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Score 8.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Siemens Solid Edge is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Solid Edge

100%
10 Ratings
8.3

SketchUp

83%
46 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Solid Edge

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SketchUp

90%
1 Rating

Usability

5.3

Solid Edge

53%
2 Ratings

SketchUp

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

10.0

Solid Edge

100%
4 Ratings
8.4

SketchUp

84%
27 Ratings

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

Real estate is not really the most likely use for Sketchup, since it has so many choices and possibilities. But, it is an innovative way to differentiate yourself from the competition. The program is very well-suited to the myopic seller or buyer who can't visualize future changes and their effect on value.
Arcoma L. Lambert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Solid Edge

  • It has very good user interface in classic or ordered environment.
  • In 2D or drafting, you can give any Geometric tolerancing and symbols to any dimension. There is a wide range of options available.
  • You can convert any files in step file (.stp) and can open it in other designing applications easily.
  • After converting 3D drawings in 2D you can make changes in 2D drawing by converting it in the draft. You can also add details like cross-sections and detailed view.
  • You can directly make threads without creating holes.
Amit Javiya | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • Quickly exploring solutions in 3D: We get a lot of "what if" and "what would that look like" questions. While hand-sketching and hand-drafting can be fairly quick, SketchUp allows me to quickly create 3D and 2D views of a detail or solution, change dimensions and materials in a flash, and show a client or installer the plan in minutes.
  • Creating professional design documents in LayOut: Projects of any scale need good documentation. Using a combination of SketchUp and LayOut, I can create a Design Intent Set, plans for permitting, a set for mechanical trades to mark-up, etc. Having clear, appropriately-scaled drawings with dimensions or notations is a must, and we don't always have the time or budget to get an architect involved!
  • Using live files to guide discussions: Not all clients are "visual" people, so opening their model and orbiting around their space in real time has been extremely helpful. Clients and trades enjoy the perspective views so much that we often include them in the full-sized drawing sets to give a good "overall" view of the project intent. For complex or tight spaces, sometimes un-rendered plans and elevations just aren't enough!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Solid Edge

  • School/university exposure and saturation is low, students getting hired out of school are unaware of Edge.
  • Market perception: competitors win the popularity contest in the CAD world. Yet, Edge is by far the functional king of the industry.
David Breitstein | 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

Pricing Details

Solid Edge

General

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

Starting Price

$100 per month

Solid Edge Editions & Modules

Edition
Design and Drafting$100.001
Foundation$230.001
Classoc$290.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

SketchUp

General

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

Starting Price

$119 per year

SketchUp Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Studio for Students / Educators (Desktop version)$551
Studio (Windows only)$6991
  1. per year
SaaS Edition
Free$0.001
Shop$119.001
Pro$299.001
Professional$299.001
Studio$1199.001
For Students$55.001
For Educators$55.001
For Schools (free with G Suite or Microsoft education account)$0
  1. per year
  2. none
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Solid Edge

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SketchUp

SketchUp 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We typically wait a few years in between renewing, as even older versions are powerful tools for modeling, and we make sure the amount of feature changes are worth the re-investment.
Brian Walker, AIA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Solid Edge

Solid Edge 5.3
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
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

What makes Solid Edge better than any other of the previously mentioned software is the Synchronous technology feature. This is the ability to integrate 2D and 3D sketching. Without planning ahead you can start modeling from a simple sketch. This makes this software a better choice because it means you can directly edit the geometries from your 3D models.
Anonymous | 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

  • Since the version I'm using (2D version) is free, the return on investment is through the roof!
  • It has given me another powerful tool for handling DWG files from clients.
  • Its quickness and robustness make it a time-saver, since there is less time waiting for the files to open, regenerate, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SketchUp

  • SketchUp has definitely had a positive impact on the customer experience with our company. The model can be generated to give the owner a good idea of the final product before actually committing the resources to complete the project.
  • Having simple models created before the work gets started in the field means that issues with elevations or odd angles can be ironed out beforehand and solved with the design team. This has greatly reduced the rework on our more complex self-perform concrete structures!
Tony Grasso | TrustRadius Reviewer

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