Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 339 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.1.4871
  • Total Downloads:
    2,495,504
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 09, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    99.79MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6,904
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 3
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 339 votes

    • 5 star 127
    • 4 star 99
    • 3 star 45
    • 2 star 16
    • 1 star 52
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4 stars

"Intuitive and easy"

January 10, 2010  |  By schroedk1

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

More intuitive and less of a learning curve than others - and it's free!

Cons

No complaints.

Summary

Good enough to build very detailed of 3-D drawing of my home.

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4 stars

"easy to learn"

December 21, 2009  |  By Bucklax11

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

free and easy to use

Cons

some useful functions only available on pro

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5 stars

"Powerful and easy to use"

December 18, 2009  |  By HDTV Addict

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

Great training videos, intuitive menus, excellent add-ons

Cons

None at all....

Summary

If you need a quick way to display graphically an idea, this software will help you

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1 stars

"WARNING AGAINST THIS SOFTWARE"

December 05, 2009  |  By caf057

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

BEWARE there is a great probability that this software is designed in a way allowing Google to spy on your output drawings.

Cons

Take care, most probably this is why it is free..

Summary

Great yes, but take full care,..

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5 stars

"After 2 hours - easy to use"

December 02, 2009  |  By philip-k

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

The only thing I missing is translation to Danish

Cons

It is for free

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3 stars

"Good free Cad program"

November 09, 2009  |  By beyondtoday

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

works like the dear cads with the beauty of a free price tag

Cons

you still have to work with geometical shapes instead of using object oritaintation

Summary

if you can desgin using cad software you will be able to use this just as easily when it comes to cad modeling this one easily compares to the paid ones with some feature you may not find in some of the others as well enjoy

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4 stars

"CAD for Beginners"

November 08, 2009  |  By katnip3

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

SketchUp is much easier to use than other CAD programs, but that isn't to say that it is simple. Read tutorials from Google to learn tons of simple, useful tricks they put into this program. Google Warehouse allows you to download tons of objects.

Cons

Precision measurements are difficult. Another problem is trying to move things where you want them. It's difficult at first, but you get the hang of it fast.

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3 stars

"Excellent for anyone wanting to learn basics of c.a.d."

October 30, 2009  |  By Don 1936

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

Great for practice on the basics of drawing objects in 3D. Helps to learn about the use of cad programs.

Cons

not able to scale or record measurements of items that have been drawn. It's not a useful woodworking program.

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3 stars

"Fun to play with, not terribly feature rich.."

October 30, 2009  |  By bigwillydier

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

It's simple, fun to play with and free! With enough patience.. can model just about anything.. Integrated with Google Earth and 3D warehouse.. Decent online help and video tutorial available..

Cons

It is NOT a full featured 3D CAD program, and that's ok.. it's free.. If you are lookin' to design your future dream house, for free, I would instead use the Project Dragonfly web app by Autodesk.. Less hassle..

Summary

It's cool, fun to play with, and free.. You are free to build whatever you like.. Decent documentation.. Integration with other Google-ish things.. Exporting and Sharing.. but NOT a full featured 3D CAD program.. If yer lookin' for that, spend a few thousand dollars and grab SolidWorks or AutoCAD.. Free is lookin' pretty good, eh? Ya get what you pay for though..

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5 stars

"Free and easy..."

October 28, 2009  |  By djerrycook

 |  Version: Google SketchUp 7.1.4871

Pros

It will allow you to throw together a quick representation of what is in your mind. Then measure, and scale it to help with the constuction.

Cons

... I'm thinking ...

Summary

It's not the "be-all-end-all" of cad type programs, but what do you want for nothing?

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.1.4871
Version 7.1.4871 improved support for large models and Use Google Street View imagery to add real-world photo textures to your geo-located SketchUp models.
General
Publisher Trimble Navigation
Publisher web site http://www.TrimbleOutdoors.com/go/iPhoneAllSportGPS
Release Date October 09, 2009
Date Added October 09, 2009
Version 7.1.4871
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory 3D Modeling Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 99.79MB
File Name SketchUpMake-en.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,495,504
Downloads Last Week 6,904
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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