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Sketchup Pro 2015 Now Available

SketchUp 2015: Release Information from Trimble

Performance

Our biggest commitment is to keep SketchUp fast, friendly, and reliable -- for you and your computer. Here's how we've tuned SketchUp 2015:


For the first time ever, we're offering a 64-bit version for Windows machines. The least nerdy way to explain this is that 64-bit allows for more bandwidth between SketchUp and your computer's active memory. Theoretically, the 64-bit version of SketchUp should have a better working relationship with your 64-bit computer.

Don't have a 64-bit machine? We're still offering a 32-bit versions in this release, but we no longer offer support for Windows Vista and XP operating systems

We've sharpened "Face-Finder," the code SketchUp uses to create faces while you're modelling. Look for big improvements in operations like explode, especially in your behemoth-sized models.

SketchUp is now self-aware of styles that help your model render faster. You'll notice "Fast Styles" badged in the styles window, including those you create yourself.


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New tools

When it comes to writing new tools for SketchUp, we shoot to make features feel as if you've been using them for years. Here what's new for 2015:

SketchUp 2015 features an official Rotated Rectangle tool, so you can now draw precise rectangles unbound by default axes. We have to say: driving this tool feels a little bit like riding a bike with no hands.

With our new 3-point Arc tool -- which defines bulges by choosing three points -- there are now four different ways to draw arc'ed edges.

We've overhauled LayOut's Label tool. You can now conveniently place and align beautiful, two-segmented leader labels. We also made label text a lot smarter. Placing a label gives you the option to choose information you'd like to associate with it. Component attributes, BIM classifications, face areas: go on, label as you like.
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Other:

In this release, we've rolled up our sleeves to improve things that affect how you try, buy, and use SketchUp.

SketchUp Pro licensing is now friendlier than ever before. Every SketchUp 2015 download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features. Even better, 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or a PC. Enterprise and Network licenses? We made those way easier too. We used to give people 8 hours of active use, but we think 30 days gives our highest involved users more of a chance to learn the magic of SketchUp Pro.


With an IFC File import, SketchUp Pro 2015 is our most information modeling-friendly release yet. We've we've also sharpened Classifier, our tool for applying industry standard types that stay with your model as it travels between BIM tools.

We've added a lot of new Ruby API features to help SketchUp extension developers create tools that manage layers, classifications, section cuts and more. Queue the next generation of information modeling tools...


How SketchUp Pro 2015 Licensing works

Single-user licenses
For customers with a single-user license of SketchUp Pro, here are the high points.

If you've purchased anything from a SketchUp partner in the last year -- a new SketchUp Pro license or a renewal of your Maintenance & Support plan -- you should receive an email SketchUp Pro 2015 license shortly after launch.

If it's been more than a year since you've bought anything from SketchUp, you'll need to enroll in or renew a maintenance & Support plan to upgrade your license for SketchUp Pro 2015.

SketchUp Pro 2015 licenses now allow you to use SketchUp Pro on either a Mac or a PC. Just like always, you can authorize your SketchUp Pro on up to two machines, but you can only operate that license on one machine at a time. New licenses will have a serial number that ends in an "R" to indicate "Reprise." Sub-2015 licenses that are upgraded to 2015 will keep the OS-specific letter: "W" or "m"

Heartbleed

We use PayPal for all our card processing. PayPal have released this statement in regards to the widely publicised Heatbleed OpenSSL bug:

We would like to assure you that with regards to the Heartbleed bug:

1) Your PayPal account is secure
2) Your PayPal account details were not exposed in the past and remain secure
3) You do not need to take any additional action to safeguard your information
4) There is no need to change your password

While we always advise our customers to be cautious and aware of the security of their personal and financial information, in this case we want to reassure you there is no need to be unduly concerned. When you login to PayPal using your user name and password these details were not exposed to the OpenSSL vulnerability.

Computer Support In the Oxford Area


Are you in the Oxford area and in need of computer support and advice? We run a free "collect and return" service (within 10 miles of Oxford) for Mac & PC repairs, networking, web hosting and design at sensible prices. Free loan laptop if you're computer can't be fixed quickly or if you can't be without one.

Support is run by Geoff Powell, who has over 25 years experience with companies such as the Financial Times, Compaq and Oxford Brookes University.



Sketchup Pro 2013 - The New Upgrade, Maintenance, and Support Program

Starting with SketchUp Pro 2013, there will be a new version of Pro every year. That means more frequent improvements, bug fixes, and new features. To easily stay up to date with the latest and greatest that SketchUp Pro has to offer there is the upgrade, maintenance, and support program.

Why this program was created

Predictable expenses: Many companies have said that it’s difficult to upgrade SketchUp Pro after a release because they couldn’t budget for the upgrade cost. Now, with predictable releases and predictable spending on this program, companies can get the best of what SketchUp has to offer as soon as a new version becomes available.

Annual Releases: Sketchup have committed to follow an annual release cycle. By offering an upgrade, maintenance, and support program, they commit to deliver power packed improvements to the SketchUp Pro offering each year.

More Support: Telephone support is back! If you’re encountering an issue installing or authorizing SketchUp Pro, let us know and we’ll be happy to help out. Providing help via phone for installation and licensing issues is just the beginning. More and improved support options very soon. Please refer to your email with the upgrade, maintenance, and support information for contact details.

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