I’ve invested a couple or more years and over a grand in the Sketchup program. There’s much to recommend it. But…
There’s also a chronic ‘beta’ quality about the interface and plugins, and rganic modeling is never satisfying or simple enough.
I’m very grateful that I"m allowed to try this new version for Mac. I wonder however how much I’ll be required to pay for the program once it’s properly released. I understand from the notes that compatibility with SU files is not on the list for the first version, which of course gives me pause. What to do with all my previous work?
I think it would be a very positive and encouraging move to market to the SU crowd. Indeed, with all the installed user base, and all the product models available in the Google warehouse, I think a great number of designers would be ready to move over to a more professional program line Rhino if they could maintain the usefulness of years of their previous work.
I don’t know the downsides of programming compatibility with other applications, so I’ve only a vague notion of what I’m suggesting. But all the same, there’s a very large and growing users market for SU. Opening that door may well bring in a significant amount of buyers.