TIG, please explain the "limitations on what is included" and why those limitations exist on the SketchUp built-in PDF export facility and noton the other ones you mention.
I have been frustrated for many weeks now, trying to print out my SU model that is a 2-D street map of an area about 1.5 square miles in size, with so many small alleys that there is a need for small text to show the names.
I cannot seem to control the Line Width using the Free version of 7.1 for Mac OSX.
The street boundaries (Edges) are rendered in one of two ways in the PDF -- either as black lines 1 pixel wide (too fine to print clearly) or as GRAY lines which print even morefaintly or drop out altogether. The type prints beautifully, even in the small sizes.
I have tried many, many different combinations of print settings, attempting to adjust the Line Width to print both the Edges and the Text legibly.
I have spent many hours trying to search the Web for explanations of the problem.
Apparently there are different degrees of adherence to the PDF ISO standard, but I haven't found detailed explanations.
I feel trapped by the limitations of the Free version, but too cautious and suspicious to purchase the Pro version. The two main features of the Pro version are (1) much more output control using Layout and (2) much more Export flexibility, allowing other vector-oriented software to import and improve the file. Either of these features might solve my problem -- I would certainly expect so.
The Free version can export raster files (PNG and TIFF) but only one vector file format, an (apparently) flawed PDF.
Like other contributors to this Forum, I have been dismayed by some of the bizarre bugs and deficiencies in SketchUp, such as its inability to print models of a certain size, or to correctly print models displayed with "too much" white space around the model on the screen at the time of printing. This does not inspire buyer's confidence in considering SketchUp Pro.
I haven't found a Pro owner to talk to, in order to find out how well it works.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
I have an address at Mac dot Com with the name Raybees and
I would like to meet users of SketchUp and/or Inkscape near
Berkeley, CA USA.