MWSF: SketchUp 2.2 beefs up drag and drop features

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@Last Software have updated their SketchUp 3D design software for Mac OS X to version 2.2, which adds expanded drag and drop capabilities and a new texture palette to the Apple Color Picker that enables creation and management of custom material libraries.

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Now you can do things such as drag and drop images right from iPhoto into your SketchUp model for use as backgrounds or textures. And drag and drop support for a wide range of raster image types such as PDF, PSD, PICT, EPS, TGA, SGI, and BMP have been added. Version 2.2 adds a Color By Layer feature for assignment of a material to a layer.

SketchUP 2.2 also adds: customizable keyboard shortcuts; an editable value control box; export options for DWG, DXF and 3DS formats; enhanced template support; drawing style preferences; vector printing and PDF output from Wire frame and Hidden Line display modes; and a plug-in for RIB export

SketchUp costs US$495. Upgrading info, a free demo, and the RIB plug-in are available at the product Web site.

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