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SketchUp's new offering

  By ninjacrayon
Large Model Handling We overhauled SketchUp's rendering engine to make it easier to work with big models. With the right setup, operations like orbiting, zooming and drawing are quicker and smoother. Modeling in Context Get Photo Texture gives you direct access to Google Maps Street View imagery from right inside SketchUp, and Nearby Models lets you use the Component Browser to search the Google 3D Warehouse for buildings located near the one you're working on. Watch a video (1:48) >> Better File Exchange COLLADA is a 3D file format based on open standards; it makes it easier to move your models between different pieces of software. KMZ is the standard file format for packaging 3D models together with information about their geographic locations. SketchUp 7.1 can import and export both types of files, which should go a long way toward letting you do whatever you like with your data. 

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