Where Have I Been Lately?
August 10, 2006 by Gaman
I am still here. Just that things have been a little hectic for the past few weeks here.
I’ve been helping out my parent renovating and designing an extension to their house to accommodate a new kitchen and two more rooms.
While the builders are building the extension, I’ll have to keep an eye to make sure things are done as planned.
On the business side, we are in the final stages of releasing the new version of one of our software. The product’s website and documentation are nearing completion and some bugs are still being ironed out. Hopefully we’ll be able to meet the deadline this time if no new major bugs discovered.
The little time that I have left has been spent answering customer support emails.
Unfortunately, blogging has to take the back seat but this situation is temporarily. For the time being, I’ll update my blog as time permits.
Talking about designing the house extension, I’ve been playing with Google SketchUp, the free 3D modeling program from Google and it has helped a lot in visualizing and planning things in advance.
On first glance, Google SketchUp interface feels too basic to accommodate even my small design project. But on further examination, I found a plethora of tools and features hidden under the hood, which are more that enough to help me in my design project.
The learning curve for Google SketchUp is not as steep as what I had expected. In fact, it’s so easy to learn, I started the house remodeling design a few hours after downloading the software. I guess that’s not surprising considering Google is famous for releasing functional and easy to use software.
You can use SketchUp to model various 3D objects from a simple room to a structure as complex as the Petronas Twin Tower. But if you want to do the latter, you better have the most powerful computer to work with
Check out and download Google SketchUp here.