SketchUp 8 was released last year and featured a host of improvements. However, it had one big shortcoming — the 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator no longer worked with it.
The SpaceNavigator is an excellent device, and for heavy users this was a big problem. There were some workarounds available, but no official solution until now.
In addition, Google has released an update for SketchUp 8 that improves a few things including some export fixes and a resolution for the famous “Shadow Bug”. You can read the full release notes here.
Google is quite pleased to have conquered the shadow bug, and made a little video to celebrate:
You can get the latest version of SketchUp by going to [Help] -> [Check for Update] on Windows, or [SketchUp] -> [Check Web for Update] on Mac.
About Mickey Mellen
Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.