Google Just Bought Makers of SketchUp

Sketchup acquired by GoogleOn Google’s Official Blog they have announced they have acquired @ Last Software, makers of the popular 3D program SketchUp which has been the favorite for creating 3D models for Google Earth.
The Google Earth team has worked closely with the makers of Sketchup for at least the last year. Their product was the first to support 3D model conversion to the Google Earth format. Many people have created 3D models seen here using the tool. Here’s a blog entry showing their office location in Boulder, Colorado. According to the Official Blog story they are still working in their usual office, they are just working for Google now. They say they won’t be moving because: “Once they saw Tom W and me descend on the free food at the Googleplex cafeteria (picture locusts on a Kansas wheat field) they knew they had to keep us in Boulder. We aren’t going anywhere.”

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. John West says:

    Congratulations to Google Earth and SketchUp teams in this more than expected move. But just a question crossed my mind while reading this post: will Google/SketchUp alliance close the doors to other modelling tools developments’, such as DProfile, Petrichor, or any other newcomer in the same proprietary, black-box style as Microsoft has their own ones, or will they keep their open door/open minded, friendly, collaborative approach with other ventures in such a new business??

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