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Friday, April 28, 2006

Google Launches 3 D Design Tool: Sketch Up

Have an idea that can only be expressed in a picture. Or are you a person who wants to design a deck on the back of your house. Before, you could buy expensive graphic 3 D Design programs, now Google is offering you a program free online.

Google who constantly has something under development has launched the newest feature in the Google of family of innovative online programs, Sketch Up. Here is how they describe their newest program:
Google SketchUp (free) 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.

In the early seventies, when people where interested in alternate ways to heat their house, I was involved in building and design. I would often sit at a drafting table and pencil out Trombe Walls, and green house additions to aid in heating their house. (read how one family has not paid a heating bill for 25 years.)

Now, that task would have been much easier with the use of their Sketch Up program, and it would be easy to do online collaboration with 3D Warehouse . Both customers, and fellow workers could now share in the design concept.

But if you are more interested in leaving planet earth, your space craft design might be a mouse click away.


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