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KimR

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01-07-2017 02:51 PM

I’d love to learn SketchUp. But downloading SketchUp Make 2017 appeas to give me only a 30 day license. Is that wrong or do I really have no alternative to blowing $695 on SketchUp Pro?


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#1 posted 01-07-2017 03:24 PM

No, you don’t have to upgrade. The 30 day license is for SketchUp Pro — a trial period they include with new downloads. Once that expires, you can continue to use SketchUp Make for free indefinitely.

-- There are two types of people. Those who divide people into two types, and those who don't.

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htl

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#2 posted 01-07-2017 03:56 PM

One of the biggest differences after the 30 day is printing things become a lot harder.
I’ve been using widows ten snipit tool to grab what I need.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 03:24 AM

You might want to try Fusion 360, it’s free for personal use, more powerful, and in my opinion easier to learn.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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hotbyte

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 04:14 AM

Nice input RickM! I’ve been sketchup user for a few years and not heard of Fusion 360. Just watched some instructional YouTube videos from Paul Jenkins and it looks really cool. Will definitely download and try it!!!

Learned CAD on AutoCAD 9 many years ago :-)

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 04:39 PM

I’ve used AutoCAD (and a few others) in the past and taught myself sketchup. I like using sketchup and it’s pretty easy to get started with the basics. I recommend watching the videos provided on the sketchup site, they’re helpful to get started. http://www.sketchup.com/learn/videos/826

For me it’s sort of a mindset, I just “think” CAD, so while sketchup is easy to use, I sometimes have to think about what I’m going to do as sketchup has a slightly different process that traditional CAD. Not that it makes it worse or better, but you may want to try both and see which one fits your mental process better. You may find one is just easier to relate to than the other.

Mike

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#6 posted 01-08-2017 04:59 PM

One advantage of sketchup is that there are a lot of downloadable files out there. Popular Woodworking, for instance often has sketchup files for their projects. Makes mods easy.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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RichTaylor

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#7 posted 01-09-2017 04:09 AM

Bob Lang’s videos got me off on the right foot with SketchUp. I recently bought his multimedia PDF book with text and embedded videos, which is updated to a more recent version of SketchUp.

Boy, if I keep recommending his products, he’s going to have to pay me referral fees. Seriously though, his stuff is by a woodworker for woodworkers, and taught me so many cool tricks to save time and get great results.

-- There are two types of people. Those who divide people into two types, and those who don't.

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KimR

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#8 posted 01-09-2017 08:02 PM



Bob Lang s videos got me off on the right foot with SketchUp.
Actually, I’ve been using Lang’s stuff. And I agree, ti is terrific. But I was just concerned that I was learning to use something for whch I’d have to pay a (to me) exorbitant sum to continue to use.

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#9 posted 01-09-2017 08:55 PM

Bob Lang’s videos got me off on the right foot with SketchUp. I recently bought his multimedia PDF book with text and embedded videos, which is updated to a more recent version of SketchUp.

About five years ago, his materials helped be move fully from paper to Sketchup. I felt it worth every penny…

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#10 posted 01-09-2017 09:14 PM


I d love to learn SketchUp. But downloading SketchUp Make 2017 appeas to give me only a 30 day license. Is that wrong or do I really have no alternative to blowing $695 on SketchUp Pro?

- KimR

Yep, after the 30 day trial, Sketchup will become Sketchup Make, the free version. You can do almost anything needed for woodworking. At least that is my opinion. I also bought Bob Lang’s DVD and used Rob Cameron’s “Sketchup for Woodworkers” on You Tube to get started. Before then, it was all graph paper for me. I am hooked and will never go back.

Sketchup for Woodworkers

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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lew

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#11 posted 01-10-2017 05:44 AM

Lumberjock members, who have been around for a while, will remember a Sketchup guru that went above and beyond when someone needed help understanding this software.

Unfortunately some of the community thought it was funny to post pornographic images in various threads. This offended many and our helpful guru as well. He left our membership, never to return.

You can read some of his stuff here- http://www.finewoodworking.com/collection/design-click-build

I miss Dave.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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jbay

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#12 posted 01-10-2017 02:11 PM

^ +1
He taught me.
He even took the time to Skype with me to show me how to do some things.
Good guy!

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KimR

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#13 posted 01-10-2017 06:43 PM



Lumberjock members, who have been around for a while, will remember a Sketchup guru that went above and beyond when someone needed help understanding this software.

Unfortunately some of the community thought it was funny to post pornographic images in various threads. This offended many and our helpful guru as well. He left our membership, never to return.

You can read some of his stuff here- http://www.finewoodworking.com/collection/design-click-build

Thanks! Very helpful!

I miss Dave.

- lew


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bonesbr549

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#14 posted 01-10-2017 08:16 PM


^ +1
He taught me.
He even took the time to Skype with me to show me how to do some things.
Good guy!

- jbay

Me too, he spent an hour on the phone one day with me just to help. I use it regular and he put me on the road to understand for sure. Never knew he had left the forum. Great guy!

As a note…. If you or your spouse are a teacher you can get it 49 a year or if you have a kid with a school address. (email)

I miss Layout it was a great tool if priinting full size templates for printing and cutting out. Don’t need that anymore since I do CNC.

I have the make version now.

As to fusion 360, printing is a problem, but cool tool and great if you do CNC. I’m in the learning curve for that now.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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BobLang

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#15 posted 01-10-2017 08:25 PM

Thanks to all of you for the kind words. I work independently, so minimal budget for advertising and no support from a publishing company. I really appreciate it when my customers have good things to say about my work.

-- Bob Lang, http://readwatchdo.com

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