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Forum topic by goochs posted 02-23-2015 07:42 PM 1269 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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goochs

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02-23-2015 07:42 PM

I am looking for a simple drawing plan to do my sketches of projects to build. The sketchup program comes with a 30day trial of pro but I don’t really want to learn the program then find out it is too costly for me.
Any other programs I might consider?


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#1 posted 02-23-2015 07:51 PM

Sketchup has a free version that is not a trial called Make. Just select Personal Projects on the download page.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 07:58 PM

Free sketchup is pretty good for most woodworking projects.

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 08:04 PM

When you download Sketchup Make, it automatically adds the 30 day trial of the additional Pro features—the download makes hte distinction a bit confusing. Once the 30 days are up, those specific features are no longer accessible, but you don’t need them for planning woodworking projects, anyways.

I use Sketchup Make and really like it.

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 08:23 PM

I’ve got the pro version now via educational pricing (son student 50/year). I use the software for design and a lot of parts I want to do templates. The pro feature makes that very easy via layout, so it’s worth it to me. If not for that I’d probably go free version.

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goochs

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 08:28 PM

are there any rent a student sites? :-)
can I scale with make or is that limited to layout?

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 08:34 PM



When you download Sketchup Make, it automatically adds the 30 day trial of the additional Pro features—the download makes hte distinction a bit confusing. Once the 30 days are up, those specific features are no longer accessible, but you don t need them for planning woodworking projects, anyways.

I use Sketchup Make and really like it.

- JayT


Yea the Trial goes by default to the Pro version and then reverts to the non Pro version after the 30 days , it does give you the chance to see if you want the Pro features without having to buy it find out you don’t need them.
I think that for most users the Non Pro Version is fine but if you find that you really like/need the Pro features it is not as expensive as some of the other options out there.

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 08:58 PM


are there any rent a student sites? :-)
can I scale with make or is that limited to layout?

- goochs

You can scale via scale too, thats not the issue. In layout, it prints easily full scale, so when I print my parts they are 1/1 scale. I then take the paper and spraytac to hardboard and cut my templates. It works great for non-square parts. I can then keep the templates hanging on the wall and makes reproducing parts/pieces easily.

I’m sure there are other version bennefits, but that was the big one for me that sold me on the pro version.

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 09:34 PM

I am still learning how to use Sketchup. Looks like this will go on and on. Seems each project I design brings the need for using a tool I haven’t used before. I am currently getting used to the rotate and the protractor tools. Pretty cool stuff.

I have drawn simple stuff like a storage rack for garden tools to the storage building in my back yard. I built it in 2002 so I thought it would be a good training exercise to draw the plans for it. :-)

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 09:43 PM

You can print 1 to 1 with the free version as well.
I think the free version will do anything you would need it to do.
I’ve been using it for 3 or so years and it does everything I need it to do for me, which basically includes drawing any type of cabinetry or layouts of any sorts.

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jakep_82

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 09:57 PM

If you need to ask, then you probably don’t need the pro version. I’ve used the free version for everything from furniture design, to creating furniture layouts for rooms in my house.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 09:57 PM

Go here and download Ketchup Make 2015.

Here

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 09:58 PM

Go here and download Ketchup Make 2015.

Here

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 10:06 PM

You could always just try the freebe and when it don’t do the job buy it.

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goochs

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#14 posted 02-23-2015 10:46 PM

Iwud4u how would you set the drawing to be say 1”=1’ ? so that the dimensions would be correct

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NoThanks

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#15 posted 02-23-2015 10:48 PM

When I draw I use, 1” equals 1” Then to print to scale,

This explains it better than me.
http://help.sketchup.com/en/article/114462

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