Will Google Docs Goes 3D?

Will Google Docs Goes 3D?

Few days ago, I attended webinar One the Edge with Cadalyst – MCAD Smackdown: Direct vs .Parametric CAD. Navigate to the following link to listed the recorded podcast. An interesting comment was made by one of the attendees during the conversation about what is the better 3D option – 2D simply works. Yes, 2D works and surprisingly drives more attentions nowadays. My hunch, the reason why it happens is simple- mainstream. The same reason why DS just released DraftSight 2D CAD package to be available for free download.

I read Google Docs blog few days ago – 12 new formats in Google Docs Viewer. Here is the list:

  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 / 2010 (.PPTX)
  • Apple Pages (.PAGES)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)

Autodesk DXF format exists for years and used by many people to exchange 2D information. By supporting this and some other image formats Google Docs put additional stakes into the future of Google Docs as a mainstream collaborative tool in manufacturing and construction.

What is my take? Google’s target is to serve “individuals” with best tools. Everybody considers Google as a “consumer oriented” company. However, thinking about individual consumers, they can work in manufacturing companies too. To provide them with productivity tools helping them to get a job done can be an interesting option… Do you think, Google will add 3D format support to their viewer? A good question to ask. Just my thoughts…

Best, Oleg


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    I would like JT

  • In contrast to nowadays Google Docs supported formats, 3D format support is highly targeted to corporative sector and companies which use 3D-technologies in their workflow. In my opinion, today Google Docs format list is based on purposes of regular internet user. In fact they can be used both for home and business needs. But I think that in few years internet industry will fantastically grow up and large number of products (downloadable 3D models of goods in e-shops) and services will bring a big mass of 3D objects in everyday lifecycle, which in turn will promote 3D formats appearance in Google Docs.

  • beyondplm

    RED, thanks for sharing your opinion. Already today, Google has a product called SketchUp that used for 3D design and 3D objects creation. However, I agree with your opinion- it is still not a mainstream. Google is going bottom up with the “mainstream” state of mind. Best, Oleg

  • beyondplm

    JT is a possible option. Why not?

  • If you look to Google job offers , they are looking after PLM professionals. Thus, it seems obvious that PLM and 3D CAD is in their current strategy.

  • beyondplm

    Michaël, as far as I understand, Google just looking for people implementing Windchill for their internal use. Maybe, I’m wrong. Hope PTC folks can correct me, in this case… Best, Oleg