For the past two weeks I’ve been test driving Google SketchUp Pro and have come to a simple conclusion. Unless you’re a professional I think you’ll be able to do much more than you’ve ever dreamed with the free version of SketchUp, including drawing house plans. Below is a quick video tour of my drawing of the 8×20 Solar House. It’s not quite finished but I wanted to give you a progress report.
The only advantage I can see with the pro version is that you can create your own unique visual styles and make build presentations using Google Layout. But when I publish the free house plans for this house I’ll just use the free version and I think you’ll be able to see how easily nearly perfect 2D drawings can be exported too. For those of you exploring SketchUp on your computers feel free to download my current working file. Try turning on and off the layers and notice that everything is a component. Below is a screen-shot of the drawing.