In an effort to help Builder Maker users connect with each other, Google has just unveiled their new Building Maker community. This community is aimed at users who model 3D buildings, whether they use SketchUp or they simply use the Building Maker tool.
Their goal is to have a place for people to share tips, tricks and other support for these tools. If you have questions about Building Maker, or need help solving a problem with it, this new community would be a good place to start. In addition, they’re hoping that people will communicate with each other so they don’t duplicate the same buildings. While it’s a good idea, it still needs more work.
A community message board is simply not the best way to check to see who is working on a particular building — it’ll be chaos. Instead, they need to show markers on the map to indicate which buildings are being worked on or have recently been completed. Using different colors, they could show buildings:
— Under construction by a fellow Builder
— Completed by a fellow builder and waiting approval by Google
— Completed by a fellow builder but denied by Google
— Already 3D in Google Earth
By doing that it’d be very easy to tell what buildings you should avoid wasting your time on. They already show markers for other buildings that you have built (see image below), so why not show markers for buildings submitted by other users? I would expect a feature like this to be implemented eventually.
Also, Google will probably be releasing their latest set of 3D buildings to Google Earth sometime today or tomorrow, so we’ll keep you posted on that. They’ll likely announce it on their Twitter account, but if you see any new buildings start to pop up, please let us know.