Clean Slate Project – Tools
Image Courtesy Flickr user Derrick
I have been brainstorming on the whole “Clean Slate” business and I have found that one of the major stumbling blocks is presenting our findings/analysis/voodoo. If I can’t find an interesting and aesthetic way of presenting it, then there isn’t much point in traveling down this long path.
So, the question becomes: How can I build a cool 3D model of Atlanta Prime that will show Atlanta’s current topography and can host the new (and existing) structures we have to build this city?
Auto-CAD may be an option, but it is expensive, and frankly I don’t have the time to learn it.
The King of Interwebs, has a free tool called Google SketchUp. It’s just a basic 3D modeling tool for anything from a toaster to a skyscraper. The basic version is free and will allow you to create moderately detailed images or models of buildings and landscapes.
Seems like a logical place to start when building a virtual city.
Anywho, I downloaded it to my desktop and will be tinkering with it over the next few weeks so I can get accustomed to the interface. I will try to learn a few tricks and basic functionality before it’s time to start modeling.