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Last Industry Update Of The Semester…

Hopefully this one will prove to be interesting. You should always finish with a BANG!!! so hopefully this blog will live up to the high standards set before it.


Back To Business…

Google Improves SketchUp 3D Modeling Apps…

I know very little on the subject of 3D modeling, but maybe a person with a background in architecture or engineering would find some interest in this.

What Is It?

Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like.


It is user friendly, because anybody can learn how to use it through the use of tutorials, a Help Center, and the use of its worldwide community. A person can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models. Most importantly of all…IT'S FREE!

Coming From Google It Is Said…

With edges that automatically break other edges where they cross, objects that are smart enough to know how they should behave when you interact with them, and drawing hints that are clearer and more consistent, Google SketchUp 7 is the most intuitive SketchUp ever.

What's New?

A bunch of new features to include:

  • Dynamic Components (3D models that are actual real-world representations in looks and actions)
  • Tagging option in the 3D Warehouse (To ensure credit is given where it is due)
  • An interact tool (Starts Dynamic Component actions, animations, and/or edits)
  • Component options (Allows the component to reconfigure automatically)
  • Updated scaling (No more stretching and distorting, adds and subtracts to the object to make it bigger or smaller)
  • 3D Warehouse (a public area where users can upload and share models they have created from within Sketchup)
  • And of course Plugins

Need More?

Watch This Video:

My Thoughts…

This upgrade of the software would be good, especially for those that want to create new objects, but don't necessarily have the credentials or expertise to do so. This application would hopefully allow someone, such as myself, to be able to create structures, automobiles, or whatever with ease. They also provide a variety of tutorial videos and help center, which answers FAQs, how-to's, and practically anything else that could possibly be on the mind of the user. If I ever got the urge to want to build something, I would definitely give this product a try.


Anything Else?


Google Mobile App Update With Voice Recognition Finally Available…

They finally done it!!! Google has finally released its update for it's Google Mobile Application for the iPhone. The application can use voice recognition to translate voice commands into search queries. This means no more


typing, especially since the voice recognition is fairly accurate according to various sources. It also gives you new access to other Google Apps.
Now instead of typing your favorite query, one can simply just say it and the items just pop up. Also, due to the iPhone's built in GPS, the search would pop up the local results, coupled with the random ones, making it easier to search for places, such as movies, restaurants, etc. It even allows a person to call the location directly from the application!…NICE!!!
The only down sides to this application is that it does not automatically take you to Google Maps, and it does not allow you to search your contacts and make phone calls directly from the application.

Any Questions???

Watch This Clip:

My Thoughts…


If I had an iPhone, this would be a sigh of relief. Being able to search things without the hassle of using the iPhone's touchscreen would save a lot of time and effort. This is true, especially for people who are always on the move or someone who is in motion, such as a driver.…No Accidents Here!!! LOL. If they improve the downfalls that I stated earlier (not going to Google Maps automatically, not allowing contact searches), then it would definitely become the perfect application for any iPhone user. For now, it is still a convenient application to have on the phone.

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