In SketchUp Pro 2020.2, we are introducing some improvements based on longstanding user feedback. Some changes are straightforward enough—Weld!—while others are new concepts to explore in SketchUp and Layout.
In 2020.1, we introduced API functionality to weld edges in SketchUp. If you aren't aware, extension developers previously had to do some wacky stuff to perform a weld operation. Looking forward, we hope to see this improve the performance for individual extensions. In 2020.2, Weld Edges is a native capability for SketchUp users as well. The new command is contextual to a selection of edges, available in the right-click context menu, from within the Edit menu, and available as a shortcut as well.
Linear inference toggle for the Line Tool
You can now turn off linear inferencing while using the Line tool. To give it a go: activate the Line tool, start drawing a line, and hit the Alt (Windows) / Command (Mac) modifier key to toggle off directional inferencing. SketchUp will now ignore all linear—red, blue, green, magenta—inferences. Hit the toggle again and the only inference you'll snap to is Parallel/Perpendicular (magenta). One more tap, and you are back to standard inferencing. Without changing toggles, arrow key inference locks are still available, so you can jump from no inferences to a specific one pretty quickly. Learn more about the new Line Tool inference toggling.
Line style 'overrides' for Tags in LayOut
You can now control the edge width, scale, color, and stipple pattern for SketchUp tags in LayOut. This means that by applying tags in SketchUp, you can control the style of your linework in LayOut… without stacking multiple viewports. To get going: select a viewport in LayOut, open the SketchUp Model inspector dialog, and expand the Tags panel. Now, click on the line style of a tag to pull up styling options. For tags without a line style applied, click 'Default' to pull up the styling options.
We call these changes to the styling of tags 'overrides' because they persist across model reference updates. Once you set line styles for various tags in a model viewport, you shouldn't have to repeat the exercise. Click 'Reset' to return to the viewport to its default styling. Learn more about the new Line Style override behavior in LayOut.
LayOut selection and transformation improvements
Good LayOut documents are an arrangement of viewports, images, vector graphics, labels… everything just so. As pages get more complex and documents get longer, operating on selections gets slower. In 2020.2, we are introducing some slight but significant modifications to LayOut's selection and transformation behavior that should improve the experience of moving, copying, and scaling selections in larger projects. The key difference is that LayOut now previews your transformation, instead of drawing it in real-time as you are manipulating a selection. Learn more about the new view transformations in LayOut.
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