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
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.
quote: And as is always the case with most of Google's software, it is completely free.