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@Last Ships SketchUp 3.0

3D design tool gets new export formats, enhanced modeling tools By Dave Nagel
@Last Software has released SketchUp 3.0. SketchUp is an application for CAD conceptualization, design, modeling and illustration. The new version is available now for Mac OS X and Windows.

SketchUp is a complement to existing AEC tools, designed to provide tools for quick conceptualization, creation and modification of 3D elements. According to @Last, version 3.0 includes enhancements to dimensions and annotations; smoothed faces and soft edges; and material transparency. It also offers animation export in AVI and QuickTime formats, as well as VRML. And it adds filled polygon vector output in EPS and PDF formats. (The software already supports a number of raster and vector formats, including PDF, PSD, PICT, EPS, TGA, SGI and BMP, as well as DWG, DXF and 3DS formats.)

SketchUp 3.0 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows for $495. Upgrades run $95. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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