Google Unveils Updated Version Of SketchUp

Search engine giant Google has released a new version of its SketchUp 3D modelling software, which comes with enhanced designing options and model geo-location integration with Google Maps.

According to Google, SketchUp 8.0 comes with a highly detailed and more accurate 3D terrain imagery data and aerial photos in colour, all for free.

The enhanced Match Photo feature in SketchUp 8.0 will allow users to easily trace the photograph and build models accordingly. To make it easier for designers for modelling existing buildings, Google has also updated the Google Building Maker in SketchUp 8.0 for better speed and efficiency.

Apart from the free edition, Google has also released a Pro version of the popular designing software, which is available online for $495, while existing SketchUp Pro users can upgrade to the latest version by paying a $95 fee.

In a statement, Google said that “We've spent months building powerful new tools, fine-tuning functionality and making sure SketchUp 8 continues to be the most intuitive 3D modeler on the planet.”

The news coincides with Autodesk's announcement that they will be launching an iPad and iPod Touch version of its Sketchbook Pro application.