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Score 8.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Solid Edge

Well Suited for:
  • Integrated designs performed by multiple designers simultaneously (designs requiring a Product Lifecycle Management system);
  • Designs requiring a high degree of parameterisation;
  • Large companies where specific standards and best practices are applied to all models and drawings created.
Not Well Suited for:
  • Personal use in designing one-off models and drawings;
  • Small business use where very few of the expensive features are actually used.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

I've found that SketchUp is great for just about any modeling need and even quite a bit of drafting. I don't recommend it for photorealistic rendering, though I've yet to mess around with more than the >$100 plugins. I have yet to run into a document that cannot be created in LayOut, but the complex text is difficult (tables/tabs, etc) to edit.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Solid Edge

  • Allows designers to work as they choose and not have to acclimate their work for the product's requirements. This results in productive use of Edge, thus an ROI for the company.
  • Manage large (high count of components) assemblies very well. Users spend little to no time trying to overcome speed issue with respect to assemblies.
  • Synchronous Design! This highly productive design process is unique to Edge and very addictive
David Breitstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Simplicity. Anyone who is familiar with a computer can jump headfirst into SketchUp and be proficient with its use within an hour.
  • Intuitive button design/layout. Creating 3D objects from 2D shapes is easy with the push/pull tool. More complex 3D modeling software can get overwhelming with all of the buttons on the toolbar.
  • 3D modeling warehouse. There is an online database that allows users to see what other SketchUp users have created and download their own copy. Sharing objects with other users dramatically reduces the time required to build a very detailed model.
Tony Grasso | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Solid Edge

  • Being used to 2-key and 3-key commands from the keyboard, it would be nice if this was more robust in Solid Edge. The capability of programming keystroke commands exists in Solid Edge, but it would be more user friendly in that regard.
  • Editing hatches can be a challenge.
  • I'm not a fan of the ribbon bar, but that seems to be a feature across software platforms in Windows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Ability to import Revit files and libraries.
  • Ability to export true curved vector linework. There are some workarounds, needs to be refined.
  • Create an OPEN MAPS connection. Since the split from Google, the source for high-quality aerials is limited.
  • Ability to dock all menus to the master window on a Mac
  • Ability to develop dockable menu trays on a Mac
Anthony Pope, RA, NCARB | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Solid Edge

Solid Edge 5.4
Based on 2 answers
The most important aspects are extremely easy to use. The hard to use parts are mostly because I'm not familiar with it yet.
Scott Rodgers | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

No score
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Support Rating

Solid Edge

Solid Edge 10.0
Based on 4 answers
I have never personally had to deal with the support team for Siemens Solid Edge, but I have engaged them through a few colleagues. Any time that I have had a query, or have had to ask for a Home-Use Licence, the response to my query has been forthcoming within 2-3 hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

SketchUp 8.4
Based on 27 answers
Sketchup is so intuitive; I can't recall ever looking for official support. However, there are many user forums online that can answer more questions. The usefulness of the online forums is, however, tempered by the fact that there have been many versions of the software under different ownership and support regimes, and thus finding the right information for the right version of the software can be a challenge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Solid Edge

I've used both SOLIDWORKS and Solid Edge. I prefer Solid Edge over SOLIDWORKS due to the ease of use. They are pretty similar, but the performance is the same as long as you have a good workstation. The price is less since Siemens owns the Parasolid kernel. It may just be a preference, but Solid Edge works great for me.
John T. Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

It's great to give the customer an overview of how a project will look, but it will never replace the information that a blueprint or engineering drawing can convey. SketchUp is great for the casual user or someone who is just getting started in design work. Other high powered software, such as Solidworks or Inventor is more suited for 3D modeling on a regular basis
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Solid Edge

  • Helped with meeting deadlines better because a user can spend more time designing thanks to ST and less time redefining/studying models to incorporate required changes. Better ROI.
  • Efforts are being made in to address this, but offering the software for free to schools, having effective marketing, and having more regional reps to attract customers and to produce more competent users for hiring. This will allow for more recruitment at vocational schools and allow company training to focus more on internal processes and less time on Solid Edge training.
  • Solid Edge has played a big role helping secondary students realize their designs faster and easier.
Alex Smith, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Some of our clients really appreciated that we could quickly make adjustments to proposed projects or mockups.
  • That being said, I've definitely spent a lot of time getting lost in the weeds making very small changes because they saw that it was possible, and then we're spending hours we might not have on the job.
Nathan Bowman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Solid Edge

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Solid Edge Editions & Modules

Edition
Design and Drafting$100.001
Foundation$230.001
Classoc$290.001
  1. Per Month
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SketchUp

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SketchUp Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$0.001
Shop$119.001
Pro$299.001
Professional$299.001
Studio$1199.001
For Students$55.001
For Educators$55.001
  1. per year
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