The man, the myth, the SketchUp
December 20, 2021

The man, the myth, the SketchUp

Andrew Huss | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

SketchUp Pro

Overall Satisfaction with SketchUp

We use SketchUp for quick iterations and design studies. Particularly conceptual level things. I think a lot of people in the design field have used SketchUp in school or at other places so it is important to have it in the firm if designers have a desire to use it.
  • it is intuitive, the hotkeys make sense, you can pick it up and start making 3D forms really quickly and it doesn't look overwhelming out of the box.
  • quick and nimble to create 3d geometry, morph it around, push and pull faces, vertices, edges, etc.
  • visualizing 3d geometry. It's called SketchUp and I really like the sketchy quality of everything. it feels looser than say AutoCAD.
  • you can't do NURBS modeling or true curves. everything is mesh-based. for example, if you want to make a circle, it will really be a polygon with many facets on it.
  • interoperability with other software isn't great.
  • construction documentation? it's possible but not as good as Revit or even AutoCAD/Rhino.
  • Quick visualization
  • that it exists. a lot of designers still use SketchUp today as one of their "go-to" tools in the toolkit. it's important to recognize that, what people are comfortable with matters.
  • massing studies
  • conceptual studies
  • I think we designers struggle with how much 3D computer stuff to show and when. SketchUp is a good way to start showing clients forms without going straight to a fully constructed building. this is not quantified in $$$ but rather in merit.
  • one positive thing is that it's not expensive compared to Revit. you can produce many things in SketchUp for what, $300 a year?
I did not personally select SketchUp. If it was up to me, I would only recommend it to legacy users who know/love it. Please don't take that as a shot at it, just my personal preference to use Rhino for similar functions. I think SketchUp is much cheaper than Revit for sure and better at out-of-the-box visualization. as far as Rhino, I think SketchUp has a nice sketchy quality that Rhino does not, but it lacks a bit on the actual precise modeling side.

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Are you happy with SketchUp's feature set?


Did SketchUp live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of SketchUp go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy SketchUp again?


I think SketchUp is really well suited for nimble design iteration and visualization. you can crank out some massing studies and make sweet-looking diagrams to explain broad concepts. where it falls short is when you want to get a more precise design going and leverage that geometry into Revit.