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SketchUp 5 offers new UI, new tools, more

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Tue July 12, 2005

SketchUp 5 now available

, a design solution that enables virtually anyone to design and communicate in 3D. Version 5 offers new terrain tools called The Sandbox, which creates easy ways to model terrain and similar organic shapes, add roads, building pads and parking lots. The Sandbox allows the projection of 2D geometry onto complex 3D surfaces. @Last has also expanded its components library (from 145 items to over 3,000), enhanced sketching tools, an improved user interface with new toolbars and icons, and improved import/export functions with support for 3DS/DEM import, OBJ/FBX/XSI/3DS/VRML export, and DWG/DXF handling. SketchUp 5 is available now for $500 with upgrades starting at $100.

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