Is sketchup free

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Free 3D Modeling Software 3D Design Online SketchUp.

SketchUp Free is the simplest free 3D modeling software on the web — no strings attached. Bring your 3D design online, and have your SketchUp projects with you wherever you go. You don’t need thousands of bells and whistles to draw in 3D. All you need is your idea, and room to draw.

Free 3D Modeling Software 3D Design Online SketchUp.
While Sketch Up is a powerful 3D design app, it’s not specifically for home design – and that distinction is important, because it means the app works in a slightly different way and requires a bit more effort than some dedicated apps do. While Sketch Up is a powerful 3D design app, it’s not specifically for home design – and that distinction is important, because it means the app works in a slightly different way and requires a bit more effort than some dedicated apps do.(Updated to reflect that free Sketch Up was never licensed for commerical use.) How do you tell the largest CAD user base in the world that they they are going to cut off? Sketch Up, known and loved by millions, was revised late last year. Created initially for architectural conceptualizations in 3D, it was readily adopted for all sorts of 3D design by anyone and everyone not already mired in "professional" CAD software packages, which then, lo and behold, attained a user base an order of magnitude larger. There was the usual list of improvements, a name change, but most significantly, it is not free for commercial use. It was quite a feat for an upstart and showed no respect for the established order. Sketch Up has grown to become, almost by accident and under all radar, the most-used CAD software in the world. Professionals criticized Sketch Up for its imprecision and impurity. It was not "exact," not a solid modeller, it was not robust, "you cannot document a big project," and it wasn't a "real professional CAD application" -- meaning it was not expensive, as if free is a liability. Google acquired @Last, the original creators of Sketch Up, to populate Google Earth with man-made objects, like buildings and towns. Google cared little about making money from a CAD product and gave it away. Google may have received a little money from users who paid $500 for Sketch Up Pro, a drop in Google's big bucket. When they found people actually cared less about creating buildings and structures than they hoped, the company seemed to lose interest, selling it to Trimble, a company known on a lesser scale than Google (both in revenue and project size). The removal of free commercial use from Sketch Up achieved barely a ripple. Even the "official" Sketch Up forums have little protest. The few bloggers who posted about the change received a handful of comments. See About Sketch Up 2013 and the Meaning of "Free" by Stefan Boeykens on So while Trimble is not breaking down doors with BSA Enforcers brandishing EULAs as is the way of big software, I wonder how long this will last. Trimble may be content with an honor system only for now. One part of the license of Sketch Up Make says if you are not selling, renting, leasing or lending the output of Sketch Up, it's OK, but then quickly insists you have to get a Sketch Up Pro license if you work for a for-profit organization of any kind. Several others were careful to say they will use Sketch Up only in early, conceptual modeling and not for customer deliverables. For the other architects and mechanical users who continue to to use Sketch Up for business, the future is bleak. Trimble is letting everyone stay on a less-than-latest version, if they have it. This appears to the path of least resistance for most Sketch Up users, though over time they will find themselves increasingly isolated as Sketch Up moves forward with more updates. Trimble will not be fixing or enhancing anything but the most recent version. Soon sources of downloads for free-for-commercial versions will dry up -- if they haven't already. Those users may soon not be able to read files made with a current version. A future OS upgrade may render their free version totally unusable.

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