Sketchup Mashup

MAKE Magazine loves Sketchup. Sketchup got bought by Google and their software can read Google Earth models. Download it if you want.

MAKE reads the digital entrails and says:

Sketchup will soon go free (as opposed to $495) and all 3D objects will be searchable, indexed and have the ability to be added to Google base for purchase, fabrication and more. In late 2006 Google will acquire Linden Labs, makers of the 3D virtual world Second Life and begin to index the world’s virtual knowledge. Using Google Earth, Sketchup, In-world-Google video, Google base and Virtual – Froogle for virtual world sales, a new 3.D crazy will hit the tech scene and I’ll finally be able to wear my homemade LCD Google goggles all the time.

Google does seem to be angling to build a new model for processing information. I wonder, however, why they would focus on a fake world when they have such an amazing start on indexing the real world.


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