I’ve seen no mention of SketchUp in this forum, so it may
be that many members are unaware of its capabilities and
promise. So, here is a brief rundown.
Google’s SketchUp is an intriguing application that makes
it amazingly easy to generate 3D models, render them, etc.
Although it is not Open Source, a “freeware” copy of the
distribution can be downloaded.
SketchUp’s Ruby API allows the program to be extended in
various ways: callbacks can be registered, methods can be
overloaded, menu items and tools can be added, etc. In
short, the API seems to have most of the functionality a
developer might need.
Unfortunately, the Ruby API is not “supported”, so anyone
investing time on learning it may end up abandoned. Also,
activity on the forum ([email protected]) is
rather low, possibly because most SketchUp users are not
I’d love to see an influx of Rubyists into SketchUp; this
could help to convince Google to support the API, as well
as demonstrating its power and utility to the community.
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