Google has released a free version of the popular OpenGL-API based SketchUp 3D CAD program Google acquired last month. It is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. Sketchup in combination with the new 3D Warehouse repository, is intended to be used to create new geo-referenced content for the OpenGL API-accelerated Google Earth, as well as non-location based 3D content, such as products or artwork. Once you’ve built models in Sketchup, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies. Expect the new triad of Google Earth, Google SketchUp and 3D Warehouse to quickly become the center of wide variety of public-participation projects and marketing campaigns.
Apr 27, 2006 | Category: Applications •