Paul Geraedts

The power of SketchUp: Why there are so many SketchUp architects

If there’s one 3D sketching program that unites all kinds of different 3D designers, it would be SketchUp. With one of the biggest and most active communities of SketchUp architects out there, this program must truly be something special. But why is SketchUp so popular? Let’s have a look at it from up close.

SketchUp in a nutshell

SketchUp was first launched in the year 2000, and it immediately established itself as a low-key 3D designing program with an easy interface. A great part of the popularity of SketchUp comes from the fact that this program is so easy to use and can be learned fairly quickly, especially in comparison with other 3D CAD programs. In the years that followed, many SketchUp architects started emerging, although this versatile program is also used to make robots, sculptures and 3D objects in all shapes and sizes. 

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Easy to acquire 

SketchUp also stands out for the fact that this CAD program is easy to acquire and has several versions. One of the versions is SketchUp Free, a completely online version that runs in almost every browser. The SketchUp Pro version isn’t very expensive for a lifetime user and runs on both Windows and Mac, with added features and tools. Many SketchUp Architects learned the ropes of this CAD program by using the Free version, while moving towards the Pro version later. 

A vibrant community of Sketchup architects, designers and enthusiasts alike

Another very important factor to SketchUp’s success is the fact that this program has perhaps the biggest and most active online community. In SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse, one can browse through a massive library of models, ranging from furniture to screws to entire buildings. All these can be easily imported into any project to save you the hassle of drawing them yourself. 

Added software and plugins 

In this community, also a great variety of tips, tricks and handy plugins and software programs is being shared by SketchUp users online, in the Extension Warehouse. Besides the fact that SketchUp is a much-used, easy to learn CAD program, these plugins make it easily customizable according to your personal wishes. This creates extra versatility for the user. Xuver is such a SketchUp extension which is being used by many SketchUp users worldwide.

This is what your SketchUp model looks like in Xuver
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Bring your designs to life with Xuver for SketchUp

So what does Xuver have to offer for Sketchup architects and 3D designers? With Xuver for SketchUp, you can bring your 3D file to life in an online viewer. Within seconds, you convert your .skp file and make it available online, after which you can invite others (clients, interested parties, fellow designers), simply by sending them the browser link to your model. This interactive, online way of visualization fits seamlessly with the vibrant SketchUp community that loves to share and explore new opportunities in 3D designing software. Xuver is available as a free trial, simply follow the button below to visualize your SketchUp designs today

A step-by-step-guide to Xuver for SketchUp
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