Friday, November 4th, 2011 Posted by Jim Thacker

Maxwell Render now free for Google SketchUp

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.

Visit the Maxwell for Google SketchUp product page

Read the Maxwell for Google SketchUp FAQs

Download the free edition of Maxwell for Google SketchUp