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REJECTED: My Experience with 3D Buildings and an Uncommunicative Google

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:

OUCH!

OUCH!

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 »

Google: Maps, Earth, and SketchUp 7

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

The Building Maker Interface

The Building Maker Interface

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Who is the crowd building these cities, Google?

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!
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.

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