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Nothing matters more than how fast, smoothly, and reliably your models render in SketchUp.

This year, some big changes make SketchUp work even better.

SketchUp is meant to be simple and fast. Ironically, it takes an incredible amount of complexity and time to produce that effect. Heading into 2017, the work we’ve done on SketchUp pro echoes this dynamic. Across 3D modeling and 2D documentation, infrastructure and performance, we’ve built

a smarter SketchUp for 2017.

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SketchUp Pro 2017 System Requirements

Downloading and Installing SketchUp

Release Notes

Additionally, If your looking to ask any further questions regarding upgrading, purchasing

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SketchUp Pro 2017 Software Sales and Training Form


Graphics Pipeline 2.0(SketchUp)

What matters more than how fast, smoothly, and reliably SketchUp renders your models?

In this release, we’ve made major improvements to our graphics pipeline, allowing for performance improvements everywhere you see a .SKP.  Now, SketchUp, 3D Warehouse, LayOut,  my.SketchUp, and Trimble Connect all render models using the same under-the-hood algorithms, all tuned for buttery 3D orbiting.



See (thru) that? (SketchUp)

Along with our graphics pipeline overhaul, we’ve made big improvements to transparency, which should now render at higher quality and faster too. SketchUp Pro is also now way better at displaying multiple transparencies to provide a more realistic sense of depth across several clear faces. And for good measure, we’ve added the ability to fine-tune the opacity level in X-ray mode.

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Click and…. release!  (SketchUp)

We’re always sharpening ‘heuristics,’ the ins and outs that make SketchUp quick and precise.

High DPI Modeling

We’ve tuned snapping and inferencing  for high definition monitors (like Apple’s Retina Display). Edge weights have also been smart-scaled. You can back away from your screen now…

Smart Offset

Our new Offset avoids overlapping and self-intersecting geometry. Clean offsets, every time you hit ‘F’ (even in LayOut!)

Perpendicular Face Inferencing

Have you mastered parallel inferencing? We’ve added a ‘Perpendicular to Face’ inference. Hover a face; SketchUp will helpfully snap to its perpendicular.

Righteous Rectangles

Our Rectangle tools now utilize the arrow-key axis-locking (just like Circle and Polygon tools). Psst… find a Square or Golden Section; hold shift to lock that in too!

Axis Coloring

3D for every-cone (SketchUp)

In SketchUp Pro 2017, we’re introducing customization for the colors that display SketchUp’s axes and inferencing. We hope people with any degree of color blindness will tweak these important color schemes to make SketchUp Pro and LayOut work just right.


Extension Manager


A new utility, Extension Manager is a one-look view of your SketchUp extensions. From here, it’s easy to toggle on and off custom tools (or uninstall them entirely). Extension Manager also displays an extension’s Digital Signature, the indication it meets  our standard for quality and security.


Persistent ID’s


Now, when you make a change to your SketchUp model, any LayOut dimensions associated with the model update to reflect your edit. This possible thanks to a new feature across SketchUp platform called Persistent IDs. These are identifiers for geometry that help SketchUp (and its extensions) manipulate individual entities, like a specific edge or face. Basically, every sliver of your model just got smarter.




Introducing… Tables (Learn More)

Great documents often feature important information, so we built Tables, a great way to manage spreadsheets in LayOut.

CAD Advancements

High Fidelity .DWG (Learn More)

Many people use linework from SketchUp in other CAD applications. We’ve re-written LayOut’s .DWG/.DXF exporter to make their lives a lot easier.

One DWG (Learn More)

Previously, a ten page LayOut file would export as ten separate .dwg’s. Now you’ll get just one .dwg with ten separate tabs for each page.

Native Entities (Learn More)

In the old days, LayOut entities like dimensions, clipping masks, and labels would explode into raw geometry upon export. Now, they’ll import smartly into AutoCAD and behave just as expected.

Smart Scaling (Learn More)

LayOut exports are now smart enough to self scale for paper size or model space. Drawing entities like labels and, and polygons scales to paper size. Model linework scales to model space. Voilà!

Color by Layer (Learn More)

We’ve added an oft-requested ‘Color-by-Layer’ option to CAD exports, so all entities on a given layer may export as one color. By default, black linework exports so that it renders as black on a white background and white on a black background. That’s like candy for CAD fiends.

