SketchUp has been purchased by Google. This news is being reported at several sites, but what does it mean for Blender users (if it means anything at all)?
What is SketchUp you ask? From the site:
SketchUp is a deceptively simple, amazingly powerful tool for creating, viewing, and modifying 3D ideas quickly and easily. SketchUp was developed to combine the elegance and spontaneity of pencil sketching with the speed and flexibility of today's digital media.
Why should we care? Does Earth Viewer (developed by Keyhole, Inc.) ring a bell? It was originally $600 USD/year, now it's free as, you guessed it, Google Earth. Google purchased Keyhole in 2004 and later released a free version. Could we see the same trend with SketchUp? A freely available SketchUp would be an excellent addition to the Blender 3D workflow.