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SketchUp 3.0 Scheduled for June Release

New version to be previewed this week By Dave Nagel
@Last Software says it's planning to release SketchUp 3.0 in early June. SketchUp is an application for creating 3D design concepts for CAD, design, modeling and illustration. The new version will be previewed at the AIA convention in San Diego , which starts May 8.

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 will offer enhancements to dimensions and annotations; curved faces and soft edges; and material transparency. It will offer animation export in AVI and QuickTime formats, as well as VRML. And it will add 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.)

@Last has not yet announced pricing for the new version but says the software will be available in early June. The current version, available for Mac OS X and Windows, sells for $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, 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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