Question submitted by Devere, W.

CAN I USE THE FREE VERSION OF GOOGLE’S SKETCH UP  FOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS? IF SO, WHICH ONE?

Hmm, I’m not sure- you’d have to check with their user guidelines.  (I wouldn’t want to give you bad information.  Each program and company sets their own end user agreements and guidelines.  You will have to read their fine print). In the past, I’ve only used Sketchup for my personal work, I found it helpful when making environments and such, but I have since moved on to other programs. (Like Modo/ 3DS Max, etc.)

For what its worth, I generally don’t use free software on commercial projects. I personally believe that if you are making a living as a professional, then you should support the people who make your software, so they can make a living too.  As such, I own licenses for the software I use commercially. If you are a student, however, you can take advantage of all kinds of free, or severely reduced cost software.  You may want to check with your school, or software manufacturer directly to discover what kind of discounts you are eligible for.