Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 337 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0.8656
File Size:
79.78MB
Date Added:
November 17, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
2,320,338
Downloads Last Week:
8,254
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP, NET 1.1 framework, 600MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, 80MB disk space, IE 6.0+ or Firefox 1.5+, OpenGL-compliant video card

Editors' review

This sketch-based 3D-modeling program offers a suite of powerful drawing tools that add an intuitiveness many design programs fail to achieve. On first impression, Google SketchUp may look like it sacrificed function for simplicity, but that's not the case. Despite the extremely user-friendly interface, SketchUp offers a suite of powerful 3D-drawing tools that let you experiment and play with new designs.

Using basic shapes in 3D space for your outline, you can then extrude those shapes to make buildings, houses, or really anything. There are actually a number of methods to build models and they're all covered by an excellent tutorial when you get started. You can pick from a number of true-to-life textures to simulate wood, concrete, grass, and several others. When your model is finished, you can save and print it, or you can even see it on a real map in Google Earth.

We really like how easy it is to create models using this program and recommend it to anyone from the hobbyist, for experimentation and fun, to the professional, who can use this app for preliminary concepts for larger projects.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 337 votes

    • 5 star: 127
    • 4 star: 99
    • 3 star: 45
    • 2 star: 16
    • 1 star: 50
  • Current Version:

    4.5

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 2 stars

    "No OBJ Support"

    June 21, 2014   |   By KingMango

    Version: SketchUp 14.1.1282

    Pros

    Don't know. I need OBJ support so I haven't used it

    Cons

    No OBJ import

    Summary

    I wanted to use this program as a go-between for Maya and NifSkope. NifSkeope prefers to import 3ds rather than OBJ format. I model in Maya. Nifskope can import OBJ or 3ds to replace mesh data. I saw that sketchup handled 3ds format and installed it just assuming that I could export an OBJ from Maya, import it to Sketchup and then export a 3ds. I'm giving a two star review because I think it is a mistake for them to overlook what is still a very relevant (if admittedly very dated and limited) file format.

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