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SketchUp

Welcome to our SketchUp documentation section. SketchUp is a powerful 3D program that can turn your site design into a vivid 3D rendering. Your license of our software give you access to both the Land F/X SketchUp Connection (available from our F/X Planting ribbon in CAD) and the Land F/X SketchUp plugin (available as a free download from the Extension Warehouse within SketchUp). With the help of these tools, you can bring your site design, including your exact placements of plants and site amenities, from CAD into SketchUp. You can then bring your design back into CAD – complete with any changes you've made to it in SketchUp.

 

Installing SketchUp 2017 on a Mac with Parallels? The Windows version of SketchUp is incompatible with Parallels. Instead, we recommend installing SketchUp 2017 for Mac on the Mac portion of your computer.

SketchUp is a separate piece of software from AutoCAD or our plugins. Need SketchUp? Download it here.

Note that we no longer support SketchUp 8. We only support versions 2014 and newer.


Contents

Our SketchUp Connection tool and Land F/X SketchUp plugin work together to bring CAD and SketchUp together, allowing you to turn your 2D drawings into 3D models. Use the resources outlined on this page to make these great tools work for you.

 

 

Getting Started with SketchUp

Before you can bring your designs between CAD and SketchUp, you'll need to complete a few setup steps, as well as get to know the Land F/X SketchUp Connection. Here's how to get started.

View our SketchUp: Getting Started documentation section >

 

 

  • Download and install the Land F/X SketchUp plugin, available from the SketchUp Extension Warehouse. Our SketchUp plugin installs some essential tools within SketchUp and allows you to connect with CAD.
  • Set up your SketchUp Library folder, where you'll store all your SketchUp-related content. Note: This step is also covered in the SketchUp plugin installation instructions. We've also included specific instructions for the library folder in case you need to change the folder location.
  • The Land F/X SketchUp Connection is included in your installation of one of our AutoCAD plugins. It allows you to send blocks and layers between CAD and SketchUp. Learn how it works and how to use it to turn your CAD drawings into 3D models.
  • It's imperative that your units be set correctly and consistently in both CAD and SketchUp. Learn how to set the units in SketchUp and CAD.
  • Need more SketchUp help? See our list of Additional SketchUp Resources.

 

SketchUp Tools

Just as your installation of our software adds a whole set of tools to your AutoCAD interface, the Land F/X SketchUp Connection adds a familiar set of tools to SketchUp.  Learn all about each of our tools within SketchUp.

View our SketchUp Tools documentation section >

 

 

  • Projects: The SketchUp version of the Land F/X Projects tool, this feature gives you access to all the plants and site amenities you've added to each of your Land F/X projects. As with any of our AutoCAD plugins, remember to create a new project for each of your designs. You can even create new projects and build your plant palette and your inventory of site amenities from within SketchUp.
  • Import Layer From CAD: Use this tool to bring individual layers from a CAD drawing into SketchUp.
  • Land F/X Import: Grab the plants and site amenities you've placed in a CAD drawing, and send them to SketchUp.
  • The following Place tools work just like the our Plant Manager. Add trees or shrubs to your project, and place them in your SketchUp model.
  • Place Site Amenity: This tool is our SketchUp version of our Amenity Reference Notes tool in CAD. Add site amenities to your project, and place them in your SketchUp model.
  • Concept Lines: As with our Concept Lines tool in CAD, use this tool to represent linear usages in your site design such as vehicle, bicycle, or pedestrian travel. They can also serve as boundaries or screens for specific areas.
  • Plant Info: Use this tool to view information about a plant you've placed in SketchUp, including its plant name, graphic symbol, and symbol width.
  • Plant Legend: Place a Plant Legend (Plant Schedule) in SketchUp that catalogs and tallies all plants you've placed in your design – just like a Plant Schedule in CAD.
  • Export to CAD: Ready to bring your design back into CAD? Export it first. You can then use the SketchUp Connection tool to import it into CAD.
  • Settings: Update the Land F/X SketchUp plugin to the latest version, manage the location of your SketchUp Library folder, and validate your Support ID.
  • Remember: The tools described above are only available in SketchUp  once you've downloaded the Land F/X SketchUp plugin from the SketchUp Extension Warehouse.
  • Though you access it from CAD, the SketchUp Connection is the most essential of our SketchUp tools.

 

Design Techniques

Get the most out of your SketchUp installation.

View our SketchUp Design Techniques documentation section >

 

 

 

  • Mastering SketchUp takes some work. Start your education with these SketchUp Resources.
  • Our Concept Lines tool is incredibly helpful in both CAD and SketchUp for marking off specific areas and usages in your site designs. Get to know it, and use it to your advantage.

 

Customize SketchUp

Did you know that you can use your own custom symbols in SketchUp? Find out how.

Find out how to assign a custom SketchUp symbol to a plant or site amenity >

 


Contact

  • Land F/X

Our software tailors AutoCAD to the needs of landscape architects, irrigation designers, and other professionals. We automate your most tedious tasks and ensure accuracy, giving you more time to design.