Google has released a free Mac version (Beta ) of its SketchUp 3D-modeling software.
Google SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools, you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects – even space ships. And once you’ve built your models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies.
Google SketchUp is free for personal use. No registration is required.
According to Google, SketchUp is a simple but powerful tool for quickly and easily creating, viewing and modifying your 3D ideas:
• Click on a shape and push or pull it to create your desired 3D geometry.
• Experiment with color and texture directly on your model.
• Real-time shadow casting lets you see exactly where the sun falls as you model.
• Select from thousands of pre-drawn components to save time drawing.
Google Earth 3.0.640 or higher is required to work with SketchUp.
The following configuration options are necessary to use SketchUp with Google Earth:
1. Elevation Exaggeration must be turned to 1 in Google Earth (Tools > Options > View)
2. Terrain must be turned on in Google Earth. Click on the Terrain check box toward the bottom middle of Google Earth to turn on terrain.
3. Change your image resolution in Google Earth to Large (Tools>Options>View>Detail Area) to ensure the best image snapshots in SketchUp.
Google SketchUp is not a Universal application. It will run under Rosetta on Intel-powered Macs.
More info and download link here.
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