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Google Sketchup 7 released
« on: November 21, 2008, 12:28:48 AM »

Google just released Sketchup 7, a tool merely for 3D drawing.

This tool is great to layout 2D backgrounds for the artists to work out or to create models for rendering. The free version does not support DXF and 3DS for export, but it supports collada, which can be read by some renderrers like maya and IMHO autodesk. The Pro version can export DXF and 3DS files.

This tool tries to use 2D techniques to model 3D. You don't have to fiddle around with meshes, nurbs etc (and you can't), instead you do everything by extruding 2D shapes. Have a look at the videos google provides on their site to grasp the concept. It's great for 3D noobs like me ;-)

http://sketchup.google.com
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Re: Google Sketchup 7 released
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 11:30:24 PM »

This is in fact a very useful tool. I used the pro version at university and it does export for .3ds format though some issues may occur (probably just me though tbh).

It may interest people to know but the Lionhead Team (yes the guys who made the fable series among others) used sketchup to draft out almost all of their buildings and environment 3D work for Fable II - then just exported and important in 3DMax or Maya or whatever and tweaked!

Shocked me when I first found out.
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Re: Google Sketchup 7 released
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010, 01:02:17 PM »

Just out of interest can you use SU for the simple geometry in WM? It does export the camera in theory but doesn't seem to show in wm
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Re: Google Sketchup 7 released
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2010, 06:49:02 PM »

Hey Nige, great to see you here  ::wave
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