SketchUp Make 2013 in OS X Mountain Lion.
|Original author(s)||@Last Software|
|Initial release||August 2000|
|Stable release||13.0.4124 (Win) 13.0.4123 (Mac) / June 12, 2013|
|Operating system||Windows 2000
OS X (10.5 and onwards)
|Available in||English, Dutch, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish Japanese act.|
|Type||3D computer graphics|
SketchUp, marketed officially as Trimble SketchUp, is a 3D modeling program for a broad range of applications such as architectural, civil, mechanical, film as well as video game design — and available as Sketchup Make, a free version, and Sketchup Pro, a paid version.
The company ownership has transitioned through an initial independent stage (2000-2006), a second phase under Google ownership (2006-2012), to its since-2012 ownership under Trimble Navigation, a mapping, surveying, and navigation equipment company.
The program emphasizes ease of use, and an online repository of model assemblies (e.g., windows, doors, automobiles, entourage, etc.) known as 3D Warehouse enables designers to locate, download, use and contribute free models. The program includes a drawing layout functionality; allows surface rendering in variable “styles”; accommodates third-party “plug-in” programs (hosted on a site called Extension Warehouse) enabling other capabilities (e.g., near photo realistic rendering); and enables placement of its models within Google Earth.
History[edit source | edit]
@Last Software[edit source | edit]
SketchUp debuted in August 2000 as a general purpose 3D content creation tool, with the tagline “3D for everyone”, and was envisioned as a software program “that would allow design professionals to draw the way they want by emulating the feel and freedom of working with pen and paper in a simple and elegant interface, that would be fun to use and easy to learn, and that would be used by designers to play with their designs in a way that is not possible with traditional design software. It also has user friendly buttons to make it easier to use.”
Google[edit source | edit]
On January 9, 2007, SketchUp 6 was released, featuring new tools as well as a beta version of Google SketchUp LayOut. LayOut includes 2D vector tools, as well as page layout tools intended to make it easier for professionals to create presentations without jumping to a third-party presentation program. Other features were added to allow the user to extrude and widen as well as the ability for a face to “follow” the cursor around an object.
On November 17, 2008, SketchUp 7 was released, featuring ease-of-use improvements, integration of SketchUp’s Component Browser with Google 3D Warehouse, LayOut 2, dynamic components that respond appropriately to scaling and enhanced Ruby API performance. Support for Windows 2000 was also removed.
On September 1, 2010, SketchUp 8 was released. Improvements include model geolocation with Google Maps, color imagery and more accurate terrain, match photo improvements, Building Maker integration, and scene thumbnails. Support for Mac OS X Tiger was dropped in this version.
On April 26, 2012, Trimble announced it would buy SketchUp from Google. The two companies will “…collaborate on running and further developing SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse.” On June 1, 2012, Trimble completed the acquisition of SketchUp from Google.
Trimble[edit source | edit]
Licensing[edit source | edit]
All versions of SketchUp are proprietary software.
Licences for SketchUp Make (formerly SketchUp for Home and Personal Use) are available to the public at no cost, but are explicitly limited to non-commercial use, and the user “may not sell, rent, lease or lend the output of the Software or the Services”.
SketchUp Pro provides additional features for professional use. Users have the option to pay a $95 annual “License Maintenance Fee” to continually receive support and upgrades, though this is not required. SketchUp Pro is available for direct purchase or through an international network of resellers.
SketchUp Pro licenses are not cross-platform. For example, a license for SketchUp Pro for Windows is not valid for SketchUp Pro for Mac. In order to permanently convert a SketchUp Pro license from one platform to another, users must contact the Trimble sales team and pay a transfer fee.
Student licences for SketchupPro are available for $49 USD, while licences can be obtained at no cost by teachers and educators for their own use. Licences for classroom and teaching lab use are available to accredited educational and non-profit organizations at $15 USD per seat, per year.
