Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SketchUp Pro is Cheap (or Free) for Schools

Yesterday I sent out my March newsletter for educators (if you don't subscribe, use the "Join Our Mailing List" link below). One of the topics was about getting SketchUp Pro (which includes LayOut) for either cheap or free, when used by teachers or students.

Why would schools need Pro? LayOut is a great student tool; it provides an easy and fun way to present your models and designs. And some schools have rather sophisticated CNC machines or other CAD apps, and would need the import / export options available only in Pro.

One of the resellers who provides student and teacher Pro licenses is Creation Engine, and Charles Lai from CE emailed me their academic pricing:
  • Google SketchUp Pro 7 is available at a student discount price of $49.
  • Google SketchUp Pro 7 is free for instructors.
  • Google SketchUp Pro 7 Lab licenses are available at a school discount price of $15.
Details at the Creation Engine blog.

I haven't checked with other resellers, but here's where you can find a list of companies who provide Pro licenses to schools. I imagine their prices are comparable.

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