Google SketchUp Vs. Vectorworks

Updated April 17, 2017

Computer-aided design software such as Google SketchUp and Vectorworks are used throughout the entire engineering process, from designing machinery or tools to conceptualising houses and buildings. Designers and engineers are able to design, print, save and edit drawings and plans, thus, lowering time and cost investments.

The Facts

Google SketchUp and Vectorworks are both mid-range software packages. The most immediate difference concerns the price tag. Google SketchUp is free while Vectorworks costs about £975.00.

Common Features

Google SketchUp and Vectorworks are both capable of importing, exporting and creating a wide range of 2-D and 3-D models. They also enable users to conduct full-screen, live presentations. Printing modes include raster, vector and hybrid options.

Special Considerations

An added feature in Google SketchUp is the ability to incorporate Google Earth in the design, including 3-D terrain and aerial photos. Vectorworks also has a new program called 4-D Cinema, essentially taking design software into the realm of motion pictures. And, because Vectorworks supports Google SketchUp, a user can have the best of both applications using just Vectorworks software.

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About the Author

Natashia Croston has been writing technical articles for private clients since 2001. She is a CompTIA A+ certified professional and she earned an Associate of Applied Science in computer networking and a Bachelor of Science in technical project management, both from ITT Technical Institute.