SketchUp For iPad

SketchUp for iPad: Capture your creativity on the go

SketchUp for iPad is the new, versatile way to create, edit, and view 3D models whether you’re on a job site, on the go, or in the office. With support for Apple Pencil, multi-touch gestures, and mouse and keyboard, you can harness the power of 3D your way. Quickly draw, swipe, and click to bring form to your creative vision. Brilliant ideas don’t always hit you when it’s convenient — but a mobile 3D drawing space makes it possible to get work done wherever you are. With support for Apple Pencil, multi-touch gestures, and of course, mouse and keyboard, you can easily draw, swipe, and click to give form to your creative vision. Quickly redline 3D models, make field edits on the fly, and sync all of your changes to the cloud to keep stakeholders aligned while on the go. A robust integration with our cloud-based collaboration platform, Trimble Connect, keeps files in sync across devices so you can move seamlessly between SketchUp for iPad, SketchUp for Web, and SketchUp Pro desktop design apps. Whether you’re connected to high-speed internet, or you’re working offline, take your work with you wherever you go. Experience SketchUp for iPad, in all its SketchUp glory, with a 7-day free trial.

How Can I Access SketchUp for iPad?

SketchUp for iPad offers a full-featured 3D modeling experience that enables you to design on-site, on the go, and in the office. Create, edit, and mark up 3D projects anywhere with SketchUp for iPad.

What You Need.

SketchUp for iPad works with a wide range of iPad models and requires at least iPadOS 15 or higher. For more information, take a look at the System Requirements.

Your Models, Anywhere 

SketchUp for iPad makes it easy to open, share, and manage your models. You can use Trimble Connect to access your files from other versions of SketchUp, save files locally on your iPad, or use your favorite cloud storage app. Take a look at our Working With SketchUp Files page for more information on how you can manage your models across multiple devices and apps.

Let’s Go!

If you’re ready to dive in and start creating on iPad, our Getting Started page introduces you to the basics of SketchUp for iPad.

SketchUp for iPad in practice

We knew sketching on an iPad would be a game-changer for various workflows, so we were eager to get the inside scoop from several of our SketchUp for iPad beta users. 

Our lucky betas fancy everything from exploring designs on a job site to being able to jot down early-stage concepts quickly. Other notable callouts include easily reviewing and marking up designs from team members, studying the details of a design, and cutting down the back-and-forth time it takes to go from RFI to an on-site solution. We’re going to pause here and let you read for yourself a 🔥 sampling of the inbound we’ve received from the SketchUp-verse.

We’ve been exploring and experimenting with SketchUp for iPad in our workflow, and the possibilities are endless. I use SketchUp for iPad during the initial conceptual design phase. To unleash your creativity at the start of a concept, you need tools that are easy to use – tools similar to sketching on a physical piece of paper, and SketchUp for iPad is precisely this. My workflow typically starts by importing a geo-referenced location to get the scale correct, and from there, I create massing models. This helps me and the team understand the building’s scale and the surrounding context. And, since there’s a seamless integration between desktop and iPad, I can work across both on the same project. Another SketchUp for iPad use case is carrying out detailed studies of aspects of a particular design. For example, I can import an image clip or floor plan and extrude objects, or focus on one area and detail it out. I’m also excited about being able to easily import 3D Warehouse models into my iPad designs, which has helped speed up my workflow.

SketchUp For iPad FAQs

You bet! You can try SketchUp for iPad – and everything else in the SketchUp Studio Trial Bundle – free of charge for 30 days with us. Next, Download SketchUp for iPad in the App Store and activate it with the created account.

Please note: Please do not request your trial period from the SketchUp for iPad app itself, as it will only last for 7 days and then you will be offered SketchUp Go.

The SketchUp for iPad app can be installed on a wide range of iPad Pro, iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini models and requires at least iOS 15.

For performance reasons, we recommend (especially when working with large, demanding files) using the most powerful iPad available: iPad Pro M1.

The application experience is based on the use of a Apple Pencil of the second generation. However, users can also use a first-generation Apple Pencil or other third-party stylus peripherals supported by iPadOS. The app also supports Magic Keyboard & Trackpad, Bluetooth, three-button mice and scroll wheels. Users without peripherals can work in 3D with multi-touch interaction on their iPad.

Please note: There is no Android version of SketchUp available and iOS 14 and earlier is not supported!

SketchUp for iPad is automatically available in all paid subscriptions of SketchUp Go, SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Studio and educational Subscriptions. You can buy a SketchUp Subscription through our reseller channel in the Benelux.

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