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What's New in Google SketchUp 8

What's New in Google SketchUp 8

We've stuffed SketchUp 8 full of new and improved features:

Because almost everything is somewhere

Whether you're designing in context, creating a shadow study or photo-modeling existing structures, SketchUp 8 provides easy access to Google's huge collection of geographic resources.
  • add-geo-location

    Model geo-location with Google Maps

    We've built Maps right into SketchUp. Adding a geo-location to your model is now an elegant, one-app process.
  • color-terrain

    Color imagery and more accurate terrain

    The snapshot you get when you add a geo-location to your model now includes 3D terrain data that's more accurate, and -- for the first time -- aerial imagery in color.
  • photo-match-improvements

    Match Photo improvements

    Our Match Photo feature lets you trace one or more photographs to build a model; it's an incredibly powerful tool. For SketchUp 8, we've tweaked some things to make using Match Photo easier than ever.
  • building-maker

    SketchUp, meet Building Maker

    When it comes to modeling existing buildings, it's hard to beat Google Building Maker for speed and efficiency. We've made it simpler to open and refine Building Maker models in SketchUp. Watch a video

More great things about SketchUp 8

We've spent months building powerful new tools, fine-tuning functionality and making sure SketchUp 8 continues to be the most intuitive 3D modeler on the planet.
  • solid-tools

    Meet the Solid Tools PRO

    SketchUp Pro 8 includes a powerful new set of tools for additive and subtractive modeling:
    • unionUnion adds together two or more shapes.
    • intersectIntersect makes a new shape out of the bits that overlap [parts that are common] - while deleting everything else.
    • subtractSubtract turns a shape into a 3D cookie cutter. Use it to slice and dice any other solid.
    • trimTrim tells one shape to take a bite out of the other - without deleting the first shape.
    • splitSplit makes a new shape out of the bits that overlap - while keeping everything else.
    Watch a video about the Solid Tools
  • scene-thumbs

    Scene Thumbnails

    Wouldn't it be nice if the Scenes Panel included little image previews of the scenes in your model? Your wish is our command.
  • back-edges

    Back Edges

    Turn these on to see your model's obscured edges as dashed lines. A great alternative to Wireframe or X-Ray mode when you need to be able to see through your model.
  • angular-dims

    Angular Dimensions in LayOut PRO

    By popular demand, we've equipped LayOut 3 with a dedicated tool for creating angular dimensions.
  • push-pull

    Push/Pull pre-selected faces

    Select a face, then push/pull; it works just like the rest of SketchUp's modification tools. Super handy when you don't want to change your point of view.
  • volumes

    Calculate volumes

    Entity Info now displays the volume of any solid in your model. Volumes are also included in reports you generate with SketchUp Pro.
  • outer-shell

    Outer Shell

    Automatically generate a shape that completely encloses two or more solids in your model. It's a little like shrink-wrapping your geometry. Did someone say 3D printing?
  • dwg-lo

    DWG/DXF 2010 PRO

    SketchUp Pro 8 supports the DWG/DXF 2010 format for importing and exporting vector data for your models.
  • dwg-su

    DWG/DXF export in LayOut PRO

    Like to draft in LayOut? With this version, you can share your LayOut 3 drawings as files that any CAD system or 3D modeler (including SketchUp Pro) can open.
  • dashed-lines

    Dashed lines are configurable in LayOut PRO

    Not finding what you need in LayOut's library of dashed line styles? Now you can adjust things to make your own.
  • precise-move

    Precise Move in LayOut PRO

    We've arranged for the center grip on every element to do double duty: In addition to rotation, you can place it wherever you like to establish a custom "snap point" for putting things exactly where you want them.


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