In this intermediate release, important feedback from the SketchUp 2021.1 release has been addressed and a few issues have been permanently fixed.
The interference of shortcuts on tool mode states on Mac versions of SketchUp are cleaned up now . In SketchUp 2021.1.2 (as on Windows), using custom hotkeys or default shortcuts (like Undo or Select All) should not change tool modifiers in a majority of cases.
Another undesirable outcome of the 2021.1 release was the persistence of the Move tool’s Copy mode across multiple operations. It was decided to address this pain point while also acting on a feature request to make the persistent Copy mode more efficient. For starters, after placing a Copy, the Move tool will revert to its default state.
What about the persistent copy mode? Based on feedback, it was noted that making multiple copies was indeed a different enough workflow to warrant a new modifier mode for the Move tool called Stamp Copy. When stamping, each click will produce a copy. Stamp Copy can be used with relative moves and also inference locking. To activate Stamp, press the Copy modifier key twice before the first click of a Move operation. Once you start moving an object, Stamp is not available.
The other behavior change in this update is that Scale tool modifiers can now be operated as either persistent toggles or single-use press-and-hold modifiers. To the extent possible, SketchUp developers feel it is important to offer tool modifiers as toggles without forcing people to unlearn years of SketchUp muscle memory.
In addition to these changes, they have also fixed several important bugs, noted below.
SketchUp Release Notes
Bug fixes/ Additional Improvements
Fixed an issue where a very large model would silently fail to save. An error will now be displayed to help prevent data loss. A permanent fix for these rare failures will be included in an upcoming release.
Fixed an issue where Context Menu items would “gray out” after a period of time on Windows.
Fixed an issue where icons were not appropriately spaced when opening a model on the Mac with Big Sur OS.
Updated the infrastructure for Live Components. While the behavior of Live Components is not changing now, in the near future, these changes will allow us to improve Live Component load time and fluidity of use between components. If you haven’t tested Live Components recently, you can browse and test the new Live Components that we’ve been introducing in SketchUp Labs throughout this year.
LayOut Release Notes
Bug fixes / small features added
(Win) Fixed an issue where font spacing could be incorrect when using superscript or subscript fonts.
(Win) Fixed an issue where exported List Text was not exported correctly.
(Win) Fixed an issue where Wingding fonts would not export.
SketchUp API Release Notes
Fixed grayed out menu entries, as mentioned above. While technically not an API issue, having numerous extensions installed made this more visible.
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