SketchUp 8 contains the following enhancements and new features:
Add Location dialog box
A new Add Location dialog box makes it easier to find and capture location information from anywhere in the world (Google Earth is no longer required) - and in color!
Image Igloo tool
A new Image Igloo tool allows you to view thumbnail images, in the form of an igloo, used to model a structure. Select an image to enter the photo matching sketch mode.
Foreground and background photo
The Modeling Settings panel of the Styles browser now contains foreground and background photo settings for Match Photo modeling.
Outer Shell tool
A new Outer Shell tool allows you to create a shell of outer faces from a group of overlapping groups or components. This feature is particularly useful for removing internal geometry from 3D buildings.
Scenes Manager improvements
The Scenes manager has been improved to show scene thumbnails and allow multi-scene editing of scene properties.
The axes can now (optionally) be aligned with component axes while editing a component.
Push/Pull tool pre-pick mode
The Push/Pull tool now includes a pre-pick operation mode.
Geo-Location interface changes
The Model Info dialog box contains a new Geo Location panel containing location information for the current model. An additional Geo-location menu item on the File menu organizes all the Geo-location tasks.
The DWG and DXF import and export features now support 2010 versions of AutoDesk software.
A new Back Edges checkbox allows you to display hidden back edges as dashed lines.
Launch Building Maker from SketchUp
Geo-Modeling got a whole lot easier! The Google toolbar (Microsoft Windows) and tool palette (Mac OS X) contains a button to launch Building Maker from SketchUp. Building Maker appears in a web dialog box directly within SketchUp. You can also export Building Maker models from this dialog directly into SketchUp.
The Entity Info dialog box displays volume for any solid in your model.
SketchUp Pro not only includes the Outer Shell tool, but supports 5 additional tools for manipulating overlapping geometrical solids: Intersect, Union, Subtract, Trim, and Split.
- Performing an intersection
- Performing a union
- Performing a subtraction
- Performing a trim
- Performing a split
LayOut 3 contains several enhancements, including new dashed patterns, angular dimensions, and DWG/DXF export: