shift to lock through different point inferences (including endpoints, midpoints, arc centers, and guide points).
  • Fixed an issue with Arc, Pie, Circle, and Polygon tools in which the tool could remain locked to a plane after releasing Shift with the down arrow key active.
  • Fixed some cosmetic issues with several tools in which the drawing line could be incorrectly colored when locked with the down arrow key.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with surface based tools in which the tool cursor could be incorrectly colored when locking with an arrow key and parallel to an axis plane.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with several surface based tools in which the tool highlighted in magenta when pressing Shift to lock normal to an axis.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue in which Entity Info accepted arc/pie/circle/polygon segments that were out of range as specified by an error message.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which you couldn’t update two consecutive arcs/pies/circles/polygons with the same number of segments in Entity Info.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where arc/pie/circle/polygon segments temporarily updated to 0 or last valid entry in Entity Info when an invalid entry was made.
Customizeable Utility Trays on Windows
  • Fixed an issue where the drawing window took focus away from extension dialogs. This impacted our shipped extensions (e.g. Component Options, Photo Textures) and some external extensions (including Brighter3D and SU Podium). In some cases extension dialogs appeared to disappear but were located behind the SketchUp window.
  • Made a change so that the visibility of an auto-hide tray does not toggle by way of the Window menu or a shortcut as toggling this way caused the tray to immediately retract. The visibility of an auto-hide tray is only managed with the tray tab (hover over tab to display tray).
  • Fixed an issue in which renaming an entity in Entity Info didn’t save correctly when subsequently clicking in Outliner.
  • Fixed an issue where the selection highlighting was visible when softening edges. The highlight now returns once the cursor moves out of the Soften Edges dialog.
  • Fixed an issue in which some drop down and sliders no longer scrolled using the mouse wheel when they had focus.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Use Image As" text was not translated for our localized builds.
  • Fixed missing carousel arrows on our Spanish version of the Learn tab.
  • Fixed several German translation issues on our About dialog.
  • Fixed the German translation of ‘Knowledge Center’.
  • Various other translation quality fixes.
General fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Ruby extensions fail to load / gave errors on launch if you have certain non-English characters in your Ruby path (which can occur if your Windows user name has certain non-English characters). If you’re still seeing an error with the Trimble Connect extension, please update that extension in the Extension Warehouse.
  • Fixed our Updater Service so that the user is notified at a more appropriate frequency.
  • Fixed issue where cameras were not being exported in the Collada exporter.
  • Fixed an issue where temp files were not removed when exporting a 3D model.
  • Fixed an issue where the text "This is a very long string. How long do we want?" could show up in the status bar on launch under rare circumstances.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where uninstalling SketchUp disabled the ability to set Internet Explorer as your default browser, and may have disabled other programs’ defaults similarly.
  • (Win) Addressed several issues surrounding invalid file locations in Preferences.
    • Fixed an issue where you could see a CFileException 3 error if the “Models” file location was invalid and auto-save kicked off. A new, more descriptive error message is now displayed.
    • Fixed an issue in which you could see multiple CFileException 3 error messages within the same session even after updating the “Models” location to a valid path.
    • Added a new error message upon startup if any of the File locations in Preferences > Files are invalid.
    • Invalid file locations are now displayed in red in Preferences > Files and a tooltip is displayed indicating an invalid path.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the slider labels in the Choose Colors dialog could be incorrect after switching between picker types.
  • (Win) Increased upload timeout of models to the 3D Warehouse.
  • (Win) Replaced our expired signing certificate, then changed our digital signatures and timestamps to use SHA2/256, in accordance with Microsoft’s SHA1 deprecation announcement.
  • (Win) Fixed an installer issue where the user would receive "An error occurred in PreBootstrapper. [could not create sketchup_install]" if an empty sketchup_install folder existed.
  • (Mac - El Capitan) Fixed an issue where Toolbars containing dropdown arrows got misaligned when accessing the Customize Toolbar dialog.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which a component could no longer be replaced if it had the same name as another component.
  • (Mac) Fixed the ‘SketchUp License Agreement’ link on the About SketchUp dialog.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in which BugSplat technical support responses were not being displayed.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where adding 3D Text created an “unreferenced fonts” validity error.

LayOut and Style Builder Release Notes

  • (Mac) Inserted pdfs will no longer be influenced by the image compression setting while exporting a document to pdf. Thus, your inserted pdf images will remain sharp even if you use heavy compression when exporting to pdf.
  • We made changes to prevent drawing pattern fills for single-segmented lines. This may prevent some memory related crashes.
  • (Win) The object snap button wasn’t toggling correctly. Often, pressing the object snap button would turn object snapping on or off but the icon artwork wouldn’t change to the correct state. We fixed this so that the icon artwork will always reflect the object snapping state.
  • We added check marks in the Move to Layer context menu next to any layers that the selection set currently has entities on.
  • (Win) We fixed an issue that would cause save to fail (and pop a dialog exclaiming as much) if the save event came immediately after a previous save.
  • (Win) We fixed a crash that occurred while attempting to close LayOut immediately after starting (before the getting started dialog was visible).
  • Fixed an issue where LayOut was incorrectly parsing negative lengths for specific formats such as feet and inches (e.g. -2’ 8”) and fractional (e.g. -15 1/2”) when entered in the VCB (Measurements toolbar).

SketchUp API Release Notes

  • (Mac) Fixed issue where custom image importers were not being honored.
  • Fixed issue where Sketchup.require/load fails to indicate a load failure.
  • Fixed issue where load_on_start was not being honored on extensions that were manually placed within the Plugins folder.
  • Fixed issue where extensions fail to load / gave errors on launch if you have certain non-English characters in your Ruby path (which can occur if your Windows user name has certain non-English characters). If you’re still seeing an error with the Trimble Connect extension, please update that extension in the Extension Warehouse.
  • Fixed issue where the Trimble Connect Extension fails to load due to an invalid byte sequence error. Users will need to update to SketchUp 2016 M1 and update the Trimble Connect Extension to version 1.1.1 (via the Extension Warehouse) to see this change.
  • (Win) Fixed issue where the unchecking an Extension within the Extension dialog caused the list to scroll back to the top of the list.
  • Fixed issue where unchecking an Extension within the Extensions dialog did not change the appearance of the checkbox.
  • (Win) UI.preferences_pages() will now include "Extensions Policy"
  • (Win) UI.show_preferences("Extensions Policy") will now open the correct property page.
  • Fixed issue where the Extension Status dialog incorrectly stated a user was under the "Identified Extensions Only" policy.
  • Updated dialog content for extensions that were installed but not loaded. The dialog now clearly states that the user must load the extension in order to use it.
  • Fixed issue where an extra dialog appeared on startup when loading an uncertified extension that was previously certified.
  • (Mac) Fixed issue where exporter progress dialog had the incorrect title of 'Import progress.
  • Fixed issue where the language handler treated all double slashes (//) as comments.
  • (Mac) Fixed issue where the 'Uncertified Extension detected' dialog did not appear when installing an extension through the Preferences dialog.
  • Prevent the unsigned extension dialog from appearing unless the number of unsigned and loaded extensions has changed.
  • On startup, only extensions.rb, langhandler.rb and sketchup.rb will be loaded from the Tools directory.
  • On startup, users will be prompted if any of the following files have been modified since being digitally signed: extensions.rb, langhandler.rb and sketchup.rb.
  • Modified the Ruby file loading priority to be .rbe, .rbs then .rb.
  • (Win) Fixed issue where third party DLLs in Windows system folders could override the Ruby standard library DLLs.
  • Fixed issue where extensions installed in the Plugins directory were not respecting the load_on_start value.
  • Added Sketchup::RegionalSettings.decimal_separator
  • Added Sketchup::RegionalSettings.list_separator
SketchUp Pro 2016 and SketchUp Make 2016

Released: November 17, 2015

16.0.19912 (Win 64-bit)
16.0.19911 (Win 32-bit)
16.0.19913 (Mac 64-bit)

SketchUp Release Notes

What’s New?
Trimble Connect

Trimble Connect is a new way to store, sync, reference, share, and collaborate on design/build projects. Once you've signed up then start uploading .skp, .pdf, .dxf, .ifc. files. If you already have an account for 3D Warehouse or Extension Warehouse, we recommend that you use the same login (email) when creating a Trimble Connect Account. Trimble Connect allows users to publish, open, import reference files and update SKPs from Trimble Connect project folders. As you’re modeling you can even pull in and update reference SketchUp models as if they were locally hosted components. To learn more about Trimble Connect read this article.

Reload Components with 3D Warehouse models

In SketchUp 2016, a context click on a component gives you the opportunity to reload (or swap out) a new component directly from 3D Warehouse. This action will reload every instance of that component in your model (similar to the same action in the Components dialog), so it’s a helpful method for working with proxy models. And if your component was downloaded from 3D Warehouse, you can also use the context-click to quickly access its 3DWH details page.

Generate Report 2.0

The new Generate Report feature allows you to choose which attributes are exported (including a new attribute for capturing quantities), assign an order for the columns in your report, and specify a units format. You can even save your formatted report as a reporting template, to speed the process of re-running the same reports as the design changes.

Enhanced inferencing and tool improvements

Learning and utilizing SketchUp’s inference engine makes for fast and precise modeling. In this release, we’ve oiled that engine to provide slicker inferencing and locking across the board. This improvement is actually an entire set of smart tweaks we’ve made to inferencing and locking. Here’s a brief description of what’s new:

Improved Parallel and Perpendicular Inferences: We’ve improved parallel and perpendicular inference display along with the ability to force the last referenced edge or plane (depending on tool) with the down arrow. This is particularly handy for drawing extending edges on off-axis planes. Now when you are using the parallel and perpendicular inferences, sketchUp will highlight in magenta, the entity which direction is based off of. Also keep an eye out for the new “Extend Edge” tooltip with magenta highlighting when extending lines with the pencil tool.

Expanded Arrow Key locking: More tools now allow the use of arrow keys to quickly lock to a direction or plane. Each arrow key corresponds to a lockable color. Right = Red, Left = Green, Up = Blue, Down = Magenta. Additionally, you can now lock normals or rotation axis or surface normals prior to first click for tools that leverage a protractor or create a surface. These tools include Arc/Pie, Rotated Rectangle, Rotation, Protractor, Polygon, Circle and the Section Plane tool.

Arc/circle: SketchUp will now easily inference circle and arc centers. While we were at it, we improved SketchUp’s ability to visualize arc endpoints. Another bonus, you can now change the number of segments using new modifier keys (check out the status bar right after you’ve drawn an arc/circle).

Axes tool flexibility: A small but useful change: when changing axes orientation, you can now toggle through the exact axes you’d like to pick first using the Alt (PC)/Command (Mac) modifier.

Inference hidden, active section planes: SketchUp will now recognize intersection points with hidden section planes. This functionality extends to snapping to elements of a SketchUp model in LayOut too: pay attention for a new inference tip “Intersection with Hidden Section.”

Miscellaneous improvements: We’ve also tweaked the Move, Protractor, Offset, and Rotate tools with miscellaneous improvements to improve usability and close up a few loose ends. Additional improvements are identified in the “Tools” and “Inferencing” sections below.

Customizeable Utility Trays on Windows

On Windows machines, we’ve re-worked SketchUp’s floating utility dialogs (Styles, Scenes, Components, etc.) so that they neatly stack inside customizable, completely collapsible trays. This functionality also allows you to group dialogs that you may often use at the same time, and is incredibly useful for hiding, browsing, and revealing your go-to utilities.

Refreshed Textures

Textures make your models pop off the screen (and the page). In this release, we’ve reworked our default material libraries, adding contemporary textures and entirely new categories.

Support for High DPI Graphics

We’re now rendering all of SketchUp, LayOut, and Style Builder toolbar and cursor icons from vector graphics. This means they will scale well for a variety of resolution settings, with a much cleaner look and better sized icons on High DPI screens in particular.

Extensions Loading Policy

SketchUp now has three different Extension policies you can select that affect what extensions can and cannot be loaded when SketchUp starts. Starting with SketchUp 2016, Registered Extension Developers can claim their software by signing it digitally, saying “I made this”, but in a secure coded format. The three extension loading modes correspond to this digital signature that Registered Extension Developers add to their extension.

“Identified Extensions Only” mode means that SketchUp will only load extensions that have been signed by one of our Registered Developers.

“Approve Unidentified Extensions” will load all signed extensions, and pop up an approval dialog window on startup that that lets you manually select which unsigned extensions you would like to load.

“Unrestricted” mode will load all extensions, signed or unsigned. You can use this mode to continue to load old extensions that have not yet been signed by their author.

Visit the Help Center article for more information.

Welcome Dialog Refresh

We’ve given our Welcome Dialog a refresh for SketchUp 2016. Everything works mostly the same, but we’re happy to say that the “Start SketchUp” button is bigger than ever!

Knowledge Center Update

Our Knowledge Center has been rewritten and redesigned for this release. Content is now organized in a hierarchy of “books” that focuses on learning SketchUp’s tools in the context of using SketchUp.

Support for El Capitan and Windows 10

Our QA team has smashed and banged on these new operating systems enough to say that SketchUp 2016 is fully compatible with Apple’s El Capitan and Microsoft’s Windows 10.

SketchUp Exporters

With the release of SketchUp 2016 we no longer support the EPix file format for export. If you continue to use this exporter you'll need to downsave your SketchUp file to SketchUp 2015 or earlier and then export using that older version.

