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Jul 14, 2014

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I hate the be the bearer of bad news... SketchUp (at least as long as Google had control of it) has never been free for commercial use. You had to buy the Pro version to produce commercial work. The disclaimer might have been slightly buried in a larger terms agreement, but it was there and IT departments in large firms have been struggling with designers breaking the terms frequently.

Pro means what it means. Which is why several years ago they disabled some of the export features in the non-Pro version. All that has happened is a name change, and he Pro version is a little more expensive, although still reasonably in the reach of anyone who wants to call themselves a 'Pro'.

Dean

In response to the comment above, yes you always needed a Pro version for commercial use, but you were able to use the "free" version when the pro license was unavailable. This was the case up through the early builds of SketchUp 8, and then the software was modified to no longer allow this fallback to the free version. It essentially meant that a company would need to buy a copy of Pro for anyone that wanted to use it simultaneously. And since the networked licenses are sold in a minimum batch of 10, a small company really had to buy individual licenses for all their users if they had 9 or fewer that ever needed to use the software.

POSH GmbH

actually Google SketchUp Free can still be used for commercial work:

http://forums.sketchup.com/t/google-sketchup-8-still-free-for-commercial-use/5544

everything with 'Make' in name is non-commercial only.

Catherine

I LIKE my Sketchup version 8.... I am a hobbyist who like to make stuff and I don't have the brains to use these complicated programs or the newer versions of Sketchup.... What happens to people like me?

catherine

I guess there is no answer for me....great.... :(

Matt


Some are saying that Google's free version of SketchUp (Version 8) is not for commercial use. Can anyone here elaborate?

I've read the user license. It says:

"Google gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the object code of the Google Software. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the Services as provided by Google, in the manner permitted by these Terms and Conditions."

The rest of the license simply deals with the privacy policy, automatic updates, rectrictions on export and reverse engineering, etc.

The installation package for Google SketchUp 8.0.4811 is available on FileHippo.
http://filehippo.com/download_sketchup/9114/

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