SketchUp was developed by startup company @Last Software of Boulder, Colorado, co-founded in 1999 by Brad Schell and Joe Esch. SketchUp debuted in August 2000 as a general purpose 3D content creation tool, with the tagline "3D for Everyone"

Google acquired @Last Software on March 14, 2006,[6] attracted by @Last's Software's work developing a plugin for Google Earth.

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