Bug Fixes/Small Improvements

In addition to the above, we’ve been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when importing an image into a model that had a corrupt image (0x0 size).
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when auto-folding certain geometry.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when copy/pasting geometry or closing models. This crash is caused by component instances that have bad definitions. We added a validity check to catch and repair this condition, so if you are crashing, especially on copy/paste, please go to Model Info > Statistics > Fix Problems to see if SketchUp finds and fixes an issue related to component instances.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when downloading a model from the 3D Warehouse by clicking on buttons rapidly.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when moving geometry and toggling auto-fold.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when changing arc segments in Entity Info. Added a new message to indicate if the number of segments is too large for a given angle and radius when changing arc segments in Entity Info.
  • Fixed a specific case in which a file could not be saved or fixed with a validity check related to a bad component. This led to a crash when closing the file.
  • Added a validity check to detect and fix components that have duplicate definition names (which can cause bugs/crashes when doing other things in SketchUp).
  • Many “under the hood” changes to resolve warnings and improve product stability.
  • (Win) Fixed a crash that could occur when closing out the Soften Edges dialog using certain key strokes.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when closing a file in SketchUp Viewer.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when undoing the pasting of certain components.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when opening and closing multiple large models.
  • (Mac) Fixed a hang that occur when closing the “Warning - Scenes and Styles” dialog.
  • Improved the performance of Stamp and Drape and other operations where geometry is intersected.
  • Improved the performance of erasing entities within groups in large models.
  • Improved the performance of undoing changes to geometry.
Trimble Connect
  • Located underneath the File menu on both Windows and Mac.
  • Requires use of a Google account to access Trimble Connect (either a Gmail account or an email associated with Google will work).
Generate Report 2.0 (New!)
  • The Metric system is now supported.
  • The ability to choose and order the report columns has been added.
  • One or more reports can now be saved with a model as a template for future use. Templates can also be duplicated and edited as needed.
  • The ability to filter based on component levels has been added.
  • Generate Report is a Pro only feature.
  • You must be online for the new version of Generate Report to work. Offline users will see the older version
  • Users with Internet Explorer 8 Installed will see the older version of Generate Report. Upgrade IE to version 9 or newer for best results.
3D Warehouse
  • Made the following UI changes:
    • Added a Window > 3D Warehouse menu item.
    • Renamed the *Get Models* button to *3D Warehouse”.
    • Added a new “3D Warehouse” component context sub-menu.
    • Moved the “Share Component” menu item to be under the new “3D Warehouse” component context sub-menu.
  • Fixed an issue where Unicode characters were not always maintained/404 errors were issued when downloading models with Unicode definition names/file names from 3D Warehouse.
  • Fixed an issue where an uploaded model could get out of sync with the model saved to disk - we now require that a model be saved before uploading.
  • Made the following set of changes to retain a component’s definition name and original filename when uploading and downloading models from 3D Warehouse and when importing and exporting components locally:
    • When downloading components from 3D Warehouse, SketchUp now retains the component’s original definition name and description (if defined) vs using the model’s 3D Warehouse title and description.
    • Changed SketchUp to remember the definition name of components on import vs overwriting the definition name with the component’s filename.
    • Added a Name field to Model Info > File to allow a user to directly specify the model’s name which will become the component’s definition name if that model is inserted as a component from 3D Warehouse or directly imported as a component.
    • When using the context Save As menu to save a component, SketchUp suggests the component’s original filename (if known) vs suggesting the component’s definition name.
  • Added the ability to upload the current model via the Upload Model command that is visible within the 3D Warehouse dialog (Window > 3D Warehouse > User menu).
  • (Win) SketchUp now returns to your last visited 3D Warehouse location during your current SketchUp session vs redirecting to the home page each time you call up the 3D Warehouse dialog.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where a suffix could be appended to the definition name of downloaded components.
  • Fixed an issue with the 2 Point Arc tool in which an arc endpoint could be misplaced when drawing in small dimensions. An excess line was created.
  • Fixed an issue where the edges were not removed when creating a fillet if the arc endpoint ended on another endpoint.
  • Fixed an issue where Arc and Pie detent radius tooltips were only displayed when parallel to an axis.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with the Arc and Pie tool drawing lines were hard-coded black and not using colors style-specific colors.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue in which the Rotated Rectangle, Arc, and Pie cursors were not updating based on clicks or typing values in the VCB (Measurements toolbar).
  • Fixed an issue where the Rotated Rectangle protractor was not displayed with dotted lines when on a back edge.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with the Rotated Rectangle tool where a line could remain while locking to an axis using the arrow keys.
  • Fixed an issue in which an edge could not be directly extended when the edge was too close to an axis line. With this fix, the more you zoom in, the smaller this snapping tolerance becomes allowing you to extend an edge easier and eliminate undesired snapping of edges to axes during tracing.
  • Fixed a crash with the Rotate tool when using Ctrl/Option in between typing in values in the VCB (Measurements toolbar).
  • Updated status bar for Paint Bucket to identify modifier keys for sampling materials.
  • Changed the hotspot for the Eraser tool to be smaller.
  • Fixed an issue where, when performing two offsets with manually selected items, the first offset could be undone.
  • Added new modifier keys to lock just protractor orientation for Rotate and Protractor tools.
  • Fixed an issue where pressing Shift would release a constraint that was locked using an arrow key.
  • Fixed an issue where an invalid input in the VCB (Measurements toolbar) broke the copy mode.
  • Improved consistency across drawing tools with using shift to lock through different point inferences (including endpoints, midpoints, arc centers, and guide points). This functionality is new to several tools.
  • Added inferencing when using the rotation handles within the Move tool.
  • Fixed an issue in which inference points could not always be found with the Move tool for points that were off of the gluing surface for glued groups or components. Expanded the list of inference types that can be found for this case.
  • Fixed an issue in which an incorrect parallel inference was found after undoing a rotation or move.
  • Fixed an issue in which an incorrect parallel inference was found after rotating an edge that was in a group or component.
  • Fixed an issue in which an incorrect parallel/perpendicular inference was found when editing a group or component and inferencing an edge of a rotated group or component.
  • Fixed an issue where Arc and Pie could show a parallel inference for a non-parallel edge.
  • Fixed an issue where the Circle and Polygon tools showed axis inferences when it wasn’t possible.
  • Fixed an issue in which a perpendicular inference couldn’t be found for Circle, Polygon, Rotate, and Protractor if the reference edge wasn’t parallel to the xy plane.
  • Updated protractor-based tools (e.g. Arc, Pie) and Circle/Polygon to ensure consistency with using shift to lock to a plane before first click instead of just locking orientation in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue in which Arc and Pie did not draw in the correct plane when using shift before first click.
  • Fixed an issue where the Rotated Rectangle tool was not showing Intersection, Guide Point, and On Face inferences.
  • Fixed an issue where the Arc and Pie tools were not showing Intersection inferences after first click.
  • Improved inferencing with Protractor tool while outside of a component/group.
  • Fixed an issue where the Center of a Circle could not be found when the Circle was contained within a Group.
  • Added arc segment “Midpoint” inferences and updated the actual arc midpoint to “Arc Midpoint”.
  • Fixed an issue where midpoints on Polygon segments could not be found if Polygon was split by an edge.
  • Fixed an issue where the Rotated Rectangle, Arc, and Pie tools were not always showing From Point inferencing along an axis.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue where the Tape Measure, Rotate, and Protractor lines did not turn magenta when parallel/perpendicular to an edge.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue where a magenta, dotted line was not drawn between the first and third points of a 3 Point Arc when parallel/perpendicular to an edge.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue where the Circle and Polygon radii were not turning bold when locked to an inference using shift.
  • Fixed a cosmetic issue with the 2 Point and 3 Point Arc tools where the drawing line could change appearance when locked using shift.
Support for High DPI Graphics
  • User may see graphics on certain Ruby Extensions that look small or low resolution, as the author for the extension may not have updated their graphics (Vector based graphics) to support High DPI yet.
  • (Win) When changing the screen resolution or scale% with multiple monitors, the monitor that is your ‘Main Display’ will be the one that controls how SketchUp will look when opened.
  • (Win) We support an unlimited number of screen resolutions, however, we currently only support a scale percentage change of up to 150%. Screen scale percentages set above 150% can result in unreadable menu items.
Operating systems: El Capitan & Win 10
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where importing Classifications was very slow.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where exporting 3D formats took an exorbitant amount of time.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the original file was not visible in Finder (or on the Desktop) after saving a file a second time.
  • (Mac) Fixed a crash that could occur when closing SketchUp in Full Screen Mode using the Red X or Command+W to close the window.
  • (Win) Fixed the issue where the user would lose the scroll bars on the Welcome Dialog, Templates tab, when the middle mouse wheel was used.
File Open / Save
  • (Win) Improved the look of the File > Open and File > Save dialogs.
  • (Win) Fixed the "File currently locked by another user" message that was seen when opening a file via double click when the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer was open.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where you could see a CFileException 5 error when saving a model multiple times in a row without waiting long between saves.
  • (Mac) Changed SketchUp to now correctly save files with the “staff” group vs the “wheel” group.
Fonts / 3D Text
  • (Mac) The Fonts dialog was refactored to fix the following:
    • Fixed an issue in which a fixed height text size could not be set. The height changes were applied as a font point size change.
    • Fixed an issue in which the height option was not working for Dimensions.
    • Fixed an issue in which 3D Text dialog did not always remember the last used typeface.
    • Fixed an issue in which the 3D Text dialog was resulting in 100% cpu usage while the dialog was open.
    • Provided a more complete fix for a crash on Yosemite when the dialog was opened.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where 3D Text could not be placed after clicking on a component in the Components browser.
Entity Info
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where Entity Info could sometimes get stuck at the top of your display window or be taller than expected.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where Entity Info could grow in size after SketchUp crashed.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue in the Entity Info dialog where the "Text Position" and Endpoints" labels were swapped for linear dimensions.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the description could be cut off in Entity Info when multiple locked entities were selected.
  • We removed the EULA license agreement from the installer. It is now displayed and must be agreed to at first launch by each unique user.
  • Changed SketchUp to display the major version number in the title bar.
  • Created new templates featuring Lisanne, one of our cheerful Customer Support representatives.
  • Fixed an issue where exploding components sometimes unsoftened softened edges.
  • Fixed an issue where hiding dialogs/minimizing SU smoothed/unsmoothed selected geometry.
  • Changed the Create Component dialog to remember what was last checked in the "replace selection with component" check box.
  • Fixed an issue where panning did not work in models with only construction points (e.g. point cloud models).
  • Fixed an issue where a blank component definition name could be added in the Create Component dialog.
  • Changed the section slice DWG exporter to export the model units (vs always exporting inches).
  • Renamed the Geo-location functionality in SketchUp to be more generic including:
    • renaming the location layers to “Location Terrain” and “Location Snapshot”.
    • renaming the “Google” toolbar to “Location”
    • removing the “Preview in Google Earth” button. Note: models can still be previewed in Google Earth by exporting them to the kmz format.
  • Added the ability to extend expiring (single-user) Enterprise licenses without a user needing to re-license SU.
  • Improved parsing of classification schema.
  • Added classification information to Model Info > Statistics.
  • Fixed an issue where the Aspect Ratio value chosen for animation exports was not saved between sessions.
  • Fixed a number of translation and truncation errors in our localized builds.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the Model Info dialog was not appropriately disabled (including the menu item) while editing a Match Photo.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the slider text on the Shadows dialog and toolbar did not always respect the current Window’s desktop theme.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the length snapping field in Model Info > Units updated to zero when changing precision.
  • (Win) Changed the default size of the Viewer application window to be larger.
  • (Win) Fixed an issue where the Add License button was unreachable at certain screen resolutions.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where textures created on Windows could not be edited via the "Edit Texture Image" context menu.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where the text seen when renaming a scene via right clicking on a scene tab was tiny on Retina displays.
  • (Mac) Fixed an issue where users were able to create duplicate named scenes in the Scenes dialog.
  • (Mac) Renamed the preference that checks for Software Updates in Preferences > General to “Allow checking for updates” to better reflect what the preference does.
  • (Mac) Increased the time interval that SU uses when it does a check to determine if you are online.

LayOut Release Notes

What’s New? LayOut cloud references

With this release, LayOut’s reference objects are now web friendly. That means your LayOut projects can reference and update files that are stored and synced with services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Trimble Connect Sync. When you reference a file from any of these services (.skp or otherwise), LayOut will notify you when an update is available for your ‘web reference.’ Say goodbye to missing references when different people are working on the same .layout document within a cloud sync folder that also contains the referenced files.

Small dimensions

A smart tweak to LayOut dimensions, our new ‘small dimension’ leaders ensure that text never interferes with arrows or extension lines, and that your dimensions always have room to stretch out when you’re working in confined spaces. When LayOut detects that your text strings are going to interfere with dimension arrows or extension lines, it will automatically pop-out your strings using a leader (customizable, of course!)

Loveable LayOut layers

We’ve improved pretty much everything about LayOut’s layers. Whether you’re grouping objects across layers, drawing objects on shared layers, or unearthing the bottom of a stacked viewport, our new layers are just plain better. Here’s how:

Multi-Layer Groups: Entities on different layers can now be grouped together. If you tried to do this in the past, you’d collapse your entire group onto one layer.

Maintaining Layers During Copy Paste: Copy/pasting entities now respects the layer assignments of the original entity (previously, everything would copy to the current layer). This should make it easier to copy/paste a SketchUp viewport (along with any grouped dimensions and labels) from one page to another and maintain layer assignments. If you’d like to paste to the current layer, choose Edit -> Paste to Current Layer, or use Cmd+Shift+V (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+V (Win).

‘Move to’ layer on context click: You can now move entities between layers with a context click. Use the new ‘Move to’ command, and then select from all unlocked layers. (In the past you could only move to the current layer, which was a multi-step process.)

Differentiating between shared/non-shared layers: In order to help users understand when they are creating or manipulating entities on a shared layer, we’ve added tool highlighting that displays a different color (red) when you are drawing or selecting elements on a shared layer. (You can customize this highlighting in LayOut Preferences > General).

Layer visibility maintained on new pages: If a layer is hidden on the current page, it will also be hidden on a newly added page.

Optimized PDF Export from LayOut

We are so happy to share that you can now choose to compress JPEG’s in your LayOut files when exporting PDF’s. Since every raster or hybrid rendered .skp viewport has a JPEG image, this leads to drastically smaller PDF exports from LayOut that still have a very high output resolution, but are much easier to share with others. One of our test files shrank from 115 MB down to 18 MB with very little loss in quality. Of course, you can choose your level of image compression on export, so that 115 MB PDF is still an option!

Support for El Capitan and Windows 10

Our QA team has smashed and banged on these new operating systems enough to say that SketchUp 2016 is fully compatible with Apple’s El Capitan and Microsoft’s Windows 10.

Documentation Improvements

Our Knowledge Center has been rewritten and redesigned for this release. Content is now organized in a hierarchy of “books” that focuses on learning LayOut’s tools in the context of using LayOut. Additionally, we have now provided links to all of LayOut’s Instructors that will direct you to the appropriate Knowledge Center article.

