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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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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.

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