Google SketchUp team released M2 which comes with performance tweaks and over 150 bug fixes. “M2 is a free update for all users of SketchUp 8 and SketchUp Pro 8 in all 12 languages,” revealed SketchUp team.
Here is what is new?
- Better Ruby Script Installation
Anyone with coding skills can use the Ruby API (application programming interface) to whip up new tools that they can distribute any way they like. The tricky part has always been teaching SketchUp modelers how to install and access the Ruby scripts (Rubies) that they want to use.
“In SketchUp 8 M2, we’ve added two features that should make using Rubies a whole lot easier: The first is a new button on the Extensions panel in SketchUp Preferences. Clicking it lets you install any properly-configured “.RBZ” (ruby zip) file, which puts the needed files into the correct spot, without having to dig around in your computer’s file system. It’s simple, but huge. We’ve also added a lightweight set of “hooks” in the API that should help scripters build their own script-management tools,” explains SketchUp team.
- Better COLLADA
All versions of SketchUp 8 can read and write COLLADA, a 3D file format that works with lots of other 3D software. “As of M2, SketchUp’s import/export support for COLLADA is now compliant with over 90% of the official Khronos compatibility test suite, only leaving out support for animations and shaders–neither of which can be authored in SketchUp anyway,” the SketchUp team said.
“One particular thing to note: SketchUp now preserves texture names in exported files. This makes it easier to work with COLLADA files in 3rd party rendering tools.”
- Advanced Camera Tools included in Pro
Until now, the ACTs were a separate plugin that you had to install. In M2, they’re built right into every copy of SketchUp Pro 8. “The ACTs let set designers, cinematographers, storyboard artists and other people in the entertainment industry work with simulated real-world cameras in their SketchUp models.”
- More Straightforward Pro Trials
After you download and install SketchUp Pro, you can try all of the Pro features for 8 hours (of use) before deciding to buy a license. “Up until now, we’ve simply switched off the Pro stuff if you don’t enter a license after the trial period. Effectively, Pro reverted to being just like regular ol’ SketchUp. Starting with SketchUp 8 M2, the SketchUp Pro Trial will no longer revert to “free mode” when the trial period expires. A separate version of SketchUp will still be available to download for free, but SketchUp Pro will require a valid license file to run after your trial period has expired,” the SketchUp team revealed.
- Mac OS 10.7 Compatibility
SketchUp 8 is fully compatible with Mac OS 107+ hardware.
To get the update, do the following:
- Windows: Choose Help > Check for Update
- Mac: Choose SketchUp > Check Web for Update
Watch the Advanced Camera Tools for SketchUp Pro 8 in the video below: