Google SketchUp

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Kingsly, May 6, 2006.

  1. Kingsly macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    I just downloaded and tried (via parallels) Google SketchUp. Wow! Does anyone else use this? Being a tinkerer by nature, this is possibly the most useful little app that I have ever used. It easily allows me to visualize and design things without worry! yeee! To give you an idea how easy it is, here is a design for a brick oven I am going to build this summer (it took me about 1 hour from installation to complete product):
     

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  2. riciad macrumors 6502

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    I use SU professionally and it's the most intuitive program I've ever used. It's so much fun, I'd nearly work for free, .... nearly, but not quite.

    Keep using it and you'll enjoy being surprised as you discover its full scope. The free (Google) version is very little crippled from the Pro version.

    The Mac version of Google SU isn't available yet but shouldn't be too long appearing.
     
  3. evoluzione macrumors 68010

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    yeah it is, i've been trying out the free version for a few weeks now (time's up, gonna have to buy it now), made a bookcase/cd/dvd tower with it. great stuff.

    i agree with you though, it's so much fun i'd feel bad charging for working with it.

    already have one of my clients liking it so much he bought it...maybe i can get commision...
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I've never even heard of this. It looks cool.
     
  5. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    the free version isn't out for mac yet. So I'm stuck using it via parallels, with an emulated video card. So yeah, its painfully slow... but oh so much fun!
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Is this an external company that was developing a product, that was subsequently acquired by Google (like I think was the case with Picasa), or did they develop this app in-house? Looks neat. :)
     
  7. riciad macrumors 6502

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    Google took over the original developers, @last, a couple of months ago.
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Ahhh, thanks. That's what I suspected. :) Still, seems very nice. :)
     
  9. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    I've used SketchUp 5 and its pretty awesome. I think google sketchup is a stripped down version if I'm correct, but it's still awesome none-the-less
     
  10. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    when did google buy it? i really don't like sketchup's interface that much but it certainly is useful :)
     
  11. Kingsly thread starter macrumors 68040

    Kingsly

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    I have tried a bunch of 3d modeling programs (including Maya) and I actually prefer sketchup!! (obviously if I had the time to really learn maya it would be choice, but not right now)

    Here is another model I made, took about 2 hours. It is a studio I am putting in the garage (after I clean it out!:D )
     

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  12. Pistol Pete macrumors 6502a

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  14. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    looks like a good tool for storyboarding.

    how long would it take to create say 10 quick scenes to represent a story?
     
  15. riciad macrumors 6502

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    if you're looking for more info about SU, you should go to this forum-

    http://www.sketchucation.com/forums/scf/index.php
     
  16. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a

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    Old Threads

    Talk about bring old threads back, this one's from 2006...
    Google SketchUp is a great program, I used it to redesign my works office space.
     
  17. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    I can't pass up a SketchUp thread!

    Been using it since college, easily my modeling program of choice. So intuitive. Love it!

    There's some examples of work I have done on my website- www.bigmug.net
     

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