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SketchUp 2020 gets a fresh new update

SketchUp 2020 Features Update

SketchUp 2020 gets a fresh new update

After introducing SketchUp 2020 in January and sharpening it in April, we’re pleased to announce an August update as well. These enhancements focus in on a few long-standing user requests. Let’s take a closer look.

Linear inference toggles for the Line tool in SketchUp

SketchUp inferencing comes in all shapes and sizes. One of the most distinct is the linear inferencing that allows you to snap or lock to the red, green, and blue axes. Linear inferencing makes SketchUp work, but it can also get in the way. For instance, if you are working with very small spaces or tracing images, we’ve heard from you that it would be helpful for inferencing to get out of the way.

To address this, the Line tool now features a modifier key [(ALT) on Win and (CMD) on Mac] to toggle linear inferencing on and off, so you can draw edges without being snapped to an inference. You can turn off all inferences, or leave only parallel and perpendicular inferencing on. Of course, you can still jump to a specific inference — red, green, blue, or magenta — using the arrow keys.  

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Weld Edges in SketchUp

We added ‘Weld Edges’ to SketchUp’s native tools. This means you can join edges and arcs into a single polyline without installing an extension. If you haven’t used a weld extension, we recommend starting to weld edges for any face where you’d like a smooth push/pull extrusion. Select the edges you want to join, right-click and select Weld Edges.

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Control line width, colour, and pattern by tag in LayOut

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about how LayOut users stacked viewports to create incredible 2D drawings. The biggest lesson: it would be great if you didn’t have to stack performance-impacting viewports to get drawings to look the way you want.

We’re happy to share that you can now control the line style of SketchUp tags in LayOut. Before this update, rendering a plan view with different line weights meant hiding a bunch of geometry, creating different scenes, and stacking viewports. Now, you can adjust the edge width, colour, dash pattern, and dash scale in one viewport by assigning and styling tags.

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Whether you need control of line styles for architectural drawings, production drawings, and details, or general illustration, we’d love to hear your impressions… or better yet, see your work. Share some examples of the drawings you create (or would like to make) in SketchUp and LayOut using the hashtag #LearnLayOut 

Smoother operations in larger LayOut documents 

Good LayOut documents are an arrangement of viewports, images, vector graphics, and labels. As pages get complex and documents get longer, operating on selections gets slower. To help speed up larger files, we’re excited to share changes to how the move, copy, and scale operations work. Now, LayOut previews these transformations instead of drawing them in real-time as you work with a selection. When you complete a move, copy, or scale operation, LayOut then redraws your action. This is a subtle change, but it brings a new feel and a lot more efficiency to LayOut.

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We hope you’ll explore these features and let us know how they impact your workflow. If you want to showcase how SketchUp and any of the recent updates have had a positive impact on your work and you’d like to be featured as a Cadsoft Solutions Limited customer case study, get in touch either by telephone or email. Understanding the work you do allows us to keep improving our service and also inform the team at SketchUp… work that we deeply appreciate!

Get access to SketchUp Pro and LayOut here and explore these updates today! 

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Last chance to buy SketchUp Perpetual Licenses

Last chance to buy SketchUp Perpetual Licenses

Your last chance to buy SketchUp Perpetual Licenses

Trimble have announced a big change to how customers will be able to purchase SketchUp. As of November 4, 2020, SketchUp will no longer sell Classic Perpetual Licenses and Maintenance & Support renewal plans.

SketchUp is transitioning to subscription-based products, which offer customers a range of options including a SketchUp Pro and Studio multi-year subscriptions. 

Time to consider the SketchUp Annual Subscription

Today, and going forward, you can subscribe for one, two or three years, skip a year, renew every year — it’s up to you. Whatever you choose, you’ll always have the latest version with the newest features, receive (more) frequent product updates, and get access to technical support. To top it off, a subscription to SketchUp means you’ll never have to think about losing access, renewing, or finding that authorisation code. Easy peasy. Only the Push/Pull tool is simpler. 

SketchUp is shifting to a cloud delivery model for a few reasons. With a subscription, customers can always receive regular updates and improvements to SketchUp products, access from multiple devices at any time and enjoy simplified deployment and management as well as access to technical support. 

If you aren’t ready to stop using your Classic Perpetual License, don’t worry. You’ll be able to continue using the latest version you own. In addition, if you’d like to update your Classic Perpetual License, you can do that until November 4th, 2020

Please be advised: if you purchase an updated Classic Perpetual License or renew your Maintenance & Support license prior to November 4, 2020, you will no longer be able to upgrade and access additional features every year as you have in the past. Our advice is to consider the subscription route now rather than later and to do that you can contact us now for the most cost-effective options available to Classic Perpetual users via Email or telephone +44 (0)1223 787272


We know you probably have questions, here are answers to the top three most frequently asked and a handy guide [Link will open in a new window] for more detailed information.

  • Can I continue to use my existing perpetual licenses? Yes, you will be able to use the latest version you own for as long as you want.
  • Can I continue to use and renew my Maintenance and Support plan for my existing perpetual license? Yes, until November 4, 2020. 
  • How will I be able to purchase SketchUp products after November 4 when perpetual licenses are no longer available? Via a subscription.

With the advent of subscriptions to the SketchUp family of products, this move was inevitable. Users of Classic Perpetual licenses keen on moving across to the subscription model can give us a call or drop us a line.

Cadsoft Solutions Limited providing SketchUp Solutions for your business

Cadsoft Solutions Limited is offering discounts for upfront multi-year subscriptions for customers who don’t want to worry about renewing for three years. You’ll receive all subsequent features updates and improvements during your multi-year subscription. All Cadsoft Solutions Limited UK customers will have access to our product team for full technical support, with new customers qualifying for one-hour internet based onboarding to help get you up and running or to answer any specific SketchUp queries. Onboarding can be scheduled directly on our website once SketchUp orders have been processed.

The scheduled change to SketchUp licensing should be a smooth transition. For all Cadsoft Solutions customers affected by these changes and with questions about what this means for you and your business, our team are here to help. Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you understand these changes along with any other product questions you may have. Email or telephone +44 (0)1223 787272

It’s important to remember, November 4, 2020, is the deadline for purchasing SketchUp perpetual licenses and maintenance and support renewals. Mark this date in your calendar!