Bug Fixes/Small Improvements
DWG Exporter
  • We fixed paragraph formatting for dwg exports. The correct anchoring and alignment will be preserved for text boxes when exported to dwg.
  • We addressed the issue regarding unit inconsistency when exporting to dwg. Exporting to model space now picks up the unit set in LayOut’s document properties and exporting to paper space sets the units to millimeter if a metric unit was used, and inches if an imperial unit was used.
  • We fixed a crash that occurred when exporting a document with two or more layers named the same to dwg.
  • We set the dwg exporter to use a default scale of 1:1 when exporting to model space if no other scale was chosen.
  • We reworked the dwg exporter to change the color of black text to white when exported to model space. We did this to avoid having black text on a black background in AutoCAD viewers.
Layers and Pages
  • We addressed an issue that caused the thumbnail view in the Pages inspector to not update when a shared layer was deleted.
  • (Win) We fixed a bug that prevented the ability to reorder more than one layer or page at a time through multi-selection.
  • We fixed an issue that prevented the Layer’s visibility option from toggling when two documents were open.
  • We fixed an issue that caused the longest page name to be rendered when converting the page name auto-text tag to text if that tag was on a shared layer.
  • (Mac) We made the dialog that prompts you to either move or delete the entities on the layer when you delete the layer expandable so you can read the layer name if it was long.
  • We fixed an issue where undoing a layer reorder sets a different layer active.
User Interface
  • We addressed the issue that caused toolbar customization to be difficult if the toolbar was docked vertically or at the bottom.
  • We made several improvements to our button and icon artwork so that they appear nice and crisp on high dpi Windows and Mac machines.
  • (Win) We fixed an issue that caused the default text editor preference to be reset every time LayOut was restarted.
  • (Win) We fixed the issue that wasn’t updating the paper height when changed from A3 Portrait to Legal.
  • (Win) We increased the size of the collapse/expand arrow buttons for the inspector trays on high dpi Windows machines. These were previously a little too small.
  • We increased the height of each row in the Sets Pane within Style Builder to avoid the pixel length text from being clipped on high dpi Windows machines.
  • (Win) We increased the size of the Viewer toolbar icons within Style Builder.
  • We fixed a crash that could happen regularly while customizing toolbars on Windows.
  • We fixed an issue in the Japanese version of LayOut that caused a crash during font substitution.
  • (Mac) We fixed quite a few untranslated words in each of our localized builds for Mac.
Labels and Dimensions
  • We addressed an bug that prevented the sample tool from applying a style default to labels if a label was sampled.
  • We fixed a bug that would cause dimension text to report 0 if the dimension was resized. This would only happen if the dimension was not extended and was resized by itself (not resized by resizing the entity it was attached to).
  • (Mac) We moved the default scrapbooks and templates to the users’ folders and out of the app bundle. When the ones in the app bundle are modified, a copy is made so the original can be preserved.
  • We fixed a bug where sampling a pattern fill from within the scrapbook inspector wasn’t creating a permanent reference. When the document was reloaded, the reference would be missing.
  • We addressed an issue that prevented pdfs to be overwritten when saving to a FAT-32 formatted external storage device.
  • (Win) We fixed a bug in our text renderer that prevented the font Flux Architect from being used.
  • We fixed an issue that caused some fonts, namely cityblueprint, to not get preserved when after exported to pdf.

SketchUp API Release Notes

What’s New?

For a complete list of all new features and bug fixes, see the Release Notes page that we maintain for developers here: http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/developer/docs/releases

A new LayOut API

We’re proud to announce our first step towards an extension ecosystem for LayOut. Using this new API developers can now open, create, modify, save, and export .layout files. Practically, this means that other applications can import or export the .layout file format using the C API. (This includes creating a .layout file from SketchUp). We have several sample scripts for developers to try out at release. Check out the API documentation in the Developer Center for more information.

Digitally Signing Extensions - Extensions Loading Policy

With SketchUp 2016 we introduced the ability for users to select which Extension Loading Policy they want to use. The options are “Identified Extensions Only”, “Approve Unidentified Extensions”, and “Unrestricted.

The developer side of this feature is known as a Digital Signature. All SketchUp extensions for 2016 or later will now require a Digital Signature to run in the highest security mode - “Identified Extensions Only”. If the user has chosen “Approve Unidentified Extensions” then all signed extensions will load automatically and any unsigned extension will have to be approved by the user. All extensions signed and unsigned, will load in “Unrestricted” mode.

SketchUp installs in “Unrestricted” mode by default.

To digitally sign your extension, simply upload your .rbz package to our new Digital Signature and Encryption page and we will sign it and return it to you. Visit the new Extension Digital Signature page.

You will need to sign your extension each time you make code changes and want to re-release it. You will need to be a registered Developer on the Extension Warehouse to be able to sign or encrypt extensions. Apply here!

Ruby Encryption 2.0

Goodbye .rbs and Hello .rbe! We have added a new encryption that you can use to help protect your extension Intellectual Property (IP). SketchUp 2016 can read both .rbe and .rbs filetypes. This should help make sure that we maintain backwards compatibility for authors who need some time to re-encrypt their extensions. To use our new encryption, simply upload an unencrypted version of your .rbz package to our new Digital Signature and Encryption page and we will encrypt it and return it to you. Visit the new Extension Digital Signature page for more information.

You will need to be a registered Developer on the Extension Warehouse to be able to sign or encrypt extensions. Apply here!

Developer Center

Between the Extension Digital Signature Page we added, the new LayOut C API and a whole lot of future ideas and potential, we have decided to create a new central location to organize our developer resources, API documentation, etc. Visit (and bookmark!):

Observer Upgrades

We have been working on finding ways to make observers more stable and reliable for all developers. Most of these changes happen under the hood and are not entirely visible to developers. To help with that, we added a few Ruby Warnings that appear in the Ruby Console, and two debugging methods that will determine whether those warnings are shown: Sketchup.debug_mode= and Sketchup.debug_mode?. See this pdf for a more in depth look at the changes we made to the Observers.

SketchUp C API Parity - continued

We have focused on adding features to the SketchUp C API in 2016 to provide greater benefit to our developers and as part of our continued effort to fully deprecate and remove the old C++ API in the future. Below is a complete list of functions that we have added for 2016. We are continuing to add more until we gain enough coverage to consider the C API at feature parity with the deprecated C++ API.

SketchUp Pro 2015 and SketchUp Make 2015 - Maintenance Release 3

Released: February 5, 2015

15.3.331 - Windows 64­-bit
15.3.330 - Windows 32­-bit
15.3.329 - OS X 64­-bit

SketchUp Release Notes

General Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where the Dynamic Components and Classified badges were not always visible for online models in the Components browser.
  • Fixed an issue where the Component browser was showing an older model version than when downloading the component in a browser.
  • Fixed an issue where a Rotated Rectangle would incorrectly rotate when entering a length/width without an angle.
  • Changed the SketchUp Pro title bar to show trial days remaining when in a trial.
  • Windows: fixed an issue where thumbnails of SketchUp models were not visible in Windows Explorer on some machines.
  • Windows: fixed an issue where links on the Learn tab of the Welcome dialog wouldn’t open in a user’s default browser.
  • Mac: fixed an issue on Yosemite where month abbreviations did not fit in the Shadows dialog.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where Ruby tool icons could turn into an icon of a green zombie when the Ruby extension was removed or disabled.
  • Localization: various fixes for incorrect translations and truncated translations.

Stability Improvements:

  • Fixed a crash with the Push/Pull tool when using the VCB after pushing a face up twice, selecting undo, and then selecting the face.
  • Fixed a crash with the Push/Pull tool in a particular case when double clicking to repeat an operation and using the VCB.
  • Fixed a crash with the Offset tool when using the VCB after offsetting certain faces.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur in the Move tool when toggling on auto-fold during a copy.
  • Fixed a crash when exporting certain models with text to an animation.
  • Fixed a crash when exporting certain models with different style changes between scenes to an animation.
  • Fixed a crash when drawing lines connecting vertices in extremely large geometry.
  • Mac: fixed a crash when using Outliner to drag a component into another component which has subcomponents and is not yet expanded.
  • Mac: fixed a crash when switching to another application during an animation export.
  • Windows: fixed a crash that could occur on some machines when using Windows Explorer to view SketchUp models.
  • Windows: fixed a crash that could occur in certain complex models when exporting to .3ds, .obj, .xsi, or vrml file types.
  • Windows: fixed a crash when inserting certain components, undoing the insert, and pressing Escape while trying to drag/drop the component again.

Exporter and Importer Improvements:

  • IFC: added the ability to export transparent materials.
  • IFC: added the ability to export geometry that was classified as IfcSite, IfcBuilding, or IfcBuildingStorey.

LayOut Release Notes

General Fixes:

  • Fixed a bug on Windows related to particular fonts of symbol character sets (as opposed to ANSI) not properly rendering. We updated a text library to add support for symbol character sets, e.g., Flux Architect.
  • Fixed a bug with exploding labels and dimensions, where auto-text wouldn't work anymore after undoing the explode.
  • We put in a fix that changes the horizontal constrainment behavior of the label leader. The label tool will now constrain the second leader line to horizontal. Previously, the user needed to hold Shift to constrain to horizontal.
  • Fixed a dwg export issue that would cause some templates to export with a landscape orientation when portrait was expected and vice versa.
  • Fixed a bug where window restoration would interfere with LayOut's ability to show the recovered files at launch after a crash.
  • Fixed a Yosemite bug where LO's font panel accessory view wouldn't be correctly initialized when the font panel was restored (if previously open when LO quit).
  • Fixed a bad German translation for the text that appears in the delete layers dialog.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the version number from showing in the About dialog for some localized versions of Style Builder.
  • Mac only: Fixed a bug that caused scrapbooks to save to the app bundle instead of the users’ application support directory or any custom directory.
    If you have created scrapbooks in LayOut 2015, you will need to copy them from /Applications/SketchUp 2015/ LayOut.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Scrapbooks/ before you delete the old version of LayOut, or they will be lost (if you are running a localized build, replace ‘English.lproj’ with the localized version you have installed).
SketchUp Pro 2015 and SketchUp Make 2015 - Maintenance Release 2

Released: December 18, 2014

15.2.685 - Windows 64­-bit
15.2.687 - Windows 32­-bit
15.2.686 - OS X 64­-bit

SketchUp Release Notes


  • Fixed a crash that occurred at program startup on some computers.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur while exporting certain complex models.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when changing the number of segments in a circle or polygon.
  • Fixed an issue that caused SketchUp Make to launch with a “SketchUp Pro is expired” dialog on some computers.
  • Fixed an issue where escaping from the Classifier tool resulted in no tool being active.
  • Added all currently supported IFC export Types to the IFC exporter Options dialog.
  • Fixed an issue where certain labels on the Welcome dialog could temporarily be blank after entering a license.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where SketchUp could lag when switching from a document that has lots of scenes to a different document with few or no scenes.

LayOut Release Notes


  • Windows: fixed an issue where the gray text could go missing in the label attribute picker.
  • Fixed the issue that was causing the left align button icon to include the tool text when dragged to a toolbar (customizing toolbars).
  • Windows: fixed a rare crash in LayOut that would occur during the close process.
  • Fixed a rare crash due to a problem within the text inspector when LayOut launches.
SketchUp Pro 2015 and SketchUp Make 2015 - Maintenance Release 1

Released November 21st, 2014

Version Numbers:
15.1.106 - Windows 64-bit
15.1.105 - Windows 32-bit
15.1.104 - OS X 64-bit


Bug Fixes

  • Windows users who installed SketchUp directly into a root of a drive, or into a network path that did not begin with a driver letter, or into a path with unicode characters in it would crash on startup. We have fixed this issue so that installing to these locations no longer crashes. We strongly recommend that users not install SketchUp into a path with unicode characters, as this can still cause Ruby errors.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the flyout picker button would disappear on Mac as you typed custom text.
SketchUp Pro 2015 and SketchUp Make 2015

Released November 3rd, 2014

Version Numbers:
Microsoft Windows 64-bit: 15.0.9350
Microsoft Windows 32-bit: 15.0.9351
Mac OS X: - 15.0.9349


What's New?

64-bit application

We’ve updated the SketchUp engine to run as a 64-bit application on both PC and Mac operating systems. What exactly does this mean? The least nerdy way to explain it is that 64-bit allows for more bandwidth between SketchUp and your computer’s active memory. Theoretically, the 64-bit version of SketchUp should have a better working relationship with your 64-bit computer. Check out this article for more details including things you need to know about installing 64-bit SketchUp.

If you don’t have a 64-bit Windows machine, we’re still offering a 32-bit version for Windows machines.

On the Mac, given that all of our supported operating systems are 64-bit, SketchUp 2015 is available only in 64-bit.

Learn more about OS support here. Note that we have dropped support for Windows Vista, XP and OSX 10.7 Lion with this release.

Face Finder improvements

We’ve mined and optimized the code for Face Finder, one of the core under-the-hood operations that make SketchUp’s magic possible. Face Finder is the code that runs whenever SketchUp automatically creates a face from coplanar edges. Think for a second about how often that happens. When we tested this sharpened code on large models, we found big performance improvements in operations like Explode and Intersect.

Rotated Rectangle

For a few years now, we hosted a wildly useful, but not wildly popular Rotated Rectangle extension. This extension allows you to draw non-90 degree rectangles on the ground. The folks who used this tool found it extremely handy, so we decided to build it into SketchUp with some significant enhancements. SketchUp 2015’s official Rotated Rectangle tool lets you draw off-axis rectangles at any angle (and not necessarily on the ground). Give it a try: we bet it’ll make you feel like you’re using SketchUp for the very first time again.

3 Point Arc

Who said SketchUp only does boxes? With the addition of a 3 Point Arc tool, there are now four different ways to draw arc’d edges in SketchUp. This new arc tool lets you define an arc bulge via the arc’s end point. If you’re trying to set an exact intersection along the path of your arc, this tool is for you. In contrast, the good ole’ 2 Point Arc tool asks you to choose two points and then define a bulge by the midpoint. The point is, now your arcs are up to you.

