Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Best Freeware EVER

Folks, what's say you just bought a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house with a fugly backyard.

You wants it to to have a hot tub, a couple of trees, and some hardscaping, but you hate perspective drawing.

Solution? Download Google's FREE SketchUp rendering software, spend a few hours learning the program, and see what you come up with.

The simplicity of the software is amazing. I managed to create a 3D model of my house that serves as a testing ground for all sorts of landscaping ideas.

Just when you wonder how the software can get any more impressive, you discover the "shadows" feature. This feature lets you follow the path of the sun on your property at any time you specify. This way you can see if the tree you wish to plant will actually shade your kitchen when you get home from work (darn, it won't).

If you work in the design biz, and find yourself creating 3D projects (interior design, architecture, set design, product design, you name it), you owe it to yourself to check this out!

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