Question:

Did google sell sketchup?

3 October, 2021 Juan Damron 6

Answers (6):

  • AUTHOR: DYLAN NOREN
    15 October, 2021

    Yes, Google has sold SketchUp to Trimble. SketchUp is familiar and widespread among architects and engineers. But for the first time in its history it will be subject to a commercial company's business objectives and priorities-to Trimble's hardware focus, competing against Autodesk on this end of the design/build chain. It probably makes sense that some people might be concerned about what this new ownership means, though only time will tell how things end up it seems like we're all optimistic (and as such put our trust) with Trimble as new parent company of SketchUp to take care of one of their most successful products for us.

  • AUTHOR: CHRISTIAN PARIS
    15 October, 2021

    No, Google did not sell SketchUp. In 2006, they couldn't "find a business model that made" it worth their while. Considering this was in 2006, when 3D printing and CAD had just started taking off and there were few educational institutions teaching the basics of 3D printing design software, we find it very surprising that SketchUp was not able to survive. Nowadays, with access to more affordable and sophisticated tools like Fusion 360 which allows 3D printing simulations and easy export for manufacturing purposes - Sketchup still may have been obsolete by then - had Google managed to buy them out.

  • AUTHOR: JEFFREY FLEISHMAN
    15 October, 2021

    Google did not and never did sell SketchUp. Google always made the source code of the SketchUp models available for administrators, educators, and others to download for free. They wanted to make sure people would learn about 3D modeling software without limiting their ability to explore other tools or feeling like they had to pay money. It's rare for such a modeler/designer tool go commercial, but many educational institutions started using it in classes that were priced higher because access was limited due in part by licenses having been pirated.

  • AUTHOR: BONG BLOCK
    15 October, 2021

    SketchUp is currently an independent company with offices in Boulder, CO and Montreal. The company was acquired in 2006 by Google's then-parent company, Alphabet Inc., but became a part of Google for Work upon the restructuring of the latter into a subsidiary holding company called "Alphabet." In 2015, SketchUp changed from an enterprise focused business model to a consumer one under the stewardship of Trimble. The change prompted employees to leave due to disputes about corporate direction and Wall Street Journal reporting on sexual harassment at work.

  • AUTHOR: SCOTT PEPPER
    15 October, 2021

    Yes, google actually sold sketchup to Trimble. In 2015, Google Software Inc. created a subsidiary company called Trimble STL America Incorporated which is headed by Ostrove who serves as its president and director. In 2016, Trimble STL America acquired SketchUp from Google and in the same year it completed a merger with Right Hemisphere's products which includes three-dimensional modeling software Rhinoceros 3D, providing customers one solution for all of their 3D modeling needs.

  • AUTHOR: EDWARD STOVAL
    15 October, 2021

    SketchUp was sold to Trimble in 2013. It is not unusual for companies to sell software over the years. Google originally bought Sketchup back in 2006, but eventually gave up on it and sold it again 5 years later - which many people have seen as a mistake for google given their market share has shrunk since then. It was announced that Google would shut down 'Google SketchUp' completely by December 2nd, 2017, with an option being created to migrate your project files into 'Sketchup 2017'.