SketchUp Pro 2014’s New Classifier Tool

By Aidan Chopra

SketchUp Pro 2014 introduced a new tool called the Classifier. If you’re using Pro, you can label groups and components (which are now collectively referred to as objects) with information about what they are. When you share your model with people who use sophisticated BIM (Building Information Modeling) software, they can more easily integrate it into their workflows.

You can also use SketchUp Pro to generate a report (a tabular list) of all the objects in your model, including their associated labels.

Type is just another word for label. If there were a classification system (the technical word is schema) for fruit, apple, orange, and banana might be three of the types available in that system. SketchUp Pro only comes preloaded with one schema: IFC 2X3.

If you want to use a different one (or even create your own), you can, but you’ll have to load it first using the Classifications panel of the Model Info dialog box.

How you use this tool depends heavily on what you’re using SketchUp to do.