Google has just announced the release of a new version of their CAD tool Sketchup 8. It's still amazes me that the search giant Google is building a CAD software, but they seem to be doing a real good job so why not.
Version 8 has some cool new features like solid tools, model geo-location with Google Maps etc. But I think the best new feature is the ability to export to DWG and DXF (for the uninitiated - these are more or less open formats in the CAD model world allowing to open SketchUp files in all the main CAD software packages). When GrabCAD started offering CAD services a big part of our orders came from clients who used Google Sketchup to sketch their houses, furniture etc and needed AutoCAD drawings for their architects, furniture makers or whoever was going to build the piece (check out the blog post from back then: Google SketchUp now supported by GrabCAD).
Unfortunately the DXF export is not included in free version of SketchUp and comes with the price tag of $495 in the pro version. We'll see if Google ever releases it in their free version. One can hope.
If you do use SketchUp for modeling and need a quick conversion into any other formats then:
Check out the intro video that shows off SketchUp 8 main features. And then go download the software. Oh, don't forget to upload your cool models to GrabCAD later on :)