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In its time at Google, SketchUp has become one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world. With over 30 million SketchUp activations in just the last year, we’re awfully proud of our accomplishments. But there’s still so much we want to do, and we think we’ve found a way forward that will benefit everyone—our product, our team and especially our millions of users.

That’s why I’m sharing today that the SketchUp team and technology will be leaving Google to join Trimble. We’ll be better able to focus on our core communities: modelers who have been with us from the beginning, as well as future SketchUppers who have yet to discover our products. Designers, builders and makers of things have always been the heart and soul of SketchUp. With Trimble’s commitment to invest in our growth, we’ll be able to innovate and develop new features better than ever before.

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Leaving an ocean to sit in a pond? This should be interesting.
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It kindda makes sense. Sketchup was but an afterthought at Google and it will now be the flagship at Trimble. As an avid user of SKU; I'm happy to see what the new future brings.
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This doesn't mean the beginning of pay versions does it? How does Sketch-Up make money?
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This doesn't mean the beginning of pay versions does it? How does Sketch-Up make money?

There are already pay versions of Sketchup.
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This doesn't mean the beginning of pay versions does it? How does Sketch-Up make money?

There are already pay versions of Sketchup.

Sayyyy whaaaaaaat? Do they offer some extra options that I'm not aware of?

/me goes hunting for pay version of Sketchup

Dang, $495. Is it used as a high end modeling/design tool yet? or still not taking the market share in that regard?
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This doesn't mean the beginning of pay versions does it? How does Sketch-Up make money?
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There are already pay versions of Sketchup.

^^^ This. Sketchup Pro is $495. Not sure how many of the "30 million activations in just the last year" are of the "Pro" variety, but even if only the free version existed... A platform with 30 million users added every year is a good target audience for "premium" addons/plugins/renderers/etc.
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Sayyyy whaaaaaaat? Do they offer some extra options that I'm not aware of?
/me goes hunting for pay version of Sketchup
Dang, $495. Is it used as a high end modeling/design tool yet? or still not taking the market share in that regard?

not quite what sure what the premium offers.. I know architects use the premium version however.
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^^^ This. Sketchup Pro is $495. Not sure how many of the "30 million activations in just the last year" are of the "Pro" variety, but even if only the free version existed... A platform with 30 million users added every year is a good target audience for "premium" addons/plugins/renderers/etc.

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not quite what sure what the premium offers.. I know architects use the premium version however.

Premium offers a bunch of tools/options that the free version doesn't have. You can import/export in a number of 3D/CAD formats for easier prototyping/milling. There is the "Solid Tools" that allows you to do what other programs call "Boolean Cuts" where you intersect two objects and the tool creates a third shape based on Add/Remove/Intersect settings.... Quite practical when you're making complex shapes that can't be achieved by using the standard tools. These are just a few of the features that Pro offers.
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