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Do I need to buy SketchUpPro for use with OpenStudio?

asked 2017-02-21 17:40:06 -0500

geo's avatar

updated 2017-02-22 08:52:46 -0500

When I downloaded OpenStudio SketchUp was not included so I went to the SketchUp link which said I could try SketchUpPro for 30 days and then need to pay ~$695

Is this true?

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answered 2017-02-22 07:34:49 -0500

Adam Hilton's avatar

It's more of a legal issue as to whether or not you need to purchase SketchUp Pro. The license agreement for SketchUp Make says...

Trimble Navigation Limited and/or its affiliates ("Trimble") gives you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable and non-exclusive license to use the executable version of the Software for non-commercial use only. Non-commercial use means: you may not sell, rent, lease or lend the output of the Software or the Services. If you are a for-profit organization of any kind, or an employee of a for-profit organization using the Software or Services in that capacity, you are engaged in commercial activity; therefore, in order to use the Software and Services, you must purchase a SketchUp Pro license.

So if you're creating energy models in OpenStudio with the aid of SketchUp in any capacity for-profit, you need to purchase SketchUp Pro to not be in violation of the SketchUp Make license agreement. At least that's how I read it.

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answered 2017-02-22 23:42:54 -0500

SKG's avatar

You do not need to buy it, the default download is SketchUp Pro and as you said it gets downgraded to SketchUp after 1-month wich is enough to use with OpenStudio, for non-profit purposes.

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answered 2017-02-22 10:57:51 -0500

Importing DWGs is a feature that is only available in SketchUp Pro. This can be a differentiator depending on your workflow to create geometry.

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answered 2017-02-22 07:11:16 -0500

Dustin's avatar

No you do not need SketchUpPro to use with OpenStudio. The free version of SketchUp works with it just fine.

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So for a hobbyist is it better to get the Pro and let it downgrade itself (to???) or start with the free "Make" version?

rahzan's avatar rahzan  ( 2017-05-23 17:59:44 -0500 )edit

Apparently the free download of "MAKE" version, is the same 30 day trial of the "pro". I presume it will continue to work with openstudio, subject to the License Agreement.

rahzan's avatar rahzan  ( 2017-05-24 20:04:35 -0500 )edit

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