Latest release of rendering plug-in also lets users render live in the SketchUp viewport and share V-Ray scenes
Chaos Group has updated its V-Ray for SketchUp rendering plug-in adding a streamlined interface, enhanced GPU rendering and support for SketchUp 2018. With V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp user can also render live directly in the SketchUp viewport and blend between the V-Ray render and the SketchUp model using +/- hotkeys to control opacity.
The new GPU + CPU hybrid rendering mode means architects can take advantage of all of a workstation’s computing power including multiple Nvidia CUDA GPU and multi-core CPUs. Meanwhile, building on V-Ray 3 for SketchUp’s UI overhaul, the new UI is said to be cleaner and easier to navigate, with better support for 4K monitors.
Other UI updates include a File manager, which allows all scene files to be managed in one place, and better viewport materials, which means V-Ray materials now display more accurately in the SketchUp viewport.
Additional new tools include: Adaptive Lights, which can helps cut render times by up to 700% in scenes with many lights; sunlight and shadow studies, fog to add depth to scenes and the ability to import and render V-Ray scenes (.vrscene) from other applications such as 3ds Max, Rhino, and Revit.
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