This is SketchUp's fifth major desktop update since joining Trimble. If you've paid attention to our releases over the years, you know that we've sped up quite a bit. And if you're really paying attention to SketchUp, you may have realized something interesting is also happening:
Every day, our team works to make SketchUp Pro and LayOut faster, more accessible, smarter, and just plain better. In parallel, we're also working to deliver more SketchUp in more ways.
For instance: have you tried my.SketchUp yet? It's our new web-based modeler, and we are extraordinarily proud that it shares the performance DNA and good looks of its desktop older sibling. If you are participating in our beta, you've probably noticed that my.SketchUp is already growing up, and hooking into SketchUp Pro software through Trimble Connect.
And if you've been poking around 3D Warehouse over the past few months, you might have noticed that we're using my.SketchUp to power our 3D web viewer. Even better, the performance improvements we're introducing in SketchUp 2017 also feature in my.SketchUp, 3D Warehouse, LayOut, SketchUp Mobile Viewer, and Trimble Connect.
Something else is new today, and it's also not part of our annual client release. The SketchUp Viewer on Microsoft HoloLens is an entirely new way to experience project models in mixed reality environments. To say we are geeking out about the potential of this new technology is an understatement.
And, yes, that's all in addition to the big desktop update we are announcing this week. Trying SketchUp 2017 is entirely free, so we encourage you to try out our new inferences, import spreadsheets into LayOut, export a .DWG, manage your extensions, and maybe just play around. Moving forward into 2017, we think this is one of our best desktop releases yet.