Brad Schell, founder of @Last Software, tried to dispel fears that the software would be turned into a Google Earth tool, abandoning features needed by users in other markets.
"Think about it this way: we haven't traded in the Honda for a Porsche; we've strapped a rocket to the Honda. SketchUp is still SketchUp, but now it will go places it couldn't possibly have gone before," he said in a note on the company website.
"Architects, builders, woodworkers, gamers, students and my uncle Bob all want basically the same thing: the most intuitive tools to help them create and share their 3D dreams. So we'll stay the course."
SketchUp supports Windows and Mac OS X. The software sells for $495 and a free eight-hour demo version is available for download from the company website.
The tool is @Last Software's only product. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
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