Gooogle SketchUp team and technology will be leaving Google to join Trimble. In a April 26 post, John Bacus, Product Manager, SketchUp posted,
"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.
….With Trimble's commitment to invest in our growth, we'll be able to innovate and develop new features better than ever before."
"Thanks to Google, more people than we ever imagined possible have been introduced to SketchUp. Thanks to Trimble, we'll be able to continue to make SketchUp into the tool that we--and you--have always hoped it would become. With a strong wind at our backs and plenty of sunshine ahead, this voyage just keeps getting more exciting," Bacus concludes.
In other Google news,
Google just introduced its last month release of the enhanced 3D buildings experience in Google Maps, to Google MapsGL as well -- providing a much more recognizable view of thousands of important buildings around the world.
"Google MapsGL is a true 3D experience affording a perspective called "parallax", so you can get different views of a building depending on where you pan," posted Sean Egan, Software Engineer, Google Maps.
Here is the Eiffel Tower before and after comparison of this 3D upgrade: