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@Last Ships SketchUp for Mac OS X

3D design exploration software includes component editing By Dave Nagel
@Last Software has released SketchUp for Mac OS X. SketchUp, previously available for Windows, is a 3D design exploration suite for "sketching out" architectural and landscape designs. The software is available now.

SketchUp is targeted toward conceptual design and is not, in itself, a CAD application. It's designed to offer a shallow learning curve for building 3D structures quickly and rendering with a "sketchy" look and feel. It can also be used in shadow studies and provides tools for scrubbing through time of day and seasons.

SketchUp includes a long list of features, including the ability to use "components," which work somewhat like Symbols in Flash and allow users to manipulate multiple instances of an object at the same time. It also offers synamic section cutting for generating measurable building sections, floor plans and the like. And it includes tools for freehand editing of 3D shapes using simple paths combined with push and pull tools.

In its Mac OS X incarnation, SketchUp is completely Cocoa-based and supports OpenGL hardware acceleration. It's priced at $495. 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, 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 [email protected].

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