Sketchup 2017 released

Press release 2016-11-09 10:05 article  > Software

Here’s what’s new in the latest release.

High DPI Support for the Modeling Window

The SketchUp 2017 modeling window is now “DPI aware”. SketchUp 2017 is now scaling content in the modeling window so that you can better see the masterpieces you are creating! This work includes larger, scaled inference graphics and linework and updates to our inference icons.

Extension Manager

The Extension Manager is the new way to manage how extensions interact with SketchUp. Users will be able to install, uninstall, enable, disable and update extensions from this new dialog. In addition, users can set their extension loading policy through this same dialog. This is a complete replacement for the extension and extension loading policy areas previously found within the System Preferences dialog. The Extension Manager can be found within the Window menu on both Windows and Mac.

Tool and Inference Improvements

  • Improved Offset tool: Previously the Offset tool would create overlapping or self-intersecting geometry. Now tool automatically trims these overlaps to create clean boundaries with no overlaps. The old functionality is still available via a modifier key.
  • Rectangle tool plane and shape locking: The Rectangle tool now works with arrow keys to lock the plane normal to an axis or surface. This includes the ability to lock off-axis planes using the down arrow key. Now the Rectangle tool matches the inferencing capabilities of the circle and polygon tools. Additionally, pressing shift can now lock the proportions of a square or golden section.
  • Rotated Rectangle tool plane locking improvement: The Rotated Rectangle tool now respects a locked plane across all steps for the tool. If you chose a surface to lock the tool to at the beginning, this orientation will persist throughout creating your rectangle.
  • Perpendicular to Face inference: added the ability to hover over any surface and then find an inference for the direction perpendicular to the face. The drawing line and reference surface will be highlighted in magenta and a new “Perpendicular to Face” tooltip will be displayed. Note it is not possible to force this inference using the down arrow key but it can be locked once it appears by holding shift.
  • Component Origin inference: new “Origin in Component” inference point which now provides the ability to find and snap to a component's origin. This inference shows up whether there is geometry on the origin or not and has higher priority over other inferences. It shows up automatically when you hover over a selected component or group with a drawing tool.

With SketchUp 2017, we have new graphics pipeline - i.e., the way we display SketchUp models. This new graphics pipeline has stricter hardware and software requirements than in previous versions of SketchUp. To run SketchUp, you will need:

  • A 64-bit operating system.
  • A graphics card that supports OpenGL 3.0 or above.
  • A graphics card that supports Hardware Acceleration. We will no longer support software rendering!
  • A graphics card that passes a series of tests that are run by SketchUp 2017 to assure that your card is capable of rendering SketchUp models. These tests include checks like compilation of SketchUp's GLSL shaders and support for OpenGL framebuffer objects.

If your machine does not meet these requirements, you will see an error dialog when launching SketchUp, LayOut, Style Builder, and Viewer that lets you know which requirement you did not meet and which will prevent you from running SketchUp until you fix the error. If you see this error dialog, try upgrading your graphics card driver - upgrading your driver is a good first troubleshooting step and often solves the error.

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Author: Press release Editor: Michał Franczak
Tags: sketchup
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