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    Google Sells SketchUp to Trimble

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/26/g...le-navigation/

    I wonder if I should buy the Pro version before it gets ruined like CorelDRAW! did?
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    emergency call to Dave Richards,, please come to the Frnt desk!!! your students need you
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    I'm here.

    Glenn, I don't think you have any need to worry about it being ruined. The same group of folks will be working on it going forward. They'll just have to learn a new route to work. One thing i can see happening, although I have absolutely no knowledge about it, is that the next version of SketchUp Pro might cost more than the current version. The price now is the same as what I paid for version 3 more than 8 years ago so a price increase wouldn't be really out of line. Still, unless you actually need the additional tools and capabilities with Pro, save your shekels to buy me a nice birthday gift.
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    thanks for the reassurance dave
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    You da man, Dave!
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    This just looks weird, doesn't it?

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    You can check out the "unofficial Trimble Sketchup blog" at www.TrimbleSketchup.com

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    I think that blog you linked to is by someone who just took advantage of the change and licensed the website name. No relation to Trimble as I understand it.

    And for what it is worth, it won't be called Trimble SketchUp. It's just SketchUp.
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    well will there still be upgrades for free dave? or had we better get ours updated now or is it to late
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    I don't know what the future holds for it. Trimble has said that they are committed to the free version of SketchUp so at this point I wouldn't worry about it. If you don't have the most recent version of SketchUp 8, you should get it anyway. That's just so you have the most current version with bug fixes and so on. Go to Help>Check for updates to see how you're sitting. I've read of some people thinking about jumping ship now. They seem to think that Trimble will do away with the free version some day. To me that's like saying they won't use their drill press because the model has been discontinued and the manufacturer is no longer selling it. One guy wrote that he'd download and had been thinking of learning SketchUp but now he won't because of this change. He's just shorting himself. Even if there never will be another free version of SketchUp (and I'm not saying that at all) SketchUp 8 will do anything that a woodworker needs and more. I don't even use it to its fullest capacity.

    So the upshot is, just keep using what you've got. Keep it current with maintenance releases when they come and don't worry.
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