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Google SketchUp gives you the power to create 3D objects

Google has released yet another beta software package: SketchUp. SketchUp is an application that allows you to create your own 3D objects, color and texture your designs, use real-time shadowing effects and grab from a large library of pre-configured objects to add to your design. And as is always the case with most of Google's software, it is completely free. There is also a commercial version called SketchUp Pro 5 which has a host of additional features, but you may want to take a stab at the free version first to see if it's suitable for your needs. From Google:

Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program whose few simple tools enable you to create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects – even space ships. You can add details, textures and glass to your models, design with dimensional accuracy, and place your finished models in Google Earth, share them with others by posting them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies. Google SketchUp (free) is a great way to discover if 3D modeling is right for you.

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How long
By xit2nowhere on 5/1/2006 5:13:31 PM , Rating: 2
So, how long will it take them to move the program out of a beta status?

RE: How long
By microAmp on 5/1/2006 5:24:26 PM , Rating: 2
GMail is still beta and that's been out for a little while, so probably a really long time. :P

RE: How long
By Trisped on 5/1/2006 6:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the point was that they never move their free stuff out of beta. That deffinatly limits their liability if something goes wrong with the program or the decide it needs some tweaking.

RE: How long
By Zoomer on 5/3/2006 9:14:14 AM , Rating: 2
Google news is out of beta not too long ago.

A long beta is better than releasing half baked stuff that's broken.

RE: How long
By rushfan2006 on 5/2/2006 9:31:15 AM , Rating: 1
So, how long will it take them to move the program out of a beta status?

Latest best guesses at this was recently made by top scientists from around the world and leading educational institutes such as MIT....we now believe GMail will be out of beta right around the time we colonize Mars and the 3d modeling software will be released form beta status about the same time the Empire crosses time and space and finally reaches our solar system.....(or Bush says something actually worth listening too).

May the force be with you... :)

Uhm... Why?
By jskirwin on 5/2/2006 9:47:06 AM , Rating: 2
So Google is giving away a 3D modeling program.


How does this create revenue?

RE: Uhm... Why?
By tobrien on 5/2/2006 11:17:13 AM , Rating: 2
It's possible they see it as one more thing to give the public (everyone loves something that's free if it's good) and have the google name associated with, I guess. Basically just to raise their status.

RE: Uhm... Why?
By Zirconium on 5/2/2006 12:31:44 PM , Rating: 2
Therea are two reasons I can see for giving out this software free.

First is that it could be viewed as a demo for SketchUp Pro 5, developed by @Last Software which was acquired by Google.

The second is that Google would like 3D maps in Google Earth. It distributes this software, and people start modeling their towns and posting what they have. Since Google's specialty is aggregating data, they may have something up their sleeve to go through all the models people posted, pick out the best ones, and provide 3D views of cities in Google Earth.

I already have that software...
By SaltBoy on 5/1/2006 10:56:36 PM , Rating: 2
...and I call it The Sims 2

RE: I already have that software...
By dmce on 5/2/2006 8:17:28 AM , Rating: 2
Looks more fun than the Sims (2) to me

By gerfey on 5/1/2006 4:51:51 PM , Rating: 2
And as is always the case with most of Google's software, it is completely free.

The new Google motto: Make all of most of your software free

RE: Lol
By machinaman on 5/1/06, Rating: 0
GMAX is free
By HueyD on 5/2/2006 8:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
GMAX has been out for years. Its a scaled down version of 3DS Max.

By Darth Farter on 5/2/2006 11:59:50 AM , Rating: 2
I just want to see google give microsoft a run for it's "arrogantly achieved" money in the Operating system business (/monopoly).

Hear that google? u better cook something up.

Now I can
By DigitalFreak on 5/1/06, Rating: 0
RE: Now I can
By mezrah on 5/1/06, Rating: 0
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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