New licensing system

We’ve replaced our licensing system to make it much more friendly. Here are some of the high points:

  • SketchUp now starts with a 30 day trial of SketchUp Pro. Our trial period used to be 8 hours of active use; we’re excited to give you more time to try out everything we have to offer!
  • There are no longer separate licenses for PC and Mac. Single-user and network licenses are now platform independent.
  • Single-user Licenses
    • We’ve simplified how single user licenses are added. Just select Help > License (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > License (Mac OS X), copy/paste the serial number and authorization code you received via an e-mail and click the Add License button. Or click the Advanced... link, paste in your license information and click Add License. It is that easy!
    • If you’ve purchased a new SketchUp Pro license or a renewal of your Maintenance & Support plan, you should receive an email with your SketchUp Pro 2015 license within 48 hours of launch. Check your email, or look up your 2015 license using our wizard.
    • If it’s been more than a year since you’ve bought a SketchUp Pro license or renewed your Maintenance and Support plan, you’ll need to enroll in or renew a Maintenance & Support plan to upgrade your license for SketchUp Pro 2015. You can do this using our License Wizard (Note: you’ll need to have your existing license information handy).
  • Network Licenses
    • License management now happens in the cloud! This is huge - no more creating a shared folder on a local server and no more “license file” that you need to generate.
    • Network licenses are added the same way single user licenses are added. Just select Help > License (Microsoft Windows) or SketchUp > License (Mac OS X), copy/paste the serial number and authorization code you received via an e-mail and click the Add License button. Or click the Advanced… link, paste in your license information and click Add License.
    • No setup is required by an IT manager to, well, manage the license. Trimble runs the licensing servers that SketchUp checks in with on startup to make sure you are not exceeding the licensed number of simultaneous users.
    • No more LAN restrictions. Since the license exists in the cloud, the computers using network licenses just need an Internet connection. Your network will, however, need to allow access to ports 5053 and 50530.
    • If you need to work offline, you can "check out" a floating license before you go offline for seven days, then return it to the pool of licenses when you get back online.

Fast Styles

Styles are an incredibly powerful (and fun) feature in SketchUp, but very few SketchUp users understand that style choices heavily affect modeling speed. We went ahead and badged those styles that help SketchUp operate smooth and fast. Specifically, Fast Styles are those that place less demand on your computer’s microprocessors, and instead render primarily through your graphics card. You can learn more about Fast Styles and how to create your own here.

IFC Import and Classifier enhancements (SketchUp Pro Only)

This is the second release in a row that we’ve beefed up SketchUp Pro’s capabilities to participate in information modeling. This time around, we’ve added an IFC importer to allow the exchange of information between SketchUp and other “BIM” applications in both directions. This is a big deal and another proof point of our belief that your data belongs to you.

We’ve also sharpened the Classifier tool, providing an easier way to erase classification Types and allowing you to export additional Types (IfcProject, IfcSite, IfcBuilding, IfcBuildingStorey, IfcSpace, IfcFooting).

Ruby API improvements

Along with upgrading SketchUp’s API to 64-bit, we’re also introducing some new developer-facing features. In particular, SketchUp 2015 is the first release where developers have access to and control of information modeling classifications. We also added new API features to allow developers to create licensed extensions. On top of all that, we also made improvements for materials, cameras, section cuts, and there’s a big list of of other enhancements and bug fixes. See here for more details.

Trimble Vision Technology Integration

Imagine Match Photo on steroids and you’ve got our SketchUp integration with Trimble Vision. The integration involves Trimble Vision instruments like the V10 and Trimble Business Center. Essentially the Trimble V10 is a super camera that uses GPS and Total Station technology to accurately position and orient multiple photographs. The combination of the V10 and the processing power of Trimble Business Center lets you bring multiple site photographs directly into SketchUp (via an exported SketchUp model) with their correct camera positions, orientations and corrected for image distortion; so you don't need to use any vanishing lines in SketchUp's Match Photo. Just set up your axes once and you're ready to use all of your site photographs to generate model geometry. See here for more details.

Bug Fixes/Small improvements

In addition to the above, we’ve been heads down fixing bugs and adding some smaller features:


  • Improved the Polygon tool to allow the creation of both circumscribed and inscribed polygons via a modifier key (Ctrl on Microsoft Windows, Option on Mac OS X).
  • Added the ability to delete all in model materials.
  • We renamed the Plugins menu to Extensions to be more inline with our current naming conventions. This should not break existing plugins. Adding a menu item to the Plugins menu will still work, but that menu item will be added to the Extensions menu instead.
  • Fixed an issue where DWG/DXF files imported into other applications were scaled incorrectly if SketchUp and the other application were not using inches.
  • Fixed an issue where Intersect with Selection would fail when it should have worked.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause glued components to move when moving other model geometry.
  • Fixed an issue where Guide lines could fail to display or could display incorrectly in some models.
  • Fixed an issue where the Axes tool could fail to display in some scenes.
  • Improved the error message you see when a component created in a newer version of SketchUp is imported into an older version of SketchUp.
  • Fixed an issue where Entity Info could display incorrect information when components and groups are selected.
  • Fixed an issue that caused ground shadows for profile edges to sometimes draw incorrectly.
  • Fixed the Measurements toolbar to no longer cut off labels.
  • Changed Entity Info to report the correct value for a polygon perimeter.
  • Windows: Added the ability to export TIFF and PNG images with a transparent background.
  • Windows: Fixed an issue that caused the error message “Invalid length entered” when trying to change the point size of text after changing Unit precision.
  • Windows: Changed the active component thumbnail displayed at the top of the Components browser to show Dynamic Component and Classified badges.
  • Windows: Fixed an issue where thumbnails for SketchUp models were not visible when using Windows Explorer on 64-bit machines.
  • Mac: Added the ability to export animations using the Theora codec.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue that caused the BugSplat dialog to not be displayed on some machines.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where icons for Ruby commands on the main toolbar were not visible until clicking File > New.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where the incorrect scene tab could be highlighted when using the Scenes dialog to select a scene whose scene tab is not visible.
  • Mac: Changed the Styles dialog to disable Back Edges when Edges are unchecked and to disable Depth Cue, Extensions, Endpoints, and Jitter when Profiles are unchecked.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where you could create blank layers when working in the Layers toolbar.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where duplicate styles could be created when saving new styles.
  • Mac: Fixed a bug where the Restore Defaults button for animation export was not restoring all defaults.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where the files that are shown as available for import were incorrect when switching between import formats.


  • Fixed an issue where move/copy could be very slow when copying geometry.
  • Fixed an issue where, in some models, the Edit menu displayed slowly.
  • Fixed an issue where, in some models, performance could drop after clicking Model Info > Statistics.
  • Improved the performance of Model Info > Statistics which previously could lag when viewing statistics for large models.


  • Fixed a long-standing crash that could happen when stamping and draping entities.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when changing Arc segments.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when dividing a circle and push pulling it.
  • Mac: Fixed a very frequent image-related crash that could occur when working in models (many different actions triggered it).

Arc and Pie tools

  • Changed the Arc tools to more easily create fillets
    • Dragging out an arc from an edge now shows a tangent arc (colored blue) vs a dotted line.
    • Double clicking when the fillet turns magenta completes the fillet.
    • Double clicking on a face near a vertex connecting two edges automatically creates a fillet with the last used radius, allowing you to quickly fillet multiple corners with the same radius.
  • Arc and Pie tools: Added the ability to click-drag on the first click, allowing the setting of the protractors plane.
  • Arc and Pie tools: Added the ability, after the first click, to inference another object and lock that inference.
  • Arc and Pie tools: Added the ability, when defining the second arc point, to find the intersection between the arc being drawn and an extension from an existing line that intersects it.
  • Arc and Pie tools: Changed the tools to display a full protractor on tool activation.
  • 2 Point Arc tool: Added the ability to enter circle sides.
  • Arc tools: Fixed a bug where the Measurements toolbar label could be wrong when entering multiple values.

Mac OS X 10.10 - Yosemite

  • Fixed a crash that occurred when using the Fonts dialog.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when hiding components via the Outliner.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an "atos needs to take control" message to pop up when SketchUp crashed.
  • Fixed an issue where Ruby tool icons were not displayed in the main toolbar when relaunching SketchUp.
  • Fixed a bug where the Instructor dialog failed to close unless it was minimized.

Classifier/IFC exporter

  • Made it easier to erase Types from objects via adding a modifier key that puts the Classifier tool into erase mode.
  • Fixed an issue where copy/pasting a component several times could cause duplicated GUIDS (used by the IFC exporter).
  • Added the ability to import classification systems with circular dependencies.
  • Type data is now sorted alphabetically.
  • Added the ability to undo some actions that were missing (e.g. setting the active Type, importing a classification system and deleting a classification system).
  • Changed the Classifications panel to allow deleting only one classification system at a time to fix several issues related to deleting multiple, simultaneous classifications.
  • Windows: Added the ability to import SKC and XSD files simultaneously (previously they were separate import options that were not saved).
  • Windows: Improved the appearance of the Simplify button.
  • Mac: Fixed an issue where schema names could temporarily disappear from Model Info when copy/pasting a classified component.


  • Various fixes to address incorrect and missing translations.
  • Windows: Fixed an issue where Add Location would fail when using a user name with Unicode characters.
  • Made a change to no longer translate “Extension Warehouse” and “3D Warehouse”.
  • Windows: Fixed the File Locations preference to be correct when using a user name with Unicode characters.
  • Windows: Fixed an issue where the Customize Toolbars dialog was not translated on some configurations.

Matched Photo/Image Igloo

In order to support the Trimble Vision Technology Integration feature listed above, we made the following enhancements:

  • Added a Photo Point tool on the Match Photo dialog that allows the picking of a point you are trying to locate which will cast a Guide line from the eye through a Matched photo. Once cast, the point you clicked on can be found in 3D by picking along the Guide line in another Matched Photo scene.
  • Enhanced the Image Igloo tool to better handle V10 image data, including adding new modifier keys for navigating between the model’s images.
  • Enhanced the warning message you see when editing an API-created Matched Photo scene.
  • Prevented vanishing points from being created when editing an API-created matched Photo scene.
  • Added the ability for users to change the axes location for API-created Matched Photo scenes.
  • Added Instructor content for the Image Igloo tool.
  • Fixed a bug where scene names could fail to display when using the Image Igloo tool.


What's New?


We have 64-bit versions of LayOut and Style Builder on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows! We still offer the 32-bit version on Microsoft Windows.

Two-segmented labels

We overhauled the label tool! You can now conveniently place beautiful, two-segmentented leader labels that can easily be aligned with other labels to give your drawings a polished, professional appearance.

Label auto-text

While we were at it, we made the label tool a lot smarter. When you place a label on a model, you’ll be given the opportunity to choose any of the information associated with it as the label text. Pick an attribute of a dynamic component, a BIM classification type, or simply the area of a face. Because the label tags are auto-text, they will automatically update as you update the model.


Spell checking

We added spell checking to our Windows version. This will only work on Windows 8 and 8.1 machines. Mac already has this feature.


You can now perform actions on more than one layer or page by shift-selecting any number of layers or pages.

Dynamic vector model loading

We now wait to load vector models until the page is viewed instead of at the time of document load. This offers a performance increase when documents are opened.

Shared connections

We’ve updated our global connections manager. You can now have connections between entities and auto-text on shared layers.


We’ve upgraded versions of some of our 3rd party libraries. These include the pdf exporter and the UI and text editor on Windows.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed an issue where documents with metric units and using a tool whose output of a drawing event featured polar coordinates would be wrong by a factor of 25.6 degrees.
  • Fixed a JPEG export issue when a document’s paper size had been changed after it had been started. The image export would not respect the new paper size dimensions.
  • Fixed an issue where Section planes would disappear from the model after entering and exiting 3D edit mode, if the style was set to a modified active style.
  • Fixed Label and Dimension connections to SketchUp models or LayOut elements which weren’t preserved after the following events:
    • Layers were shared.
    • Pages were duplicated.
    • Entities were copy and pasted.
    • Entities were made into scrapbooks and inserted into the document.
  • Mac: Fixed a crash on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) which would occur while labeling and then switching to another application using Command + Tab.
  • We touched up a few tool icons. These were the New, Open, Save, Print, Paste, and Delete buttons.
  • Mac: Fixed a limitation in Style Builder that would only allow you to choose up to four strokes per set when generating a template.


  • Fixed an issue where commas, which were being used as decimal separators, were not working as such while interacting with the Measurements toolbar.


  • We relaxed the frequency of file I/O by caching scale information. Before, the constant I/O could have lead to a crash.


  • We fine-tuned the vector rendering engine to more accurately detect and eliminate what would have previously been considered “noise” during the render event.
  • Fixed an issue when using hybrid render mode on a SketchUp model and toggling “Preserve Scale on Resize. Resizing would cause the underlying raster image of the model to change but not it’s vector lines.
  • Fixed an issue where LayOut wasn’t respecting the auto-rendering setting after changing from raster to vector/hybrid.
  • Fixed an issue where Profile and Section Cut edge lines would disappear from a model when vector rendered - if edges had been turned off within SketchUp’s Style settings.
  • Fixed Section Cut edge lines that would disappear if rendered in Hybrid mode.
  • LayOut will now load potentially corrupt documents by discarding the corrupted page(s) and load the remaining healthy pages.
  • Fixed an issue where SketchUp components that use the Cut Opening option in Styles were rendering neighboring faces with the wrong color. This only happened when using Vector rendering.

Trimble Connect for SketchUp Release Notes

Trimble Connect is the Trimble Buildings’ online collaboration platform. Think of it like a private 3D Warehouse, just for building project assets. Upload SKP’s, DWG’s, DXF’s, IFC’s, PDF’s and share with team members. Trimble Connect is built off the GTeam platform, meaning that it enables sharing, reviewing and commenting in a web browser.

Alongside the SketchUp 2015 launch, we are proud to release Trimble Connect for SketchUp, an extension that links your SketchUp models to Trimble Connect. Once you download and install the extension, you can:

  • Sign-up for and sign-in to a Trimble Connect account
  • Publish, download, and update SketchUp models hosted on Trimble Connect.
  • Access and update reference models from Trimble Connect (which is kind of like importing a component model, then reloading it.)

Trimble Connect is rolling out across the entire Trimble Buildings portfolio of products. That means that SketchUp, Tekla, Vico, MEP customers can all upload and pull-down projects from Trimble Connect. From our point of view, this is the first time that design-build stakeholders have had a shared workspace. Trimble Connect starts with a free trial that gives you one project workspace to tinker with.

