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@Last Updates SketchUpSketchUp ArchiCAD plugin also announced
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 also 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. The new 3.1 update, unveiled at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco this week, adds thumbnail images to the component browser; 2D vector export (PDF, EPS, DWG and DXF); enhanced Piranesi EPIX format support; improved 3ds export support; and improved shadow features.
@Last has also debuted a beta version of a new plugin for ArchiCAD 8 that allows for the import of native SketchUp geometry into ArchiCAD. Translation can be automatic or user-specified. The beta is available publicly for a limited time. Pricing for the final version has not yet been announced.
SketchUp 3.1 is available now as a free update for users of SketchUp 3 or $95 for users of SketchUp 2.2 or earlier. The full version runs $495. For more information, visit http://www.sketchup.com.
Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the editor and producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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