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Forum topic by torea posted 01-13-2017 03:36 AM 1392 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2017 03:36 AM

Hey all,

I just tried to open up Sketchup (which is Skethcup 2014) but I got a notice that says I have to upgrade to the ‘new and improved’ version. The problem is, they don’t support Sketchup 2017 on my OS. Has anyone else had this problem and were you able to get around it without upgrading your system and Sketchup?


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#1 posted 01-13-2017 02:12 PM

I can load 2014 without upgrading. The program does inform me there is an update but that window can be closed and I can continue working without an issue.

Did you try to open a file sent by someone with the new version? If so, ask them to save another copy using the option to save as an earlier file version.

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#2 posted 01-13-2017 03:17 PM

The SU 17 uses 64 bit instead of 32 and also needs a heavier graphic card. I tried to upload them on my older laptop and that’s what I found out. Just go to SU’s download page and find 2016 and download it and you should be fine.

Once you save a SU drawing in a newer version, the older version will no longer open it.

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#3 posted 01-14-2017 05:00 AM

Hmm. This is so strange. The other day when I was trying to open it, I was unable to continue through. If I opened a SU file, it would immediately pop up a window saying I needed to upgrade and I couldn’t click anything, and if I opened the program on its own, every link in the menu window would force me to a browser download page. But today, I opened it up and it works just like normal (though it still has a call-to-action to upgrade). Maybe there was a lot of pushback and they changed it. Either way, it works now!

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