SketchUp is currently also the only CAD tool that allows Mac users to use Enscape on Mac via the Enscape SketchUp Extensions.
SketchUp Free vs SketchUp Pro
The big drawback of SketchUp Free vs SketchUp Pro are the lack of export formats.
Especially if you need to export your designs for professional presentations, you’ll definitely need SketchUp Pro.
The free version of SketchUp only allows you to export in PNG and STL but for professional needs, you’ll need to upgrade to either SketchUp Go for $119 or SketchUp Pro for $199 which both support exporting in DWG and DXF. The same goes for importing files.
The quality of exported files from SketchUp Free is also not as good as from SketchUp Pro.
SketchUp Pro also has far more sand box tools than SketchUp Free. These are mainly used for terrain modelling to realistically simulate the environment for house designs.
There are other limitations to SketchUp Free and the best advice we can give is, if you’re a professional architect, go straight for the Pro version as you’re going to need the added powerful touches.
If you’re planning to use SketchUp for 3D modelling however, you may be better off using the free versions first to learn the ropes. There are other dedicated 3D modelling tools which are better than SketchUp so you’re better off testing it first.
Does SketchUp Work On M1 Macs?
At the moment, you can use SketchUp on M1 Macs thanks to Rosetta in macOS. Rosetta automatically translates Intel Mac apps to work on M1 Macs.
However, there is no native version of SketchUp for M1 Macs yet although it’s likely an updated Apple Silicon M1 chip version will be released soon.