Google SketchUp gets off the drawing board

Google SketchUp gets off the drawing board

Web giant gets sketchy

Following last month’s acquisition of @Last Software, web giant Google this week announced the launch of Google SketchUp, a free version of its 3D modeling software.

The Google SketchUp is for the do-it-yourselfer, the hobbyist or anyone who wants to build 3D models for use in Google Earth. It allows users to model that new kitchen, or deck, landscape your virtual garden, or design a roller coaster or medieval castle.

When users have finished, they can place their models in Google Earth, forming the beginning of a virtual world.

Users can also share their work with everyone else through the 3D Warehouse. Accessible through all versions of SketchUp, 3D Warehouse makes it possible to upload, search, browse, view, and download SketchUp models.

SketchUp Pro 5 is also available for design professionals like architects, designers, builders, art directors and game developers, and includes additional features.