SketchUp 2014 - Maintenance Release 1

Released 6/3/2014

Version Numbers:
Win: 14.1.1282
Mac: - 14.1.1283


  • Fixed the File > Generate Report functionality which was failing to generate a report.
    Note: if you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 over a previous version of SketchUp 2014, you will need to go to the Extension Warehouse and update the Dynamic Components extension to receive this fix. If you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 for the first time, no further action is needed.
  • Fixed a "Callback function" error that could occur when a single non-component (or non-group) entity was selected and Component Options dialog was opened.
  • Fixed the Component Browser search box to no longer show the text "Is:downloadable" when paging through search results.
  • Fixed an issue where shadows did not update properly when switching between scenes in models where scene transitions were turned off and the "Shadow setting" Property to Save was unchecked.
  • Changed the status bar text for the Paint tool to fix some text that was incorrect.
  • Windows: fixed an issue where the units displayed in the model were not always correct after changing them in Model Info > Units. This issue showed up when viewing the dimensions of materials and when selecting arc, curve and circle entities.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where Photo Texturing could fail after uploading a model to the 3d Warehouse.
    Note: if you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 over a previous version of SketchUp 2014, you will need to go to the Extension Warehouse and update the Photo Textures extension to receive this fix. If you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 for the first time, no further action is needed.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where dropdown toolbar icons could sometimes disappear, leaving only arrows.
  • Mac: updated the Advanced Camera Tools so that the + and - keys work again.
    Note: if you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 over a previous version of SketchUp 2014, you will need to go to the Extension Warehouse and update the Advanced Camera Tool extension to receive this fix. If you are installing SketchUp 2014 M1 for the first time, no further action is needed.
  • Added the ability to import classification systems that reference external files.
  • Fixed the filter box to accurately find Type information when searching on a keyword that matches the classification system name.
  • Added an error message when importing classification systems that have circular dependencies (which are currently not supported).
  • Fixed an issue where duplicate attributes could be seen when importing certain classification systems.
  • Relaxed the strict format requirements for the "created" and "modified" date fields in the documentProperties.xml file within the SKC format.
  • Windows: fixed a crash that could occur when doing a File > New after canceling a classification import.
  • Mac: fixed a crash that occurred when filtering on a keyword and toggling simplification in models with multiple classification systems.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where the IFC Options Cancel button didn't cancel changes made to the options.
  • Unicode languages: fixed a very common crash that could occur when saving some models with validity errors.
  • Made numerous fixes for incorrect translations.
Ruby - Please review our Ruby Release Notes here.
  • Mac: changed the deprecated SDK (SkpReader) to be able to read SketchUp 2014 files.
SketchUp Viewer
  • Mac: fixed an issue that caused SketchUp Viewer to crash when launching it on a machine where SketchUp was not installed.


Bug Fixes:
  • Mac: Model surfaces containing "cut opening" components would sometimes disappear when vector or hybrid rendered, revealing linework that should have otherwise been hidden.
  • Mac: LayOut would freeze or crash during a vector or hybrid render of certain models and has been resolved.
  • Windows: The thumbnail list of pages in the Page Inspector was not properly refreshing when switching between 2 or more open documents. Upon switching to another open document, the Page Inspector would continue to show the previous document's thumbnails.
SketchUp 2014

Released 2/27/2014
Version Numbers:
Win: 14.0.4900
Mac: 14.0.4899


Issues Fixed:

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading models with invalid match photo images.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when opening models containing images with certain Exif data on them.
  • Fixed an issue where certain models with large textures and nicer transparency could become unusable after toggling x-ray mode off and on.
  • Fixed an issue where SketchUp could appear to hang after switching between a scene with no transparency and one with nicer transparency.
  • Fixed the Layers toolbar to perform a case-insensitive sort when sorting layers.
  • Fixed an issue where 64-bit 4 x 16-bit RGBA alpha images displayed opaque.
  • Fixed an issue where artifacts could be seen when holding down the left mouse button and moving the mouse rapidly with the Select tool active.
  • Fixed an issue where drag selection did not always work properly after doing a triple-click select.
  • Changed the units display of areas and volumes to now follow ISO conventions - e.g., we now display 100 mm2 vs 100 Millimeters2
  • Added better error reporting when entering the wrong type of license to SketchUp.
  • Changed the Text tool to report the xyz coordinate location when adding text to construction points.
  • Windows: fixed a common crash that could occur when opening certain models with large images on XP.
  • Windows: fixed an issue where thumbnail images in the Component Options dialog did not display for standard, non-admin users.
  • Windows: fixed an issue where cancelling from saving a file with the "File > Save As" menu resulted in a failure to prompt you to save unfinished work.
  • Windows: fixed an issue where material (*.skm) files saved on Windows would not display material thumbnails on the Mac.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where in model materials were not visible until opening or creating a model.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where the Layers toolbar did not change the current layer.
  • Mac: fixed Photo Textures to accurately grab textures on Retina displays.
User Interface
  • Added, to the Getting Started toolbar, new drop down toolbars that group together tool sets.
  • Changed the Draw menu to group certain tool sets together.
  • Changed the Large Tool Set on the PC to be fixed at 2 columns and to dock vertically.
  • Fixed a bug where the status bar was not showing text when hovering over a menu or toolbar.
  • Changed the "Zoom Extents" context menu to "Zoom to Selected" to more accurately describe what it does.
  • Mac: fixed a Mavericks-specific bug where snappy dialogs don't stay together when they are collapsed/expanded.
  • Mac: fixed an issue where SketchUp would not remember that Ruby toolbars were opened.
  • Mac: fixed a case where a snappy dialog stack containing the Styles dialog could break apart when being expanded/collapsed.
  • Mac: added a warning message when deleting a scene via the scene context menu.
  • Windows: increased the size of the face style buttons in the Styles browser.
Exporters and Importers
  • We updated the DWG libraries to support AutoCAD 2013.
  • Fixed an issue with the DWG importer where some arcs could import inverted/displaced.
  • Fixed an issue where some *.kmz files failed to import into SketchUp.
  • Mac: DWG import now imports solid, region and body entities!
  • Mac: fixed animation export to work when specifying a custom frame size.
  • Windows: fixed EPS export to work and no longer create blank files.
  • Windows: fixed mp4 animation export to no longer drop frames right before the video pauses on each scene.
  • Windows: fixed an issue where you saw an "Unable to create video file" error when exporting animations to the mp4 format with certain custom settings.
  • Hidden geometry made visible via View > Hidden geometry used to incorrectly cast a shadow. With SU 2014, it no longer casts shadows.
  • Fixed an issue where, if the "enable transparency" setting is turned off, SketchUp would ignore that setting and still treat faces as transparent for shadow casting, resulting in shadows not being cast that should have been.
  • Fixed an issue where face me components with transparent materials that should not cast shadows (opacity < 70), previously cast shadows.
  • Fixed an issue where edge shadows were incorrectly cast when a section plane lies right on a face.
  • Fixed an issue where, in models with faces that are slightly non-planar, stringy shadows could be seen.
Ruby API
  • We upgraded the Ruby API runtime to Ruby 2.0 with full Standard Library, giving Developers a better platform for creating new SketchUp tools and one that offers improved support for non-English characters, section planes, text and dimensions and more.
    If you use Ruby plugins, be sure to read this article which explains how to migrate your plugins to SketchUp 2014. If you don't follow these instructions, some of your plugins may not work!
    If you are a Ruby Developer, check out our Developer Release Notes to see what has changed.

Known Issues:

  • Windows: units displayed for materials, arcs, curves and circle entities can be incorrect after changing your model's units. To work around this issue, open SketchUp using a template that has your desired units - SketchUp is currently using that template to determine the units for these entities.
  • Mac: when opening large models, toolbar icons on the new Drop Down toolbars can disappear as shown in the following. Note: though this looks scary, the drop down menus will still work if you select them.
  • Mac: SketchUp does not clean up after itself when closing models. If you are closing lots of models on the Mac, memory can increase and eventually, SketchUp can crash.
  • Mac: SketchUp can issue an error ("NoMethodError: undefined method ‘size=' for nil:NilClass".) after uploading a model to the 3D Warehouse and grabbing a Photo Texture. To work around this issue, open the Component Options dialog or re-launch SketchUp.
  • Although, SketchUp can import a valid XSD file or collection of files that use the "http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" namespace, the following are known issues with parsing the format:
    • The XML Schema format allows for circular importing of XSD files (i.e. two files referencing each other with the element). At this time, SketchUp does not allow for this type of circular dependency.
    • The XML Schema format allows for externally referenced XSD files. At this time, SketchUp will fail to import XSD files that reference external files. A workaround is to download the externally referenced file and change the path in the parent XSD file to point to the local copy.
    • Any <xsd:list> or <xsd:choice> attributes will not appear in the Component Options dialog (where classification attribute data is displayed). We may expose these in future versions of SketchUp.
  • De-classifying entities is confusing. Currently, to de-classify a component/group, you must pull down the Type drop down and re-select the Type you originally selected. We will make this process easier in a future release.
3D Warehouse

Things to know:

  • Our new integrated WebGL viewer, which allows you to preview and orbit models in full 3D before downloading them into your own project, is accessible via the "View 3D Views of this model" button when viewing a model in the 3D Warehouse. The WebGL viewer works in WebGL enabled browsers - you can find out if your web browser is WebGL enabled by clicking here.
  • If you used the previous 3D Warehouse and had an avatar image associated with your account, that image will not be shown to other users by default for privacy reasons until you log in to the Warehouse.
  • We have improved the web upload form to support SketchUp (.skp) and KMZ file formats. This means you now have the option to upload SketchUp models via SketchUp's embedded 3D Warehouse window (File > Share Model & File > Share Component), or when signed in to 3D Warehouse via your web browser and clicking Upload Model from the user menu. Note: The web upload form supports the upload of new models: it does not support the upload of edited versions of models that have previously been uploaded to 3D Warehouse.
  • Models on 3D Warehouse can either be private or public and all public models are downloadable. If you had a model on the old 3D Warehouse that was set to 'public but not downloadable' that model is now private and you have the option of either keeping it private, or making it public.

Known issues:

  • Windows: the WebGL viewer currently does not work when launching the 3D Warehouse from within SketchUp due to older versions of Internet Explorer not supporting WebGL. The good news is that WebGL will be supported in future versions of Internet Explorer.
  • The 3D Warehouse no longer supports collaborator access control levels. If you owned a model on Google's 3D Warehouse and invited collaborators, you will remain the owner, and collaborators will no longer have access to your model. This means that users who had access to your private models, owned by you, will no longer be able to view or edit those private models.
  • 5-star ratings and reviews are no longer available. We are working on a simpler "like" mechanism.
  • On the Mac, logging into the 3D Warehouse via SketchUp will log you into the same account in Safari. We will change this behavior in a future release.

Issues fixed:

  • On Macs, templates, scrapbooks, and pattern fills would disappear if you had moved LayOut.app from it's default install location to somewhere else on your hard drive.
  • When a scene was aligned to a section plane, dimension measurements were incorrect. Views aligned to a section plane will now have paper space dimensions, just like standard top/front/right/etc. views did previously.
  • LO used to crash on close if the user didn't have write-access for their PLO or xml files. LO will now display an error dialog if it fails to write the PLO file, and will no longer crash.
  • The ending arrowhead of a polygon was drawing in the wrong location (usually in the center of the polygon).
  • The use of maximum texture size and hardware acceleration SketchUp was not reflected in LayOut. Now, all OpenGL settings from SU are reflected in LayOut. The use of hardware acceleration is carried over into LayOut. Also, high resolution images and textures brought into LayOut will be the same size as they were in SketchUp.
  • Pattern Fills inside groups were not appearing in the "In-Document Patterns" list.
  • Trying to save a corrupt file would also corrupt the autosaved file. We now detect the case where an auto-save is available (and newer than the saved document), and allow the user to revert to the auto-saved version.
  • Chinese and Japanese Input method editor (IME): there was some focus confusion between the IME and the in edit text cell. This was causing the IME to fail to update the the edit cell.
  • The IME window position and font size was not correctly updating if the user had zoomed or scrolled during a text edit.
  • Scaling about center using the the alt modifier on a SketchUp model was not respecting the "Preserve Scale on Resize" option.
  • Picking through styles, we found that a SketchUp model would sometimes not update to the style selected. This despite the expected style being highlighted in the Styles tab.
  • On Macs, the Ungroup button was not working if added from the Customize Toolbar dialog.
  • Radians would sometimes show if angle degrees had been selected in the Dimensions inspector (and vice versa).
  • LayOut pointer icons were inverted on 64-bit machines running Windows XP. This fix will require the user to add a special key to the SketchUp Preferences registry.
  • Undoing a layer deletion (with all of the entities on that layer) would put the layer back, but not it's deleted entities.
  • Line break logic for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages was not right for line closing and line beginning punctuation marks during a text edit.
  • Sometimes rendering a SketchUp model in Vector or Hybrid would show lines that shouldn't be there (and wouldn't be there in a Raster rendering).
  • Right-clicking on blank space would clear the selection set. We improved this by showing the blank-space-context-menu while maintaining the selection set.
  • If a save fails we now offer to restore the auto-saved version or revert.
  • On Windows, you couldn't change text font as you were creating the text. In order to change the font, you had to first create the text then select the text and change the font. This occurred with the Text and Label tools.
  • There was an extraneous space between the document scroll bars and the inspector tray and status bar when LayOut was ran on a Windows machine with display scaling greater than 100 percent.
  • Inspectors were not expanding and collapsing properly on OS X

Known Issues:

  • PLO files store the customizations users have made the the GUI (i.e, inspectors and toolbars). However, new PLO files are created for each Major and Minor release. This essentially means that users customizations are never carried over. A work around for the user would be to copy the name of the previous install's PLO file over the name of the most recent PLO file.
  • Faces that have overlapping holes created by openings (components that intersect the face) are currently causing the HLR item buffer to get confused. If a component, defined with a "Cut opening" behavior (Components > Edit > Glue to: Any > Cut opening), is placed on a face within or overlapping with an existing hole, HLR can get confused and display linework that would otherwise be hidden by said face.
SketchUp 2013 - Maintenance Release 2

Released 8/15/2013

Version Numbers:
Win 13.0.4812
Mac 13.0.4811


The following issues have been fixed:

  • Graphics card-related crash when updating scenes which use a standard view (e.g., Top, Front) on some machines.
  • Mac: crash when exporting a model with dimensions or text to 2d DWG.
  • Mac: VCB does not work if you give it focus. Previously, when clicking in or tabbing to the VCB on the Mac and typing data, the VCB didn't behave as expected.
  • Mac: machines with a 10.8 operating system show instructor content that is Windows-specific.
  • Windows: crash when selecting the "File" menu item on a small subset of machines. Previously, on some machines, selecting the File menu item crashed SketchUp. This crash was caused by the fact that we used to load all exporters and importers when the File menu item was selected and, on some machines, loading the FBX exporter caused SketchUp to crash. Now, we only load exporters and importers when exporting or importing files. This should lessen the likelihood of experiencing the crash - i.e., the crash should occur now only when selecting File > Export > 2d graphic and File > Export > 3d graphic vs when selecting the File menu item. We are still working on fixing the FBX crash itself. The workaround to this crash is as follows:
    1. Open Windows Explorer
    2. Navigate to the C:\Program Files (x86)\SketchUp\SketchUp 2013\Exporters directory (or wherever you have installed SketchUp)
    3. Rename the file 'Skp2Fbx.dll' to some other name - e.g., Skp2Fbx.bak
    4. Launch SketchUp again - the crash should no longer occur
  • Windows: SketchUp loses floating toolbar visibility state when closing from a minimized state. Previously, floating Ruby toolbars would no longer be visible when re-launching SketchUp if SketchUp were closed from a minimized state via the Windows taskbar.
  • SketchUp quits extracting at first failure when extracting files from *.rbz zip files. Previously, when extracting *.rbz files, SketchUp would quit on first failure. Now, SketchUp continues to extract files if it encounters failures.
  • Clicking on the "Name" column header in the Layers dialog doesn't sort layers as expected.
  • Model Info > Geolocation Dialog does not always refresh after adding a location. Previously, after adding a location, the Model Info > Geolocation dialog did not always reflect that a location had been added.
  • Crash when clicking on a material or style on some Unicode configurations. SketchUp previously crashed when clicking on a material or style when it was run using a username containing Japanese/Chinese characters on a native operating system.
  • SketchUp fails to export and import for some Unicode configurations. SketchUp previously failed to import and export files when it was run using a username containing Japanese/Chinese characters on a native operating system.
  • Bad translations, missing translations and string truncations for the FIGS languages.
  • Crash when de-authorizing SU when using the Italian Windows build.

