Google has announced the launch of SketchUp, a free version of its 3D modelling software, following its acquisition last month of @Last Software.
Google SketchUp is aimed at hobbyists and enthusiasts who want to build 3D models for use in Google Earth. It allows users to model a new kitchen, landscape a 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 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 professionals like architects, designers, builders, art directors and game developers, and includes additional features.
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