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Trimble releases SketchUp for iPad in beta

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Trimble has released SketchUp for iPad, the mobile edition of its architectural modelling software, in beta.

The new edition will enable users to design on an iPad using gesture controls or the Apple Pencil stylus, and will feature “innovative capabilities [like] Autoshape [and] Markup Mode”.

A full version of SketchUp for iPad, to complement the existing SketchUp Viewer
Although Trimble has had an app for viewing SketchUp models on iOS devices for some years now, it wasn’t previously possible to actually design in SketchUp on an iPad.

The new edition rectifies that, reimagining SketchUp workflow for use on a smaller screen, and for use with Apple Pencil and multi-touch input as well as a mouse and keyboard.

According to Trimble, SketchUp for iPad also adds a “variety of innovative capabilities”, including “Autoshape, Markup Mode, AR model viewing and dozens of user interface and workflow enhancements”.

The new iPad edition integrates with Trimble Connect, the firm’s online collaboration platform, and will enable users to “move seamlessly” between the mobile, web and desktop editions of SketchUp.

Other than that, there’s currently little information on Trimble’s website, although this thread on the SketchUp forum suggests that the iPad edition may not include all of the features from the desktop version.

In it, Trimble product manager Jody Gates comments that the iPad app, “while very similar to the client, is not the same thing”, while this post from a beta tester suggests that it doesn’t support extensions.

Pricing and system requirements
SketchUp for iPad is compatible with iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini devices running iOS 13.4+. The software is currently in closed beta: you can sign up for the beta program via the link below.

Trimble hasn’t announced a release date for the stable version, or whether it will be available free to existing users, or will require a separate paid subscription.

Read Trimble’s announcement of SketchUp for iPad

Register for the SketchUp for iPad beta program on the SketchUp website

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