SketchUp importer for Blender 2.82a released
An architectural visualization project usually starts from a reference file received from the client, which could be either a set of technical drawings or a 3D model. Sometimes you might receive an SKP file from SketchUp with a rough model and some basic layout.
Until a couple of weeks ago, we only had an option to import SKP files to Blender 2.79, since the Add-on that helps us to get those filetypes to Blender didn’t receive any update to the latest 2.8x series.
Today, we have some great news for artists looking to get a native solution for Blender 2.8. A developer called Arindam Mondal ported the widely used Add-on from Martijn Berger to Blender 2.82a.
You can download the file from this link.
It is a great help for artists that were still managing SKP files and will simplify their workflow. You don’t need Blender 2.79 anymore to process SKP files to append them to a 2.8x project later.
At the moment, you only find a Windows version of the Add-on. The developer still didn’t release a Mac or Linux version.
The good news doesn’t stop there. It also works with version 2.9x.
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