Google verkoopt SketchUp aan Trimble

Google is al een tijdje druk met opruimen, in die zin dat de stekker wordt getrokken uit diverse producten. Zo sneuvelden bijvoorbeeld al Google Knol, Google Health, Google Wave, Google Desktop, Picnik, Aardvark en een reeks andere producten en diensten.

Wat echter ook nog kan is het verkopen van producten en dat is hetgeen wat er nu gaat gebeuren met SketchUp, een programma waarmee men in 3D kan tekenen. SketchUp werd ooit bedacht door het bedrijf @Last Software in 1999 en werd overgenomen door Google op 14 maart 2006 waardoor de naam van het programma ook veranderde in Google SketchUp. Het programma is tegenwoordig vrij populair en beschikbaar in diverse talen waaronder het Nederlands. Het afgelopen jaar waren er nog 30 miljoen activaties.

Maar ondanks de populariteit heeft Google nu in een blogbericht laten weten dat het team van SketchUp zal gaan verhuizen naar Trimble, de volledige aankondiging hieronder. Het is niet bekend hoeveel Google verdient aan de verkoop van SketchUp aan Trimble.

In its time at Google, SketchUp has become one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world. With over 30 million SketchUp activations in just the last year, we’re awfully proud of our accomplishments. But there’s still so much we want to do, and we think we’ve found a way forward that will benefit everyone—our product, our team and especially our millions of users.

That’s why I’m sharing today that the SketchUp team and technology will be leaving Google to join Trimble. We’ll be better able to focus on our core communities: modelers who have been with us from the beginning, as well as future SketchUppers who have yet to discover our products. Designers, builders and makers of things have always been the heart and soul of SketchUp. With Trimble’s commitment to invest in our growth, we’ll be able to innovate and develop new features better than ever before.

For those of you in the architecture, engineering and construction industries, the knowledge and experience Trimble will add to the SketchUp effort are obvious. Together with our new colleagues at Trimble, we plan to continue making our tools for the building professions as innovative, intuitive and (dare I say) fun to use as we always have.

If you’re one of the many, many people who use SketchUp for something else—from education to woodworking, geo-modeling to movie-making—rest assured that there will be a SketchUp for you, too. Our mission has always been to make 3D modeling tools that anyone can use. The free version of SketchUp is an important part of our world as well, and that isn’t changing in the least.

Thanks to Google, more people than we ever imagined possible have been introduced to SketchUp. Thanks to Trimble, we’ll be able to continue to make SketchUp into the tool that we—and you—have always hoped it would become. With a strong wind at our backs and plenty of sunshine ahead, this voyage just keeps getting more exciting.

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