John Bacus, longtime SketchUp product manager, has posted a blog post over at SketchUpdate about the news–SketchUp 2013 is available for download and there is an all new SketchUp branding, SketchUp website and new pricing.
The Theme of SketchUp 2013
The theme for this major update to SketchUp is a twin theme of plugins and LayOut in SketchUp Pro, reports Bacus. This is about extensibility and 2D documentation.
Trimble appears to have renamed SketchUp to SketchUp Make as the free version while SketchUp Pro is the paid version. There doesn’t seem to be a description yet of what is new. Their blog is suggesting you download the new version and try it out to learn more.
When attempting to do that we discovered that you cannot choose which OS platform you are on. Google Chrome’s browser on OS X didn’t seem to help by telling them either and a Windows installer came down to us on OS X. Blah! We’ll look into this again. If you figure something out when downloading the new SketchUp 2013, please post a share below.
[Editor’s note: Since our original post Trimble informed us that they had resolved the issue of the operating system popup not yet working quite consistently. It should now be all good and you can choose Mac from the drop-down menu. 21 May 2013]
Check out SketchUp 2013 here on their new site. http://www.sketchup.com