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@Last Updates SketchUp

New version gains additional file format support By Dave Nagel
@Last Software has updated SketchUp to version 2.2. SketchUp is a 3D design tool for CAD, design, modeling and illustration. The latest version is available now for Mac OS X.

SketchUp 2.2 adds support for a number of raster image formats, including PDF, PSD, PICT, EPS, TGA, SGI and BMP. It also gains a new RIB exporter plugin, which was announced separately yesterday. Other new features include:

  • Texture Palettes Picker added to the Apple Color Picker;
  • Color By Layer and assignment of a material to a layer;
  • SketchUp (*.SKM) file format support;
  • Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts;
  • Editable Value Control box;
  • Export options for DWG, DXF and 3DS formats;
  • Enhanced template support;
  • Drawing Style preferences;
  • Vector printing and PDF output from wireframe and hidden line display modes.

SketchUp 2.2 is available now for Mac OS X. 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

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