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Mick
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Posted - 04/30/2006 :  20:46:15  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage
From Google of course. It is not full fledged drawing package, but it is free. While it is still in Beta stage, it has a pretty intuitive interface, integrates with Google Earth, and has a growing popularity base, which suggests it may have good support in the future.

And it is 3-D. I have always liked the computer drawing programs, like Corel Draw, because in high school and college I had such a tough time with engineering drawing. (Used up a lot of erasers) But this one is even cooler. This gives some really quick ways that even a clumsy carp like me can do simple 3d work quickly. Then you can change the perspective, and save as a 2-D image. Here is the results of my early tinkering, about 3 hours, following along with the built-in tutorial. Includes colors, textures, transparencies...

download at http://sketchup.google.com/

[url=http://xs.to/xs.php?h=xs200&d=06181&f=number1.jpg][/url]

click the link above for a bigger picture, or check the "Galleries" section on ... Crud, I forgot the name, "Artist Pallette section"? I posted different perspectives there.
Mick



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'Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.'
—André Gide

or

'No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.' - Mignon McLaughlin

Edited by - Mick on 04/30/2006 21:03:42

Mick
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Posted - 05/06/2006 :  02:52:08  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage
Just in case you would like to give sketchup a try, but you are having a little trouble getting started, give this video a look

http://download.sketchup.com/downloads/training/tutorials50/Sketchup%20Video%20Tutorials.html
(needs "Flash" player)

Other tutorials here
http://www.caddtutorialsonline.com/sketchup-tutorials.html
and here
http://www.sketchucation.com/index.htm

Most of the videos I have viewed so far are applicable to the Free version, but there are a few things covered that are in the Pro only. Probably worthwhile to scan the help files quickly to see which features are Pro.

These videos make Sketchup one of the easiest to get started with of any free-ware I have seen recently.

Mick



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'Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.'
—André Gide

or

'No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.' - Mignon McLaughlin
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