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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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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.

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