What’s New in SketchUp Pro 2023?
Welcome to the next generation of creative exploration; updates for 2023 deliver the fastest, easiest, most native interoperable modeling experience yet. Trimble is connecting two core tools in the industry: SketchUp & Revit! The Revit Importer elevates SketchUp’s Studio subscription, while tangible improvements to core tools boost workflows in the desktop application. Indulge in SketchUp 2023's powerful toolset for your next built masterpiece. Plus, there are two new scale figures to celebrate the new design year – Heather and her fierce but sweet cat, Lily.
New and improved cross functionality across CAD & BIM Programs
The SketchUp 2023 launch introduces major updates to Studio (highlighting the Revit importer), and tangible improvements to core modeling and documentation tools on SketchUp for Desktop and LayOut.
Enables novel interoperability via a one-directional import option from Revit to SketchUp so that you can smoothly navigate the design development and construction documentation phases.
Connects two core industry tools
Preserves model integrity by translating Revit families into components and groups
Creates a smoother transition between the design development and construction documentation phases
Removes barriers to creative expression and exploration in an intuitive and extendable 3D modeling environment so that you can capture and develop your ideas.
Efficient 3D modeling
Extensible capabilities via 3rd party plug-ins
Pre-built 3D model library
Provides precise context detail for accurate model development via extensive import/export options, including satellite imagery and industry files such as images, PDFs, DWGs, IFC, and point clouds.
Breakthroughs for desktop
Build your anything – faster – with new modeling and documentation features and improvements in SketchUp for Desktop. Explore a brand new Flip tool that replicates design elements predictably, manage DWG files in LayOut, and more.
Take the guesswork out of Flip transformations — the brand-new Flip tool lets you pre-visualize the outcome to model more predictably. Previsualize the plane you want to flip your selection along, then hover over the red, green, or blue planes to confirm the proper orientation. Click to flip! Fewer clicks and undoes means you can focus more of your valuable energy on developing a symmetrical relationship, evaluating it, and modifying it. Flip your model, and it just might flip your creative perspective too.
Pro Tip: Want to set up a quick, mirror relationship in a model to build more efficient components or make symmetrically-oriented copies? Toggle the Flip tool to activate Copy Mode, and you’ll flip a copy that is symmetrical to your selection. Use the tool to express a holistic vision based on a single, repetitive component.
Shave hours off your Revit-to-SketchUp workflow
The new import feature within a Studio subscription allows you to accurately and efficiently convert your Revit models into SketchUp geometry for deeper collaboration across project phases, teams, and stakeholders. Various workarounds exist to export Revit models to SketchUp, but this new importer saves the most time, is more accurate in geometry conversion, and leads to much lighter models.
By preserving model structures between Revit and SketchUp – Revit families and layers neatly translate to groups, components, and tags in SketchUp – you can save hours or even days of model cleanup and progress your project with accuracy. A smoother transition between design phases allows you to focus on what’s essential: fine-tuning your vision.
“The Revit Importer sped up my importing and cleans up workflows from a couple of days to a few hours, even with complex models.”
-Carl Goodiel, VDC Manager
Why use it?
Improve collaboration with project stakeholders who create Revit deliverables.
Preserve model structures between software for less cleanup.
Move Revit models into SketchUp to iterate new ideas quickly.
Build efficiencies; the imported Revit file is automatically optimized for easier geometry manipulation in SketchUp and significantly reduces file size.
Create compelling visuals; Revit material colors and transparencies are respected during import to speed up visualization workflows.
Translate Revit levels to SketchUp section planes.
“We love the Revit Importer. It has saved us lots of time, and to my amazement, the converted file sizes are much smaller than other methods. This importer has become essential to our workflows. “
-Shyam Singh, GLMV Architecture
Trimble has made the Revit Importer a native functionality in SketchUp’s desktop application. Customers with Studio subscriptions can access this feature as soon as they update to the 2023 version. Customers with Pro subscriptions can install the Revit Importer in SketchUp 2023 and then initiate a trial to evaluate this new workflow. No Revit license is required.
Discoverable and connected workflows
Using Studio’s new common installer, you can discover, download, and install all the tools you need for advanced workflows and complex projects. The subscription also includes V-Ray 6 for creating cutting-edge visuals and Scan Essentials for importing point cloud data – both were enriched with new functionality in late 2022. Please note that Studio is a Windows-only subscription. Scan Essentials is English-only, and V-Ray offers English and Chinese versions.
The Revit Importer is a Windows-Only functionality
No Revit license or installation is needed for making use of the importer
To use any .rvt and/or file of version 2011 and later
You will need a commercial Studio or a trial license to activate the importer
Reign over referencing in LayOut
In LayOut, Trimble is fortifying interoperability by adding the ability to manage imported DWG files as references. Sound familiar? It’s the same process for managing referenced files in LayOut, but now they’ve expanded it to apply to all images, text files, or AutoCAD drawings. View all external file references, receive notifications if a file reference is outdated, and update, relink, or remove a file reference using the File Reference Manager. Better still, all your custom style edits (line weights, scale, and viewport positions) stay intact even when reference files are updated. Document and present your work confidently, knowing that all your references are up-to-date without wasting previous layout and styling work.
A true renaissance woman
From cheese making to ice climbing to feral cat rescue, there’s not a lot Heather can’t handle. If that’s not enough, she’s also a Senior Software Engineer at SketchUp, and she’s had a significant hand in the updates for 2023. Learn more about Heather and her cat, Lily, the new 2023 scale figure duo (article