Patents[edit source | edit]
SketchUp holds a U.S. Patent 6,628,279 on its “Push/Pull” technology:
“System and method for three-dimensional modeling: A three-dimensional design and modeling environment allows users to draw the outlines, or perimeters, of objects in a two-dimensional manner, similar to pencil and paper, already familiar to them. The two-dimensional, planar faces created by a user can then be pushed and pulled by editing tools within the environment to easily and intuitively model three-dimensional volumes and geometries.”
The patent was applied for in November 2000, and awarded in September 2003.
Google SketchUp[edit source | edit]
On April 27, 2006, Google announced Google SketchUp, a freely downloadable version of SketchUp. The free version is missing some functionality of SketchUp Pro, but includes integrated tools for uploading content to Google Earth and to the Google 3D Warehouse, a repository of models created in SketchUp. A new toolbox enables a viewer to walk around and see things from a person’s point of view; it adds labels for models, a look-around tool, and an “any polygon” shape tool.
The free version of Google Sketchup can export 3D to .dae and Google Earth’s .kmz file format. The Pro version extends exporting support to include the .3ds, .dwg, .dxf, .fbx, .obj, .xsi, and .wrl file formats.
GPS location information is always stored in the KMZ file. The building designs themselves are saved in SKP.
Trimble SketchUp Pro 2013[edit source | edit]
Changes in SketchUp Pro 2013 focus on improvements to LayOut, and the introduction of Extension Warehouse, a source for plug-ins and add-ons.
SketchUp Pro 2013 includes several new features:
- Extension Warehouse
- Pattern Fills
- Copy Array
- Faster Vector Rendering
- Page Numbers in the Pages Panel
- Curved Label Leader Lines
- Smarter Toolbars (Windows Version)
- Increased Zoom In Capability
- HD Video Export
SketchUp Make[edit source | edit]
Since May 21, 2013, the free version (for Home and Personal Use) of SketchUp is called SketchUp Make.
SketchUp and Ruby[edit source | edit]
SketchUp 4 and later support software extensions written in Ruby programming language, which add specialized functionality. Developers may make their Rubies freely available on SketchUp Ruby Forum. SketchUp also has a Ruby console, which is an environment where developers can experiment with Ruby commands and methods. The free version of SketchUp also supports Ruby scripts, including workarounds for the free version’s import and export limitations.
Applications[edit source | edit]
- civil engineering
- mechanical engineering
- film as well as video game design
- 3D printing
See also[edit source | edit]
- 3D Warehouse
- 3D computer graphics software
- Trimble Navigation
- Render Plus Systems
- Comparison of CAD editors for CAE
References[edit source | edit]
- Trimble Navigation to buy Google’s SketchUp
- Release Notes
- “SketchUp Hardware and software requirements”. Google. September 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
- Bacus, John. “A new home for SketchUp”. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- “Linking Positioning to Productivity”. Trimble Navigation Limited. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- “What makes SketchUp great”. Google SketchUp website. Google. March 25, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- “@Last gets ‘Googled'”. It.tmcnet.com. March 15, 2006. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- “Sketchup to IMVU Exporter – beta”. IMVU.com. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- “DigitalMediaNet Announces DigitalCAD Community Choice Award Winners”. Digitalcad.com. November 16, 2000. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- “SketchUpdate”. Sketchup.com. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- “SketchUpdate”. Sketchup.com. Retrieved April 26, 2012.
- “Google to sell SketchUp to Trimble”. 3D World. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- “Trimble to Enhance its Office-to-Field Platform with the Acquisition of Google’s SketchUp 3D Modeling Platform”. Trimble.com. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- “What’s New In SketchUp Pro 2013?”. SoftwareParadise.co.uk. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- “Trimble SketchUp Make License.”. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- “Upgrade, Maintenance, and Support program details”. Retrieved May 27, 2013.
- “Cross-platform license.”. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- “Licences for Education”. Trimble. Retrieved June 2013.
- http://sketchup.google.com/download/ 2012-05-23
- http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=21290 2012-05-23
- “Can I export my SketchUp models to other programs or formats?”. Google SketchUp Help. Google. February 19, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- “Introducing SketchUp Pro 2013″. Trimble. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- “Google SketchUp Developers”. Google Groups. Google. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- SketchUp Ruby Documentation Page 1.
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