Google SketchUp is a sketching app and a famous 3D modeler for iPad. Google SketchUp is owned by Trimble, a navigation, mapping, and surveying company. Google SketchUp is easy to use, and it operates much like an actual program, in which you can zoom in and out of models. You can use the camera menu to adjust camera views. SketchUp Viewer lets you preview each design before choosing whether to download it to your device. When the files are downloaded, you can see them offline too. There is an online library of free model assemblies and 3D Warehouse, and users can also contribute their models. The program includes additional features like drawing layout functionality, which allows surface rendering in variable “styles” and it supports third-party “plug-in” programs hosted on a website called Extension Warehouse to provide the other capabilities.
In Google SketchUp for iPad, you can download models up to the size of 50 MB. Everyone can modify, make and re-upload the content from the 3D Warehouse without any charge. In 2014, Trimble launched the new version of 3D Warehouse, where the companies may have an official page with their 3D catalogue of products. Now, Trimble is investing in making the 3D developer partners have more professional models available in Warehouse. Google SketchUp designers may visit 3D Warehouse to create new products when designing their own.
Application Name: Google SketchUp
Developer: Trimble Inc.
Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
File size: 185 MB
Compatibility: Requires iPad 15.0 or later
Subscription: SketchUp offers 7 days of a free trial, and you have to make an in-app purchase for $119/year.
Features of Google SketchUp
Offline viewing: From 3D Warehouse, you can download models to your device, then connect with a Trimble account or Dropbox account for offline viewing.
Transfer your models: You can transfer your designs directly to the app via iTunes. Open SketchUp models directly from email attachments or open files from other cloud service apps like Google Drive.
Navigation feature: It includes multi-touch gestures for Orbit, Position Camera, Look Around, Pan, Zoom, and Zoom Extents. Also, the Camera menu with options for toggling between Perspective and Orthographic camera modes and adjusting the Field of View.
Camera view: In Google SketchUp, use the Scenes menu to select from any standard camera views or access the custom scenes you created in SketchUp. It supports Camera location and properties, Visible Layers, Hidden Geometry, Standard Edge Styles, Active Section Planes, Face Styles, Background settings, Watermarks, Axes Location, and more.
Content toggle: Using the Layers panel, you can toggle the contents of your SketchUp model layers on or off.
View panel: Use the View panel to choose from any of SketchUp’s Edge or Face styles and to toggle X-Ray mode on or off. The view menu also offers visibility toggles for Watermarks, Hidden Geometry, Section Planes, Section Cuts, and Axes.
Tape measure tool: The tape measure tool will help you to measure objects in your SketchUp model.
- Fixed bugs that crash the app while exporting PNG files.
Download Google SketchUp for iPad
Google SketchUp iPad is compatible with iPad version 15.0 and later.
Click here to Download Google SketchUp App for iPad.
How to Install SketchUp on iPad
- From your iPad, open the App Store.
- Tap on the search icon and search for SketchUp.
- Select the SketchUp app from the search result and tap on the Get button.
- After the installation process, click on Open and use the app on your iPad
Screenshots of Google SketchUp
In Google SketchUp, 3D Warehouse is an open library where users can upload and download 3D models to share. The files can be downloaded right into the program without storing anything.