Google bought the folks that write Sketchup, a tool many of us here use
for mocking up our designs and many more would like to if it wasn't so
expensive. Anyway in Google tradition they are offering a free version
of it, you can download it here
I looked at this to download as a result of this thread, and yes, it
looks like a cool program. But reading the license agreement points out
that google requires you to allow the program to phone home for updates.
It also maintains a unique program identifier that allows google to
track whatever they have programed into it to track, though they do say
that personal information is not tracked. Google seems to be going that
way. I don't like automatic updates in general, or programs that use my
internet connection without my knowledge or consent.
Must admit though, this program does tempt me.
Yes, you could do this, but then the offending program will still be
running in the background, using system resources, slowing the computer
down. Get enough of these sort of parasitic programs and your machine
starts to crawl.
Please I am not meaning to offend anybody here. Again - looks like a
really cool program. Just understand what else may be involved if you
decide to go with it.
On 4/29/2006 2:20 PM eclipsme mumbled something about the following:
Because I use several tools to tell me what processes are running, what
started them, and I have a firewall that logs all access in and out of
my home network. When all this bruhaha started about it phoning home, I
downloaded it and checked to see what it was doing. That's how I know.
If youi're worried about it calling home, disconnect from the
internet while you use it. It'll work just fine. It's silly to
allow net connections you don't need or want anyway; turn the
modem off is one way to be sure.
Any programmer worth his salt could work around the attempt to thwart
the calling home mechanism by closing off an Internet connection; just
simply cache the information being gathered in a temporary local file
and when the time comes that an Internet connection is detected, then
the contents are sent.
I've been studying this program for a few hours and am beginning to
think this rocks... Thank you Google! Now, we just have to hope for
tool manufacturers to offer 3D files of their products so that we can
integrate them into SketchUp designs --- this already is happening in
the professional realm. Would it be nifty if Lee Valley starting
offering 3D files of what it sells.
And why not? Here's a start:
I am posting a couple of jpeg's of a 3D solid model of my very crowded
workshop-in-the-works to abpw. This model can be rotated and viewed from
all angles, solid or semi-transparent, as shown. Different configurations
can be created with relative ease. It was a lot of work drawing everything
from scratch but I am making major changes in shop layout, routing of
electrical circuits, designing multi-function workstations, etc as a result.
I used the (formerly free) Pro/Desktop program from PTC for this exercise.
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