This is what I love about SketchUp. It’s shamelessly intuitive and versatile, while being adequately accurate and flexible. While people argue that Rhino is a better CAD Application than SU and Revit is better at BIM, this graph and I believe otherwise. Revit may be better at BIM, but it’s most definitely not versatile. You have to learn a lot of things before you can easily create complex structures in Revit. And Rhino may have Grasshopper, but SU has Ruby. An entire programming language along with a large community of developers. SU isn’t perfect, but it’s closest to the best of both worlds.
If you’re confused how SU is a BIM capable software, check out Dibac or BuildEdge. And for essential Ruby Plug-ins, check out this post. What’s more, SU has it’s own Android app!
Although I love SketchUp, I often hate it when it messes up my model or crashes unexpectedly. It’s very frustrating. It needs a lot of development still. If Trimble works towards it, they might be able to perfect it. Otherwise I can’t wait for someone to release something better. Maybe another Google project? Or an Autodesk miracle?