Any thoughts on Google SketchUp

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Mrkvonic, May 29, 2006.

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Any ideas, comments, suggestions on this proggie?
    http://sketchup.google.com/
    Supposedly, a free program, sounds nice.
    Any drawbacks? For instance, either Google Earth or Google Desktop are a tiny weeny bit ad-oriented, so what about this one? Anyone used it? Does it do the ET tricks? Etc...
    Mrk
     
  2. Uguel707

    Uguel707 Graphic Artist

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    I tried it and liked it enough to keep it on my pc. It is a great program! It is easy to use, very intuitive, and it's feature-packed. There are many detailed tutorials implemented in the program to help get you started. And if you follow every instruction carefully you will be able to build a nice 3D model the first time you open it.

    Also, there are lots of pre-loaded textures to choose from and you can get free models from Google warehouse if you wish. The only possible drawback of this application is that the image quality may seem too cartoonish for those looking for high quality realistic rendering programs such as 3DMax, Cinema4D and Maya.You cannot edit your drawings in other 3D programs either. Only the pay version will allow you to export your drawings in 3D applications. On the other hand, if you export your image as a .JPG for instance, you can edit it in any 2d programs if you want to change the colours or adding special effects.

    All in all, it's a real good program to get if you are interested in learning 3D drawings easily.


    ...For instance, either Google Earth or Google Desktop are a tiny weeny bit ad-oriented, so what about this one? Anyone used it? Does it do the ET tricks? Etc...

    I haven't had any issues with ads or unwanted connections.

    Slideshow tutorial

    http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/0,1206,l=176898&s=26685&a=176849,00.asp
     
  3. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    Okie, thanks.
    Mrk
     
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