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"Check out the [url="http://"http://www.sketchup.com/index.php?id=1439"]official anouncement[/url] or the marketing manager's[url="http://"http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/new-home-for-last-software.html"] blog.[/url]

There also an interesting write-up and speculation on [url="http://"http://www.ogleearth.com/"]Oggleearth[/url].

I can only imagine the implications.... "

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"

Check out the official anouncement or the marketing manager's blog.

There also an interesting write-up and speculation on Oggleearth.

I can only imagine the implications....

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If
you have not checked out this Google plug-in you should. Trust me ...
the first thing that hits you is the marketing capabilities. "

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"And... we've all been waiting for it:

[url="http://"http://sketchup.google.com/"]http://sketchup.google.com/[/url]

Sweet!
In order to place a model on the terrain, you open up Google Earth,
zoom in to the area of interest, then go into Sketchup and hit 'get
terrain'. It loads a screenshot from Google and you can use it to place
your model on. How simple can it be? (okay, I haven't used Sketchup
before, so if this is old functionality, don't flame me...) "
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"I can't believe it. Sketch-Up is now free (Mac users be patient)!

This is it - the world as we know it has changed (humor my passion, please).

There is now a [url="http://"http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/"]3D Warehouse[/url] that hosts free 3D models and even a [url="http://"http://earth.google.com/3d.html"]network link[/url] that loads all the models in the 3D warehouse if any are in the view.

This
a great example of the semi-altruism of Google where they are willing
to take a hit on their ROI for their ultimate purpose of organizing the
worlds infomation. "

co-cartographic creator of boringmaps.com


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I've
used the trial version of their software, i thought it was very
innovative. It was very easy to navigate and use. Very useful if you
have existing footprint data and you can raise some 3D models of
buildings very quickly.

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Free
for non-commercial use that is. The commercial version (which probabely
exports to more than just GE) is priced at 469 euro's. Not a bad deal
imho.
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I've
used SketchUp on and off for a couple years now. For a casual 3D user
it is a incredible product. Everytime I drop back into Lightwave it
takes me half a day to remember where everything is. SketchUp is by no
means on par with Lightwave/Maya/3D Studio, but for most things I've
done the models in SketchUp are more than adequate. Since Google is
offering a free version, it is worth downloading and playing with.

The
programmers at SketchUp have been very responsive, hopefully the Google
acquisition won't change that. The previous company I was with worked
directly with SketchUp on version 5. SketchUp will not only work with
Google Earth but also with ArcGIS. Probably the best thing for me with
SketchUp is its clean small 3D models it exports. Which make working
with terrain visualization programs, like VNS, so much easier.

My 2 cents,
-Tom




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