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Google sold 3D modelling program SketchUp to Trimble.

Google SketchupSan Francisco: Google confirmed that it has sold 3D computer modelling program SketchUp as the internet titan persists streamlining its product-line with co-founder Larry Page at the helm.

SketchUp technology and members of the team will unite Trimble, a California company focus in making business or government workers more creative in jobs like surveying, construction, mapping, fleet management and public safety.

The companies did not reveal financial terms of the deal, which was likely to nearby the middle of this year.

Google vice president of engineering Brian McClendon said that “In Trimble, we found a partner that will grow SketchUp in a way that best supports the SketchUp team and our users.”

Under the conditions of the deal, Trimble will partner with Google to run SketchUp 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users of the program can share, store and collaborate on models.

Trimble vice president Bryn Fosburgh said that “SketchUp and the corresponding 3D Warehouse provide an important element of our long term strategy by enhancing the integration of our field presence with the wider enterprise.”

Google purchased SketchUp in 2006. The Colorado-based start-up launched its first version of the application 6 years earlier.


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