Not content with updating Maxwell Render Suite, its flagship rendering package, Next Limit has released a new version of the renderer for Google SketchUp.
Maxwell Render for Google SketchUp is a self-contained plug-in, enabling artists to use its rendering features from within SketchUp and SketchUp Pro without the need for a full licence of Maxwell.
What the plug-in lacks in advanced features – unlike its parent product, there’s no Multilight, Simulens, render channels, network rendering or support for 64-bit workflow and HDR output – it makes up for in price.
The basic version, which is limited in output resolution to 800 pixels, is free to use; the Licensed version, which raises the resolution cap to HD (1,960 pixels) and offers access to Maxwell’s more controllable Production rendering mode, costs $95.
More choice for SketchUp users
The plug-in joins the increasingly long list of tools offering photorealistic rendering inside SketchUp – which range from Chaos Group’s industry-standard V-Ray to newer players like Indigo Renderer and Twilight Render.
Next Limit’s SketchUp export plug-in, designed for users of Maxwell Render Suite itself, is also still available.