SketchUp Acquired by Google

By March 15, 2006 One Comment

SketchUp is without doubt one of our favorite pieces of software, software which now displays a ‘from Google’ logo on their homepage.

Google has acquired SketchUp after they worked together on the plugin for Google Earth. With the aim of making the easy to use 3D modelling software available to a wider group of users it seems to link in well with the expansion of Google Earth.

There are some nagging doubts in the back of my mind but personally I’m all for the wider intergration of easy to use software. Googles Picasa is a prime example of this – software which gets the job done in a way so simple you wonder why it hasn’t been down before.

So how long before we see a SketchUp Lite version aimed at Google Earth users? – We bet within the next few months.


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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