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Title(s): SKP - Google SketchUp

Version ID: 7

Date released: 2009-02-27

Date: 2000-08-01

Creator(s): @Last Software

Contributor(s): Google


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Description: SketchUp is a 3D modeling program designed for architects, civil engineers, filmmakers, game developers, and related professions. It also includes features to facilitate the placement of models in Google Earth. It was designed to be easier to use than other 3D CAD programs.

A feature of SketchUp is the 3D Warehouse that lets SketchUp users search for models made by others and contribute models.

History: SketchUp was developed by startup company @Last Software, Boulder, Colorado which was formed in 1999. SketchUp was first released in August 2000 as a general purpose 3D content creation tool. It won a Community Choice Award at its first tradeshow in 2000. Key to its early success was a shorter learning period than other 3D tools.

As of SketchUp 6, 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 March 14, 2006, Google acquired @Last Software, attracted by their plugin for Google Earth.

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.

On February 9, 2007, a maintenance update was released. It corrected a number of bugs, but brought no new features.

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.

Example(s): SketchUp Example


Documentation: SketchUp Documentation

File Extensions: skp


  • Interoperable applications: None

Magic numbers: None

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Rights: Unknown (Only listed as freeware)

Sustainability Factors:

  • Standardization: None
  • Self-documentation: None
  • External dependencies: None
  • Technical protection considerations: None

Typical use: 3D Modeling for architects and civil engineers.

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