SketchUp is a neat, intuitive 3D drawing program from a company called @Last. Following Google’s general modus operandi these days, and in complete opposition to Microsoft’s general approach, Google bought the company a little while back and is “liberating” the software—or at least a version of it. Their objective is certainly to make it as easy as possible to populate Google Earth , but that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that the software’s just cool.
Google SketchUp—great name, huh?—is a completely separate application from regular ol’ SketchUp 5, which we’ve renamed—get ready for this—SketchUp Pro 5. The free version can be downloaded for $6000 (just wanted to see if you were paying attention) can be downloaded for FREE from Google. It’s perfect for people who love SketchUp but who can’t justify the price of SketchUp Pro. Do-it-yourself kitchen remodelers, backyard rocket builders, basement model train obsessives; Google SketchUp will let just about everyone build and show off their creations in 3D. I think it’s a great day for 3D nerds everywhere, and I mean that in the best possible way.
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