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Old 01-09-2019, 02:55 PM   #1
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Sketchup Maker?

Hello Everyone,

I am afraid that I am losing my mind......

After 35+ years of supporting technology I have had my cranial butt kicked by Sketchup.

I have tried repeatedly to find the "free" version and I keep winding up with 30 day trials.

When I try to perform basic tasks I find it counterintuitive and confusing. I have tried a number of Youtube how-to's and find that the menu options in the videos don't match the app I have installed and I get lost.

Anyone have a line on tutorials that actually match the current version?
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:04 PM   #2
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Steve,
From what I can tell Sketchup Make 2017 is the last free version. I think this should get it for you.
https://www.sketchup.com/download/make

I can't point to any specific tutorials, I did get fairly proficient at making things look like I want but, it did take a while.

I usually just do a search for the specific thing I want to accomplish. I have found the plugin fredoscale to be quite useful.

If you have a specific question maybe I can help.
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Steve,
From what I can tell Sketchup Make 2017 is the last free version. I think this should get it for you.
https://www.sketchup.com/download/make

I can't point to any specific tutorials, I did get fairly proficient at making things look like I want but, it did take a while.

I usually just do a search for the specific thing I want to accomplish. I have found the plugin fredoscale to be quite useful.

If you have a specific question maybe I can help.
Thanks for the reply.

That is what I downloaded and installed and it is giving me a 30 day trial nag.

I searched for tutorials and found several on Youtube but they were for different versions and the menus/icons/options are enough different on the version that I got frustrated and had to step away.

It is frustrating for me as I have been picking up new applications and supporting them for 35 years and today I feel completely stupid.....
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IIRC there are no real function differences that will be disabled after 30 days, only certain export options. Unless you're using it to export for 3d printing or the other pro version file types, you'll be fine.

The interface for designing doesn't change, just getting that design to another program/machine/website.
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IIRC there are no real function differences that will be disabled after 30 days, only certain export options. Unless you're using it to export for 3d printing or the other pro version file types, you'll be fine.

The interface for designing doesn't change, just getting that design to another program/machine/website.
Thank you.

If I understand correctly, the app will continue to function after 30 days but with the loss of a few functions....

That works for me if I can figure out how to make it play..... I need to create a layout, modify it and print it. Nothing more.

Thanks for the info.
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Worst case scenario - uninstall and reinstall.

I've uninstalled sketchup 2017 a few times for various reasons only to install it later, always reset to the 30 day mark.
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Ok...

Here I go again....

30 seconds into this tutorial: https://www.sketchup.com/learn/videos/826

It tells me to click on on items in a toolbar that runs down the left hand side of the screen. I have been running in circles through the drop down menus trying to find where to enable that toolbar.

No luck.

Anyone know how to enable that?
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It is the toolbar down the left edge of the screen that I am missing.
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The toolbar down the left is what I am missing........................................... ..............
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