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Flattery Papercraft Tools - SketchUp plug in creates paper models, Stefan Boeykens, CAD &3D, Dec 1, 2010

SketchUp: Exporting an Animation with Good Quality - CAD Addict, Dec 17, 2009

SketchUp: Modeling a Terrain #01 - using sandbox tools, CAD Addict, Nov 30, 2009

Visualizing Architecture with SketchUp Scenes - using scenes feature for taking snapshots of specific camera positions, recalling them later, Scott Onstott, AECbytes, Nov 24, 2009

Site Design with SketchUp & AutoCAD - creating model from AutoCAD linework in SketchUp, Daniel Tal, Architecture Week, Oct 14, 2009

Google SketchUp: 3D Visualization Made Easy - users appreciate SketchUp as presentation tool, easy-to-use, its ability to calculate floor areas, link to Google Earth, Ruth Slavid, Building Sustainable Design, Oct 2009

CAD from a Non-CAD Company - SketchUp 7.1 has faster rendering engine, import, export of COLLADA, KMZ files, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, Sep 22, 2009

Creating Panoramas in SketchUp and Pano2VR - interactive panoramas starting with either a 3D model or panoramic photo using Garden Gnome Pano2VR image converter, Scott Onstott, AECbytes, Jul 29, 2009

Bezier Splines in SketchUp Using Ruby Scripts - creating, editing polylines, splines, uniform B-spline curves using Bezier spline tools, Scott Onstott, AECbytes, May 22, 2009

New and Improved - roundup of recent software: Autodesk 2010 products for AEC, SketchUp 7.0, Newforma Project Center, BIM Review, PDF Revu v7.0, ARCHITECT Magazine, Apr 1, 2009

SketchUp Scenes in Google Earth - viewing scenes created in SketchUp model when exported to Google Earth, Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, Apr 23, 2009

ParaCloud - Gem - Creating a 3D Pattern - video, Eyal Nir explains how to go from SketchUp to ParaCloud GEM and create 3d pattern, David Fano, Design Reform, Feb 2, 2009

SketchUp: Import and Export Scenes - Marti Broquetas, CAD Addict, Dec 30, 2008

SketchUp: Putting in the Interior Walls - video tutorial, Aidan Chopra, Dec 15, 2008

Visualizing Objects in 3D - SketchUp tutorial and support files, Computer Arts, July 22, 2008

Using Images With Alpha Transparency as Components in SketchUp - using trees image as 2D component and fixing shadow problem, Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, Mar 20, 2008

Using Polygons to Make Mosaic Patterns with Google SketchUp - Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, Dec 13, 2007

Google SketchUp Video Tutorials - 32 videos, You Tube, Nov 2007

Google SketchUp Pro 6.0 3D Design Software - this release offers ability to export to professional CAD programs and 2D presentation program "LayOut," David Karlins, PC Advisor, Sep 19, 2007

Using Layers and Scenes for Design Exploration in Google SketchUp - creating two rooms with different wall and floor materials, Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, Aug 22, 2007

Alibre Design and Google SketchUp - creating a part in Alibre Design and exporting to Google SketchUp, Michael Todd, Cadalyst, Aug 1, 2007

Multimedia and Presentation Tools for AEC - 3D visualization software reviewed: Google SketchUp Pro 6, Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, Autodesk Impression, VIZ 2008, 3ds Max 9, Freewheel, ArchVision's RPC, Piranesi 5, H. Edward Goldberg of AIA, Cadalyst, July 1, 2007 (more SketchUp reviews, PhotoShop reviews, Adobe Acrobat reviews, Autodesk Impression features, Autodesk VIZ reviews, 3ds max reviews, ArchVision reviews, Piranesi reviews)

Using Images for Interior Presentation in Google SketchUp - using images to paint the faces of cabinets and painting the floor with checkerboard pattern, Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, June 14, 2007

Sneaky Alibre Design Goes Gaga for Google, Subverts Entire Industry in the Process - Alibre 3D Publisher can publish any 3D model to Google SketchUp that can be edited later, Randall, 3D CAD News, April 23, 2007

Google SketchUp, 3D Warehouse and Alibre Design Xpress: An Unbeatable Combination - For Free! - Alibre can create mechanical geometry that can be converted to SketchUp and uploaded to 3D warehouse, Greg Milliken, Alibre CEO Blog, April 19, 2007

SketchUp 6 - photo match feature, watermarks, sketchy edges feature, 3D text tool, LayOut feature for faster 3D rendering, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, April 3, 2007

Go for the Pro! - easy-to-use UI, SketchUp 6 Pro can create 3D models from photographs, plus new style palettes, layout tool, more, CAD User, January 2007

Google SketchUp 6 - with free basic version, SketchUp 6 has Photo Match feature, easy signage creating options, new Styles capability, text and dimension improvements, more, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, March 13, 2007

Easy 3D Modeling with Google SketchUp - SketchUp is useful for simple modeling, placing and sharing model into Google Earth, creating movies from it, more, Orhan Toker, Daily AutoCAD, February 7, 2007

