Woodworkers Guide to SketchUp-What About SketchUp 8?

Hi Bob,

Any plans to update your SketchUp 7 ebook to SketchUp 8?

Time frame?

Hi Pete, (and everyone else who has asked this question)

It’s on my list of things to do, but it’s a long list and it isn’t near the top. There isn’t much difference between SketchUp 7 and SketchUp 8 as far as woodworking design goes. At least with the free version. Biggest changes are for geo-locating buildings in Google Earth. For woodworkers, about the only significant change is the ability to show “back edges” of objects as dashed lines.

There are some changes to the Pro version, the big news for woodworkers is the introduction of solid modeling tools. The solid tools let you use one shape to alter another, for example you can put tails (or pins) in one board and the solid tools will remove material from another board, making the other half of the joint.

I’m hoping that sometime in the next year I’ll find or make the time to go through the book and show the updates from 7 to 8, and fix a typo here and a misplaced comma there. If history teaches us anything, SketchUp 9 will be released within a couple months of me crossing that off my “to do” list.


Bob Lang

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