In addition to serving the commercial market with SketchUp Pro, Trimble will continue to provide a free, entry-level, 3D drawing tool—now named SketchUp Make—enabling makers and hobbyists of all kinds to bring their ideas to life.
New Extension Warehouse Provides Easy Access to Customized SketchUp Tools
Since 2004, third-party developers have been using SketchUp's open and free API to build custom tools for SketchUp users. This plugin ecosystem grew throughout SketchUp's years at Google and now—in Trimble's first update—dedicated developers and their valuable modeling tools finally have a home within SketchUp. The Extension Warehouse makes it easier than ever for users to search, find and install SketchUp extensions. As developers begin using the Extension Warehouse to manage, market and support their extensions, SketchUp users can expect to have easy access to more and more task-specific tools.
"We may have changed companies, but our commitment to delivering smart and efficient design tools is stronger than ever," said John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble. "We noticed that a big percentage of our professional users were using plugins, so part of making SketchUp more efficient is making it easier for them to find the tools they need, when they need them. We often say that SketchUp is better off because of the work done by our developer community—now, SketchUp users are better off too."SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make are available now. Additional information and downloads are available at: www.sketchup.com. About Trimble Buildings Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment, is a world leader in technology for construction project optimization across the design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle. By providing intuitive software and field solutions that span the brands of SketchUp, Tekla, Vico Software, Plancal, Meridian Systems, and WinEst, Trimble is dedicated to helping building owners and AEC service providers improve productivity, increase efficiencies and maximize profitability of construction projects across the entire workflow from simulation to renovation. Trimble Buildings' DBO portfolio draws on unparalleled expertise from across the entire continuum to provide building professionals with comprehensive solutions that respond to their specialized needs while benefiting from an understanding of the total workflow at every step. For more information, visit: http://buildings.trimble.com. About Trimble Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring positioning or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit: www.trimble.com. GTRMB