updated 05:00 pm EDT, Tue September 22, 2009
Sketchup adds photo textures, component uploads
Google has updated its modeling software, releasing SketchUp 7.1. The 3D modeling software is based on an edges-and-faces approach, where faces are 2D objects formed by edges, which are lines or boundaries. Two-dimensional formations can be push-pulled by a mouse into 3D formations, with AutoCAD and 3ds Max support in the Pro version.
Version 7.1 adds an improved rendering engine for better support of large models. Photo textures are new and nearby models are now available in the 3D Warehouse. Components are now uploadable to the 3D warehouse separately from the entire model. Version 7.1 adds import and export support for COLLADA and KMZ files.
SketchUp 7.1 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. It is free to use, while the Pro version is $500, with multi-seat licenses available.