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In this post I am going to talk about my numerous problems with this software and how I attempted to talk to Google about them unsuccessfully. I will also draw general conclusions.
My Problems With SketchUp and Google Maps/ Earth:
The last of the six problems I had with this experience has been resolved: how to know whether or not my building was accepted. A curious flag appeared on my model’s page in warehouse today. Read More »
Below I detail the problems within making structures in Googles 3D Building Maker, the software and their relationships, and a quick Google Trike Update.
THE PROCESS AND THE PROBLEMS WITHIN IT
I am helping Google “Make the world 3D.” But after designing just one building, I had to download at least two different plug ins as well as Google SketchUP, Style Builder, and Google Earth… And look, a fun, new browser was mysteriously installed for me during this process!
- Look what appeared on my desktop!
This along with the rest of my experience building my first model, makes me wonder why Google is crowd sourcing this project. And who do they think the participants will be? After looking at my desktop, I am tempted to say that Google is just trying to introduce several pieces of their software to a new consumer.
While I cannot know (at least from what I can ascertain thus far) exactly who is building models for Google, I truly wonder who they are attempting to tempt into crowd sourcing this chore onto because of the lack of emotional attachment in the project and the amazing skill level you need to complete it.
For my next travelogue I would like to foray into the big wide world of Google Earth. The company has introduced two newer innovations that draw on crowdsourcing:
3D Building Maker:
Help Google make their street view 3D here by using virtual blocks to build cities. After downloading a plug in, users choose a city and begin to build structures including adding textures. Once you submit your building, Google reviews it, and if your building passes the muster, it is put into their system.
And Google Street View Trike:
Google asks American users to suggest places for the trike to go next be it trails or college campuses where cars cannot go and therefore GoogleMaps hasn’t captured before. They did this in the UK and recieved over 35,000 votes. You can go here to make a suggestion until October 28th. Then they will review the submissions and let users make their final votes.