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64-Bit, 32-bit and OS Support

With this release, SketchUp is now a 64-bit application, meaning that there is no 32-bit version of SketchUp with the features described above. The 32-bit builds of SketchUp Pro 2016 and 2015 will be available on our website at Older builds of SketchUp Make will not be available.

Answering Questions about OS-Support

I’m using a 32-bit version of Windows. Does this mean I can’t use or purchase SketchUp 2017?

Yes, that’s correct. SketchUp Pro 2017 and SketchUp Make aren’t supported with any version of Windows older than Windows 7 and older than OS X 10.8. If you’re running Windows Vista, Windows XP or an older version of OS X such as Lion (10.7) then SketchUp may not install or run properly..

We want to support as many operating systems and hardware configurations as possible, so that as many people as possible can run SketchUp. This means, we have to prioritize our development towards current and emerging operating systems.

Sentimentally, we know some SketchUp users will be disappointed that our latest release doesn’t work with their older operating systems. For us, it’s a tough decision too, but wouldn’t you be pretty upset if you bought a new computer and SketchUp didn’t work on it?

Wait, doesn’t my Maintenance & Support entitle me to upgrade to SketchUp Pro 2017? My 32-bit OS doesn’t support this new version, but I already paid for it!

Our Maintenance & Support program entitles customers to one year of product updates and access to our Pro Support options. With every major release, we issue new Pro licenses to all customers whose Maintenance & Support program is up-to-date. So, while you’re older OS/computer won’t run SketchUp Pro 2017, your new license will work on a computer that is compatible with SketchUp Pro 2017.

A user’s operating system is supported, and SketchUp 2017 still isn’t working. What’s up?

If you’re not sure if SketchUp 2017 will work on a user’s machine, you can find out by using CheckUp, a diagnostic tool that our internal teams. Learn more about CheckUp…

How SketchUp Pro 2017 Licensing works

When in doubt, send anyone/everyone to our license wizard:

Single-user licenses

For customers with a single-user license of SketchUp Pro, here are the high points.

  • If you’ve purchased anything from us in the last year — a new SketchUp Pro license or a renewal of your Maintenance & Support plan — you should receive an email with your SketchUp Pro 2017 license within 48 hours of launch. Check your email, or look up your 2017 license using our wizard.
  • If it’s been more than a year since you’ve bought anything from SketchUp, you’ll need to enroll in or renew a maintenance & Support plan to upgrade your license for SketchUp Pro 2017. You can do this using our License Wizard (note: you’ll need to have your existing license information handy). If you’re not sure if your maintenance and support is currently active, simply visit the License Wizard and enter your serial number and either your name, email address, or company name. The result page will give you a status on your license.
  • Customers can use their SketchUp Pro 2017 license on up to two machines We actually allow a third machine activation for “just in case” scenarios. New licenses will have a serial number that begins with the letter “S”
  • All SketchUp 2017 downloads start with a 30 day trial of SketchUp Pro.

Network Licenses

For customers with a network license for SketchUp Pro, here are the high points.

  • License management happens in the cloud! There’s a number of redundancy and backup systems in place so that customers shouldn’t encounter an outage.
  • We’re also launching a private beta network license admin tool which allows IT admins to log in and track usage of their network licenses including total activations, authorizations, and roaming licenses. In addition we’ll display daily maximums so admins know whether they have the correct number of seats. This program is in a very limited, private beta: our public launch is TBD.
  • SketchUp Pro will need to have a constant connection to the Internet when using a network license as well as access via ports 5053 and 50530. However, customers can check out a license for offline use – for up to seven days — which will take a license seat from the general pool.
  • It is possible for companies to purchase an “on-premise” or “offline network license” in the event that they’re unable to use the network license server that we made available in the cloud. Customers who are interested in purchasing this kind of license should contact the SketchUp Pro Sales team.
  • Important! Customers who have a SketchUp Pro 2017 Network license, need to understand what happens when SketchUp Pro 2017 comes out. When licenses are auto-upgraded to a newer version – because they have an active maintenance & support plan – the old license is marked as “On Hold” in our licensing database, and the new license is marked as “Active.” The SketchUp Pro 2017 network license will remain in the “On Hold” state until a computer is authorized with their new 2017 license information. When this happens, the customer will have access to both SketchUp Pro 2016 and 2017 for 60 days. After 60 days, they will only have access to SketchUp Pro 2017. 

