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Finally, V-ray has been released for SketchUp. This has been a long awaited release for the 3Dviz guru’s out there. With the release of V-ray for SketchUp (VfSU) it will now allow users to model and render more efficiently and get their desired results faster.

Up until now there really hasn’t been a great “realistic” rendering agent for SketchUp, it’s pretty much WYSIWYG in term’s of SketchUp’s rendering capabilities. And unless you just needed a quick and dirty sketch, you would typically be forced to export your model into 3D Studio MAX or the like.

Overall it’s a great implementation of V-ray and a plug-in that’s sure to gain notoriety among the 3D architectural visualization community. Currently pricing is $699 per license, but get it now because as of June 1st, 2007, the price will increase to $799. Also of note, rumor has it that network licensing is coming to V-ray in the upcoming months. More to follow…

ASGVIS has released V-Ray for Sketch-Up. This release brings users various performance enhancements, an out of the box rendering solution, and many great V-Ray features to Sketch-Up. V-Ray is a rendering plug-in that enables Sketch-Up users to take advantage of the power and speed of the Chaos Group’s V-Ray rendering solution.

With V-Ray for Sketch-Up, ASGVIS offers visualization professionals a state-of-the-art solution that generates high-quality images of unparalleled realism. “Top studios in all disciplines have relied on V-Ray for years to generate photorealistic images of outstanding quality,” says Corey Rubadue, ASGVIS Director. “With V-Ray for Sketch-Up, we’re bringing this powerful, flexible, and affordable rendering solution to Sketch-Up users, enabling them to take full advantage of all that V-Ray has to offer.”

Render Options are now easier than ever, with Default Render settings reflecting correct settings for Indirect Illumination, the V-Ray Sun, V-Ray Sky, and Sampling levels.

V-Ray offers Sketch-Up users a robust set of global illumination and ray-tracing features that enable them to bring their ideas to life quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.


  • True raytraced reflections and refractions
  • Glossy reflections and refractions
  • Area shadows (soft shadows). Includes box and sphere emitters
  • Indirect Illumination (global illumination, global lighting). Different approaches include direct computation (brute force), and irradiance maps.
  • Depth-Of-Field camera effect.
  • Antialiasing. Includes fixed, simple 2-level and adaptive approaches.
  • Caustics
  • Fully multithreaded raytracing engine
  • True HDRI support. Includes support of proper texture coordinate handling for both cubic and angular maps. Map your images directly without distortions or cropping.
  • Reusable irradiance maps (save and load support). Incremental sampling for fly-through animations.
  • V-Ray Material Editor with Material Preview
  • V-Ray Sun and Sky
  • V-Ray Physical Camera
  • Displacement
  • Distributed Rendering allowing a single image to be process over up to 10 machines
  • Per Material GI, Background, Reflection, and Refraction
  • V-Ray Two-Sided Material for easy creation of thin translucency
  • Animation Support

Read the Press Release

Image Courtesy of ASGvis


One Comment

  1. Renditioner

    There are a few extras that IMSI have produced of late that either help out specific TurboCAD users, such as furniture makers, or greatly improve other products with IMSI technology.

    One of these is the IDX Renditioner. It is a plug-in for Google SketchUp that provides high-quality photorealistic rendering – fast and easily. Renditioner works directly within SketchUp and lets you control the materials, advanced lighting components, environments, background images. Renditioner is “one button” easy with 3 render options of Preview, Standard and Presentation. It is simple enough for novices and yet powerful enough for professionals. Powerful features are optimized in a jargon free interface. Simplicity paired with speed and working directly in SketchUp, means you can achieve design visualization objectives more quickly. Renditioner offers 16 megapixel renderings for large-scale printing and powerful presentation of your designs.

    It is available for Windows XP or Vista on the PC, and OS/X 10.4 or 10.5 on the Mac and runs on either PowerPC or Intel-based Mac computers. As an extra it obviously requires you to already have SketchUp, but will be fine on the free version as well as the Pro version 6.4x or later. Like all photorealistic rendering, IDX Renditioner uses a system’s RAM and CPU power extensively, and is not recommended on systems with less than 1 GB RAM, with 2 GB recommended. Being fully multithreading, dual core, quad core, or dual quad core machines will each improve system performance dramatically.

    SketchUp is a nice piece of kit, but with the edition of Renditioner it jumps from good to professional, and then you import the SketchUp drawings into TurboCAD to add another dimension.

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