SketchUp is formerly known as Google SketchUp. Google SketchUp is a 3D modeling software used for architectural design, landscape design, video game design. Google SketchUp is also available as a web-based application, SketchUp Free, SketchUp Make with a paid version with some additional functionality, SketchUp Pro.
Google SketchUp has an online free library of the model like windows, doors, 3D Warehouse which a user can use for their construction. Google SketchUp has drawing layout features which allow surfaces in various styles. Google SketchUp supports a “plug-in” program which is a third-party feature.
Google SketchUp is software where it allows professionals to draw their design in which they want and freedom to express their feelings by implementing their concept of design.
HISTORY OF GOOGLE SKETCHUP SOFTWARE:-
Google SketchUp was developed by startup company named as@Last software of Boulder in Colorado. Brad Shell and Joe Esch founded SketchUp.
Google SketchUp was released in August 2000 as the 3D content creation tool. SketchUp had been released on 14 November 2017. SketchUp is a software program that would allow professionals to express their feelings about designing the ideas they want of working with pen and paper. Google SketchUp first supporting platform on which it runs was Windows 7 and available in English, French, Korean, Italian, Chinese. Later SketchUp was converted into website named as www.sketchup.com.
On 9 January 2007, SketchUp 6 was announced by Google. Google SketchUp 6 has some functionality of SketchUp pro which includes tools for uploading the content to Google Earth and Earth3DWarehouse. Google SketchUp 6 has the toolbox that allows a viewer to walk around and see every aspect of designing at every point of angle.
SetchUp6 brought the concept of “beta version” of Google SketchUp Layout. The layout has 2D vector tools and page tools which allow presentation without the need of another presentation program.
On 1 September 2010, Google SketchUp 8 was released with the concept of geolocation with Google Maps with integrated Building Maker. Google SketchUp 8 was available to run on Linux. Google SketchUp version 8 use under Wine. Geolocation information is always stored in the KMZ file, and building design is saved in SKP.
SketchUp Make was introduced in May 2013 and is free version for home, personal and educational use. Google SketchUp Make gives 30 days of trial for free to the user for use. After completion of the trial period, the user can use it after agreeing to their terms and conditions. It was announced that after November 2017 users are requested to move on Google SketchUp Free.
Google SketchUp Pro:-
Google SketchUp Pro has functions of SketchUp Make plus importers and exporters has common 2D and 3D formats, the layout was made, and Style Builder for creating edges styles was made. SketchUp Pro 2016 has integrated with Trimble Connect, which create 3D Warehouse models.
Google SketchUp Pro got licensing, and it is cross-platform which works on both Windows and Mac machines.
SketchUp Free was introduced in November 2017. Google SketchUp Free brought as a web-based application which later on replaces SketchUp Make. Models design can now be saved in clouds, saved in SKP files.
SketchUp Free does not support extension version as compared to Make.SketchUp Free was used for creating and editing of materials to models.
3D Warehouse is an open free library where Google Sketchup users may upload and access 3D models. File size up to 3D Warehouse can store 50MB. 3D Warehouse provides us the facility of uploading, modify content and design which is free of charge. Since 2014 Trimble has started a new version of 3D Warehouse which has its 3D catalog of products. Trimble is investing more because it wants more professional models to be created.
According to Trimble, 3 D Warehouse is currently more popular 3 D content site on the web. Usually, it has been seen SketchUp designers visited the 3d warehouse in identify new products for inspiration so that a unique view of construction can be brought into the light.
SketchUp Viewer is an application that was launched by Trimble. SketchUp Viewer is available on Android, Microsoft HoloLens.
Cubits run on iPod and iOS and is a 3D model viewer. Cubits can be seen in .kmz files from Google SketchUp either as attachments or via Dropbox.
Kubity is a first mixed reality multiplex system which visualizes 3D models on tablets, computers, smartphones, virtual reality glasses. Kubity was developed rvt2skp, a free plugin to export any Revit project to a .skp file.
These were said as model viewers of SketchUp.
How Google SketchUp can be install:-
SketchUp can be installed in the following ways:-
- Go to the browser and in Google search bar search on SketchUp.
- Go to the official website of SketchUp there you will get the option of download click on it and chose an operating system. After this, you will get a window appears on screen which would ask to fill your information like name, the purpose for it uses, etc.
- While filling choose professional as purpose, graphics design as to work on and select ok button.
- Now after extraction of files click on “I agree to terms and conditions” and excellent finish.
- Choose the drive you want to store in it.
Trimble takes over SketchUp from Google on 1 June 2012 for an undisclosed sum. In 2013 SketchUp 2013 was launched and the new site provided extension Warehouse, hosting plugins, an extension for SketchUp.
SketchUp comes in multiple editions for all proprietary software.