Google has introduced a new version of their Sketchup in their Sketchup 7 release. The new software is easier to use and provides more functionality to the user. The product is available for free from the Google Sketchup site. On their blog they describe Sketchup as:
We’re very excited to announce the new release of Google SketchUp 7. If you don’t already know about the fun you can have with SketchUp, here’s a quick recap:
SketchUp is software you can use to build 3D models of anything: your house, killer robots, furniture, trees, abstract art — anything. Architects and engineers use it to design buildings and other structures. Woodworkers use it to plan their projects. And lots of people use it to figure out where to put their furniture. SketchUp is easy to learn, it comes in free and Pro versions, and it’s more fun than a houseful of clowns. Oh, and you can use it to build models for Google Earth, too.
Also included in the free version are templates to get you up and running quickly. In addition the software offers Dynamic Components which are smart objects and get the new user putting together models more quickly.