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@Last Software Announces ArcGIS InteroperabilityESRI users can now use SketchUp to create 3D models (November 30, 2004)
@Last Software, Inc., a Boulder-based developer of innovative 3D modeling software, announced the ability to exchange files between SketchUp and ArcGIS. This interoperability gives GIS users the ability to rapidly create 3D models in SketchUp, incorporate the models in to their GIS database, and then display them in ArcScene and ArcGlobe, ESRI's 3D viewing environments.
The user can then visually explore the model in 3D, fly over the landscape, fly around buildings, go inside the buildings and look around, and then look out the windows of those buildings and see the landscape, all in the context of their GIS information.
The SketchUp-ArcGIS plug-in enables the user to exploit SketchUp's modeling speed and ease-of-use to create geo-referenced 3D models. The plug-in gives SketchUp the ability to extract geo-referenced coordinates directly from ArcGIS. The user can then construct 3D objects in SketchUp relative to these geo-coordinates. When the newly created objects are exported back to ArcGIS they are automatically placed at the correct location in geographic space. This gives users the ability to easily inter-operate between object space and geographic space.
"@Last Software is thrilled to have established a strategic relationship with ESRI," says Brad Schell, founder of @Last Software, "We view SketchUp's 3D modeling speed and ease-of-use as a fantastic tool for ESRI's ArcGIS users."
Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI, says, "We are very happy to support the interoperability of our technologies. SketchUp is a very simple, yet powerful 3D editor. Using SketchUp and ArcGIS gives our users a powerful set of tools for doing 3D visualization in ArcGIS.'
The FREE plug-in and more information is available at www.sketchup.com/gis
SketchUp's simple toolset and intuitive nature give the user the look, feel and freedom of drawing on paper. This patented 3D edge modeling system is powerful enough for professional design projects yet easy enough to be used by elementary school students. SketchUp for Windows and Macintosh OS X is available in 7 languages. A free trial download and more information are available at: www.sketchup.com.
ArcGIS is a scalable family of software comprising a complete geographic information system, built on industry standards, that is rich in functionality and works out of the box. Organizations deploy the software of ArcGIS?ArcView, ArcEditor, ArcInfo, ArcSDE, and ArcIMS?in a configuration appropriate for their needs.
Founded in 1969, ESRI (www.esri.com) is the world leader in the GIS software industry. ESRI offers innovative solutions that help users create, manage, analyze, and display information to make timely decisions and solve problems they encounter every day. ESRI's comprehensive product line ranges from desktop GIS to GIS for the enterprise.
About @Last Software, Inc.
Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, @Last Software is an innovative software company with a mission of bringing 3D modeling tools to the masses. @Last distributes SketchUp directly and through distributors worldwide.
For more information visit www.sketchup.com.
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