Google Updates

Google is at it again, they have released an update to Sketchup, a new 3D modelling app, that looks amazing. here is the scoop:

“Google SketchUp is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program. Using a few simple tools you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects-even space ships. You can add details, textures and glass to your models, and design with dimensional accuracy. Once built, you can place your models in Google Earth, share them with others by posting them to the 3D Warehouse, or print hard copies. Google SketchUp is a great way to discover if 3D modeling is right for you.”

Google also announced that they are expanding their video network, to include content outside of their network.

“We do not want to aggregate [online video content],” Jennifer Feikin (Goolge Video Director) said in response to a question as to whether Google is seeking to become the online equivalent of a television network.

“We started it in that way to help people who have no means to have their content online to bring it online. We are now at a point where we’d love to link to other people’s sites. It’s all about helping people find that content.”

It sounds to me as though they are beginning to gain critical mass, and as more and more amateur video gets posted (video podcasts etc) they could grow a medium that will challenge conventional TV networks.

Google has come a long way and seems well on the way of achieving their goal of organising the worlds data. Check out this early version of the Google Search page.

Google Maps have also been updated, with most of Europe now having street level maps. This usefull map code generator will make integration easier.

See if you can find the London Eye in this Hybrid Map. The detail has improved and the addition of stations/trains and roads have made this into a tool worthy of integration.

3 Responses to “Google Updates” »»

  1. Comment by rafiq | 04/27/06 at 12:22 pm

    As per your previous post Rob, the Google viral marketing continues… GoogAOLe Goodness

  2. Comment by admin | 05/03/06 at 5:04 pm

    hehe, You gotta admit they are good….

    Bring on the competition, im all for it…

  3. Comment by rafiq | 05/13/06 at 9:31 pm

    Competition? Where?

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