Sketching Software Captures AEC Ideas Fast - SketchUp Pro 5 helps to build complex 3D models with the help of features like pencil tool, inference modeling, Paint Bucket tool, and more, Robin de Jongh, Machine Design, October 26, 2006

Placing a Google SketchUp Model in Google Earth - Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, September 26, 2006

Preliminary Design Tools - important tools for AEC industry: Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Sketch Book Pro 2, Wacom Cintiq, Scan2CAD, IDEAL Scanners & Systems, PlanTracer, Google SketchUp 5, AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop 2007, Autodesk Building Systems 2007, ArchiCAD 10, Form·Z 6, and Rhino, H. Edward Goldberg, Cadalyst, July 1, 2006 (more Adobe Photoshop reviews, Sketch Book Pro reviews, tablet pc reviews, Scan2CAD reviews, IDEAL Scanners reviews, PlanTracer reviews, SketchUp reviews, AutoCAD reviews, ADT reviews, ABS reviews, ArchiCAD reviews, Form·Z reviews, Rhino reviews)

Get With the Program - kitchen and bath designing software: Fusion  and Solid Design from Planit, Google SketchUp, Microcad's Autokitchen, Chief Architect, more, Lee Ann Murphy, K+BB, July 1, 2006

3D Modeling Can be Child's Play - easy-to-use and free, Google SketchUp version is provoking novices, professionals and kids to take Weekly SketchUp 3D Challenges, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, July 19, 2006

Now You See It - MicroStation users can now publish and review their DGN and DWG models in Google Earth environment, David Chadwick, CAD User, March/April 2006

Bentley Strengthens Connections to Google Earth and Google SketchUp - Bentley allows easy access to Google SketchUp 3D designs from within MicroStation, Randall S. Newton, AECnews.com, July 13, 2006

ConnectPress 2006 Overview of 3D Viewers - Adobe Acrobat 3D and Google SketchUp make design analysis easier; Ingo Wulf of 3D-Tool talks about 3D Viewers trends, John Myers, CATIA Community, June 29, 2006 (requires free registration)

Digital Multimedia and Presentation Trends - AEC market grows as companies like Autodesk, Adobe and Google acquire important AEC software; other products include Wacom's new Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display, Informatix Piranesi 4, and Xara Xtreme, H. Edward Goldberg of AIA, Cadalyst, June 1, 2006 (more Autodesk Combustion reviews, Adobe features, more SketchUp reviews, Piranesi reviews)

You are Now Free to Sketch - free SketchUp version has limited capabilities as compared to SketchUp Pro version so professional market is not affected, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst, June 27, 2006

Light Sources in Piranesi: Setting a Vertical Cone - using radial fade of type 3D line source in SketchUp to create vertical cone light, Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, May 24, 2006

Populating Google Earth - Google-SketchUp integration will allow users to create 3D building designs and visualize them in their surroundings, Martyn Day, AEC Magazine, April 21, 2006

Catching Up on SketchUp - SketchUp is expected to be there and grow well in spite of the acquisition, Kenneth Wong, Cadalyst AEC, March 27, 2006

Google: New Perspectives in Mapping - possibilities abound as Google buys @Last, Tom Taulli, Motley Fool, March 16

Bentley Ports to Google Earth; Google Buys SketchUp - analysis of MicroStation/Google connection; major announcements by Bentley and @Last make Google Earth the standard platform for architectural models, Martyn Day, martynday.com, March 14, 2006

Shrewd Move: Google Acquires SketchUp - Google is in position to allow SketchUp users to add the built world to the Earth model, Randall Newton, CADwire.net, March 15, 2006

Hiding Edges During Intersection in SketchUp - hide the edges of the object while intersecting it with model again, Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, March 8, 2006

Cadalyst All Stars - Top Products in 2005 - included are a Dell mobile workstation, HP Designjet, NVIDIA graphics card, 3Dconnexion Space Pilot, Autodesk DWF Composer, SolidWorks and SketchUp, Sara Ferris, Cadalyst Management, December 1, 2005

Follow Me with Components/Groups in SketchUp - using Follow Me tool to create sticky molding along the top of a room, Bonnie Roskes, AECbytes, December 14, 2005

SketchUp 5 - SketchUp by @Last Software offers 3D modeling package with impressive renderings to designs, thus earning an A plus, but does not import and export Parasolid or IGES, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Management, November 1, 2005

Multimedia Presentation Trends - presentation software like SketchUp 5, Adobe Photoshop, Informatix Piranesi 4, Autodesk 3ds max, and Autodesk VIZ 6, are putting AEC and engineering companies on the cutting edge, H. Edward Goldberg, Cadalyst AEC, October 1, 2005

3D Base Camp: the First SketchUp User Conference - inaugural user conference focused on the technology, including upcoming features in next release, placing SketchUp models in Google Earth, and users' wish list, Lachmi Khemlani,  AECbytes, October 12, 2005

3D Base Camp Opens: a Packed House and a Sold Out Event - first SketchUp users conference attracts over 300 attendees, Randall Newton, AECnews.com, October 5, 2005

SketchUp 5 - new release of SketchUp, a popular application for conceptual 3D design exploration, introduces Sandbox tools for terrain modeling tools and new enhancements like Extensions Manager, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, August 18, 2005

