That depends on how you upgraded if you're a Windows user. I upgrade
most every second version. Dos, Windows 3.1, NT4, XP and now Windows
7. To me anyway, they've all been pretty decent versions. I may have
just been lucky with my upgrade path, but it's worked out as far as
I saw the cutest bumper sticker on the dock bumper of a truck
yesterday. 'Twas a picture of Obama on the left and on the right:
DOES THIS ASS MAKE
MY TRUCK LOOK BIG?
The problem with borrowing money from China is
that thirty minutes later, you feel broke again.
--Steve Bridges as Obama
Well really, does having SketchUp in its product mix, something
that can make money for Google?
This is a pure typical business transaction. Google unloads a bunch of
programmers to someone else, lightens the load on the books,
and goes to do something else. I am sure that Google was
losing money on SketchUp, not because of the freebie version,
but because it had no way of marketing it. Working with
training companies, book publishers, etc. Also trying to
compete against other 3D modelers most likely was
drain. I don't think they want to play in the 3D modeling world.
The excitement is to marry SketchUp to the 3D printers that
are now out and soon to be introduced. Nothing like taking
a 3D image and tell a machine to make you that thing. Now
that would exciting. Trimble might be in a better position to
help to make that work.
I do hope that Trimble keeps a free copy around - but - if
they charge a minimal fee - like $50 for it, I'd consider it
and probably go for it. It's a great tool.
I won't worry too much yet.
Maybe Autodesk's entry into the fray with 123D has something to do
with it. I have used it for a while on my PC platform and it appears
very powerful. Big libraries are being built, not unlike the
SUWarehouse. http://usa.autodesk.com/autodesk-123d /
The learning curve keeps throwing me curve balls so for anything
serious I still do the mac/vectorworks/strata thing which is second
nature to me.
I was just wondering if the huge Autodesk user base has given 123D
some legs, for myself, it scores a great big 'meh'.
Someone who never used a 3D modelling program before and was about to
make a decision in which basket to put their eggs, maybe 123D _is_ a
factor in the big scheme of things. Who know what the world looks like
to the likes of Google and/or Trimble.
The fact that many 3D CAD packages now offer SketchUp plug-in
translators, tells me that SU is going to stay around for while.
Do we have an iPad app for SU yet? SU pro? I have been out of the loop
for a few months.
The little bit of 3D I do these days is very basic
Completed chemo. Looks like remission, no we need to verify with a
bunch of CTscans, MRI, hose-up-my-arse etc....(I think that is the
So, it's been good.
My social crap gets hung out for those who want on Facebook, so I
don't hang here much.
The big advantage to SketchUp for the building industry is ease of
presentation, and dynamic modeling during the construction phase, both
areas of use recently embraced by architects and construction managers.
Just in the past three years every single architect I know, and I know,
and meet, quite a few at building seminars, has taken to using SU as to
the goto tool for client "show and tell" ... the acceptance level has
It is obvious to me that this is what Trimble has their sights on.
Only as viewer, and the best of those is "Cubits", which is very slick.
Besides, the viewer concept plays _directly_ to the presentation
strength of SU, as mentioned above.
I no longer take a laptop to client meetings, only take my iPad, running
That said, I can't imagine anyone who has ever done any 3D modeling
seriously thinking they can actually do any worthwhile modeling with
their finger on a current tablet interface/OS ... not something I would
consider at this point even if it was remotely possible.
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