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Product Updates Include New Capabilities and Tools to Match How Users Work

SUNNYVALE, Calif.May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) today introduced SketchUp 2013, the latest version of the popular 3D modeling platform used by millions around the world, including architects, engineers, building and design professionals and members of the fast-growing maker community. Featuring new capabilities for professional users, an Extension Warehouse for add-on tools and a rebranding of the software's free version as SketchUp Make, the new release marks the first major update since Trimble's acquisition of SketchUp from Google in April 2012. The enhancements underscore SketchUp's strategic value as part of Trimble Buildings, a group formed in 2012 to offer hardware, software and service offerings for streamlined communication throughout the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of construction.
"Trimble has always recognized that one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry today is ensuring effective, clear and consistent collaboration between professionals involved in all phases of a construction project," said Chris Keating, director of Trimble Buildings' Architecture Division. "SketchUp is an important tool to address this industry need. That's why Trimble has already implemented several SketchUp integrations with Trimble's data modeling and project management tools. SketchUp 2013 marks the first step in a continuous technology investment that will benefit SketchUp's existing user community and other Trimble customers across the construction industry." 
3D for Professionals and Hobbyists
SketchUp Pro 2013 provides professional users with more powerful tools to easily explore, modify and share design ideas in 3D. As in previous versions, users can quickly design and visualize in 3D, import CAD plans, photos, aerial imagery, and then use SketchUp Pro's documentation tools to develop communication and planning deliverables. For example, architects can quickly evolve design ideas and document modeling work to reflect changing project requirements. SketchUp Pro also enables engineers, general contractors and building owners to drive design discussions and generate commercial deliverables such as conceptual estimates, construction drawings, RFI's and full-screen digital presentations.
The new release includes several improvements to SketchUp Pro's 2D documentation capabilities, including enhanced vector drawing tools, faster rendering and zooming, and customizable hatching styles. These updates make SketchUp Pro more powerful, precise and customizable for detailing, dimensioning and organizing models in professional documents.
In addition to serving the commercial market with SketchUp Pro, Trimble will continue to provide a free, entry-level, 3D drawing tool—now named SketchUp Make—enabling makers and hobbyists of all kinds to bring their ideas to life.
New Extension Warehouse Provides Easy Access to Customized SketchUp Tools
Since 2004, third-party developers have been using SketchUp's open and free API to build custom tools for SketchUp users. This plugin ecosystem grew throughout SketchUp's years at Google and now—in Trimble's first update—dedicated developers and their valuable modeling tools finally have a home within SketchUp. The Extension Warehouse makes it easier than ever for users to search, find and install SketchUp extensions. As developers begin using the Extension Warehouse to manage, market and support their extensions, SketchUp users can expect to have easy access to more and more task-specific tools.
"We may have changed companies, but our commitment to delivering smart and efficient design tools is stronger than ever," said John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble. "We noticed that a big percentage of our professional users were using plugins, so part of making SketchUp more efficient is making it easier for them to find the tools they need, when they need them. We often say that SketchUp is better off because of the work done by our developer community—now, SketchUp users are better off too."
SketchUp Pro and SketchUp Make are available now. Additional information and downloads are available at:www.sketchup.com
About Trimble Buildings
Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment, is a world leader in technology for construction project optimization across the design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle. By providing intuitive software and field solutions that span the brands of SketchUp, Tekla, Vico Software, Plancal, Meridian Systems, and WinEst, Trimble is dedicated to helping building owners and AEC service providers improve productivity, increase efficiencies and maximize profitability of construction projects across the entire workflow from simulation to renovation. Trimble Buildings' DBO portfolio draws on unparalleled expertise from across the entire continuum to provide building professionals with comprehensive solutions that respond to their specialized needs while benefiting from an understanding of the total workflow at every step. For more information, visit:http://buildings.trimble.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
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Trimble Delivers SketchUp 2013, New Version of 3D Modeling Platform for Architecture, Design and Construction Professionals

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Google has agreed to sell its 3D modeling platform SketchUp to Trimble Navigation for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced on Thursday.
SketchUp is a popular 3D modeling platform used for architectural purposes, as well as films and games. The program, which is known for its ease-of-use, allows models to be created within the context of Google Earth. Google purchased it back in 2006, and offers it for free version as well as via a more-advanced, paid version, called Sketch Up Pro.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Trimble, which makes surveying, mapping, and marine navigation equipment, said it hopes the acquisition will expand its reach in industries like architecture and construction where its tools are already widely in use. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter.
"SketchUp, together with these existing capabilities, will provide a stand-alone and enterprise solution that will enable an integrated and seamless workflow to reduce rework and improve productivity for the customer," Bryn Fosburgh, Trimble vice president, said in a statement. "Users will be able to collect data, design, model, and collaborate on one platform."
John Bacus, product manager at SketchUp, said the platform will be able to grow and develop new features as part of 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," Bacus wrote in a blog post Thursday. "Designers, builders and makers of things have always been the heart and soul of SketchUp."
As part of the deal, Trimble will partner with Google on running and further developing the SketchUp 3D warehouse, an online repository where users can find and collaborate on 3D models. Trimble will also continue offering a free version of SketchUp.

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Google sell SketchUp to Trimble Navigation

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