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SketchUp

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Three-dimensional models are essential if you're in the design field. Google SketchUp gives you the ability to easily create your own 3D models. With an easy-to-use interface and a wide swath of Help features, it's the perfect tool for beginner and intermediate designers alike.

To begin, Google SketchUp puts all of the help options in plain sight, which include video tutorials, tips and tricks, a blog, and a help center. It asks you to select a template from a long list that includes templates for architectural design, woodworking, Google Earth modeling, and basic plans. We started simple with the Beginning Training Template - Inches. The user interface is fairly basic in design, which is a good thing as some of these types of programs can be quite overwhelming. A toolbar at the top of the window includes the familiar menu options: Files, Edit, and View. There are also menu options to manage the Camera and Tools commands. A toolbox resides below with tools for creating and editing shapes, lines, and even adding building using Google Earth (you have to install the plug-in first). A helpful Instructor guided us through the setup process by creating simple lines going through each of the tools. In no time, we were creating shapes and designs, albeit very basic ones. The Tape Measure Tool let us measure our shapes, and the Eraser tool removed our mistakes.

Now, we may not be well versed in 3D design, but Google SketchUp proved simple enough for non-designers to jump right in and immediately create designs. We can't think of a better testament to its ease of use. Google SketchUp installs desktop icons without permission, but it uninstalls cleanly. We recommend this program for all people.

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  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 341 votes

    • 5 star: 128
    • 4 star: 99
    • 3 star: 45
    • 2 star: 15
    • 1 star: 54
  • Current version:

    2.4 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "clever program"

    April 12, 2014  |   By dmnwbXApricot

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    Really easy inteface.Simple programme.. Honestly

    Cons

    None, just a ittle expensive.........

    Summary

    Really good.My favorite program together with *********. , Honestly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "GOOD PROGRAM TO SKETCHING"

    November 26, 2013  |   By rerraw

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    USEFUL PROGRAM TO ALL ENGINEERS

    Cons

    I USED THIS PROGRAM IN 2009 UNTIL NOW
    THIS PROGRAM HELP ME TO SKETCH VERY PERFECTLY TO ALL MY ENGINEERING SHAPES
    FOR VIEWING MORE 3D,2D HOUSE PLANS AND DWG FILES PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE
    http://new-homeplans.blogspot.com

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

    September 28, 2013  |   By afurrer

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    NONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

    Cons

    MALWARE out the wazoo

    Summary

    CNET should be ashamed that this program is on their list

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not a SketchUp download. Full of malware. Be warned"

    August 14, 2013  |   By edwinachicken

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    None! Took a few days to get rid of all the malware this installed.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything. Installed WebCake, TopHat Games, Toolbar help even with custom install.

    Summary

    Not sure what's going on but CNet needs to ditch this download because you will not get Sketchup. Oh, you'll get everything BUT sketchup.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware and Add Ons"

    June 12, 2013  |   By JenAJen

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    Don't know. Had to uninstall.

    Cons

    Will add several new programs to your computer. PC Backup, We Care Reminder...

    Summary

    This review has nothing to do with Google SketchUp, just the CNET download. You don't want it. Get it somewhere else.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contains virus/Mailware. DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

    June 5, 2013  |   By Wascott1

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    Nothing because I am now stuck with this virus malware rubbish.

    Cons

    Basically I had a perfectly running clean laptop. I have always kept it protected and it has been great for 4 years. I downloaded this and part way through for a warning from my AVG that it contained a virus.

    it gave me the option to remove that element whilst downloading the sofrware so I did.

    BIG MISTAKE.

    Upon running Sketchup 8 my laptop runs really slow and everytime I use the internet I get various pop up boxes all pasting the name of the website I have wrote in or parts of words I have entered on Google, forming part of a fake web page claiming to be on behalf of the site I have entered and asking me to complete a survey.

    Summary

    CNET YOU NEED TO REMOVE THIS SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cnet Download came with malware attached."

    May 15, 2013  |   By carpentertm

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    don't know, computer infected with included malware

    Cons

    Malware included

    Summary

    I downloaded this from cnet, and with the download came the sweetpak toolbar malware. still trying to get rid of it. don't download this.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Greatly improved over earlier versions."

    April 13, 2013  |   By jayriffe

    Version: SketchUp 8.0.16846

    Pros

    A user friendly arrangement of tools.

    Cons

    In giving the user an understanding of the basics, I would prefer to
    see a straight to the point use of numbered steps in teaching the basics. Have on the screen immediately the best possible steps to
    arrive at the shortest training cycle of basics.

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