Thursday, April 27, 2006


Free personal version of SketchUp from Google

Having recently bought the company and 3d design product SketchUp, Google have now taken the next step of releasing a free personal version of the SketchUp software. Currently available for Windows XP, with a Mac version "coming soon", the program allows for simple drag and drop design of 3d models - which amongst other uses can then be displayed in Google Earth. The pro version remains available for commercial use, with lots more features.

Google are also introducing 3D Warehouse, designed as a repository for 3d models created in the program. The models can be viewed in Google Earth via a network link, so you can see geolocated models as you browse the world, rather than having to explicitly download them. Google has pre-populated the warehouse with a number of models which range from complete complex buildings, such as the Taj Mahal, through to individual design elements such as traffic lights and furniture.

Monday, April 24, 2006


Photo words

The oneletter and onedigit groups at flickr provide the raw data for a rather quirky photo font, where you can put together words formed out of photos of individual characters.

The task is of course made a lot easier by additional software, such as the online spell with flickr which provides an easy interactive way to select the photos to use. (Simply type in the words you want to form, then click on individual letters to change to an alternative image).