About Google SketchUp
“A subsidiary of the Trimble Navigation group, SketchUp offers 3D modeling solutions focused on the construction industry vertical, with applications including architectural, civil and mechanical designs.
SketchUp 3D software is available in two versions:
a free version geared towards hobbyists and students, and an $800 paid version for professionals and researchers.
A low-cost, easy-to-use software, SketchUp competes with AutoCAD and other modeling solutions.
The company is making inroads into new industry verticals including entertainment and video gaming.”