Trimble ha rilasciato SketchUp 2016, evoluzione del software apprezzato specialmente per la sua semplicità nell'approccio alla modellazione, fattore che lo ha reso molto diffuso soprattutto in ambito archviz.

Moltissime le feature introdotte, tra cui spiccano i sostanziali miglioramenti nella funzione Inference, per rendere più potente e rapido il workflow di modellazione.

A seguire l'elenco dettagliato delle feature, tratte dalle release notes dal sito ufficiale di SketchUp 2016.

Trimble Connect

Trimble Connect is a new way to store, sync, reference, share, and collaborate on design/build projects. Once you've signed up then start uploading .skp, .pdf, .dxf, .ifc. files. If you already have an account for 3D Warehouse or Extension Warehouse, we recommend that you use the same login (email) when creating a Trimble Connect Account. Trimble Connect allows users to publish, open, import reference files and update SKPs from Trimble Connect project folders. As you’re modeling you can even pull in and update reference SketchUp models as if they were locally hosted components. To learn more about Trimble Connect read this article.

Reload Components with 3D Warehouse models

In SketchUp 2016, a context click on a component gives you the opportunity to reload (or swap out) a new component directly from 3D Warehouse. This action will reload every instance of that component in your model (similar to the same action in the Components dialog), so it’s a helpful method for working with proxy models. And if your component was downloaded from 3D Warehouse, you can also use the context-click to quickly access its 3DWH details page.

Generate Report 2.0

The new Generate Report feature allows you to choose which attributes are exported (including a new attribute for capturing quantities), assign an order for the columns in your report, and specify a units format. You can even save your formatted report as a reporting template, to speed the process of re-running the same reports as the design changes.

Enhanced inferencing and tool improvements

Learning and utilizing SketchUp’s inference engine makes for fast and precise modeling. In this release, we’ve oiled that engine to provide slicker inferencing and locking across the board. This improvement is actually an entire set of smart tweaks we’ve made to inferencing and locking. Here’s a brief description of what’s new:

Improved Parallel and Perpendicular Inferences: We’ve improved parallel and perpendicular inference display along with the ability to force the last referenced edge or plane (depending on tool) with the down arrow. This is particularly handy for drawing extending edges on off-axis planes. Now when you are using the parallel and perpendicular inferences, sketchUp will highlight in magenta, the entity which direction is based off of. Also keep an eye out for the new “Extend Edge” tooltip with magenta highlighting when extending lines with the pencil tool.

Expanded Arrow Key locking: More tools now allow the use of arrow keys to quickly lock to a direction or plane. Each arrow key corresponds to a lockable color. Right = Red, Left = Green, Up = Blue, Down = Magenta. Additionally, you can now lock normals or rotation axis or surface normals prior to first click for tools that leverage a protractor or create a surface. These tools include Arc/Pie, Rotated Rectangle, Rotation, Protractor, Polygon, Circle and the Section Plane tool.

Arc/circle: SketchUp will now easily inference circle and arc centers. While we were at it, we improved SketchUp’s ability to visualize arc endpoints. Another bonus, you can now change the number of segments using new modifier keys (check out the status bar right after you’ve drawn an arc/circle).

Axes tool flexibility: A small but useful change: when changing axes orientation, you can now toggle through the exact axes you’d like to pick first using the Alt (PC)/Command (Mac) modifier.

Inference hidden, active section planes: SketchUp will now recognize intersection points with hidden section planes. This functionality extends to snapping to elements of a SketchUp model in LayOut too: pay attention for a new inference tip “Intersection with Hidden Section.”

Miscellaneous improvements: We’ve also tweaked the Move, Protractor, Offset, and Rotate tools with miscellaneous improvements to improve usability and close up a few loose ends. Additional improvements are identified in the “Tools” and “Inferencing” sections below.

Customizeable Utility Trays on Windows

On Windows machines, we’ve re-worked SketchUp’s floating utility dialogs (Styles, Scenes, Components, etc.) so that they neatly stack inside customizable, completely collapsible trays. This functionality also allows you to group dialogs that you may often use at the same time, and is incredibly useful for hiding, browsing, and revealing your go-to utilities.

Refreshed Textures

Textures make your models pop off the screen (and the page). In this release, we’ve reworked our default material libraries, adding contemporary textures and entirely new categories.

Support for High DPI Graphics

We’re now rendering all of SketchUp, LayOut, and Style Builder toolbar and cursor icons from vector graphics. This means they will scale well for a variety of resolution settings, with a much cleaner look and better sized icons on High DPI screens in particular.

Extensions Loading Policy

SketchUp now has three different Extension policies you can select that affect what extensions can and cannot be loaded when SketchUp starts. Starting with SketchUp 2016, Registered Extension Developers can claim their software by signing it digitally, saying “I made this”, but in a secure coded format. The three extension loading modes correspond to this digital signature that Registered Extension Developers add to their extension.

“Identified Extensions Only” mode means that SketchUp will only load extensions that have been signed by one of our Registered Developers.

“Approve Unidentified Extensions” will load all signed extensions, and pop up an approval dialog window on startup that that lets you manually select which unsigned extensions you would like to load.

“Unrestricted” mode will load all extensions, signed or unsigned. You can use this mode to continue to load old extensions that have not yet been signed by their author.

Visit the Help Center article for more information.

Welcome Dialog Refresh

We’ve given our Welcome Dialog a refresh for SketchUp 2016. Everything works mostly the same, but we’re happy to say that the “Start SketchUp” button is bigger than ever!

Knowledge Center Update

Our Knowledge Center has been rewritten and redesigned for this release. Content is now organized in a hierarchy of “books” that focuses on learning SketchUp’s tools in the context of using SketchUp.

Support for El Capitan and Windows 10

Our QA team has smashed and banged on these new operating systems enough to say that SketchUp 2016 is fully compatible with Apple’s El Capitan and Microsoft’s Windows 10.