Google Releases Free SketchUp Tool

Continuing its tradition of acquiring companies and releasing their software for free, Google on Thursday released Google SketchUp, a version of the popular 3D modeling tool for personal use. SketchUp can be used for creating, viewing and editing 3D designs, and attracted the attention of the search giant with a Google Earth plug-in.

"The new Google SketchUp is for the do-it-yourselfer, the hobbyist — really anyone who wants to build 3D models for use in Google Earth," said Brad Schell, Product Management Director of SketchUp. "Go ahead and model that new kitchen, or deck, landscape your virtual garden, or impress your teacher with a roller coaster or medieval castle."

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