Better LayOut, Much Better Drawings
LayOut is where people harvest their 3D work in SketchUp to produce excellent drawings. Our
commitment for LayOut is to help professionals make much better drawings, much quicker, and with
as much control as they need.
Scaled Vector Drawing
Now you can use LayOut’s vector illustration tools to draft in 2D at scale. Use your SketchUp model
as a base for accurately scaled construction details, or just sketch a detail from scratch in LayOut
(which is what a lot of LayOut users want to do). Re-set scales as you wish and your work will resize
as necessary. As you would expect, your scaled illustrations are fully supported by LayOut’s
Dimension and Label tools.
One reason that drawing in 2D at scale is important is that a lot of LayOut users are trying to work
with imported AutoCAD geometry via the DWG format. So in this release, we’re introducing
LayOut’s ability to import DWG files. DWG projects import at scale and support the pages, title
blocks, and blocks. Even better, LayOut users can now help themselves to the vast world of free
DWG libraries. And yes, we also improved the quality of DWG files you export from LayOut.
To support scaled drawings, we made a juicy change we think LayOut regulars will notice right away:
Editing grouped entities in LayOut now works just like it does in SketchUp. That means it’s way
easier to draw and manipulate grouped entities. LayOut users can also control “rest of document”
visibility when editing within a group.
Drawing Tool Improvements
For 2018 there will be a range of improved drawing tools in LayOut. Inferencing, chamfering and
filleting, arcs, offset arrays, selections: LayOut will be better at everything you need to draw details
or create beautiful illustrations.
Multi Viewport Dimensioning
What sounds like an enabling physics concept for teleportation is actually a pretty simple LayOut
idea. Users will be able to draw dimensions across SketchUp viewports in order to create a specific
LayOut dimensions can now be as precise as SketchUp dimensions. That’s up to 0.000001 inches. Do
the math: that means LayOut can show the decimal equivalent of 1/64” (0.015625”).
Advanced Attribute Labels
Like all of the information in your model, SketchUp’s new advanced attributes are easily available
when drawing LayOut labels.
Other LayOut Improvements
Similar to group editing, locking entities is fundamental to how many people organize and navigate
projects (both models and documents). Now you can easily lock individual LayOut entities to cut
down on accidental selections.
Unicode Font Support
With Unicode font support, LayOut will work much better in languages that don’t use Roman
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