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With the launch of Chaos Group’s V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp (http://tinyurl.com/lzc5wck) designers have faster rendering, better lighting tools, and the ability to create more detailed, complex scenes, according to Corey Rubadue, product manager at the Chaos Group.
This artist-friendly rendering solution for SketchUp features dramatic improvements to visualization workflow (V-Ray RT), image-based lighting quality (V-Ray Dome Light), and a designer’s ability to manage complex scenes with highly detailed models (V-Ray Proxy), he adds.
With 64-bit rendering, 3D artists can tap their 64-bit render farm for more processing power with added flexibility to render larger scene sizes, images, and animations in SketchUp. The ability to produce animation for SketchUp projects has also been streamlined, ensuring a cleaner and easier creation process, says Rubadue.
V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp is now available for SketchUp 8, SketchUp Make 2013 and SketchUp Pro 2013 on both Mac OS X and Windows platforms. To provide optimum security, reliability, and portability Chaos Group requires a hardware key to license its software. V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp customers will have the option to purchase a new hardware key or install the license on an existing one. Registered users have access to a free demo through the V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp product page.
Pricing for V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp will remain unchanged at US$800. The upgrade price from V-Ray 1.49 for SketchUp or lower is $320. Users who purchased V-Ray for SketchUp between April 15, 2013, and Sept. 15, 2013, will be eligible for a free upgrade. V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp can be purchased through Chaos Group’s local resellers.