Google Introduces SketchUp 7

November 17th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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SketchUp? It’s that Google Software for 3D modeling.  Well, it’s got a new version, of course they say it’s better.

SketchUp is software you can use to build 3D models of anything: your house, killer robots, furniture, trees, abstract art – anything. Architects and engineers use it to design buildings and other structures. Woodworkers use it to plan their projects. And lots of people use it to figure out where to put their furniture. SketchUp is easy to learn, it comes in free and Pro versions, and it’s more fun than a houseful of clowns. Oh, and you can use it to build models for Google Earth, too. [Official Google Blog]

Sketchup is great actually, I’ve tried it and have been playing with it to design all sorts of things.  As compared to AutoCAD however, it’s no match.  Still, Sketchup is a great and free alternative to expensive and complicated modeling software.

Now the newer version, 7, claims that it’s even easier than the previous one.  Here’s a short list of the highlighted new features.

Making it even easier to get started – We’ve created a new class of "smart" objects called Dynamic Components, which are simpler to work with for new modelers. 

Making it easier to share what you make and collaborate with other people – We built a better link between SketchUp and the rest of the 3D world, made it possible to "sign" your models, and added Google Docs-style collaboration and sharing to our 3D Warehouse.

Adding powerful features for experienced SketchUp Pro users – SketchUp is only half of the SketchUp Pro suite; the other half is all about sharing your work with your clients. LayOut 2 (which is now officially out of beta and rarin’ to go) lets you create multi-page documents and presentations. Your models are linked to your LayOut file so that changing the former automatically updates the latter.

Honestly, Google SketchUp doesn’t make you a brilliant artist but it does help you draw straighter lines and perfect shapes.  So go ahead, try it out, it’s actually fun when you get used to it.