Google Sketchup as OSM editor

Posted by vvoovv on 14 February 2011 in English (English)

The first building tagged source = sketchup2osm is already in the OSM database:

I'll release the source code by the 23th of February. I need to clean up the source code and write documentation.

It will be possible to map buildings using 1-2 ordinary photos via Photo Matching feature of Google Sketchup.

Main features:
- Import of an OSM file to Google Sketchup
- Import of a gps-track in NMEA format to Google Sketchup (support of GPX format comes a bit later)
- Export from Google Sketchup to an OSM-file


Comment from !i! on 14 February 2011 at 15:57

Hi, voovv looks interesting!
You follow the discussion at ?

Comment from !i! on 14 February 2011 at 15:59

(Damn pressed Enter to fast)

I'm still not sure what gooles terms say about using:
-their aerial imagery to get 3D details
-as texture for the 3D models

Comment from vvoovv on 14 February 2011 at 16:10


Thank you for the link about 3D Development

My intention is to use imported OSM ways and GPS-tracks to place the reconstructed 2D outline of a building. So no Google imagery should be used.

If we extend my work to 3D: no Google Street View should be used to pick a texture. The use of Google Sketchup default textures doesn't imply any legal limitation as far as I know

Comment from Vincent de Phily on 14 February 2011 at 17:22

It's certainly a great tool (thanks !) but you'll have to display clear warnings on what sources can and cannot be used due to copyright. I fear that using a google tool will make it very tempting to base the building on google data (even unknowingly / innocently).

Comment from vvoovv on 14 February 2011 at 18:02

I can display an alert message on each export to OSM file. Alert message on each import from OSM file or GPS track soon becomes annoying. I can check if there is a screen overlay in Sketchup

3D is not yet part of OSM. So the texture issue is not that relevant.

Tracing Google imagery in Sketchup and using models from Sketchup Warehouse to derive a 2D outline of the model are the threats to legal purity.

Comment from !i! on 19 February 2011 at 11:21

Oh I understand :) Yes but I agree a hint and a link to further informations would be useful to avoid legal issues.

Comment from animaux on 12 October 2013 at 20:01

Is there a chance of getting this to work with SketchUp 2013?

Good stuff, cheers! :)

Comment from vvoovv on 13 October 2013 at 08:22

Google sold Sketchup. Its current license forbids model with free version of Sketchup for commercial purposes. This contradict OSM license.

So I will not maintain Sketchup OSM plugin.

Now I'm switching to Blender.

Comment from vvoovv on 13 October 2013 at 08:25

Here is how the Blender alternative might look like:

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