Enterprise Licensing

An Enterprise license is the same as a single-user license, except that the Node-Lock level is set to a high number. This means that Enterprise customers will need to be connected to the Internet to get the License file upon authorizing SketchUp Pro. We have a method of distributing license information to Enterprise IT staff so that they can auto-populate the Serial Number and Authorization Code fields and automatically send the license information for verification. In this way, customers only need to open SketchUp Pro and the authorization process will take care of itself.

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What is Trimble Connect?

Trimble Connect is the Trimble Buildings online collaboration platform. Think of it like a private 3D Warehouse, just for your project assets. Upload SKP’s, DWG’s, DXF’s, IFC’s PDF’s and share with team members. Trimble Connect is built off the GTeam platform, meaning that it enables sharing, reviewing, tasks, commenting and a lot more.

Users will sign-up for Trimble Connect by creating a Trimble account. Trimble Connect starts with a free trial that gives you one project workspace to tinker with. SketchUp users can use Trimble Connect to:

  • Publish, download, and update SketchUp models hosted on Trimble Connect.
  • Access and update reference models from Trimble Connect
  • Create, assign, and modify tasks with other project team members, while modeling.


I purchased a SketchUp Pro 2017 license but didn’t receive an email with my new license. What gives?

Two possibilities here: You may have used a different email than your normal one when buying your license (you may want to check your SPAM folder), or you purchased your license from one of our reseller partners. If you purchased from us, it’s easy to retrieve your new 2017 license using our license wizard. If you purchased from a reseller, we’d ask that you contact that reseller to get your new license (and you can find you reseller in our wizard too).

Information Modeling

Are you saying that SketchUp is BIM?

BIM (or building information modeling) is an emerging and important workflow for our users in architecture, engineering, and construction industries. It’s also a term that means many different things to different people. In SketchUp, we’re taking the most open possible position with respect to “Information Modeling.” Simply put, an information model is a 3D model that also holds non-graphical metadata. Is SketchUp Pro ‘BIM’? Yes, SketchUp Pro is certainly ‘compatible’ and even integral to BIM in that you can use it to implement and exchange building information models. You could also use the information in a SketchUp model to export a cut list for a woodworking project — a task that’s as complex as many elements of BIM.

Extension Warehouse

I just updated to the latest version of SketchUp. Where did all my extensions go?

Each new version of SketchUp has it’s own unique files and automatically migrates some settings when you upgrade. The extensions, toolbar layouts, materials and components which were defined in one version do not migrate automatically so there is some additional work to move those between versions. You can learn more about migrating your data between versions in the Knowledge Center article here. Note that Extensions installed previously through the Extension Warehouse can quickly be re-installed by visiting the Warehouse from within the new version of SketchUp.

SketchUp Make and Commercial Use

Because we expect that some users may be behind the curve on our policy change around commercial use, here are the boilerplate FAQ’s that we developed in our last release.

What is commercial work? Is my SketchUp project commercial work?

Just like every other company out there, we’re not legally permitted to help you interpret our terms of use. If we were, we’d be lawyers. Frankly, we’re happy we’re not lawyers. If you’re unsure what version to use, go with your gut. We trust folks to choose the right version of SketchUp for them. If you need help making a choice, here’s some more information about the difference between SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make.

Why are you making this change (commercial use)? I thought SketchUp meant 3D for everyone…

SketchUp is 3D for Everyone, that’s why we provide a version for both professionals and non-professionals. We’re making this change to clarify that SketchUp Pro is 3D for people who are doing commercial work; SketchUp Make is 3D for everyone else. We understand this change to our terms of use means that some people who used to use SketchUp for free may now have to switch to the paid version. With licenses that never expire, we think that SketchUp Pro is still one of the best values on the marketplace — we’ve never been shy about saying that we think SketchUp Pro is worth it.

Yikes, we use a lot of the free SketchUp at my office. How soon do I need to remove free from our workstations?

If you’re curious or worried about this change, the best thing to do is contact us; we want to help you keep your modeling experts rolling in SketchUp Pro.


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