Google SketchUp 7 Released

Google has released a big upgrade to Google SketchUp 7 – their 3D modeling tool. SketchUp 7 is available in a free version, and a Pro version which includes a number of features helpful to professional modelers (such as a presentation tool, more model making features, printing, and e-mail support – see comparison). The Pro version costs $495, but is available for free to educators and only $49 for students.
The free version of SketchUp allows you to create models, upload/download them to/from the Google 3D Warehouse, and place them in Google Earth. The new SketchUp 7 has even tighter integration with the 3D Warehouse allowing you to view and download models directly from within SketchUp 7.
SketchUp 7 also supports a major new feature for Dynamic Components – doors that open, wheels that turn, etc. Unfortunately, models with the dynamic component do not show the animations in Google Earth – yet. We’ll probably have to wait for a future version of GE to get that support.
Here’s the rather silly announcement video (which covers a few of the new features):


Although there are not substantial new features for Google Earth in this release of SketchUp, any improvements in model making capability will enhance the quality of 3D models seen in GE.
Stefan Geens at OgleEarth was first to report on the SketchUp 7 in my blog roll.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. While SU7 doesn’t have obvious features for Google Earth users, it is important to note that the new Dynamic Components feature will allow modelers to attach meta-data to their models before uploading them to the Warehouse. That could be very beneficial for geo-located content, as previously “dumb” models can now carry a ton of useful information. Right now, that information is accessed inside SketchUp – and I am with Frank in hoping for future integration to access that data within Google Earth.
    For information on how to create Dynamic Components, there is this useful series on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsBpIPnF31A
    Also, we are hosting a webinar on Dynamic Components – you can find out more information here: http://go-2-school.com/sketchup7

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