Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you're wondering about downloading Sketchlist3D, executing a complex furniture design, transferring your software to another computer, or anything else related to our woodworking software, we're here to help. Below you'll find the answers to common user questions to get you started.

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Over the years of helping woodworkers make the most of SketchList3D, we’ve collected common questions and answered them here for easy reference.

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Should I use SketchList3D Pro or Hobby?

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If you make money woodworking, you want SketchList3D Pro. The added features and reports will save you valuable time in the shop and dazzle your clients with photorealistic testfits. Pro also enables you to export a DXF file for input into a CAM system.

SketchList3D Hobby is designed for casual woodworkers, who want to create nice 3D designs for planning and sharing with family and friends. See the full comparison of features on our Pricing page.

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Is SketchList3D easy to learn?

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SketchList3D is significantly easier to learn than traditional CAD systems. Past users have generated complex designs within a day or two of downloading the free trial. For Pro users, we offer a free JumpStart training session, which gets you designing your first piece in less than an hour.
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Can I use SketchList3D to design specialty furniture such as pharmacy furniture?

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Yes. You can design a wide range of furniture, including any type of cabinet or storage unit.
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Can I use SketchList3D for beginner woodworking projects?

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Yes. SketchList3D Hobby is ideal for beginner woodworking projects, helping you customize the design to your space and preferences.
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Why might my virus protection software tell me not to trust SketchList3D?

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You get this notification because our installation packet hasn't been signed with a publisher certificate. This is common with software you download directly from the creator, and is a false alarm. We take the security of our software seriously, as our thousands of secure, active users attest. To use SketchList3D, ignore this notification and proceed with the download.
Pro tip: Don't see your question covered here? Search our furniture design blog for detail tutorials! With hundreds of blog articles dating back to 2008. We're bound to have covered the feature you're looking for.
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Does SketchList3D use metric or imperial measurements?

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SketchList3D supports both imperial and metric units.
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Does SketchList3D have a library of hardware, doors, or drawers?

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There is a library of common pieces included in SketchList3D, and anything you’ve created once can be saved to your custom library. You can also buy a library of appliances as a separate add-on from our Pricing page.
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Can I import projects from Google SketchUp to SketchList3D?

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No. In order to make SketchList3D as easy to use as possible, it is not compatible with SketchUp.
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Is it possible to make sure boards don’t bump into each other?

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Not categorically. As you’re designing and moving boards around, occasionally it’s necessary for board to occupy the same space, and restricting this would impede your progress. For example, a board with a tenon would bump into a board with a mortise. To ensure boards are not overlapping, check the board spreadsheet for both boards.
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How do I create a dovetail?

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Dovetail joinery is applied to the edge of a board. Start by specifying the height and angle of the dovetail; then dovetail the surface with the shaping tool.
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Can you simulate wood bending to create an arch in SketchList3D

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You can take a board and shape it to affect the curve, however you cannot bend wood in SketchList3D.
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Can you simulate wood turning objects, such as turning a wooden leg for a chair, with SketchList3D?

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Yes. See this blog post on cabinet design using tapered or round legs for a step-by-step overview of how to do this.
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Is there a quick way to add double lines of shelf pinholes inside cabinets and bookcases?

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We have a clone and space function for holes, so you can take 5-mm or ¼-inch holes and space them every X units.
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How can I create dental molding that wraps around the side of a wall cabinet?

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There are two approaches to dental molding in SketchList3D. One is to cut non-round holes and then close and space them over a given distance. The other way is to clone and space a small block.
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Can I copy a piece of a design from one assembly to another?

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Yes. By making any drawer, board, door, or assembly into a standard, you can easily call it into other designs.
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Is there a way to upload custom textures for board materials?

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Yes. You can import any image file as a texture and adjust the transparency. Check out this interesting case study for a step-by-step example.
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How do I zoom into an area on the design screen?

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Hold down the Control key and the left mouse button and move the mouse to zoom in. You can also hit the “M” key to open a magnified image. Simply hit “M” again to close the magnifier when you’re done.
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Can I create a dimensioned shop drawing?

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Yes. Just follow the steps in this dimensioned shop drawing video.
14

The grain direction on my optimized layout diagram is wrong. What happened?

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Check the grain direction of the board and the material to ensure both are going in the correct direction. If you did not specify a grain direction when you created the board or material, the SketchList3D optimizer automatically places the boards to minimize waste, so you may end up with a board grain that is not going in the direction you intended.
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How do I rabbet a door so I can inset it into the frame?

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Size the door and rabbet all four edges. At the board-level, click the joinery button. Select rabbet and pick all four edges.
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How do I change the dimensions of my design?

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You can edit the sizes and locations of any part from the form in the upper-right or the spreadsheet at the bottom of the main form. Another option is turn on red dots, right-click the red dots on the object, and drag the object into the desired size.
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Does SketchList3D update automatically?

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When you have the application open and are connected to the internet, SketchList3D automatically checks for software updates. If an update is detected, you’ll receive a notification and a link to download.
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Can I keep my old projects when updating to a new version?

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Yes. You’ll need to export your project library from the old version and import it to the new version. This video guides you through that process.
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How do I transfer SketchList3D to a new computer?

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First, download SketchList3D on your new computer. On your old computer, export all of the projects you want to save onto an external drive. Activation numbers can only be used once, so you’ll need to email us to request a new activation key once you’ve uninstalled SketchList3D from your old device. You can then use this new key to activate SketchList3D on your new computer and import your projects from your external drive.

NOTE: One purchase of SketchList3D licenses you to use the software on one computer only. Running SketchList3D on more than one computer is a violation of our licensing agreement and will result in termination.

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Can I switch my version of SketchList3D from Windows to Mac (or vice versa)?

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Yes. First, uninstall and delete SketchList3D from your previous computer. Then send us an email requesting a new activation key.
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Are you planning to develop a version of SketchList3D for iPad?

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We are currently designing concepts for an iPad version, which may be made available in the future. Stay tuned for further updates.

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