Google has unveiled its latest offering: Google SketchUp. I have a feeling that this will be one of its dead-end products though. It just doesn’t seem to tally with Google’s forte of ingenius web-based applications.
Essentially, it’s merely a 3D modelling program. Sure, it’s free for personal use… but that is basically that. Not only is SketchUp not web-based, it’s also very niche driven. Instead of traditional Google services that can be used by almost anyone and their grandmas, SketchUp seems to be targetting hobbyist CG artists, which I must say, is only an insignificant portion of the population.
A lame attempt has been made by Google to integrate its core strength, which is search, to SketchUp by including Google 3D Warehouse. This is nothing more than a highly restricted version of Google Image Search of SketchUp 3D renderings.
Probably the most useless release by Google to date.