SketchUp Being Tested As Browser-Based Software

Holy cow! Remember SketchUp? Google used to own it but it was sold to Trimble Navigation in 2012. One of the things I didn’t like about it was its reliance on Windows, but now there’s apparently a Web version. “You might not have known that the folks at Trimble’s SketchUp division have released (earlier this month) an open beta for their new SketchUp in the Cloud version named, my.sketchup. Senior associate editor, Pete Evans, AIA, first became aware of this and brought it to my attention. If you didn’t know either, you are hardly alone. Trimble and the folks at SketchUp have been pretty darn quiet about this release. And it’s not always easy to find news on Trimble’s press release page either.”

New Free Tool Puts 3D Models into VR

A new tool has been released that turns your 3D models into VR. “The software can be installed as a plugin and is compatible with Revit, Sketchup and .obj files, as to integrate fully into your workflow. The VR experience can then be viewed on all leading VR headsets, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, GearVR and Cardboard.” It’s free.