[Utilities-n-Softwares]: Google's "SketchUp" - A useful architectural 3-D models generating software

P. Sood, one of BRICKS-n-MORTAR Edesk member, asks fellow readers…
Those of B-n-M readers who do not use 3-D renderings, graphics and premium architectural layouts in daily chores may relate more to my query more than those who use the professional architect versions as part of their jobs and/or hobbies.

I seek some clarification in this context. Would like to know if someone has experience using the google's recently launched architectural 3-D generating software/tool?
All I know as of now is that google is offering a free-version of this architectural 3-D generating software/tool under the label “SketchUp 6”, while “SketchUp 6 Pro” is an elaborate premium licensed version of the same platform.
Unlike Microsoft's Visio, which also comes in both free as well as premium licensed versions, “SketchUp 6” sure does import the inputs from various sources, viz., AutoCAD, 3DS, ArchiCAD, and even normal pictures storing formats like JPEG, PNG, Bitmap, etc. This ofcourse is a very helpful tool for users who can import and/or export the “SketchUp Models” as per their need and requirement.
Like all new things requiring practice and at least the basic know-how learning sessions, I also have been going through the basic tutorials and self-help learning tools that come as part of the software (even with the freeware form, as expected). But knowing how to make 3-D renderings from a basic 2-D AutoCAD floor layout also seems a bit daunting task. I have uploaded the basic input model there [SketchUp 3d warehouse model] in google’s 3D warehouse (SketchUp’s personalized gallery).

I suggest other readers of bricks-n-mortar as well as Team BnM to give me some more useful and quick-learning tips if someone already has learnt the basics of this useful software.
And others, who are interested in this freeware must surely download the application from google’s website (its about 34MB in size, so better download using a faster internet connection!) and give it a try.
‘Team B-n-M’ has also downloaded SketchUp and is trying out the freeware. Will update more about the learnings in days to come after doing some practice on it :-)


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  1. I have used this software and completely liked it. Its much better than others available and is very user friendly. I also recommend this software to everyone interested.

  2. Worth a try. Thanx 4 d links :-)

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