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In this course, author George Maestri explains how to model and render 3D objects and scenes using Google SketchUp 8. The course covers the fundamentals of the application, from navigating the user interface, manipulating objects, and building basic shapes to importing objects from Google Earth, animating a scene, and modeling organic terrain using the Sandbox tools. The course also explores SketchUp Pro features, which are available as an upgrade. These include tools for creating dynamic components and adding interactivity, as well as sophisticated importing and exporting options for working with outside applications.
So before we actually can use SketchUp, we need to download it and install it. So I have a browser open here, and you can find SketchUp at sketchup.google.com, and it's all very straightforward like any Google app; you can just hit this button here to download it. So there're actually two versions of SketchUp. There is regular SketchUp, which is the free version, and then there's also SketchUp Pro which we'll get to a little bit later, and that has some additional features that you may or may not need.
Now most people can get by with just SketchUp. In fact, if you're just new to SketchUp, you might just want to download SketchUp and work through the first part of the course. And then when you get to SketchUp Pro, decide whether or not you need to use it. Now SketchUp Pro has a free eight-hour license, so you can use it for eight hours. And if you want to purchase it, I believe it's $495. So go ahead and if you haven't already, download SketchUp and install it on your machine.
Once you do, go ahead and drag that to your Desktop and you should be able to open it up from here.
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