Sketchlife Converts Google Sketchup Models Into Second Life
Sketchlife is billed as an application that can convert 3D models made with Google Sketchup to Second Life -- a much-desired feature for many content creators, especially those who want more file interoperability for their SL works. It's a product of a student with University of Western Australia, known in SL as "Mrs Brandi".
"After winning Google's 'Build Your Campus in 3D Australia and New Zealand' competition (the models are on Google Earth) and also creating a VRML-based virtual campus with more detailed models," Brandi explained to me, "we had about two dozen high-quality SketchUp models of buildings, and there was no easy way to put them into Second Life. That's an island-full of buildings which are complete and textured, so it seemed worth the effort to write an importer."
Hence Sketchlife, which Brandi says is also useful for creating Second Life builds from scratch in Sketchup. "Quite complex models could be built. There is a limit of 512 prims per upload, to keep things sane (but if one needs more, they can be uploaded in multiple stages.)" Here's some screenshots of Sketchup models that have made the transition into SL. You can get the Sketchlife client for free here, though as with any executable, caveat clicker. Looks like a potentially powerful tool, but this isn't my expertise: content creators, if you give Sketchlife a try, please report your take here.