SketchUp 2015 is the latest version of the popular 3D modeling and design software that offers many improvements and new features for both professionals and hobbyists. Whether you are an architect, engineer, interior designer, or just a creative enthusiast, you will find something to love in SketchUp 2015. Here are some of the highlights of what's new for SketchUp 2015:
64-bit application: SketchUp 2015 runs as a 64-bit application on both Windows and Mac operating systems, which means it can access more memory and perform faster and smoother. This is especially useful for working with large and complex models.[^1^]
Rotated Rectangle tool: SketchUp 2015 introduces a new tool that lets you draw rectangles at any angle, not just 90 degrees. This is handy for creating off-axis shapes and forms. You can also use the Rotated Rectangle tool to draw non-rectangular polygons.[^1^]
3 Point Arc tool: SketchUp 2015 adds another way to draw arcs, by defining the end points and the bulge of the arc. This gives you more control and precision over the shape of your arcs. You can also use the 3 Point Arc tool to draw circles and ellipses.[^1^]
New licensing system: SketchUp 2015 simplifies the licensing process by offering a 30-day trial of SketchUp Pro, platform-independent licenses, and easier activation and management. You can also use your license on multiple devices with a single sign-in.[^1^]
Improved Face Finder: SketchUp 2015 optimizes the code for Face Finder, which is the feature that automatically creates faces from coplanar edges. This results in faster and more reliable performance for operations like Explode and Intersect.[^1^]
Enhanced Ruby API: SketchUp 2015 expands the capabilities of the Ruby API, which allows developers to create extensions and plugins for SketchUp. In particular, SketchUp 2015 enables developers to access and control information modeling classifications, create licensed extensions, and improve materials, cameras, section cuts, and more.[^1^] [^2^]
If you want to try out SketchUp 2015 for yourself, you can download it from here. You can also check out the release notes for more details on what's new for SketchUp 2015.
SketchUp 2015 Tips and Tricks
SketchUp 2015 is a powerful and versatile tool that can help you create amazing 3D models and designs. However, there are some hidden features and shortcuts that can make your SketchUp experience even better. Here are some tips and tricks that you may not know about SketchUp 2015:
Use inferencing: SketchUp 2015 has a smart inferencing system that helps you snap to points, edges, faces, axes, and guides. You can use inferencing to align your geometry, draw accurate dimensions, and create complex shapes. To use inferencing, just hover your cursor over an existing point or edge and look for the colored dots or lines that indicate the inference direction. Then move your cursor along the inference and click to place your point or edge.[^3^]
Use double click and triple click in combination with the Shift key to select complicated selections: SketchUp 2015 has a handy selection tool that lets you select entities by clicking, dragging, or crossing over them. However, sometimes you may want to select more than one entity at a time, or select only certain parts of an entity. For example, you may want to select all the faces of a cube, or only the edges of a circle. To do this, you can use double click and triple click in combination with the Shift key. Double clicking on a face will select the face and its bounding edges. Triple clicking on a face will select the face and all connected faces. Holding down the Shift key while double clicking or triple clicking will add or subtract from your current selection.[^3^]
Increase the number of segments of a circle or an arc: SketchUp 2015 allows you to draw circles and arcs with a predefined number of segments. The default number is 24 for circles and 12 for arcs. However, sometimes you may want to increase or decrease the number of segments to create smoother or simpler curves. To do this, you can use the keyboard shortcut before or after drawing the circle or arc. Just type in the number of segments you want and press Enter. For example, if you want to draw a circle with 48 segments, type 48s and press Enter.[^3^]
Use the Circle tool to draw polygons: SketchUp 2015 has a dedicated Polygon tool that lets you draw regular polygons with any number of sides. However, you can also use the Circle tool to draw polygons by changing the number of segments. Just type in the number of sides you want for your polygon and press Enter. For example, if you want to draw a hexagon, type 6s and press Enter.[^3^]
Use the Pan shortcut: SketchUp 2015 has a Pan tool that lets you move your view around without changing your perspective or zoom level. However, you don't have to switch to the Pan tool every time you want to pan your view. You can use the keyboard shortcut instead. Just hold down the Shift key and the middle mouse button and drag your mouse to pan your view.
Use guides through two points: SketchUp 2015 has a Tape Measure tool that lets you create guides along edges or faces. However, sometimes you may want to create guides that are not aligned with any existing geometry. For example, you may want to create a guide that is parallel to an edge but offset by a certain distance. To do this, you can use the guides through two points option. Just activate the Tape Measure tool and click on two points that define the direction of your guide. Then move your cursor along the guide line and type in the distance you want for your offset guide.
Use cardinal points: SketchUp 2015 has a Move tool that lets you move entities along any direction. However, sometimes you may want to move entities along specific directions that are perpendicular or parallel to an edge or face. For example, you may want to move a cylinder along its axis or rotate it around its center. To do this, you can use cardinal points. Cardinal points are special inference points that appear on circles, arcs, and curves when you activate the Move tool or Rotate tool. They indicate the directions that are perpendicular or parallel to the circle plane 061ffe29dd