Collaboration drives better projects for companies in the construction industry. As an example, SketchUp, www.sketchup.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., is a 3D modeling software application used by architects, interior designers, civil and mechanical engineers, and construction professionals, among others.

There is a freeware version, SketchUp Make, and a paid version SketchUp Pro. Users can use 3D objects and content from the 3D Warehouse and build their own content. It allows for the exchange of CAD (computer-aided design), image, and other data files with other software. Trimble Navigation, www.trimble.com, the owner of SketchUp, is in the business of using time and positioning data to integrate technology into a variety of industries and government.

As such, the company has released an updated version of the mobile application for viewing SketchUp 3D models, SketchUp Mobile Viewer. The new version provides multiple integration options, including new integration with DropBox and improved integration with Trimble’s 3D Warehouse, desktop integration with iTunes, and the ability to transfer to and from an SD card.

New features in the application include a “Look Around” navigation tool that gives the user a new way to view 3D content, support of SketchUp’s Face Style rendering options, and the ability to view or turn off multiple layers.

Trimble has made a number of acquisitions in recent years, and has begun piecing together different solutions to meet the needs of the construction industry. This is one of the latest examples of how a acquired product continues to be updated and integrated for improved sharing of data across mobile devices.

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