[NetBehaviour] SketchUp

Jack Stenner jack at jigglingwhisker.com
Tue May 2 15:30:12 CEST 2006

FYI, if you've used AutoCAD, Maya, or any number of other CAD/3d  
software packages, and then try SketchUp, you'll see the benefit.  It  
was developed as a quick, sketch-based, way to create form in the  
early design stages of the architectural process.  It is VERY popular  
with architectural designers because it is a quick and easy way to  
visualize 3d ideas before making the commitment to full blown CAD.   
It works well for them because once an idea is approved it can be  
exported directly to the CAD jockeys, saving time creating geometry  
from scratch.  The name is also a by-product of it's use in  
architecture.  When presenting concepts to clients, designers found  
that CAD renderings presented imagery that looked too "finished."   
Clients were reluctant to consider changes and engage in a creative  
dialog.  They locked onto the image too soon.  SketchUp has the  
capability to produce renderings that simulate a loose sketch,  
preserving the preliminary nature of concept design.

I'm sure Google wants to capitalize on it's ease of use and  
"popularize" it with homeowners, but it really is a great tool.  I  
used it early on as an architect, but more recently have found it  
useful as a tool to describe the layouts of installation work.

....and yes, google is scary :-)


On May 2, 2006, at 6:21 AM, <james at jwm-art.net> <james at jwm-art.net>  

> I was going to download sketchup just to see what it's like, mainly  
> so I
> could reply to the message but there is nothing about
> http://sketchup.google.com which entices me out of my "I can't be
> bothered" attitude. So I'll dismiss it as crap without trying it.
> Pay $495 for the "Pro" version so I can print out at a
> higher-than-screen resolution, they must be marketing at out and out
> newbies.  "Discover if 3d modelling is right for you", like it's some
> kind of beauty treatment or laxative or something.
> And the name stinks bad. It frightens me that google is promoting  
> cruft
> like this.
> On 29/4/2006, "carlos katastrofsky" <carlos.katastrofsky at gmx.net>  
> wrote:
>> google frightens me. i tried "sketchup" and - yes, it's quite  
>> handy and
>> easy to use. like other google- software & services you can  
>> download it
>> for free (there's a pay - version too) and the ever funny and  
>> colourful
>> ooooo's smile at you friendly.
>> this all is really frightening.
>> ------- Forwarded message -------
>> Sketchup, one of the best 3D drawing apps is now free - "Google  
>> SketchUp
>> (free)
>> is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program whose few simple tools  
>> enable you
>> to
>> create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking
>> projects -
>> even space ships. You can add details, textures and glass to your  
>> models,
>> design
>> with dimensional accuracy, and place your finished models in  
>> Google Earth,
>> share
>> them with others by posting them to the 3D Warehouse, or print  
>> hard copies.
>> Google SketchUp (free) is a great way to discover if 3D modeling  
>> is right
>> for
>> you." - http://sketchup.google.com
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