What’s New in Sketchup 2014

Sketchup 2014

If you’ve been buried in your work, it’s possible that you missed the release of Sketchup 2014 on February 28, 2014.  With the rollout comes some pretty awesome new features so we’re here to break it down and feed you the tasty stuff.

If you’d like to simply go and download the latest version checkout our page showing how to get google sketchup free.

What’s New In Sketchup 2014

  • BIM Capabilites – You can now tag geometry in your model to let sketchup know if something’s a wall, roof, floor, etc.  This helps when transferring to other programs that understand 3D elements in that manner.
  • New 3D Warehouse – The 3d warehouse got a face-lift and we have to say, it’s looking pretty good.  It’s now easier to browse and shows more helpful information.  Checkout how I use the new 3d warehouse in this video on how to keep your sketchup file sizes down.  There’s also a really awesome new embed code for components so you can feature them on a website.

As an aside, if you’d like us to host the embedded code of your model on our website, just ‘like’ our facebook page and leave us a request by posting a comment with a link to your model in the 3d warehouse.

Some manufacturers have placed some of their products on the 3d warehouse as well, making it easier then ever to create convincing, accurate models.

  • Harder, Better, Faster, Strong – Things should be quicker now with the sketchup 2014 roll-out.  Some of the code was tweaked to increase performance.
  • The Extension Warehouse – Now there’s a quick and easy way to add plug-ins.  It has a great user-interface and things are easy to find and sift through.

sketchup 2014 extension warehouse

Have you tried out Sketchup 2014 yet?  What’s your favorite new feature?  Let us know below!

If you’d like to start learning sketchup view our tutorials page.

10 Comments

  1. Tony August 30, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    In the NCARB ARE 5.0 handbook they reference Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods in both of their example questions for cost estimating. Unfortunately there isn’t a specific chapter on cost estimating, it’s woven throughout the content.

  2. Spencer August 30, 2017 at 1:15 am #

    What is the best reference for cost estimating for PDD.

  3. Amy July 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Thanks! Great advice

  4. Tony June 29, 2017 at 7:23 am #

    Deciduous trees should only be used for shade (especially in temperate climates). Deciduous trees lose their leaves in the fall and will have little protection against wind in the winter when it is most needed. Likewise, the leafless trees allow solar heat gain in the winter when it is desired, and shade in the summer.

    Coniferous trees are only to be used to block wind and views. Since they don’t lose their needles, they work great for these two items year-round.

  5. Shahid Logan June 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hello. My name is Shahid. This comment is for anyone who would like to reply. On the Siteplanning test. To block the wind, can you use a Deciduous tree or must you use a Coniferous tree?

  6. Mike January 4, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    Hi Tony,

    I need to take 5.0 PPD & PDD. Do you plan on posting notes such as “Caroline’s Notes” that you had posted for the various 4.0 exams for either of those sections? I found those notes to be some of the best resources in studying for the 4.0 sections. If so any idea when? Thanks

  7. Stephen October 17, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi Tony,
    Any updates on the SS exam ? If there’s an expected release date ? Thanks

  8. DesignerHacks October 4, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Paige,

    We are releasing practice exams for the SS exam later this fall.

    Best,
    Tony

  9. Paige October 4, 2016 at 11:34 am #

    Will you have SS questions on here at some point?

  10. Daniel September 9, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Great post, very helpful with the lists of suggested materials, I just passed CDs in July and am taking PPP in November so I definitely needed the list.

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