JB Sparks wrote:Yanche, This google program, do you know if my existing cad files can be transfered into it? I'll definately take a look at it. Mr.1precision is trying to convert a picture into "dwg" for me. For the sake of time I'm hoping he will be successful. But if not that will be the nail in the coffin for the old "version 14".
Yes, the PRO version only
Here's what SketchUp help says:
"SketchUp allows you to import 3D models, such as DWG and DXF CAD files.
SketchUp allows you to import 2D raster images, including JPEG and BMP.
Export models in 3DS, DWG, DXF, OBJ, XSI, VRML, and FBX file formats."
The free download version is the full up version for 30 days. After that some of the import-export features stop working. You purchase a license code to get them to work again. So if you don't plan to spend money you need to get organized and convert all your existing DWG/DXF files converted ASAP.
If I remember correctly the free download is tied to an e-mail address and CPU number. So if you want a second free download you need to have another e-mail and computer. However you will find the program is so remarkable if you have any business use for it you will gladly pay the $500. It's that good. I worked in the electronics design environment 15+ years ago. We had all the high end tools, millions of dollars worth of software. My annual budget for just software upgrades was almost $500K. ShetchUP is at least as good as the best of 15+ years ago. And it's dirt cheap.
If you are unemployed, or underemployed learn how to use ShetchUp well. Learn what a CAD library is, how to design parametric library parts, how to automate design using the scripting programing language, etc. Create a portfolio of your work. Put it on your laptop and take it with you. You will be hired.