Google SketchUp

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.

2 responses to “Google SketchUp”.

  1. Jacky Says:

    This tool may not be useful for most of us, but it is always interesting to see what new tools/goodies this search engine giant come out with. I enjoyed playing with most of its goodies 🙂

  2. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Well, it’s surely not interesting enough for me to even download it. I’m a full time Linux user at home and access to an XP machine is only via my office notebook.

    Sure, there’s bound to be somebody who will feel that SketchUp is the best thing since sliced bread… but I’m definitely not in that category.