Friday, April 28, 2006

New App from Google: SketchUp

I've never thought that I would be building 3D models, but Google's new app, Sketch Up, made me rethink. Google Beta SketchUp allows us to quickly and easily create, view, and modify 3D models. Users can also put their 3D models in Google Earth. Best of all, the Beta version is free for everyone, but design professionals can also purchase the professional version for $495.

Some features of Sketchup from Google:

  • Click on a shape and push or pull it to create your desired 3D geometry.

  • Experiment with color and texture directly on your model.

  • Real-time shadow casting lets you see exactly where the sun falls as you model.

  • Select from thousands of pre-drawn components to save time drawing.

Check out Google SketchUp site.

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