Sometimes you come across a piece of software that is so amazing that you wonder that no one told you about it before. Browsing through Stephen Heppell’s new weblog, I came across a reference to a programme called SketchUp. I followed it up and was very impressed.

By the way, Stephen is now semi retired and not involved with Ultralab and the Blog is a start at pulling together his publications from various places before they disappear. It is well worth reading.

SketchUp is a full 3D drawing tool that creates buildings, objects, towns, etc with the ability to do walk-throughs and artists impressions. It is used by many professionals and Schools of Architecture. It works on Mac and Windows, you can use it for 8 hours actual use free and as a teacher you can get a free copy. Watch an explanatory video to see how it works and study the tutorial videos before you start to use up your free 8 hours.

Developed for the conceptual stages of design, SketchUp is powerful yet easy-to-learn 3D software. We think of it as the pencil of digital design. This award-winning software combines a simple, yet robust tool-set that streamlines and simplifies 3D design inside your computer.

Sketchup has recently been acquired by Google and so has lots of money to play with.