Trimble has released SketchUp 2022, the major version of its 3D architecture modeling and visualization software of the new year. Taking “Work Smarter, Not Hard” as its opening slogan of the announcement, a series of new features has been added in the new version, alone with many improvements and issue fixing. Read more with XRender.
| What’s New in SketchUp 2022
A new search feature, available on web edition only previously, has now been updated to SketchUp desktop, allowing users to have quick access to both native tools, commands and installed extensions.
Both exact and fuzzy searches are available in this feature. That is to say, users can activate by directly typing the names of tools, commands, etc., or they can search for related functions by entering similar concepts. In the meanwhile, searching can be a very frequently used feature in the creative process. Therefore, instead of active it via toolbar icon or the default shortcut, Shift + S, users may customize the shortcut according to preference for even easier accessing by following the tutorial.
In the meanwhile, a new search filter is added adjacent to the Scenes tab for identifying and jumping to your desired scene quickly when dealing with a large amount of scenes. According to the firm, significant improvement, “2-3x” to Explode operations in large models, are expected.
Another two tools to enhance workflow, Lassos Select and Tag, are introduced into SketchUp 2022. Lasso is a select tool that allows uses to draw a bounds to select entities fully inside, with the default shortcut: Shift + Spacebar.
Tag allows users to apply visible tags by selecting objects directly in the modeling window or pre-selecting entities, in batches if needed, to simplify model management.
It is also now possible to lock the tangency and create curved faces from an existing edge when using the new tangent inference toggles for 2-Point and 3-Point Arc tools.
To toggle on this inference lock, tap the Alt key on Windows or Command key on Mac.
The curve drawing tool, Freehand, gets a considerable upgrade. More segments, which you may decrease later with visual feedbacks simultaneously, are contained while drawing curves to making it smoother. In addition, it is now possible to draw across adjacent faces on different planes as the gif show above.
LayOut, the module for generating 2D documentation from 3D models, available to users with SketchUp Studio subscriptions, has also been updated.
The Auto-Text system, which generates block text based on scene metadata, gets new tags for page management, generating tables of contents, and pulling in viewport information.
SketchUp 2022.0 is available for Windows 10+ and macOS 10.15+ on a rental-only basis. Subscriptions cost $119/year for SketchUp Shop, $299/year for SketchUp Pro, and $699/year for SketchUp Studio.
For more new features about the update, read the full list of SketchUp Desktop 2022 here.