SketchUp 2013 Released Today
SketchUp 2013 was released today. You can download the new versions, Pro and SketchUp Make (the free version) from the SketchUp site.
There are many under-the-hood improvements in the new versions as well as some obvious changes. A couple of key things relate to toolbars and to the handling of plugins. It is now possible to create customized toolbars for the native tools. this will allow you to make toolbars that contain the tools you use without consuming drawing space real estate with those tools you don’t use.
With the new toolbar setup there has been a change to the way toolbars are created for Windows. This will prevent the scrambled toolbars that some folks have seen in previous versions. It’s important to note that this new toolbar system only allows single columns of tools in vertical toolbars. If you’re used to the double column on the left side, you can recreate that by making two vertical toolbars and placing them side by side. I did this for my PC installations and effectively duplicated the tool arrangement I’ve been used to for nearly ten years.
For plugins, check out the Extension Warehouse under the Window menu. You can choose plugins from categorized lists and automatically install them. There’s also the Sketchucation Plugin Manager which I wrote about a few blog posts back. There’s a new version of that out, too.
For the users of the pro version, there’s a few big changes in LayOut 2013. You can now create automatically hyphenated dimensions if you wish and rendering times for Vector and Hybrid viewports has been dramatically shortened.
Check out the SketchUp website to see all the details.
I’ll be writing more on this in the next week or so, too.
There’s a list of some of the improvements they’ve made with SketchUp and LayOut 2013. You can read it here.