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SketchUp Make 2015

Create and share accurate 3D models with this powerful modelling application

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 17 January 2015
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Downloads To Date: 20801
Developer: Trimble
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SketchUp Make
Create and share accurate 3D models

Google SketchUp Make is a 3D drawing tool that makes it easy to create models, share them with others, and export them as images, PDF and more.

If you've tried 3D tools modelling programs before, and been put off by their complexity, SketchUp will feel very different. Not least because the program allows you to directly import models created by other users.

Click File > 3D Warehouse > Get Models, for instance, and a Google search window opens where you can find interesting models. There are landmarks, like Tower Bridge in London or St Peter's in Rome; more general building types, like police or fire stations; general scenery, such as trees or hedges; and if you're modelling the inside of a room then you'll find tables, chairs, TVs, everything you need to create a realistic environment, all of which can be imported in a few clicks.

Still not enough? SketchUp can import 3D models in many common formats - DWG, DXF, 3DS, KMZ and more - and there are thousands of great examples available online, free for the time it takes to download.

If you can't find what you need, though, or you're looking to produce a very precise model, then you can always just start from scratch. And it's far easier than you think, mostly due to SketchUp's Push/ Pull option. If you want to turn a 2D object into a 3D shape, you don't have to browse and learn complicated extrusion options - just click, move your mouse, and you'll make it happen automatically.

There are plenty of other features on offer, too: accurate dimensioning, attractive colours and texturing for your work, realistic shadowing, with layers to help keep complex models more manageable.

3D walkthroughs then make it easy to move around a model for a closer look. You're able to crate animations, too. And your work can be exported in its 3D form, or as TIFF, JPG or PNG images, for easy viewing by others.

You also get model geo-location with Google maps, colourful and accurate 3D terrain, the ability to create models by tracing photographs, and the Building Maker, which helps you create 3D buildings from images in Google Earth.

Not enough? The commercial SketchUp Pro adds even more modelling power.

Please note, the Download link takes you to SketchUp's registration page where you must provide your email address and a few other details before you can get your copy.

Verdict:

A surprisingly easy-to-use modelling tool which provides instant access to a huge library of pre-built models

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

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