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March 04, 2014

Trimble Debuts SketchUp 2014

Trimble (News - Alert) has unveiled SketchUp 2014. This new 3D modeling platform is an update to the company's existing 3D Warehouse and is expected to help architects, engineers, design, and construction professionals.

SketchUp is widely used all over the world and the company has recorded more than 30 million unique activations in the past year alone. While SketchUp Make is for hobbyists and enthusiasts, professionals can use SketchUp Pro, which contains numerous advanced features. The company has been offering updates to its popular software on a regular basis. In fact, this is the second major update in the last 10 months.

The new features include an integrated WebGL viewer, which allows users to preview and orbit models in full 3D. It also features an ability to upload 3D models directly from Web browsers, without first having to open them in SketchUp. The software is now equipped with new Product Catalogs which helps users to rapidly search specific manufacturers' products.

The users of SketchUp will also get numerous free 3D models to choose from. The company also provides fully-interactive model previews and completely new UI in this software. Also, LayOut in SketchUp Pro 2014 helps users automatically fill in dates, page numbers, and repetitive text.

"SketchUp's power lies in its simplicity and flexibility, which has led to its use in projects as diverse as designing a doghouse in the backyard or modeling the bracing for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York," said Chris Keating, director of the Architecture Division within the Trimble Buildings Group. "As SketchUp's professional footprint expands, access to content and broad interoperability are vital issues to our customers. With SketchUp 2014, we're giving users better tools to easily access the models they need."

Recently, the company introduced new Trimble Field Points software for construction field layout. This application allows contractors to create layout points in their computer-aided design (CAD) models.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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