SketchUp Make on Arch Linux

I use SketchUp at work to manipulate models for use in Google Earth. Here is how I got SketchUp Make 2013 installed and working on Arch Linux under Wine 1.7.

Wine for Arch Linux

Install Wine on Arch Linux as follows.

sudo pacman -S --needed icoutils libwbclient libxslt lib32-mpg123 p11-kit lib32-p11-kit samba wine winetricks wine-mono wine_gecko
sudo packer -S --noedit --noconfirm ttf-ms-fonts

For 64-bit also install the following.

sudo packer -S --noedit --noconfirm lib32-libwbclient lib32-libxslt

Installing SketchUp Make

Once Wine is installed download SketchUp Make 2013.

Create a clean wine prefix.

export WINEPREFIX="${HOME}/.sketchup"
export WINEARCH="win32"

Install corefonts using winetricks

winetricks corefonts

Start the SketchUp Make setup.

wine SketchUpWEN.exe

Follow the installation wizard, I just went with the defaults.

That’s it. SketchUp is installed and should be associated with the appropriate file types.

Video Corruption

My workstation has a Radeon 5000 series graphics card and I use the Open Source radeon driver. I don’t know if this problem is specific to my hardware/drivers but SketchUp will eventually (sometimes immediately) encounter video corruption. Once that happens I can’t see or manipluate the models.

The solution that works for me is:

env WINEPREFIX="${HOME}/.sketchup" LIBGL_ALWAYS_SOFTWARE=1 vblank_mode=0 wine "C:\Program Files\SketchUp\SketchUp 2013\SketchUp.exe"

If this also works for you then SketchUp.desktop can be modified to persist these settings.

nano ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/SketchUp\ 2013/SketchUp.desktop

Replace the contents with what follows but change USER with your username.

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=env WINEPREFIX="/home/USER/.sketchup" LIBGL_ALWAYS_SOFTWARE=1 vblank_mode=0 wine C:\\\\windows\\\\command\\\\start.exe /Unix /home/USER/.sketchup/dosdevices/c:/users/USER/Start\\ Menu/Programs/SketchUp\\ 2013/SketchUp.lnk

Uninstalling SketchUp Make

Should you ever need to, you can uninstall SketchUp Make as follows.

rm -rfv ${HOME}/.sketchup/
rm -rfv ~/.local/share/applications/wine/Programs/SketchUp\ 2013/


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