AEC From the Ground Up - Top Tools for Preliminary DesignTools for Preliminary Design - various tools that can help the architect with preliminary design include Wacom Cintiq, Alias Sketch Book Pro, Photoshop, Plan Tracer, SketchUp, form Z 5.0, Autodesk VIZ, 3ds max, Alias Maya and Studio, ArchiCAD, Architectural Desktop and Revit, for preliminary design, H.Edward Goldberg, Cadalyst AEC, April 1, 2005

Macworld 2005 - a report from the recent gathering on what's new and noteworthy in the Macintosh AEC- and CAD-related industry, including the release of the new low-priced Mac Mini, and updates on form*Z, VectorWorks and SketchUp and Microspot, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes Newsletter, January 12, 2005

From Mark-up to Practice Management - reviews of SoftPlan reView, SketchUp 4.0, Green Matrix and Digital Project (Gehry Technologies), Lee Anne Smith, Architectural Record, September 2004

AEC From the Ground Up: Multimedia Presentation Tools - reviews of SketchUp 4.0, Autodesk VIZ 5, form*Z 4.0, SketchBook Pro 1.1, Toshiba Tablet PC, Wacom Cintiq, QuadriSpace Presenter and Presenter Pro and ArchVision's RPC, H. Edward Goldberg, Cadalyst, August 16, 2004

Review of SketchUp 4.0 - this 3D design exploration tool has been specifically developed to be easy, intuitive and fun to use, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, July 15, 2004

SketchUp 3.x - highly recommend for any architect who needs to do quick and fluid 3D design work and a must-have for urban designers, Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh, June 22, 2004

Green Building Studio and SketchUp! Add-In and Plug-Ins for BIM Tools - Green Building Studio is a free Web service that assists in the energy analysis of buildings in the design stages and with selecting energy-efficient green building products and materials; new free tools from @Last Software allow a SketchUp! model to be imported into Architectural Desktop and ArchiCAD, Michael Dakan, AEC Tech Trends #115, March 4, 2004

The SketchUp Plug-in for Architectural Desktop - an easy, intuitive and fun to use application for 3D design exploration that saves the time and tedium involved in developing an ADT model from scratch, Lachmi Khemlani, AECbytes, January 15, 2004

Cadalyst Salutes 15 Hot New Products - editors' semi-annual awards for the best CAD-related software and hardware, Cadalyst, December 2003

SketchUp 3.0 - excellent, user-friendly program enables you to explore and develop design concepts by pushing, pulling and stretching sketched 2D planes into 3D models, Greg Corke, CADserver, November 10, 2003

SketchUp 3 - a must-have conceptual design tool for anyone working in architecture, urban studies or interior design, MacUser, October 2003

SketchUp 3D - this powerful program offers familiar tools that render with colors, textures, and shadows that are architecturally and artistically appropriate, Bill Machrone, PC Magazine, August 27, 2003

SketchUp 3.0 - easy to learn and fun to use but continues to have limitations. However at $495, it is a good deal. Lachmi Khemlani, CADENCE AEC Tech News, July 24, 2003

Editors' Choice Awards - editors pick their favorite CAD-related hardware and software of the past six months: ArchiCAD 8.0, AutoCAD 2004, Autodesk Revit 5, Autodesk Vault, Bentley Architecture, ENCAD T-200, Iced*CAD, Inspector 2D/3D Device, PANTONE Color Cue TX, Pro/CONCEPT, SketchUp 3.0, Solid Edge V14, Sony Artisan Color Reference System, STAAD.Pro 2003 and VectorWorks 10, CADENCE, July 2003

SketchUp 2.2 - this tool for making sketches of any kind is fun and easy to use, putting 3D modeling into the hands of the masses, Greg Miller, Macworld, June 2003

Picture This: SketchUp 2.1 and Piranesi 3 - SketchUp offers an easy-to-use and powerful conceptual design tool and an ideal complement to the special 3D painting qualities of Piranesi - and both belong in every designer's toolkit, Jerry Laiserin, The LaiserinLetter, September 2002

SketchUp 2.0 - the latest version of this conceptual design tool gets a rave review for its ease of use and powerful features, Greg Corke, CADserver, October 23, 2002 

Conceptual 3D Modeling with SketchUp - a tool to enhance the conceptual phase of design, SketchUp is easy to learn, intuitive, fun to use and affordable, Lachmi Khemlani,  CADENCE AEC Tech News #80 (August 9, 2002)

A Design Revolution? - every once in a while, a product comes along that makes a huge impact on the market - US architects rave about SketchUp, Greg Corke, Cadserver, March 21, 2002

Easy 3D Model Building - SketchUp's simple tools enable you to quickly create architectural 3D models, David Cohn, CGW, Nov 2001

SketchUp 1.2 Review - despite some minor quibbles, this program is highly recommended - it's easy and fun to use, offers great live shadow and material modes and outstanding snapping and face alignment tools, ARCHIdigm, August 2001

SketchUp - a delightful tool for 3D modeling, says Jerry Laiserin, CADENCE, April 2001

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