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Chaos Group releases V-Ray Next for SketchUp

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Chaos Group has released V-Ray Next for SketchUp, the latest version of the renderer for Trimble’s architectural sketching software.

The update makes key features of V-Ray Next available to SketchUp users, including the Adaptive Dome Light and automatic exposure systems, and introduces new asset management tools.

Faster rendering, new Scene Intelligence features and workflow improvements
SketchUp is the latest host application to be updated to the new V-Ray Next architecture – V-Ray 4.x in old version numbering – after the release of V-Ray Next for 3ds Max and Maya last year.

Like its predecessors, it improves CPU and GPU render speed and introduces new ‘Scene Intelligence’ features designed to simplify render set-up, including the Adaptive Dome Light and automatic exposure.

The update also adds support for Nvidia’s AI-based OptiX render denoising system, and makes the standard V-Ray material compatible with metalness PBR workflows used in game engines like UE4.

Workflow improvements include a new asset-management system based around a library shared across SketchUp projects, and a Scene Interaction tool for direct access to any level of the SketchUp hierarchy.

The UI also gains a new V-Ray Toolbar intended for quick access to common tools and quick adjustments to cameras or render settings.

System requirements and availability
V-Ray Next for SketchUp is available for SketchUp 2016+ running on Windows 7+ and Mac OS X 10.9+. A perpetual workstation licence and one render node costs $790, up $95 from V-Ray 3.6.

Read an overview of V-Ray Next for SketchUp on Chaos Group’s blog

Read a full list of new features in V-Ray Next for SketchUp in the online release notes

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