SketchUp Pro Features

Features: 2D Drawing & Documentation

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.

Choose raster, vector or hybrid rendering modes

Which rendering mode you choose depends on what kind of information is in your model viewport. For physically large or linework-intensive views (like the ones you’d find in a set of construction documents), vector mode provides crisp edges and faster rendering times. If your viewport contains materials and complex styles, and it isn’t very large, raster mode is the one to choose. For the best of both worlds—smooth lines and rich textures and shadows—hybrid mode is the best option.

Draw with intuitive vector line tools

We designed LayOut’s drawing tools to be just like SketchUp’s: simple, smart, and fun. The LayOut line tool has inferencing superpowers that will bend your mind (not to mention shapes). And shapes you draw in LayOut have editable paths, so your curves are infinitely customizable. And because everything you draw is vector smart, scaling and rotating can be done with utmost precision, just like in SketchUp.

Embed SketchUp model viewports

With LayOut, you insert SketchUp model views wherever you want them on the pages of your document. These “viewports” are living, breathing views of your model. When your model changes, all of your viewports update, too. Say goodbye to exporting a million images out of SketchUp.

Export PDFs, images and CAD files

Like the rest of SketchUp Pro, LayOut is designed to play nice with other software. So if you need to send your work to someone who needs a CAD file, you can use LayOut to export pages as DWG and DXF files. LayOut also exports multi-page PDFs, as well as raster images in TIFF, JPEG and PNG formats.

Give full-screen presentations

In LayOut, documents and presentation slides are one and the same; you’ll never need to build a completely separate slide deck again. LayOut can jump into Presentation mode at any time, letting you show off your work on screens of any size. And because much of your work was done in 3D, your presentation can be, too. Double-click on embedded models to orbit, pan, zoom, and walk through as you’re presenting. While you’re at it, why not show off a 3D animation during your full-screen presentation? LayOut does that, too.

Print to scale

Every LayOut document you create has a physical paper size that you specify at the very beginning of your project. Because of this, all you need to do to print a plan view of your model at an exact scale is insert and set up a model viewport, and choose File > Print. It’s literally a two minute process.

Select any view of your model

You can set up viewports in LayOut to show as much or as little of your model as you like. Choose to display a saved Scene from the model, or orbit, pan and zoom to specify the angle you need. Turn off perspective, select a standard orthographic projection (top, side, front) and even assign a precise drawing scale for creating traditional plans, sections and elevations.