Google Sells the 3D Modeling Tool SketchUp

  • Google has sold its free 3D creation to Trimble.
  • The company will leverage this acquisition to improve their surveying and mapping services and maritime navigation equipment.
  • On the other hand, the Internet giant has created a photographic tour of the main monuments in the world using Google Maps.
3D modeling tool SketchUp

3D modeling tool SketchUp

Google buys companies not only to improve their products, creates new services and closes with little tug . It also sells products, as was the case of SketchUp , its popular free tool for creating 3D models, which has gone into the hands of Trimble, company monitoring, mapping and navigation at sea.

In addition, as part of the agreement, Trimble will partner with Google to develop Google 3D Warehouse , a 3D modeling tools more popular in the online world, where users can search, share, store and collaborate on 3D models, as companies have said in a joint statement.

Trimble will partner with Google to develop Google 3D Warehousehas announced that the Trimble surveying, mapping and marine navigation equipment, will be enhanced through the acquisition of SketchUp , a purchase that will also enhance its presence in the sector.

SketchUp is a free 3D modeling platform that helps in the design of 3D models in Google Earth (the virtual map of most of the planet’s surface). The platform allows users to create collections of models, including 3D buildings, and share them with fellow modelers worldwide.

SketchUp, had a small beginning, when it was purchased by Google in 2006 , and now has millions of active users. “With more than 30 million activations SketchUp in just one year, we are very proud of our achievements, “ said producer SketchUp manager John Bacus, on his blog.

The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2012, and would not be significant revenue Trimble. Trimble shares are quoted in $ 53.98 (40.94 euros) in morning trading on the Nasdaq (a stock index that reflects the securities) on Thursday.

Sightseeing in Google Maps

Google has announced a new option to Google Maps that allows users to make a photographic tour of the main monuments of the world. The company has used the public photos of Panoramio and Picasa users. Today 15,000 monuments available with this option.

The mapping service has allowed users to go places that have never visited. Google Street View is a tool that allows this type of activity. However, the Google cameras have less access to certain landmarks. This problem has not stopped Google, which has sought a formula to offer tours of landmark points to users, the photos hosted on your other services.

The company explained on its official blog that has made these snapshots assemblies 15,000 monuments around the world. The results are little clips where the images overlap, creating a sense of motion and 3D volume.


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