Google goes 3D

Google has launched a free version of the 3D modelling software it acquired when it bought US-based @Last Software last month.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  May 1, 2006

Google has launched a free version of the 3D modelling software it acquired when it bought US-based @Last Software last month. Google SketchUp is free for personal use and includes basic tools for creating 3D models of any number of items, from houses, sheds and decks to home additions and even spaceships. SketchUp is linked with Google Earth – this firm’s satellite-mapping tool that allows users to surf and zoom into locations around the globe. Using the two tools in tandem, users can create a rendition of major landmarks such as the leaning tower of Pisa and then share these images with anyone who might be interested in checking out models other users have created for that specific location. In addition, Google has also released 3D Warehouse (available at http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse), which is an online storage facility for SketchUp designs and enables users to easily search and share 3D models. SketchUp is available from http://sketchup.google.com and requires 80Mbytes of hard disk space, a video card that is fully compliant with the OpenGL application specification, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, and Windows Media Player 10 (or QuickTime 5.0). The free version is available only for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Home and Professional editions. According to Google, a version for Apple’s Mac OS is also in the pipeline.

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