Google SketchUp Gets Upgraded

Google SketchUp 6 includes a new feature called Photo Match that adds the ability to create a 3D model from a 2D photo.

Thomas Claburn, Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

January 10, 2007

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Google on Monday quietly released an upgrade to its free consumer 3D modeling application Google SketchUp and its $495 Google SketchUp Pro.

Google SketchUp 6 includes a new feature called Photo Match that adds the ability to create a 3D model from a 2D photo. Photo Match also lets users apply photos to model surfaces and link photos taken from different viewpoints to represent multiple sides of a building.

Version 6 adds a new Styles feature that lets users apply styles models, such as watermarks or something Google calls "Sketchy Effects" -- the ability to give models a hand-drawn look. It also adds a Fog tool, useful for verisimilitude or perhaps to conceal hastily created structures.

Google SketchUp Pro 6 includes a feature called LayOut for assembling interactive presentations. It facilitates the integration of 3D models with 2D design elements such as photos, illustrations, and text. LayOut also allows for output to large-format, high-resolution documents.

The upgrade also includes a 3D text tool, as well as speed and user interface improvements.

Google SketchUp 6 runs on Windows 2000 and XP, but Vista is not yet supported. It also runs on Mac OS X.

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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