Google sells off SketchUp to Trimble

Last week, Google announced it was shutting down a number of its internal projects, continuing a trend that has seen the company close quite a few of its operations over the past year. Today, Google revealed that it's getting rid of yet another of its properties, but this time it's being sold off instead of shut down.

The project is SketchUp, the popular 3D modeling tool that Google acquired back in 2006. Today, Trimble announced it has bought SketchUp and its development team. The specific financial terms were not disclosed.

In a post on the official SketchUp blog, its

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.

He also stated that there were 30 million SketchUp activations in the past year. The free version of SketchUp will continue to be provided to users.

Image via Trimble

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Wonder if the basic version will remain free now. It's a great tool for quick and easy modeling. Good at least that they sold it off instead of discontinuing it.

xpclient said,
Wonder if the basic version will remain free now. It's a great tool for quick and easy modeling. Good at least that they sold it off instead of discontinuing it.

Yeah, I'm not familiar with Trimble. I hope they continue to keep the program free and updated... I have a friend that uses it a lot.

Dot Matrix said,
Good. Maybe these guys will finally update it to run on Windows 7. Google thinks everyone still runs IE6.
No issues whatsoever with Google Sketchup 8 on Windows 7 with IE9 here.

Dot Matrix said,
Good. Maybe these guys will finally update it to run on Windows 7. Google thinks everyone still runs IE6.

Never had a problem with it in W7, I'd check all relevant software is up-to-date, and all your drivers are the latest releases.

Does it even start? if so might be worth messing about with graphic settings in the program.

Dot Matrix said,

I've been getting runtime errors. WTF.

You aren't the only one, as the way it 'installs' is not correct, even though it tries to use the Windows web installation platform. Dependencies and even 'security' issues can cause problems because it expects users to have Win9x/XP level of admin access.

thenetavenger said,

You aren't the only one, as the way it 'installs' is not correct, even though it tries to use the Windows web installation platform. Dependencies and even 'security' issues can cause problems because it expects users to have Win9x/XP level of admin access.

Seems on par for Google software.