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Sketchup on a touchscreen tablet

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Hi everyone,

I have 2 questions for you, nerds / woodworkers. First, who has tried sketchup on a tablet (ipad or else)? IS it doable? Is the touchscreen usable?

And what about drawing on sketchup with a ... "drawing tablet" (? not sure how to name this stuff to make the difference with an ipad-like device, something like that: http://www.amazon.com/Genius-G-Pen-F610-Ultra-Slim-Tablet/dp/B000WEHJHG)?

Is it better? quicker? what do you think?

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ok, I'm a nerd and a woooworker, so I guess I'll take a pick at this.

SketchUp is not available for the iPad/smartphones and I think that as precise as finger gestures are today they are still not precise enough for precision drawing of any kind CAD included.

That said, I AM using (and have for many many years) a tablet on my computers and I find that it not only easier to do things than a mouse as well as some things that would be impossible to do with a mouse (freehand drawing/selecting for example) it is also much easier on the hands/palms/arms and less tiring.

the only thing that I can see people might not like about it is that there is no scroll wheel - but there ARE alternatives to that.

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It's maddening enough to use SketchUp on a laptop without an external mouse. My first reaction to using it on a tablet would be "Ouch!" :)

That said, the geek in me wonders if you could get it running on a tablet somehow. I bet it would be so convoluted that the process and resulting bragging rights would be epic.

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I think its greatest use on a tablet would be for interactive viewing: rotations, zooms, exploding view, and maybe less emphasis on actual drawing. For example, I could see it being very useful to bring to a client to show your design for a commission. Maybe they'll make a version like that, eventually. Probably call it SketchPad.

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Google making a version of sketchup for iPad? Unlikely. I did just before reading this forum searched tha apps store for a sketchup viewer (third party). No joy. Would be nice though.

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I recently purchased Sight Space for my iPad. It might be a good viewer for buildings but not for smaller cabinets. Has anyone else used this app?

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It would be nice to have a viewer that allows full rotation and zoom and out for handheld/touchscreen device. I pretty much build my self-designed projects straight from the sketch-up model on the computer screen, so I carry a laptop out to the garage whenever I am working.

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A portable viewer app would indeed be nice. I tend to export to PDFs if I want to take designs out to the shop, but this won't rotate or zoom obviously.

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FYI, to view a model in 3d you can always save it to 3Dwarehouse and view it with a web browser which lets you rotate and zoom around the model, not as much control as actually using SketchUp but it does provide with some viewing options (clients)

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Hey All,

I have it from a very good source that Google is working on something that will work with the iPad. I don't have any details, but expect it some time in the near future.

Joe

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Ok, that's a very good news. I guess if they are working ona a Ipad version, they just HAVE to be working on the android version too.

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A viewing-only app makes a lot of sense for an iPad, since a tablet is more of an information "consumption" model, as opposed to a "creation" model.

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A viewing-only app makes a lot of sense for an iPad, since a tablet is more of an information "consumption" model, as opposed to a "creation" model.

I have no desire to create on my iPad, my fat fingers would make a big mess. But I would love to be able to navigate through a model with a customer. Maybe change colors or backgrounds.

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Did you know that there is an AutoCad viewer for the iPad? It looks pretty good. It will allow you to do basic edits of a .dwg file as well. Would be nice to see just a viewer from Google for SketchUp.

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if you export your model from your pc as a google earth compatible model you can then view using cubits from the app store.

great for explaining projects to clients etc, but you can't edit the files.

it is cheap as well.

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I've used SketchUp on my iPad, and it's unusable in the current form. Not a good experience with the touch interface. The interface would need to change a bit to make it usable on any tablet. Photoshop was somewhat easier to use because there is less precision, but illustrator was painful to. I think vector based Illustration is not made for touch interfaces, as is.

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Watching that video, I still don't get the attraction...

 

Sketchup works so well with a good wheel mouse, and my other hand to hit hot keys, it seems like the tablet requires so much more motion during use.

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How did you get it to run on the iPad?

 

Boy, I didn't know anybody replied to this.

 

As for the question, I have access to applications/tools that are not available to the public.

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Did that link show up, its not showing up when I'm looking at it? I'm guessing not.

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The link showed up for me.

 

I kind of like the idea of being able to sketch with a stylus but since SketchUp is mainly linear I don't see a huge advantage.  Since I'm not likely to go out and buy a tablet any time in the near future, I guess the point is somewhat moot for me.

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I recently purchased Sight Space for my iPad. It might be a good viewer for buildings but not for smaller cabinets. Has anyone else used this app?

Yes I tried out the free version. I used one of my bigger files which is about 30MB in size and it continually crashed the ipad.

I tried it out on smaller files less than 1mb in size and it was ok but still not something I would use in its current form. I deleted it from the iPad.

If you are taking an ipad out to a client with a sketchup drawing to show them, rotate, zoom in/out to help them visualize something then it may be ok. To design with it on an ipad would not be very productive. You would be better off with a laptop PC or Mac with Sketchup on.

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