SketchUp Pro Features


Accurate measurements

SketchUp is great for working fast and loose, but it's more than just a fancy electronic pencil. Because you're working on a computer, everything you create in SketchUp has a precise dimension. When you're ready, you can build models that are as accurate as you need them to be. To model with precision, simply type in dimensions as you draw. You can also use the tape measure tool to set accurate modeling guides.

Add Dimensions and Callouts

In SketchUp Pro, LayOut allows you to get even smarter with your documentation. Use linear and angular dimensioning tools that snap to the edges of SketchUp models and quickly set the format, scale, and precision of displayed measurements. LayOut’s callout tools are also highly customizable: line weight, arrow and stroke style, curved leader lines, font formatting, line spacing... You get the picture.

Add Location

Google Maps is built right into SketchUp. Grab site context for any place on earth. When you import an area with the Add Location tool, you get full-color aerial imagery, a 3D terrain model, and the geo-location information you need to perform accurate shadow studies. If you need more context, you can always bring in adjacent areas—they tile together smoothly.

Advanced Camera Tools

SketchUp Pro’s Advanced Camera Tools let you work with real-world cameras in your 3D models. SketchUp Pro comes with a collection of real camera configurations that you can use right away. Cameras you create with the ACTs provide precise controls for settings like Focal Length and Image Width, which allows you to accurately preview real camera shots right inside SketchUp. Position and aim your ACT cameras using familiar moves like Pan, Tilt, Roll, Dolly, Truck and Pedestal. Look through your ACT cameras to preview Aspect Ratio and Safe Zones for the shots you’re planning. Toggle on and off all of your ACT cameras’ frustums to clearly see what is—and isn’t— visible in your shots. Need a custom camera configuration? Making your own is simple and straightforward.

Area & Volume Calculations

Right-click any face in your SketchUp model to find out its area. You can also choose to see the area of all faces that share its material, or all faces that reside on the same layer. If you have a group or a component that’s solid (meaning it’s completely enclosed by faces), you can see its volume in the Entity Info dialog box.


If you’ve ever felt that LayOut’s arrowheads were a little too beefy for your drawings, you’re in luck. We’ve introduced slimmer, sleeker alternatives that look better just about everywhere you use them. While we were at it, we tweaked things so that arrowheads align properly with their line segments—no more curved callouts with broken necks.

BIM Classifier

Improve compatibility with other BIM tools in by easily assigning schema tags to the groups or components in your model. Classify geometry as walls, slabs, roofs or hundreds of other industry-standard object types, and find that your model is instantly embedded with important metadata. Work with existing classification schemata or create your own.

Build your own tools with the SketchUp Ruby API

If you love SketchUp but have ever thought “I just wish it did ______,” there’s a good chance that the SketchUp Ruby API (Application Programming Interface) can make your wish come true. Our API lets you write scripts to create custom drawing tools, automate common modeling tasks, and generate customized reports. You’ll need to get your hands dirty with the Ruby programming language, but it’s fun to learn and you’ll be amazed by what you can do.