Google SketchUp—great name, huh?—is a completely separate application from regular ol' SketchUp 5, which we've renamed—get ready for this—SketchUp Pro 5. The free version can be downloaded for $6000 (just wanted to see if you were paying attention) can be downloaded for FREE from Google. It's perfect for people who love SketchUp but who can't justify the price of SketchUp Pro. Do-it-yourself kitchen remodelers, backyard rocket builders, basement model train obsessives; Google SketchUp will let just about everyone build and show off their creations in 3D. I think it's a great day for 3D nerds everywhere, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Following its purchase by Google in March SketchUp today announced that a free version for personal use was now available for download. Looking forward to having a play over the weekend. Via Official Google Blog