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May 15th, 2015
Trimble Announces New Version of SketchUp Mobile Viewer for Anywhere, Anytime 3D Model Sharing

The new app was introduced at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention

The app allows users to view their own 3D models as well as browse, download and orbit their way through the universe of SketchUp (.skp) files found in Trimble’s 3D Warehouse—the world’s largest repository of free, high-quality, 3D content. In addition to iOS and Android tablets, SketchUp Mobile Viewer now also supports iOS and Android mobile phones.

“Communication between architects, engineers and other stakeholders is critical to ensure that original design intent can effectively complement evolving construction project demands,” said Mike Tadros, SketchUp web & mobile product manager at Trimble. “Recognizing this need, our goal is to enable users to access, view and present SketchUp models when they want, where they want and on their device of choice.”

Directly addressing requests from the SketchUp community, the new version allows for more flexible file management options, along with added features for navigating and viewing SketchUp models.

Seamless File Transfer with Local and Cloud-Based File Storage Integrations – The new version of the app features an improved integration with 3D Warehouse, allowing users to view, browse, sort and filter search results for both models and collections. Through integration with Dropbox, a file storage and sharing service, and Trimble® Connect, Trimble’s powerful cloud collaboration platform, SketchUp Mobile Viewer now offers additional cloud-based file transfer options, giving users the ability to download SketchUp files directly into the Mobile Viewer. SketchUp files can also be transferred locally from the desktop via iTunes (iOS) or an SD card (Android) and opened directly from other iOS and Android apps (e.g., if sent as an email attachment).

More Control and Added Views – Adding to SketchUp Mobile Viewer’s multi-touch gestures for orbit, pan and zoom, the app now provides the option to view models using a new “Look Around” navigation tool. Users can also toggle back and forth between perspective and orthographic camera modes and adjust the field of view. The app also supports SketchUp’s Face Style rendering options, including X-ray mode and a new layer visibility feature that allows a model’s layers to be turned on or off.

The SketchUp Mobile Viewer (version 2) is available now for $9.99 through both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. In addition to English, SketchUp Mobile Viewer now supports French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Russian, Dutch and Polish. The app requires iOS version 7.0 and above or Android 4.0 or higher, and is well adapted to the higher pixel density of iPad versions with Retina Display and Android devices with MDPI, HDPI, XHDPI and XXHDPI resolutions. For more information, visit:http://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-mobile-viewer.

About SketchUp

SketchUp is used by more than 30 million people around the world to design, communicate and validate in 3D. SketchUp is a core product of Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble’s Engineering and Construction segment focused on solutions to optimize the complete Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings.

For more information, visit:  www.sketchup.com

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring positioning or location, including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user in the field and to ensure communication between the field and the office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

For more information, visit:  www.trimble.com