Apr 16, 2007 -- posted by TechMonk
Sketch Up as defined by its official website..
Google SketchUp 6 is a 3D modeling software tool that’s easy to learn, simple to use, and lets you place your models in Google Earth. Are you remodeling a kitchen, landscaping your back yard or adding a deck to your home? Google SketchUp makes it faster, easier and a lot more fun. From simple to complex, from conceptual to realistic, Google SketchUp helps you see your vision before you build it.
The software is definitely easier to use then other 3d modeling softwares available in the market. The most amazing thing about the software is that one can design a whole city with the help of just rectangle , polygon and a curve drawing tool and a pencil, one just has to show an artistic touch while pulling or pushing from specific locations( which is the crux of this software) like pulling small part outside from a rectangular wall to depict as the fins of the window or removing small parts from a wall to depict doorr or windows and many many things could be done in a similar fashion. One can see the image of a stadium generated by this software.
One can export dwg files from SketchUp and use it in softwares like AutoCad or 3dMax etc. Though there is one catch, it is very difficult to make domes or anything spherical using this software. In spite of this small hitch it is fun to work with this software. There are 3-4 perspective views which can be used to effectively placing your design.
After finishing the model the software itself generates animation showing the model from different angles which could be used for presentation purposes. Also a nice new feature that one can publish their 3d model in google earth, an that’s quite amazing. There are also textures available for different materials to be placed in different locations in a building.
Many people are afraid to use AutoCad, 3DMax or in fact other softwares, this software is a child’s play. Also light in terms of resources ,this is the best I have come across and love playing with it. Following is the image of my model of an intelligent green house with sensors mounted for my course on Intelligent Buildings.