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#1 posted 04-28-2012 11:39 AM

Google is currently in a deal that will sell Sketchup to Trimble at an undisclosed value. Supposedly, everything will pretty much stay the same for the time being, but who knows what the future will hold for Sketchup users. I never would ave dreamed Google would do this, but hopefully it’s for the better. Unofficial Trimble Sketchup information blog

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#2 posted 04-29-2012 02:42 AM

Well I would suspect that Trimble purchased it with the idea that they’d make some money with it somehow.

I’ve been making my paychecks using Auto-CAD and Solid Works for a good many years, and though I ‘ve only tinkered a little bit in Sketchup, I haven’t much understood the appeal.

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#3 posted 04-29-2012 03:10 AM

Google is like any company now and the end frame is…money. Trimble will probably offer Sketchup as a standard package and then all upgrades will cost you money. I hope not for you dedicated Sketchup users.

We’ve been using Autocad since the beginning and have Solid Works also but Autocad is the bread and butter program for us. My family business will be 66 years old in July with most of my life working in it except for college and Air Force days. I can never remember a client that wanted a 3d rendering of anything. 99% of them have no clue what a 3d rendering is and could probably care less so why spend the hours doing 3d rendering when I need to be in the shop working.

When I design a kitchen, furniture or any other cabinetry I don’t need to see it in 3d. When I’m designing anything I’m seeing it in 3d as I design,

I know Sketchup is an important program for probably millions of users and I for one sure hope the new owner will improve it more for it’s dedicated user base and not go to la la land and mess an already powerful program up, and want you to pay for upgrades.

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