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Google sells 3D modeling tool SketchUp to Trimble Navigation

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Trimble Navigation has acquired Google's SketchUp 3D modeling tool for an undisclosed amount.

Trimble SketchUp
Trimble SketchUp

3D modelling tool SketchUp is no longer a part of Google, as the company has sold the business to Trimble Navigation. The deal includes both the team members and the technology at SketchUp, which will be used to enhance Trimble's range of navigation, surveying, and mapping equipment. SketchUp isn't completely done with its former owner, though — Trimble and Google will partner up to continue operating SketchUp's 3D warehouse, which is currently used to store more than two million user-generated 3D models. And for those that use the basic version of the 3D software, the team says that things won't be any different moving forward, writing that "the free version of SketchUp is an important part of our world as well, and that isn't changing in the least." Terms of the acquisition weren't disclosed but the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of the second quarter.