The following new things have been added:

  • We have new installs for the following languages - Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.


The following issues have been fixed:

  • Crash on startup, or shortly after initialization, on Windows machines with user account names that were composed of at least one special character. Typically, this was more present with localized builds.
  • Bad translations, missing translations and string truncations for the FIGS languages.

The following new things have been added:

  • We have new installs for the following languages - Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
SketchUp 2013 - Maintenance Release 1

Released 6/12/2013

Version Numbers:
Win 13.0.4124
Mac 13.0.4123


  • (Windows) Ruby toolbars have been fixed so that they dock in the right place, as opposed to behind other toolbars.
  • (Mac) Dynamic Components Options and Attributes dialogs have been fixed so that they no longer display an empty window.
  • (Mac) Corrected WebDialog.get_element_value to properly support HTML elements.


  • (Windows) Copying geometry from SketchUp and pasting it into LayOut is supported again.

Style Builder:

  • (English and French) The Style Name label has been given extra padding to eliminate an overlap with the input box in the Stroke Settings panel.
SketchUp 2013

Released 5/21/2013

Version Numbers:
Win 13.0.3689
Mac 13.0.3688


New Features and FYI's:

  • An Extension Warehouse has been created and integrated with SketchUp. Users can now manage hundreds of extensions installed on their computer via the Extension Warehouse.
  • The word "SketchUp" now refers to a product family of which there are two members: SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make.
  • Toolbars for SketchUp on Windows operating systems have been improved. They are now customizable and more reliably stay put once they have been docked, or you can customize by right-clicking in the toolbar area.
  • Scene-based animations can now be exported to high-quality video from SketchUp.
  • Toolbars and cursors have been updated and made consistent between SketchUp, LayOut, Style Builder and SketchUp Viewer.
  • The Select tool is now the default tool.
  • We have a new SDK. See the "getting_started.html" and "migration_guide.html" in the SDK package for details.
  • Lots of little tweaks, bugs fixes and improvements were made to existing features.
  • SketchUp no longer will take a long time to open and close with an unstable Internet connection.
  • (Mac) SketchUp does not support OS X 10.6 and older versions of OS X. Users with these platforms will see an error on launch.
  • (Windows) XP SP3 is now required to run SketchUp on XP.

Extension warehouse/Ruby plugins:

  • We are installing only the following extensions with the product : Advanced Camera Tools, Dynamic Components, Sandbox Tools, Photo Textures. The other SketchUp 8 extensions (Ruby Script Examples, Ocean Modeling, Utilities Tools, Shadow Strings Fix toolbar, Solar North toolbar) are available for download on the Extension Warehouse.
  • The plugins directory on the Mac has moved to ~/Library/Application Support/SketchUp 2013/SketchUp. We no longer install anything into the Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/SketchUp directory.

SketchUp Toolbars (Windows only):

  • Toolbars now stay put and you can customize toolbars containing non-Ruby tool icons!
  • The SketchUp 8 "Save toolbar positions" menu choice has been removed as it is no longer needed - toolbar settings are saved when exiting SketchUp.
  • View > Toolbars shows just one menu choice now. Customization of toolbars has been moved to one dialog.
  • SketchUp 2013 does not have the ability to create 2 column vertical toolbars (a limitation of the libraries we used as the basis of our new toolbars). If you want to create a setup similar to what is in SketchUp 8, you can either create a few new custom toolbars, docking them side by side to create 2 columns, or you can dock some of our smaller toolbars side by side.
  • To customize non-Ruby toolbars, bring up the View > Toolbars dialog. You can move an icon from one toolbar to another by dragging it or pressing the Alt key. Holding down the Ctrl key allows you to copy an icon. Right clicking on a toolbar gives you some additional functionality.

Known issues:

  • (Mac) Photo texture dialog turns black when switching faces. The workaround is to disable HWA in Safari. See this article for how to do that.
  • (Mac) The "Create new Style" button does not create a style with a unique name. To workaround this issue, rename new styles to have unique names.
  • (Localization) Function names for some dynamic components functions are incorrectly translated in some languages. When selecting these functions via the Dynamic Component interface, users will need to re-name them to their proper English names for them to work.
  • (Windows) a "CFileException 3..." error occurs when auto-save activates if the "Models" directory in Preferences > Files is set to a location that does not exist..."
  • (Windows) The status bar no longer shows text when hovering over a menu item or toolbar icon.
  • (Mac) When using the drac-select feature to select things, ghost artifacts can be seen.
  • (Windows) Menu items/toolbar become grayed out when clicking in and out of the SketchUp window. The menu items/toolbars are fully functional though and moving the SketchUp window returns them to their correct appearance.
  • Section planes are not immediately visible when they are copied into a new document. Work around this issue by toggling on section planes in the Styles dialog box (View > Section Planes)
  • (Mac) Solid, body, and region entities can not be imported by the DWG importer. Not a regression.
  • Google login is sometimes shown when selecting File > Generate Report or when selecting Window > Photo Textures. Logging in to your Google account when selecting Window > Photo Textures appears to be a workaround that fixes both the Photo Textures and Generate Report functionality.
  • (Extension Warehouse) Translations still not 100% complete throughout the site.
  • (Extension Warehouse) When you submit a developer application, you sometimes see an error "Email was not sent." But we should have received the application anyway.
  • (Extension Warehouse) Mouse scroll wheel doesn't work until you click into the dialog.



  • Changes were made to improve overall performance with LayOut.
  • Shapes can now be filled with image-based patterns in addition to solid colors. This is called Pattern Fill.
  • LayOut now has the ability to create multi-copy arrays, similar to the way SketchUp works.
  • Text leader lines can now be curved.
  • Users can now zoom in to a document up to 10,000%.
  • To better reflect standards, dimensions now have dashes to separate feet from inches.

Known Issues

  • (Localization) LayOut will continue to use Templates, Scrapbooks, and Pattern Fills from the previous install of LayOut after upgrading or reinstalling. This will only become apparent if the user has gone from one language version of LayOut to a different language version. It will appear as if there are no templates to choose from in the getting started screen. Navigate to Preferences > Folders and click on restore defaults for Templates and Scrapbooks and restart LayOut. After, the application will work as designed.
  • The thumbnail images shown by the Pattern Fill inspector will have a white background by default, which is visible for any non-opaque pixels in the image. For some types of pattern images that use white linework, it is necessary to override this default white background with something darker to make the white linework visible. This can be achieved by saving the PNG file with a bKGD chunk (background color). Gimp is free and supports this option when exporting PNG files.
  • LayOut's page draw performance is noticeably slower on a Macbook pro with retina display than it was on previous generation non-retina Macbook pros. With the retina display, there are 4 times as many pixels to fill every time the page is drawn, but the processing power of this first generation of the Macbook Pro retina is not 4 times better than its non-retina predecessor. For users working with very complex pages in a LayOut document that suffer from sluggish performance, there is a setting that allows the user to force an application to run in low resolution on a retina display. See the section "I'm noticing functional or visual issues with an application. How can I make it work better?" here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5266
SketchUp 8 - Maintenance Release 5

Win 8.0.16846
Mac 8.0.16845

Released 12/19/2012


The following changes were made:

  • We have new versions of both SketchUp and SketchUp Pro for the following languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Brazilian Portuguese. We have new SketchUp versions of Russian and Dutch.
  • Windows: We fixed a bug in the DWG exporter that was preventing 2D from exporting properly.
  • Mac: Drop down menus on the Dynamic Component Options dialog were missing arrows, making it hard to know that they could be "dropped down" to show different options. This issue should now be fixed.
  • Mac: The new installer did set some folder permissions incorrectly. This issue should now be fixed.
  • Ruby: Extension creator/copyright was incorrect when an extension creator/copyright was not specified. Previously, when a Ruby extension did not specify a creator via the extension.creator and extension.copyright methods, the extension defaulted to being created by "SketchUp" with a copyright attributed to "Trimble Navigation Limited." With M5, the creator/copyright fields are left blank in this case.


The following changes were made:

  • We have new versions of LayOut for the following languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Portuguese.
  • On Mountain Lion, LayOut 3 could consistently crash on startup. Previously, if the OS system preference "Close windows when quitting an application" were unchecked and a LayOut 1 or LayOut 2 document was opened in LayOut 3, LayOut could crash and continue to crash on startup. This crash has been fixed.
SketchUp 8 - Maintenance Release 4

Win 8.0.15158
Mac 8.0.15157

Released 08/28/2012


The following issues have been fixed:

  • SketchUp has been re-branded as a Trimble product. Most references to Google have been updated or removed as needed and we have a new icon. Some exceptions, such as the install path, still contain references to Google.
  • Mac: Better support for Retina display.
    • Text is easier to pick. Prior to M4, you had to click on the top left side of the text to select it and when edited, the text changed size, making it hard to edit.
    • Text and dimensions display at a correct size.
    • SketchUp now takes advantage of the full resolution of the Retina displays.
  • Mac: Text boxes within web dialogs no longer display with a black background. After Apple's release of Safari 5.16, text boxes within web dialogs (e.g., Add Location, Photo Textures, Add New Building, Dynamic Components and lots of the 3D Warehouse dialogs) could display with a black background, which made it impossible to see what you were typing.
  • Mac: Installer is now recognized as coming from an "identified developer " which complies with Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper feature.
  • Windows: When sending to LayOut from SketchUp on a machine where LayOut had never been launched as an administrator, the send previously would fail. This issue has been fixed.


The following issues have been fixed:

  • LayOut, like SketchUp, has been re-branded.
  • Mac: Better support for Retina display
    • Mouse input is now recorded correctly.
    • A SketchUp model view that is part of a subview that has been scaled renders correctly
    • Text from a SketchUp model was shows up at the correct size. Prior to M4, text may have appeared very small.
SketchUp 8 - Maintenance Release 3

Released 5/23/2012
The following issues have been fixed

  • SketchUp can crash when using Ruby plugins that call Ruby observers. In this release we addressed many of our top crashes, which should significantly improve the stability of SketchUp. The crashes were related to Ruby Observers. In particular:
    • Windows - SketchUp was not correctly cleaning up observers on exit, which could lead to crashes.
    • Mac - There were several issues with how observers interacted with the Mac's multiple document interface.
  • Previously, when working in SketchUp with a large number of Ruby plugins, some SketchUp context menu items could incorrectly become grayed out. With this release, this issue should happen far less frequently, if ever.
  • Models created in localized versions of SketchUp 7.0 and 7.1 had a Layer0 which was translated. If those models were opened in any version of SketchUp prior to M3 and the translated Layer0 was purged or deleted, SketchUp could crash. When opening these models in Maintenance 3, the translated name of "Layer0" is no longer translated, which prevents the crash. When the model is saved, the problem is fixed for all versions of SketchUp.
  • Improved messaging and workflow for users without a nickname: In order to use the 3D warehouse, users must login using a Google account that has a nickname associated with it. Previously, when logging into the 3D warehouse using an account with no nickname, the login would fail. In this version, users without a nickname now see a better error message and are directed to a login screen to add a nickname.
  • Mac: Previously, when using the Ruby method Entities.add_group(), performance was much slower than on Windows. This issue has been fixed.

New functionality

  • SketchUp now only uses one network license seat when launching multiple instances of SketchUp on the same Windows machine. Previously, when using a Windows network license each instance of SketchUp would use a separate license seat. In this version, launching multiple instances of SketchUp on the same machine will now result in only one network seat being used.
  • More secure image libraries, better protected from potential security vulnerabilities.
  • Added a link displaying Open Source Credits in the About SketchUp dialog.
  • Mac: We made a change that made uploads to the 3D Warehouse more reliable.
SketchUp 8 - Maintenance Release 2

Released 12/1/2011
New functionality

  • OS X Lion support: With SketchUp M2, we now officially support the Lion operating system. See below for specific fixes.
  • Ruby plugin improvements:
    • Ruby manager: This version of SketchUp has a simple UI to install and upgrade Ruby extensions.
    • .rbz file format: Ruby extensions typically consist of several files, so Ruby developers had to zip up those files into a standard .zip file and then give their users instructions on how to unzip them and where to place them. Now developers can zip up the files into the .rbz format and users can easily load an .rbz by going to Preferences > Extensions and clicking the "Install Extension" button.
    • Ability to turn off all Ruby plugins: With this release, it's much easier to disable (and re-enable) Ruby plugins for troubleshooting purposes.
    • Ruby plugin hooks: In addition to the above functionality, we have added several API hooks to allow Developers to more easily write their own Ruby extension managers.
  • Advanced Camera Tools are now installed by default, so they no longer require a separate plugin.
  • Account authentication: SketchUp now uses a more advanced technology to log into the 3D Warehouse. Instead of seeing the old SketchUp login dialog, you may see two dialogs, one prompting you for your username and password, and a second dialog asking for your permission to view and manage your 3D Warehouse data. As before, SketchUp should remember your login across sessions.
  • SketchUp Pro Trial no longer reverts to free features at the end of the evaluation period. Instead, you'll be prompted to purchase a license or downgrade to SketchUp (free).

