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Sanderguy777

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05-18-2018 10:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sketchup design question software

Been using Sketchup Make for years and I loved it. However, I just got a new computer that doesn’t have it and I looked at getting it again. The newest fad seems to be for digital design companies to make everything cloud-based and Trimble did an outstanding job. By outstanding I mean the way a hammered thumb is outstanding!

I was wondering if there is a better program that is cheap (under $150 a year or forever is better) that just works. Or if I need to spend the $$$$ for real Autocad?

The problems I have with it are:
1. Internet-based (response times are full seconds or more)

2. also internet-based (I can’t open it offline, or even on my phone [just wanted to see a picture and a few measurements, no editing…])

3. Limited tools (solid sides are normally fine, but being able to see dotted lines of interior components would help)

I know this is a rant, but I remember when it just worked and I didn’t need a perfect internet connection or anything. Thanks for the advice.

-- Marc Spagnuolo (standing in front of clamp wall): I think I need a few more . Me (owner of at least 8 clamps):.....?


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Rich

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#1 posted 05-18-2018 10:23 PM

You can still download the regular version of SketchUp that runs locally on your computer.

Edit: Maybe not. The Pro trial used to expire and you were left with the free version. I just noticed my Pro trial expired and there is no option other than to buy Pro.

I still had a 2017 download and that works fine now. Check around and you can probably find a download for 2017 Make.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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lew

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#2 posted 05-18-2018 10:27 PM

Sketchup Make 2017 is still free and computer based-

https://www.sketchup.com/download/all

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

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#3 posted 05-18-2018 10:38 PM

Somebody beat me to it but… https://www.sketchup.com/download/make

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 05-18-2018 10:47 PM

this is my alternative

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-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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Jimintomahawak

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#5 posted 05-18-2018 11:31 PM

Look up draft sight free and you can save pdf to view on your phone. I designed my home with it. It isn’t the friendliest interface but it’s free @nd works good.

-- Laziness drives creative thinking...

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#6 posted 05-18-2018 11:33 PM

https://www.draftsight2018.com

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lew

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#7 posted 05-18-2018 11:34 PM



this is my alternative

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- John Smith

Sketchup runs circles around the old school method. Too bad we lost Dave R as a member. He is the Sketchup Master.

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

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Jimintomahawak

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#8 posted 05-18-2018 11:39 PM

John’s system works good too. I use auto and draftsight and solid works at money making job. Solid works works good but you need to model pieces then assemble them to get individual piece dimensions easily. 8020 and sketchup are great for cabinetry and home design.

-- Laziness drives creative thinking...

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#9 posted 05-19-2018 12:52 AM

I will look into these, thank you. I actually took a drafting class and loved it up to relearning how to write my alphabet….. I’ve never seen an architect who listened to that part!

Thanks for the suggestions.

-- Marc Spagnuolo (standing in front of clamp wall): I think I need a few more . Me (owner of at least 8 clamps):.....?

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Rich

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#10 posted 05-19-2018 01:22 AM


I will look into these, thank you. I actually took a drafting class and loved it up to relearning how to write my alphabet….. I ve never seen an architect who listened to that part!

Thanks for the suggestions.

- Sanderguy777

TOM Q VAXY — Letters that should be as wide as they are tall. That mnemonic goes back to 1970, so I guess it worked since I remembered it.

Here’s one from my electrical engineering days — Bad Boys R*pe Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly. That’s to remember the resistor color codes. Boy how times have changed. That’d get you expelled these days, but my professor wrote it on the chalkboard.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Mike_D_S

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#11 posted 05-19-2018 01:25 AM

If you are willing to learn a new platform, then you can get Fusion360 as a hobby guy for free. They have licenses for hobby use.

There’s some definite difference between the CAD style and the Sketchup graphics stylings, but overall its not too bad.

Mike

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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#12 posted 05-19-2018 02:07 AM



this is my alternative

.

- John Smith

Here’s mine. I have no formal training, just work with what I have.

End result was not to bad though.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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John Smith

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#13 posted 05-19-2018 02:30 AM

Rich – one of my first jobs as a kid was working at the local TV & Radio repair store
and my job was sorting resistors with the “formula code” that you described.
from time to time, that phrase still pops into my mind.
a bit of nostalgia there.

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-- Graduated Valedictorian from the University of HardKnocks --

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Rich

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#14 posted 05-19-2018 02:55 AM


Rich – one of my first jobs as a kid was working at the local TV & Radio repair store
and my job was sorting resistors with the “formula code” that you described.
from time to time, that phrase still pops into my mind.
a bit of nostalgia there.

- John Smith

The idea of a TV repair shop is nostalgic in itself. They used to be everywhere. I remember when they had tube testers at places like 7/11. Dad and I would mark the tubes and sockets with masking tape so we knew which went where, go test them and hope they had a replacement for the bad one down in the cabinet below the tester.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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BFamous

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#15 posted 05-19-2018 01:05 PM

Not certain what year my version of Sketchup is, but I just updated it last year so I’m assuming 2017. It was free, and installed locally. I’m a huge fan of its functionality and capabilities. There are some oddities, but once you’re used to them it is fine…

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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