SketchUp News Extension

Keep an eye on SketchUp news, discussions, and tutorials, right inside SketchUp



This small extension adds a news browser to the SketchUp Help menu. Now you can follow news and tutorial blog posts but also tweets as well as forum discussions all in one place – without even leaving SketchUp! Clicking a link will get you to the original article (on the source website).

News items and tutorials on the left side of the screen come from a variety of sources, including the official Trimble blogs, SketchUcation and a variety of other tutorial sites (including mine). The right side aggregates tweets about SketchUp and the latest discussions from the SketchUcation and SketchUp’s own forums.

I included in this collection whatever source reliably publishes good information and has an accessible RSS feed. If you know of a good blog etc. that should be included here, please suggest it in the comments.


Go to Help > SketchUp News to read the latest news.

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You can now find this extension in Trimble’s Extension Warehouse. For an easy install (and update notifications), browse to it from inside SketchUp (2013 or newer) and install it directly.

Alternative Downloads

Linked below are the installation files (RBZ and ZIP formats) for the current and some previous versions of this extension.

To install these files, follow the SketchUp folks’ instructions. You can also find this extension on GitHub.

Revision History

  • Version 1.3 (2/29/2020):
    – Instance var fix for dialog (SU 2020 compatibility)
  • Version 1.2 (12/12/2015):
    – Code cleanup
    – Fixed loader code
    – Implemented new dialog for 2017
  • Web only (2/16/2016):
    – rewrote website with better size response
    – changed to dark design
  • Version 1.1 (5/10/2013):
    – reorganized folders
  • Version 1.0 (3/13/2013):
    – First release

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