The following issues have been fixed:


OS X Lion issues

  • Previously, when scene thumbnails were generated for models with background images (i.e., those with Match Photo scenes), SketchUp would hang and would need to be force closed. This issue has been fixed.
  • The error message "Service not available. Try again later" was shown when logging into the the 3D Warehouse. This error should no longer occur and the login should be successful.
  • SketchUp would hang in cases where it would have previously crashed. SketchUp will now no longer hang in these cases and the crash dialog that allows crash information to be sent should be presented again.
  • When exporting dae/kmz files to two different directories, SketchUp would hang. This has been resolved.
  • When certain snappy dialog boxes were stacked together and one of the dialogs in the stack was resized, the dialogs could break apart. They should now stay attached.
  • Mouse scroll direction is now set up to be consistent with the normal SketchUp behavior. Prior to this release the OS X preferences controlled the scroll direction so zooming in and out appeared to be backwards.
  • Previously, after making some kind of change to a scene (e.g., changing the camera), SketchUp would not reset the scene when clicking on the current scene tab. This issue has been fixed.


We worked hard making sure that SketchUp's Collada importer and exporter are compliant with official Collada standards, set by the Khronos group. As part of this effort, we used the official Khronos Collada test suite, and are now 92% compliant with Collada standards. The following bugs were fixed as part of this effort:

  • Export:
    • We fixed an issue where some transparent textures were not exported correctly.
    • We now preserve texture names when exporting to the *.dae format.
  • Import:
    • Tags were not read correctly, resulting in a loss of textures on import.
    • Transparent textures in some dae files failed to import (e.g. when the texture location is stored as a value directly under the tag).
    • Textures in some dae files failed to import, resulting in an error .
    • The geometry in some dae files (those with tags) imported incorrectly .
    • When a color was specified only under the tag or when specifying the color using the tag, colors could fail to import.
    • Some valid dae files failed to import
    • When colors or textures were specified in a tag under the technique they did not import.
    • Importing transparency in some cases could yield a reversed transparency value (e.g. 1-correct_transparency instead of transparency).
    • Newparam values under library_effect were incorrectly read.
    • Crash when importing a file with a newparam under several different tags.

Ruby: When SketchUp shows the Preferences > Extensions panel, it needs to ask all of the registered extensions for some metadata about themselves (e.g. name, author). Prior to this release, SketchUp would ask for this data on every mouse move. Now it should only ask for the metadata when showing the Extensions panel, which should improve performance.

SketchUp Writer C++ API: In earlier versions, ISketchUpGroup::CreateGroup became slower each time it was called. This shouldn't slow down any longer.


  • Previously, when painting stand-alone soft/smoothed edges, SketchUp would crash. This crash has been fixed.
  • (PC only) Under certain conditions including having the Components Browser open, SketchUp could crash on exit. This was our second most frequent crash and should now be fixed.
  • (Korean, Japanese, and Chinese) SketchUp previously crashed when opening or saving a model containing certain validity errors. This was our number one crash and should now be fixed.
  • (Mac only) Previously, if you viewed a component collection, clicked the Previous button, and repeated those same viewing steps, SketchUp would crash. This crash has been fixed.


  • (Mac only) When changing the width and height Print fields on the Mac, the changes weren't preserved, resulting in the inability to print to multiple pages. The print size settings should now be saved with the document and printing to multiple pages should be possible.
  • (SketchUp Pro only) On rare occasions, SketchUp Pro would appear to accept a license, but access to Pro features was never granted. With this version, if you appear to be licensed, you should have access to all functionality including LayOut and Style Builder.
  • (Mac only) When exporting to EPS or PDF on the Mac and setting scale values, the scale values were not accurate in the exported file. This issue should be fixed and scaling should be accurate with these formats.


  • We received a customer file that crashed due to an incorrect tag. We added error handling to fix this problem.
  • We received a number of crash reports with comments like "I clicked on the style box and it crashed," "Using Scrapbook images," "I was changing type," and "attempting to open the tool palette." These crashes appeared to be coming from accessing tools on a page, so we changed the way we're accessing page content to fix these issues.
  • We received a number of crash reports that were related to performing actions in LayOut. The descriptions included things like inserting, copying, moving, rendering, updating, and resizing SketchUp models. We were able to isolate the issue to a particular area, and we added error handling to fix this issue.
  • LayOut previously crashed on DWG/DXF export with files that contained certain Chinese Unicode characters on Windows. This issue has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) The Shadow Time for a SketchUp Model in LayOut should have the correct range now, however you adjust it. Previously, if you were adjusting via the circular knob it only allowed a range of 5:00 PM to 9:38 PM.
SketchUp 8 - Maintenance Release 1

Released 1/12/2011

The following issues have been fixed:


  • The shadow bug has been fixed! Previously, when the eye was in shadow, artifacts that look like inverted shadows could show up over all or part of the screen and annoying flickering could show up during animations.
  • The "shadow strings" bug has been fixed too. Previously, shadows could show string-like artifacts. There is now a Shadow Strings Fix toolbar which allows you to toggle on and off a fix for this issue.

Push Pull and Follow Me:

  • The Follow Me cursor is now correctly shown when using the Follow Me tool with pre-selected items.
  • The Follow Me cursor is now correctly shown when activating the Follow Me tool via a keyboard shortcut.
  • The Context menu items are now complete when activating the Push/Pull or Follow Me tools and right-clicking on an entity.
  • (Mac only) Previously, certain shortcuts weren't respected while using the Push/Pull tool. This issue has been fixed.

Image export:

  • (PC only) In this release, Windows users should be able to export images at a higher resolution. Export capabilities still depend on your computer environment but are now consistent between Mac and Windows machines.
  • When exporting images with the camera.aspect_ratio set to a non-default value, block-like artifacts could be seen in the exported images. This issue has been fixed.


  • In this release, SketchUp is now built using the /Largeaddressaware property on the PC. This change allows SketchUp to potentially allocate/address more memory on 64-bit machines. (Note: 64-bit users must have at least 1.89 GB RAM to see any improvement, and improvement is only noticeable in areas where memory was a limiting factor (e.g exporting images).

Outliner (Mac only):

  • Previously, when working in Outliner and selecting or editing entities, non-selected entities might expand or contract. Additionally, after scrolling in the Outliner, sometimes choosing an entity would select a different entity than desired. Both of these issues have been fixed.
  • Search now works properly after minimizing and restoring the Outliner.
  • Component and group names should now be visible in Outliner results after doing a keyword search. Found items are shown in red.
  • The Rename context menu on the Outliner > Details menu works as expected and allows you to rename components and groups.
  • Previously, when renaming a component by single clicking on the name in the Outliner, you couldn't see the text as you typed it. You should now be able to see the text when renaming components or groups via this method.

Add Location:

  • (Mac only) Previously if you launched the Add Location dialog, kept it open, and then closed the SketchUp model, the Add Location dialog would no longer open. This issue has been fixed.
  • Previously when navigating to a location and then taking a snapshot, the maps portion of the dialog re-sized in a way that was visually jarring. We have improved the appearance of the dialog in this case.


  • In some cases, animations exported on the Mac in SU8 were not as smooth as they were in SU7.1. The underlying issue has been fixed.
  • (PC only) You are now able to select a codec other than the default.
  • (PC only) Estimated file size is now correct (previously it was reported always as 0).

3D Warehouse:

  • Previously, uploading large models to the 3D Warehouse might fail. You should be able to upload models up to 10MB.
  • (Mac only) Previously, when you searched in the Components browser and then clicked on a results link for the first time, you were sometimes brought to the wrong model in the 3D Warehouse. This has now been fixed and clicking on links should always bring you to the correct model.

Outer Shell:

  • When performing Solid tool operations on coplanar geometry where some of the geometry is on a hidden layer and some is not, geometry could incorrectly be removed. This issue is now fixed and the Solid tools ignore the hidden geometry in this specific case.


  • Previously, when adding new Ruby toolbars and relaunching SU, existing Ruby toolbars could unexpectedly reposition themselves and Restore Toolbar positions would not restore toolbars to their original positions. This issue has been fixed. (Note: it is still possible for Ruby toolbars to become repositioned when deleting plugins.)


  • Geometry will not disappear when generating scene thumbnails in a model where hidden layers were created via Ruby.
  • (Mac only) Scene thumbnails are only created if the Scenes dialog is open.
  • (Mac only) When creating a scene via the View menu the scene thumbnail is now created immediately.

Match Photo:

  • Previously, when opening a model or creating a new matched photo scene, the active scene was not selected causing confusion as the settings shown in the Scenes panel could differ from the settings of the active scene. This issue has now been fixed.


  • (Mac only) When using the "Save as" context menu for a component, the model will now be saved even when saving to a folder with international characters.
  • Many translation fixes for localized versions of SketchUp.


  • Five separate fixes for EPix export including correctly exporting similar-looking materials and materials that matched the background color, exporting the default front face color, and exporting edges correctly.


  • The View.pick_helper(x,y,aperture) method now respects arguments passed to it allowing the Bezier.rb and BZ tool plugins to work again.
  • Over ten fixes for Ruby issues and a few new methods for Ruby developers. Please see the SketchUp Ruby API site for details.


  • We've resolved some of the top SketchUp crashes (as determined by our Bug Splat and BreakPad data). SketchUp should be more stable now.


  • (Mac only) On machines where Arial Bold and Arial Italic fonts were missing or corrupted, the Components dialog could be blank or unresponsive. This issue has been fixed and the Components browser should now work even in this case.
  • Images correctly hide when editing components with "hide rest of model."
  • Walk tool no longer bounces when walking.
  • Measurement toolbar works as expected when in the top toolbar.
  • The customizable Standard Views tool palette no longer shows cryptic numbers for the tooltips.
  • Watermarks behave as expected during scene transitions and when switching to a Matched Photo scene.
  • The full text is visible for Entity Info for components or groups.
  • Launching SketchUp by dragging and dropping a model to the SketchUp.exe now does a proper validity check.
  • Previously, after switching scenes, the ground plane/edge effects and shadows over a background matched photo image degraded/flashed as you moved the mouse over the model. This flashing occurred until the model was modified. This issue should now be fixed.

Known issues

  • The shadows strings fix will, in some models, make shadows look better, but in other models, may cause different kinds of shadow artifacts to show up. Because of this, the shadows strings fix is implemented as a toggle button on the new Shadow Strings Fix toolbar and is turned off by default.
  • (NVIDIA graphics cards only) Users with NVIDIA cards are more likely to see the "shadow strings" bug reported above, especially when the eye is in shadow. Toggle on the Shadow String Fix to work around this issue.
  • (PC only) If you have an English operating system set to a different language, you may have problems with Microsoft's .NET installation dialog box. In this case we suggest installing .NET separately then restarting your SketchUp installation.


The following issues have been fixed:

Preserve Scale on Resize - we worked on preserving scale to handle typical user workflows in a more efficient way.

  • LayOut now rescales SketchUp models after editing.
  • When editing a SketchUp model, "Preserve scale on resize" should be automatically disabled.
  • Setting the scale of a model no longer changes the style back to the style seen in the "Last saved SketchUp view."

DWG/DXF export bug fixes:

  • Dashed lines scaling is improved in export to DWG/DXF. (Note: if you're planning on viewing your export in Model space, you'll want to export to model space; if you're viewing in Paper space use that export instead.)
  • Fixed three bugs affecting DWG/DXF Unicode character export.
  • Rotated entities in scaled DWG/DXF export are place correctly.
  • Export scale is correct when exporting to DWG/DXF model space.
  • Metric scaling should be the correct scale.
  • (Mac only) Previously, when exporting to DWG/DXF for the first time the page range of "All" wasn't honored. This has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) Lines break on a space when possible for DWG/DXF export.
  • (Mac only) When lines break mid-word in a DWG/DXF export, the lines are complete.
  • (Mac only) Previously, if you had text on more than one page of a DWG/DXF export, text would scale at an incorrect size on subsequent pages. This has been fixed.


  • Fixed three bugs affecting DWG/DXF Unicode character export.
  • (PC only) Previously, some Chinese, Japanese, and Korean characters didn't display properly at all or in Display mode. These characters should now be correctly visible.
  • Various translation fixes including template names.


  • Previously, undoing a font color would link that action to the previous undo item, and you couldn't undo just the font change. Now font color changes are their own undo item.
  • Previously, if you had mixed-sized fonts in the same text box, the box would render differently than seen in text edit. Text now renders the same in both conditions.

Other bug fixes:

  • The "Scale to weight" drop-down in the Shape Style inspector better handles systems where a comma is used as the decimal separator.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when using Document Setup > References > Relink to link to invalid SketchUp file.
  • Many Template fixes to make settings more consistent from template to template.
  • Previously, you were not able to use a window select to select a clipped image unless you selected the entire hidden image bound. This issue has been fixed.
  • Previously, when editing inside a group, clicking outside of a dimension, text, SketchUp model, or path editor would exit the entire group edit. This issue has been fixed.
  • Previously, getting the center, endpoint, or on edge inference, would cause on face inferences stop working. This issue has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) Fixed a crash that occurred when trying to edit a SketchUp file after doing so in presentation mode.
  • (Mac only) Pan cursor correctly shows up with the shift key activated.

