Workstations optimized for Sketchup. Visualize, create, edit, and iterate with ease. Work faster, wait less.
SketchUp is a 3D modelling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. It is available as a web-based application, SketchUp Free, a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version with additional functionality, SketchUp Pro. SketchUp is owned by Trimble Inc., a mapping surveying and navigation equipment company. There is an online library of free model assemblies (e.g. windows, doors, automobiles), 3D Warehouse, to which users may contribute models. The program includes drawing layout functionality, allows surface rendering in variable "styles", supports third-party "plug-in" programs hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse to provide other capabilities (e.g. near photo-realistic rendering) and enables placement of its models within Google Earth.
The computers listed below are best for SketchUp because they all meet or exceed these system requirements…
- Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X 10.5 and later
- CPU: 2GHz processor
- RAM: 512MB for Windows, 2GB for Mac
- Graphics Card: 3-D capable card with at least 128MB of memory *DOES NOT WORK WELL ON INTEL CARDS*
- Disk Space: 300MB to install