It’s here at last, the free version of Google Sketchup that we’ve been waiting for ever since Google bought the company and made available a free Windows version.
Some interesting things to note, though. It’ll run on Panther, for one, and the minimum hardware spec is 400MHz, 128MB, and a 100% OpenGL-compliant video card.
If spend money on the pro version, you’ll be able to export at higher-than-screen resolution, export in all the most important 3D formats, export .mov and .avi walkthroughs, and get two years of email tech support.
But the core functionality - the stuff that lets you draw anything you can think of - is there for everyone, for free.
As someone who downloaded the trial version many years ago, loved it, but as a hobbyist couldn’t possibly justify spending hundreds of dollars on a license, this free version is very nearly a dream come true. I wrote to the Sketchup guys at the time, suggesting they consider a “Lite” version for people who wanted to “doodle” in 3D. Thanks to Google, that’s exactly what I’ve got.