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Thursday, January 11, 2007

SketchUp 6 Is Out

Google Operating System reports of a new version of Google SketchUp. Google bought SketchUp in March last year, making it free some weeks laters, and this is the first major (well, major version number) release since then. From Google’s press release on SketchUp 6 (my emphasis):

Photo Match – Users can now quickly and easily trace a photo to create a 3D model of the photographed object or match an existing model with a background photo for near-instant modeling.
Styles – New collections of display settings including Watermarks (2D images behind or in front of models) and Sketchy Effects (rendered as though drawn by hand) enable users to create 3D models to fit their professional or personal needs.
3D Text – Users can now convert text to 2D outlines, filled surfaces, or extruded 3D objects.
LayOut Beta (Pro version only) – An innovative presentation/publishing application enables users to create professional design presentations and high-resolution documents with little additional work. By embedding SketchUp models in a LayOut document, professionals can create compelling presentations that enable models to remain interactive and modifiable.

Google announces that an additional improvement includes an “enhanced API" for third-party SketchUp add-ons. Note in order to activate the text tool, you need to choose View -> Toolbars -> Construction.

SketchUp 6 is a 31 MB download, if you want to give it a try.


These logos were modeled in SketchUp – most before the 3D text feature, I guess! – by John F., Xhable, Y.K., me, Kevday, Sahinbey and others.


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