[NetBehaviour] SketchUp

james at jwm-art.net james at jwm-art.net
Sat May 6 00:36:36 CEST 2006

I slouch corrected. One day I'll learn, that responding to an email,
about a subject of which I know nothing, just for something to do, is
wrong. I'm sorry it just happens, sometimes I get carried away.  But I
still stand by my assertation that the name sketchup stinks, no matter
what. And guess what, I've not used any of those CAD packages, but I
did use QCad an opensource(?) package, once or twice... You make it
sound like sketchup has been around quite sometime?


On 2/5/2006, "Jack Stenner" <jack at jigglingwhisker.com> wrote:

>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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