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Sams Teach Yourself Google SketchUp 8 in 10 Minutes by Steven Holzner

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Lesson 2. Up and Running with SketchUp

You’re about to start working with an amazing program—Google SketchUp.

What SketchUp Is All About

The name of the game with Google SketchUp is 3D drawing. Not just drawing, because there are tons of programs out there to help you with that, but 3D drawing. In this lesson, you’ll see how easy and quick it is to create 3D drawings.

That’s not to say that all of SketchUp is easy. A program this complex has some sticky points, which we’re going to cover in this book. But Google has made 3D drawing just about as simple as it could become and still retain real power.

SketchUp comes in two versions—SketchUp itself, which is free, and SketchUp Pro, which is not. We’re going to be using SketchUp—the free version—in ...

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