Style Builder

  • Previously, applying any color (other than black) to the strokes caused many of the lines to drop out in the Style Preview model. This issue has been fixed.
SketchUp 8

Released 9/1/2010

Good to know:

  • We've added the ability to pre-select a face when using the Push/Pull tool. The Push/Pull tool now behaves similarly to our other tools (e.g. Move), but be sure that you don't have an incorrect face selected prior to activating the tool.
  • The Scenes dialog has been reworked to show scene thumbnails. The first time you open the Scenes manager with a pre-SketchUp 8 file, we generate thumbnails for all of your scenes. You can always stop this process or tell SketchUp never to generate thumbnails for that model.
  • The timezone drop-down has moved from Model Info to the Shadow Settings dialog box. We've also added additional UTC offsets, including fractional hour offsets.
  • We upgraded our API's Ruby interpreter from version 1.8.0 to 1.8.6, which is a better supported, more stable version. This gives API users the benefits of hundreds of Ruby bug fixes, but version 1.8.6 is also more strict on Ruby syntax. If a script is broken, you may need to contact the script's original author to get an upgraded version.
  • The DWG and DXF import and export features now support 2010 versions of AutoDesk software.
  • The Display shadows setting is now a button, not a checkbox. You can find it next to the timezone drop-down in the Shadow Settings dialog box.
  • Match Photo's opacity, background photo, and foreground photo settings have been moved to the Styles dialog box.
  • (Mac only) The Display shadows checkbox has been removed from the customized Shadows toolbar. You can get the same functionality by dragging the Shadows toggle separately to your customized toolbar.
  • (Mac only) The Eraser and Zoom extents tools have been removed from the main toolbar. See this article for more information.
  • (PC only) You can now save toolbar positions via the View > Toolbars > Save Toolbar Position menu item and then restore them via the View > Toolbars > Restore Toolbar Position menu item.

The following notable issues have been fixed:

  • The reported area of materials is now correct with scaled or internally rotated components.
  • (PC only) Importing shortcuts on the PC now allows you to overwrite our defaults if you had changed them.
  • (Mac only) Disabling Auto-activate paint tool now actually disables the auto-activation of the Paint tool.
  • This new release contains fixes for two security issues:
    1. The authors of the third-party libpng graphics library published a vulnerability warning for older versions of the library. It is unclear whether the way SketchUp uses libpng could be exploited, but the library was updated to version 1.2.44 as a precaution.
    2. SketchUp could fail to properly handle certain types of invalid edge geometry when parsing a malicious .SKP file, resulting in a potentially exploitable crash. We would like to thank Dave Weston from the Microsoft Vulnerability Research Center (MSVR) for reporting this issue to us.

Known Issues:

  • Materials created by Building Maker can look excessively black during LOD processes or when "Shading without textures" is enabled.
  • Building maker system requirements message can be incorrect when launching Building Maker via SketchUp. You do need to have Internet Explorer 7 installed, even though Chrome is listed as an option.
  • When editing a component and hiding the rest of your model (using Model Info > Components) images aren't hidden.
  • Solid tools and Outer Shell operations do not maintain Dynamic Component attributes.
  • Selecting a hidden group or component with the outliner does not reveal the component.
  • (Mac only) DWGs with 3d solids, body and region entites can no longer be imported due to a DWG library bug.
  • (Mac only) In rare cases, memory can increase rapidly when editing components with the Component browser open. If you notice this you'll want to save your model and restart SketchUp
  • (PC only) Importing shortcuts may cause a multitude of dialog boxes - one for each default shortcut you override.

LayOut 3.0

Released 9/1/2010

Good to know:

  • You can export your LayOut files to DWG/DXF.
  • You also have more control over dashed and dotted line patterns.

The following notable issues have been fixed:

  • Exporting to PDF would fail if your document included a font that was not licensed for embedding. We now substitute a different font so that you can still export, but the export may look different from your on-screen document.
  • LayOut 2 often couldn't open corrupt files. LayOut 3 can open many of these files, though some data may be missing.

Known Issues:

  • We changed the way dimensions offset from their connection point. As a result, when you open a LayOut 2 file with dimensions in LayOut 3, the offset point will be on top of the connection point. To reconnect a dimension to another entity, you must first move the offset points along the extension line to get them out of the way. You can then select the connection points and move them.
  • Dashed lines from LayOut 2.1 files will look different when opened in LayOut 3; the spaces between dashes and dots are now four times longer than they used to be. To get the dashes to look like they did before, select the lines and then select .25 x in the Dashes Scale drop-down.
  • (PC only) Exporting to PDF with a "dash-dash-dot-dot-dot" line style does not export correctly.
  • (PC only) Custom icons and toolbars will not be saved when upgrading.
  • (Vista and Windows 7) SketchUp's "Send to LayOut" command may not work if LayOut is already open. You can fix this by following the steps below:
    1. Right-click on the LO3 desktop icon.
    2. Select Properties.
    3. Click on the Compatibility tab.
    4. Check Run this program as an administrator.
    5. Click Apply.
SketchUp 7.1 - Maintenance 2

Released 1/13/2010

The following issues have been fixed:


  • (Windows only) SketchUp 7.1 M2 Pro now requires Windows XP, SP2 as a minimum operating system version. SketchUp 7.1 M2 Free is not impacted.
  • (Windows only) The BugSplat dialog has been updated for the French and Spanish builds.
  • (Mac only) A language identifier has been added to the .dmg file so that users can identify which language version of SketchUp they're installing.
  • Several SketchUp dialogs have been translated. Prior releases had these dialogs always in English, even in the localized builds.
  • Several URL links have been corrected to go to the appropriate pages.
  • In SketchUp, an error is now displayed if an attempt is made to create a material with an invalid texture file.
  • This new release contains fixes for two security issues:
    1. The first is a pointer arithmetic error leading to memory corruption, which is triggered when parsing a malicious .3DS file. We would like to thank Francisco Falcon from CORE Security for reporting this issue to us.
    2. The second is an integer overflow leading to heap corruption, which is triggered when parsing a malicious .SKP file. We would like to thank Dave Weston from the Microsoft Vulnerability Research Center (MSVR) for reporting this issue to us.


  • (Mac only) LayOut would crash on a Mac running OSX 10.4 when attempting to export more than one page of a document to a PDF. This has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) LayOut had a bug that could cause a multi-page document exported to PDF to have the pages out of order. This has been fixed.
SketchUp 7.1 - Maintenance 1

Released 11/17/2009

The following issues have been fixed:



  • (Mac only) Under certain conditions, painting with the current material or clicking on a previously used material in a new model could cause SketchUp to crash. This crash should no longer occur.
  • (Mac only) SketchUp can crash when zooming in large models if the "Use Hardware Acceleration" option (SketchUp > Preferences > OpenGL) is turned OFF. This bug appears to be caused by the software renderer, and we're working with Apple to provide a fix. To workaround the issue, on first launch of this maintenance release, hardware acceleration is turned ON for all Mac users. If you turn hardware acceleration OFF again, the crash currently could return.


  • Selecting and inferencing could seem less precise. It was sometimes necessary to zoom in more in the original release of SketchUp 7.1 than in previous versions of SketchUp, and SketchUp could feel less snappy. Selection and inferencing now feel accurate and snappy again.
  • The intersection inference of two faces was not always found unless x-ray mode was turned on. Intersection inferences should be available again in this case.
  • Text and section planes were sometimes not selected. When opening some models with text on different layers, text and section planes sometimes could no longer be selected until SketchUp was reopened. This issue has been fixed and text and section planes should always be able to be selected.
  • When drawing a line from edge to edge in one of the axis directions, you could see an "intersection" inference when you should see an "on edge" inference. This issue has been fixed.
  • Finite guides could be incorrectly selected. Finite guides created via Ruby were previously selected as if they were infinite guides - i.e. if you picked a point parallel to the guide or did a crossing select in that same area, the guide was incorrectly selected. These guides should now be selected only if they are directly picked.


  • When editing a component and selecting a component within it, instances of that component were incorrectly highlighted if the "hide similar components" setting was checked. Instances are no longer highlighted in this case.
  • Text or dimensions added to an intersection were drawn incorrectly. Text or dimensions added to intersections would previously be drawn at the origin. They should now draw where they are placed.
  • Section planes sometimes appeared triangulated. When a section plane was placed directly on certain slanted surfaces, it displayed triangular faces. Section planes should no longer appear triangulated.


  • Hidden geometry within groups was incorrectly exported to Google Earth. Previously, hidden geometry within a group or component was visible in Google Earth when the model was exported to Google Earth. This issue has been fixed.
  • Component or group names were not exported. The Collada exporter previously did not preserve component or group names. The DAE exporter now remembers these names.
  • KMZs created by earlier versions of SketchUp were not always imported correctly. Simple opaque colors in KMZs created in older versions of SketchUp would import as transparent. This issue has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) Canceling KMZ or DAE export caused issues with subsequent exports. After canceling a KMZ or DAE export, subsequent exports would no longer work. This issue has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) The "Export Components Hierarchy" option for the DAE exporter couldn't be set. The "Export Components Hierarchy" option was always exporting as if it were unchecked. SketchUp should now respect whatever setting is chosen for this option.
  • Placing a model twice resulted in multiple temporary places in Google Earth. When placing a model in Google Earth multiple times, the temporary place in Google Earth was not overwritten and a new temporary place was created. The temporary place should now be overwritten.


  • (Mac only) Measurements box was not always responding to input. When a user brought focus to the Measurements box on the Mac by clicking in it or tabbing to it, the Measurements box no longer accepted input. This issue has been fixed.
  • (Mac only)Styles browser didn't work with UTF-16 languages. When running an English version of SketchUp with a UTF-16 language setting (i.e., Korean, Chinese, Japanese), the Styles browser didn't work and was labeled "Generic browser." This issue has been fixed.
  • Not always prompted to save model after uploading a component. When opening a model and uploading a component to the 3D Warehouse, SketchUp didn't always prompt the user to save the model. Saving the model is necessary after an upload in order to uniquely identify the component to the 3D Warehouse. This issue has been fixed.
  • Links in Photo Texture failed to start a new browser instance. When clicking on the links in the License agreement for the Photo Texture feature, SketchUp didn't start a new browser instance making it confusing to return to the agreement. This issue has been fixed.
  • Needed a way to test the origin of polygons. A Ruby method (Sketchup::Curve.is_polygon?) for testing if polygons were made with the Circle or Polygon tool has now been added.



  • Crashing when moving models or lines. In certain scenarios, a file could become corrupt, and LayOut would crash when attempting to move or rotate a specific entity in that file. LayOut should be able to handle those files without crashing now.
  • Crashing when adding or sharing a layer. It was occasionally possible for a file's layer list to become corrupt. This could cause a crash when attempting to add or share a layer. New files should no longer get corrupted in this way, and older files that showed this problem should now work as expected.
  • Crashing when copy/pasting an invalid text box. It was possible to create an invalid, empty text box using the Label tool. LayOut would then crash if that invalid text box was copied and pasted. LayOut no longer creates an invalid text box, and no longer crashes when the text is pasted.
  • (Mac only) Crashing when closing a document. LayOut could crash when closing a document if the Document Setup dialog was open to the Grid panel. This crash has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) Crashing when rendering Hybrid or Vector SketchUp models. When rendering the far edge of a model's extents in Hybrid or Vector mode, LayOut could crash. This crash has been fixed.
  • (Mac only) Crashing when exporting very large PDF files. When exporting PDFs of very large files, LayOut could hang or crash. LayOut now handles the export more efficiently and should export without crashing.
  • (Windows only) Crashing when opening certain files with Auto-Render on. It was possible to see a crash when opening certain files when the SketchUp Auto-Render setting was turned on. This crash should be fixed.


  • When creating a dimension that used Auto-Scale, the Dimension Style panel could show the wrong scale and Auto Scale setting. This has been fixed.
  • When disconnecting a model-space dimension from its model, the Dimension Style panel didn't update to show that the dimension had been converted to paper-space. It now updates to show that Auto-Scale can be toggled on or off and that the scale is 1:1.
  • It was possible to toggle the Auto-Scale button and chose a new scale while creating a model-space dimension, but neither of these settings actually affected that dimension. The Auto-Scale button is now disabled, and the scale will show "No Scale."


  • (Windows only) When switching between open documents, the Text Style > List > Start At value of one document could be mistakenly used in another document. This has been fixed; the "Start At" value is no longer carried from one file to another.
  • (Mac only) When pasting new text into an unbounded text box, the existing text could lose its formatting. This bug has been fixed.


  • Unchecking the Document Setup > Major Grid checkbox did not toggle the visibility of the major grid when points were used. This checkbox works with the point grid now.
  • The "Save As Version 1" setting could create files that LayOut 1 could not read. This would occur if the file contained dimensions or bulleted lists. This issue has been fixed. When saving a document as Version 1, dimensions are now removed from the file, and the bulleted lists are saved in a format that can be read by LayOut 1.
  • (Mac only) When exporting a PDF, the options dialog listed a "Create PDF Layers from LayOut Layers" setting, which was always disabled. It's not possible to export layers to PDF, so it was impossible for the user to enable this option. We removed this setting to avoid confusion.
  • If a SketchUp model used a clipping mask, it was possible to see snapping inferences to parts of the model that were clipped - and not visible. This has been fixed; LayOut should no longer snap to the geometry that is hidden by a clipping mask.
  • On Machines that use international number formatting (where commas indicate the equivalent of US decimal points), it wasn't possible to create a line that was less than 1 pt wide. For instance, it wasn't possible to create a 0,35 pt line. This is fixed.
  • Minor changes have been made to the default templates. There were a number of text boxes that contained kerning, which would cause a template to look different on Mac (which has kerning built into the native OS text system) and PC (which does not). The kerning has been removed from the text boxes.
SketchUp 7.1

Released 9/22/2009

Good to know

  • Please note that installing SketchUp 7.1 will overwrite version 7.0.
  • SketchUp 7.1 models are fully compatible with SketchUp 7.0 and LayOut 2.0. If you save a model in 7.1, it will automatically be able to be read by SketchUp 7.0 and LayOut 2.0.

Known Issues:

  • Mac - SketchUp may crash if you open a large file and navigate through the model a lot, or try exporting to a 2D format. Enable 'Hardware acceleration' in the 'OpenGL' section of the Preferences dialog box to work around this issue.

LayOut 2.1:

Released 9/22/2009

Known Issues:

  • If you've made changes to the default scrapbooks or templates that shipped with LayOut 2.0 (without renaming the files), those changes will be overwritten when you upgrade to LayOut 2.1. To save your changes, follow the Windows steps in this Help Center article before you upgrade.
  • When upgrading from LayOut 2.0 to LayOut 2.1, any customized toolbars and customized toolbar icons will be replaced with LayOut's default configuration | Windows only.
  • The Measurements box won't respond to any value you enter when used with the Dimension tool.
  • If you create a file in with bulleted or numbered lists and save that file in LayOut Version 1 format, LayOut Version 1 will crash when attempting to open the file | Windows only.