With SketchUp Desktop Viewer, anyone can view and print models created in SketchUp. SketchUp Desktop Viewer is a free download that’s great for viewing models on computers that don’t have or need a full version of SketchUp.
Here are a few benefits of using the SketchUp Desktop Viewer app:
- Review designs in 3D: Whether you receive a SketchUp file via email or download the file from a shared location on the internet, you can use the SketchUp Desktop Viewer to view designs in 3D by orbiting, panning, playing animations, and more.
- Easy to use: SketchUp Desktop Viewer is much easier to use than SketchUp, especially if you don’t have a background in creating 3D models. Tip: If you’re sharing a SketchUp file with clients for their review, they can use SketchUp Desktop Viewer to check out the model. Share this article with your clients to help them start using SketchUp Desktop Viewer.
- Protected files: Because SketchUp Desktop Viewer does not include tools for editing models, you can’t alter the model unintentionally. When you open a SketchUp model file in the SketchUp Desktop Viewer app, you see the model as it was meant to be viewed.
See Getting Started with SketchUp Desktop Viewer for help opening files, navigating the interface, and creating printouts. The subarticles in this section also help you start using the 3D viewing tools and change the edge and face display settings.
Tip: To share models on a tablet or smartphone, check out SketchUp Mobile Viewer.